How to Make Imperial Ginger Beer

A great tasting drink for those long hot summer days is Imperial Ginger Beer. Similar to ginger ale but slightly less sweet, Imperial Ginger Beer is easy to make at home. You can find most of the ingredients from your local grocery store. If you have some patience then check out these simple instructions to make some yummy Imperial Ginger Beer that everyone will definitely enjoy sipping in the afternoon.

Prep time: 45 min
Total time: 2 days
Yield: makes 2 quarts
Utensils: Knife and cutting board, large sauce pan, spoon, strainer, funnel, clean 2-liter soda bottle

Packed brown sugar (you can alter according to taste): ¾ cup
Peeled and minced fresh ginger: 1 ½ cups
Cold water, divided: 2 quarts
Freshly squeezed lime juice: 2/3 cup
Dried champagne yeast: ¼ teaspoon
Water: 4 cup


  • 1

    Add sugar, ginger and water in a saucepan

    Take a saucepan and add ¾ cup of packed brown sugar, 1 ½ cup of peeled and minced fresh ginger and four cups of cold water. You can alter the quantity of sugar according to your taste. After adding the ingredients in the saucepan, you need to boil it until the sugar dissolves. Remember to stir the mixture constantly.

  • 2

    Let the mixture cool

    After boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it stand for almost an hour.

  • 3

    Strain the syrup

    Next you need to strain the syrup with the help of a 2-liter soda bottle, strainer and a funnel.

  • 4

    Add lime juice and cold water

    Now add 2/3 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice in the bottle. Fill the bottle with cold water within two or two and half inches from the top.

  • 5

    Cool the syrup

    After adding lime juice and cold water, you need to chill the syrup. Place the bottle in a refrigerator or ice bath until 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • 6

    Add champagne yeast

    Next add ¼ teaspoon of dried champagne yeast to the syrup. You can save the remaining champagne yeast for the next batch. Seal the bottle with its cap and place it in room temperature for almost two days. You need to check the pressure by squeezing or releasing the cap gently during this time.

  • 7


    After the ginger beer reaches your desired level of carbonation, you need to place it in the refrigerator. Your Imperial Ginger Beer is now ready to serve.

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