Heather R, Omokoroa.

Here’s a great ginger beer recipe. Makes 3 x 1.5 litre plastic screw cap bottles or similar can be stretched further if you like.

You will need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tblsp ground ginger
  • 1 tspn tartaric acid (flavour enhancer)
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 tsp granulated yeast

Melt all except the yeast in 6 cups of boiling water. While waiting for this to cool, soak the caps in hot water (this helps the bottles seal better) When the mix is tepid put yeast in a cup with some of the mixture, allow to froth a little then add to mix. Add cold water to make up about 16 cups. Pour into bottles which need to be very clean. Top up to within 4cm from top. Gently shake to mix up. Store in a warm place. Ready to drink when the bottles are rock hard about 4 days. Refrigerate before drinking. Open slowly as the recipe can be pretty fizzie!! Altering the amount of sugar can avoid masses of fizz. ONLY use plastic screw cap that have be manufactured for fizzie drinks. Never glass either!! Great fun to make.