This delightfully fizzy ferment is a tasty way to make your own probiotic, healthy ‘soda’. Although a very small amount of alcohol is created during fermentation, this is a non-alcoholic ‘beer’ and can be served to kids.
To make ginger beer, we first make a fermented ginger bug which is a magical process! Ginger bugs are created by feeding sugar to the natural bacteria present on the ginger root and in the air of your kitchen. The ginger bug is then added to a sweet ginger tea where it will ferment the sugars to create our fizzy brew.
There’s so many fun variations you can play with. Turmeric root can be added to your ginger bug and any number of berries and fruits can be added to your ginger beer. I love Strawberry Lime in the spring and Turmeric Passionfruit in the winter. In this recipe, sweet cherries and fresh lemon combine to make a beautiful and tasty brew.
Cheers to Cherry Lemon Ginger Beer!
Makes 2 litres (or 2 qts)
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