Trinidad Homemade Ginger Beer

June 4, 2015
A refreshing drink with a punch of ginger.

Trinidad Ginger Beer Recipe

I am addicted to ginger drinks!

I collect ginger ale by the cases. I have ginger tea in full stock. And then there is the ginger beer.

This drink is on the opposite side of ginger ale. Unlike ginger ale's slight taste of ginger, ginger beer has a very heavy flavor of ginger that can at times "burn your chest" with the spice.

I am not too much of a fan of a burning chest, but my mom has been able to find a perfect blend of ginger for her recipe.

That makes this the best ginger beer recipe ever. (I may be biased.)
Ginger beer is a staple drink in Trinidad and Tobago, especially around Christmas time.

This is the traditional ginger beer here. The one that is non-alcoholic and gets it's flavor from the natural fermentation process.

It isn't really a beer beer, but it has to be left to ferment so I suppose the process is like a beer.

Jamaica Ginger Beer Ingredients

This is another easy recipe.

The most important thing is that the ingredients, especially the ginger, are fresh so that you get a strong flavor.

As I mentioned there are different levels of ginger beer: Very strong (chest burning sting), medium (balanced flavor) or weak (where is the ginger in this?)

I know a lot of people who like that chest burning sting that can clear up your sinuses with one smell, I am not one of them. I like that medium drink with a nice balance of flavor and sweetness.

My mom's ginger beer is a balanced one.

Trinidad Homemade Ginger Beer

You have to make the ginger "sit" which is the fermentation part for the "beer". The lime and cinnamon addition while the ginger ferments lends for a great flavor.

Trinidad Homemade Ginger Beer

This is where personal taste comes in to sweeten the ginger beer.

I've always used granulated (white) sugar so as to not darken the drink too much. I have never tried using agave or any other substitute but you are free to "sweeten as you like".

Remember that the ginger is the star in this drink so we don't want to overpower the taste too much. Not just with sweetener but also when you are adding clove to the mix. Clove can overpower ginger surprisingly, so be careful how much you add to the mixture.

Served over ice or chilled.

I much prefer this chilled. It is soo refreshing. And just so you know, this has the option to be a boozy (just add rum) for any gathering.

Trinidad Homemade Ginger Beer

I can't imagine as younger Renz why I refused to drink ginger beer. I felt that it was too strong of a drink. I am still weary when others offer me their ginger beer as I never know how strong it is.

This recipe is a winner and I encourage you, if you are not a ginger lover, to try this and let me know what you think.

It's easy and I am very sure you would like it. AND you can booze it out if you wish.

Have you ever heard of, much less, had ginger beer?

What goes great with some ginger beer?

Homemade Ginger Beer
Yield: 4-6
Author: Renz @ HomeMadeZagat
Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

An easy recipe to make this refreshing ginger drink that is popular in the Caribbean especially around Christmas time.


  • 1 pound fresh ginger
  • Peel of 1 lime
  • 8 cups of water
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon full cloves
  • 1 tablespoon rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
  • Angostura Bitters


  1. Wash and chop ginger up into chunks
  2. Blend ginger with 3 cups of water
  3. Add lime peel, rice, cinnamon stick to ginger mixture and leave to set overnight
  4. Strain mixture
  5. Add additional water to mixture and sweeten to taste
  6. Add a dash of Angostura bitters, vanilla essence, and rum
  7. Pour into a clean bottle or jug
  8. Add cloves and refrigerate
  9. Serve on crushed ice or chilled
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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.


  1. Hi, my mom was from Trinidad and we always had a huge bottle of her Ginger Beer in the fridge. She made it herself and would put it in a huge glass jar with a heavy cover out in the sun to ferment. I remember it being out there for days. It was the kind that burns which I LOVE! When you say "rice" in the ingredients, do you mean raw or cooked rice? I don't remember her putting in rice, do you know if that's common? I don't remember cinnamon either, but I do remember the cloves! YUM. Just wondering about the rice.

    1. I yes. It's raw rice. Rice helps to speed up the fermentation a bit with the ginger beer. You strain it off before drinking :)


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