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Ginger Beer Sierra Leone Style

Homemade ginger beer West African style.
Course Drinks
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 56kcal


  • 120 g (4 1/4 oz) fresh root ginger
  • 1 L (4 1/4 cups) of boiling water (or sparkling water)
  • 2 cloves or more
  • 2-4 tbsp sugar to taste
  • Juice of half a lime or more to taste


  • Peel the ginger and chop into large bits
  • Add the ginger to a blender with about 50ml of water and blend into a paste.
  • Pour the ginger paste into a large heatproof bowl and top with the boiling water.
  • Add in the cloves and let stand for a couple of hours so the ginger flavour develops.
  • Slowly strain the ginger beer through a sieve into a new container and throw away the bits left in the sieve.
  • Add in the sugar and lime to taste and then let the ginger beer cool in the fridge before you serve it.


After settling for a few hours you will notice that the bottom of the ginger beer is cloudy. That is the heat of the ginger beer. If you don't want it hot especially if serving children then be careful to leave that cloudy bit behind when straining it.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 25.2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.6mg