By Lindsay Hunt | December 27, 2010

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

Now that Christmas is over, I’m looking towards New Years, and New Year’s Resolutions, for this week.  Next year, I want to challenge myself more in the kitchen, and I want to be more creative.  I got a jump start on that resolution this week with Marcus’ recipe for ginger beer.  I love anything with ginger, and particularly enjoy ginger beverages.  Making a homemade soda was a perfect challenge to set the tone for 2011.

What I love about this homemade ginger beer is that it’s refreshing, spicy, and chemical-free.  I’m planning to serve it this New Year’s Eve with a shot of rum, for a homemade Dark ‘n’ Stormy.

It’s not carbonated, though the orange juice gives it a natural fizz.  If you crave the bubbles from mass-produced ginger beer, just add an ounce or two of soda water.

Cheers to 2011!

Ginger Beer Recipe

Servings: 4-6


  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 4 cups water
  • Two 3-inch pieces ginger, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods


1. Combine the lime juice, orange juice, water, ginger, sugar, cloves, and cardamom in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour into a bowl, and let cool.

2. Cover and refrigerate the ginger beer for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day. Strain before serving.

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