This homemade Ginger Brew is simple to make and bursting with healthy immune-boosting ingredients. Use it to help ease nausea or soothe upset stomachs and sore throats. Make the healthy syrup, then make hot Ginger Tea or cold Ginger Beer and sip away!
🍯 Why We Love It
Ginger Brew syrup is the perfect thing for easing colds, sore throats, and nausea, and for boosting immunity. As my grandad used to say, “It cures what ails ya!”
I’ve been perfecting this recipe for years, ever since my first bout of morning sickness back in 2012! But it turns out, it’s really enjoyable to drink even when you’re already feeling great (just like my Lemon Ginger Turmeric Shots or Carrot Apple Ginger Juice!)
👉 Made with ginger, lemon, honey, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, it’s jam packed with healthy ingredients and TONS of flavor.
It’s lightly sweet with a zesty kick of spice, and it gives a “good” kind of burn in your throat.
I like to make up a batch of the syrup, then mix with seltzer to make homemade ginger beer. And this ginger be er one isn’t loaded with sugar like all the other ginger ales and ginger brews out there.
On cooler days, I mix with hot water to make the most lovely Ginger Tea. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make a copycat immunity shooter (by drinking it straight!).
🍋 Recipe Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe at home:
- Fresh or frozen ginger
- Lemon, juice and zest
- Cayenne Pepper
These ingredients are not only flavorful, but they’re known to be SUPER good for you! Ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger in particular has been used medicinally for centuries, and is often used today to naturally help sooth nausea, indigestion, and more.
Please note: This post does not contain health advice. I am not a medical professional.
🫖 Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: First, do the prep work. Mince the ginger. Zest and juice the lemon. Add all the ingredients to a small sauce pan.
Step 2: Bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir it occasionally as it cooks.
After about 15 or 20 minutes, the mixture should be darkened and reduced by about half. The consistency is slightly thicker than water, kind of like warm maple syrup, and all the flavors have had a chance to meld together in the liquid.
Step 3: Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove all the pieces of food. The syrup is ready to be used!
How to Drink It
The finished product can be enjoyed three ways:
- As-is: Take 2 Tablespoons of the syrup and sip or shoot the mix all by itself. It’s best when chilled.
- Ginger beer: Mix with cold seltzer and ice to make a ginger beer-style drink.
- Ginger tea: Mix with hot water to make an infused hot drink.
Making Ginger Beer (Served Cold)
When mixed with bubbly seltzer, you make a fast version of homemade ginger beer! To make it:
- Fill a glass halfway with ice. Add 8 ounces of seltzer or sparkling water.
- Add 1-3 Tablespoons of ginger brew syrup and stir. You should start with less syrup and taste it, adding more to taste if you’d like.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon and sip slowly.
Making Ginger Brew Tea (Served Hot)
This is the most ginger-y ginger tea ever! It packs a punch, which is exactly what I want a cold day.
- Heat 8 ounces of water.
- Stir 1-3 Tablespoons of ginger syrup into the water. Start with less and add more if you’d like to your taste.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon and sip away!
ℹ️ FAQ & Tips
Cover the syrup and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
This recipe will yield approximately 3/4 cup of syrup, which is enough for about 6 servings of 2 Tablespoons each.
I personally feel best when I drink 1 serving about every 2-3 days. I recommend having no more than 1 serving per day.
Making this recipe? I’d love to hear about your experience making it!
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This recipe was originally posted 12/11/13, and was republished 1/13/22 with new photos.
Homemade Ginger Brew
Ginger Brew Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 Tablespoon lemon juice about 1/2 lemon
- 3 Tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice
- 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest from about 1/4 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper optional
- 8 ounces seltzer or hot water
- Mince or grate the ginger. Juice and zest the lemon.
- Add all the syrup ingredients to a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes, or until reduced by about half.
- Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Allow the syrup to cool.
- To make ginger beer: Fill a glass halfway with ice. Add 8 ounces of seltzer to the glass. Stir 1-3 Tablespoons of the syrup into the mixture. Garnish with a slice of lemon.To make ginger tea: Stir 1-3 Tablespoons into a mug filled with with 8 oz. hot water. Garnish with a slice of lemon.