Gemberbier Recipe - A Tasty Ginger Beer with Exotic Spices


Gemberbier Recipe - A Tasty Ginger Beer with Exotic Spices
Preparation time: 4 hours | Servings: 8



Gemberbier, also known as ginger beer, is a refreshing and spicy beverage that has been enjoyed for centuries. This traditional recipe combines the bold flavors of ginger, cloves, and pimiento with a hint of almond essence for a unique and delicious drink.


Ginger beer has a long history that dates back to the 13th century, when it was first brewed in England. Originally, ginger beer was an alcoholic beverage made from fermenting ginger, sugar, and water. Over time, the recipe evolved to create a non-alcoholic version that is popular today.


How to prepare

  1. Pour the hot water (90°F (32°C)) into the grated ginger.
  2. Add all the ingredients except the essence.
  3. Allow it to stand for approximately 4 hours and then sift it.
  4. Add almond essence to taste (If the flavor is too strong, add some more water).
  5. Refrigerate and serve cold!


  • Add a splash of rum for an alcoholic twist.
  • Experiment with different spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Use honey or agave nectar instead of sugar for a different flavor profile.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to use fresh ginger for the best flavor in this recipe.

- Adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste preferences.

- Allow the mixture to sit for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to meld together.

- Serve the gemberbier cold for a refreshing drink.

Serving Suggestions

Serve gemberbier cold over ice for a refreshing drink on a hot day.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making gemberbier is allowing the flavors to meld together by letting the mixture sit for at least 4 hours before serving.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have almond essence, you can use vanilla extract as a substitute.

Make Ahead Tips

Gemberbier can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve gemberbier in a chilled glass with a slice of fresh ginger or a sprig of mint for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Gemberbier pairs well with spicy foods such as curry or jerk chicken.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover gemberbier in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve cold.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of gemberbier contains approximately 160 calories.


Each serving of gemberbier contains approximately 40 grams of carbohydrates.


Gemberbier is a fat-free beverage.


There is no protein in gemberbier.

Vitamins and minerals

Gemberbier is a good source of vitamin C from the ginger.


This recipe contains almonds, which may be an allergen for some individuals.


Gemberbier is a refreshing beverage that is low in fat and calories, but high in carbohydrates. It is a good source of vitamin C and should be enjoyed in moderation.


Gemberbier is a delicious and refreshing beverage that is perfect for any occasion. With its bold flavors and unique combination of spices, it is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Enjoy this traditional recipe and savor the taste of ginger beer!

How did I get this recipe?

I can't forget the first time I saw this recipe for Gemberbier. It was many years ago when I was just a young girl living in a small village in the Netherlands. My grandmother, who was known for her delicious homemade recipes, had received this particular one from a traveler passing through town.

The traveler had been to Indonesia and brought back stories of exotic spices and flavors. He described a beverage called Gemberbier, a traditional Indonesian ginger beer that was known for its refreshing and invigorating taste. My grandmother was intrigued and asked him for the recipe, which he gladly shared.

The recipe seemed simple enough, with just a few ingredients - fresh ginger, sugar, water, and a touch of lemon juice. But it was the process of making the Gemberbier that truly intrigued me. The ginger had to be peeled and grated, then boiled with water and sugar until it formed a syrupy mixture. After straining out the ginger, the lemon juice was added for a hint of tartness.

I watched as my grandmother carefully followed each step, her hands moving with practiced precision. The aroma of ginger filled the kitchen, and I could hardly wait to taste the finished product.

When it was finally ready, my grandmother poured me a glass of the Gemberbier. The first sip was like nothing I had ever tasted before - a burst of spicy ginger followed by a sweet and tangy finish. It was unlike any other beverage I had tried, and I was instantly hooked.

From that day on, Gemberbier became a staple in our household. My grandmother would make a fresh batch every week, and I would eagerly help her peel and grate the ginger, feeling like a true apprentice in the kitchen.

As I grew older, I began to experiment with the recipe, adding my own twist by infusing the ginger with cinnamon and cloves for a warm and comforting flavor. I shared my version of Gemberbier with friends and family, who all raved about its unique taste.

Years passed, and I eventually moved to a new country, far away from my grandmother and the village where I had first learned to make Gemberbier. But no matter where I went, the memories of that simple yet extraordinary recipe stayed with me.

I continued to make Gemberbier in my own kitchen, passing down the tradition to my own children and grandchildren. Each time I made a batch, I would think back to that moment in my grandmother's kitchen, watching her hands work their magic with the ginger and sugar.

Now, as I sit here reflecting on the journey that brought me to this point, I can't help but feel grateful for the simple pleasures in life - like a glass of homemade Gemberbier shared with loved ones. It's amazing how a recipe can connect us to our past and bring us closer together, no matter where we are in the world.

So here's to the humble Gemberbier, a recipe that has stood the test of time and continues to bring joy and warmth to all who taste it. And to my dear grandmother, who first introduced me to this magical beverage - I will always be grateful for the love and care she put into every batch she made. Cheers to her, and to the everlasting bond we share through the simple joy of cooking.


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