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Ginger Beer Syrup (no yeast, no alcohol)

I LOVE drinks with ginger. Ginger beer usually takes 2-3 weeks of fermenting but this is a much faster alternative: Yeast-free and alcohol-free Ginger Beer Syrup. Perfect for Moscow Mules!

Ginger Beer Syrup

Ginger beer is usually made with yeast and needs 2-3 weeks of waiting time to ferment, but I wanted to create a faster version (and I don’t trust yeast in drinks).

So this Ginger Beer Syrup is

  • so much quicker to make
  • without yeast
  • without alcohol

The Ginger Beer tastes really good and refreshing! It’s perfect for hot summer days or for cocktails.

My two favorite cocktails with ginger beer are Moscow Mule (Ginger Beer + Vodka + Lime) and Dark’n’Stormy (Ginger Beer + Dark Rum + Lime).

The ginger syrup will be enough for about 10 drinks, depending on how much syrup you’re using – but that’s really up to your preference.

I’m actually just drinking a glass while writing this post. Totally worth it! It’s so refreshing! But I’ve always been a huge fan of anything ginger, so I am biased.

How to make Ginger Beer Syrup

The Ingredients & possible substitutes

You’ll only need a handful of ingredients:

  • ginger root
  • water
  • sugar – I am using white sugar but can also use dextrose (for a low fructose version) or brown sugar.

The Basic Steps

As always you can find the whole recipe below in the box. I want to show you the basic steps first, though.

ginger slices in liquid
Step 3: Fill the ginger slices and liquid into a jar, close the lid, let it cool off, place it in the fridge overnight.
straining ginger
Step 4: The next day, remove the ginger slices from the syrup. Don’t toss the ginger – it’s perfect for making pickled ginger!
Ginger Beer Syrup
Step 5: Fill the syrup into a bottle. Keep the leftover syrup in the fridge. It will keep a couple of weeks.

For a drink, use 1-2 tablespoons of syrup, add ice, lime and sparkling water. You can also make delicious Moscow Mules if you add vodka!

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Ginger Beer Syrup

Ginger Beer

Elephantastic Vegan
I LOVE drinks with ginger. Ginger beer usually takes 2-3 weeks of fermenting but this is a much faster alternative: Yeast-free and alcohol-free Ginger Beer Syrup. Perfect for Moscow Mules!
4.17 from 12 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 1 cup of syrup
Calories 586 kcal


  • 1 large ginger root
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups water


  • Peel the ginger and then slice it with a vegetable peeler into super thin strips.
  • In a pot, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Add the ginger slices. Let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Fill everything in a jar, let it cool off, and leave it in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day, take out the ginger slices. Don't toss them, they are perfect for some Pickled Ginger! Fill the syrup into a bottle (keep it in the fridge for up to a few weeks).
  • Fill about 1-2 tablespoons of ginger syrup in a glass and top with sparkling water.


Calories: 586kcalCarbohydrates: 151gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 1gSugar: 150gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


Thursday 9th of April 2020

This is a decent recipe for homemade, sugar free *ginger ale*. Which is a lovely drink.

This is not ginger beer though, and it is a little misleading to call it that. Ginger beer requires fermentation.... which requires the yeast. if you don't like yeast.... then stick to soda!

anti anon anon

Saturday 19th of February 2022

@anon, ok ginger police. Go call the bizzies


Friday 17th of January 2020

Just how big is a large ginger root???????????? Waiting to hear from you. Thanks!


Saturday 18th of January 2020

Hi! The ginger root I used was 200gr. Below the ingredients you see: US Customary - Metric. If you click on metric there are the grams given (at least most of the times when I didn't forget to add them :D)


Saturday 24th of August 2019

I don't use dextrose, or gm modified high fructose corn syrup, I use fructose straight from grapes for my sweetener, It is healthier than dextrose, Cane sugar syrup is better as well


Wednesday 12th of June 2019


I just found your blog, congrats.

I had the Veritest and for the next 6 months I'm starting a diet gluten free, milk free, and yeast free. I want to cry.

Do you have any advices?

I love beer, that is the saddest part.


Friday 25th of August 2017

How long does the syrup last?


Sunday 27th of August 2017

If you keep it in the fridge, I'd say 2 weeks!