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With Valentine's Day coming up, ginger beer makes the perfect base for low-carb Moscow Mule cocktails! I couldn't find any sugar-free ginger beer without artificial sweeteners so I decided to make my own. Mellissa of I Breathe I'm Hungry made a sugar-free ginger syrup that can also be used for making ginger beer. In my recipe I used Sukrin Gold which is my favourite brown sugar substitute, and used a blender that allowed me to extract a lot more flavour from the ginger root.

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Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs3.7 grams
Protein0.3 grams
Fat0.1 grams
Calories16 kcal

Calories from carbs 85%, protein 7%, fat 8%

Total carbs4 gramsFiber0.3 gramsSugars1.1 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium38 mg(2% RDA)Magnesium9 mg(2% RDA)Potassium76 mg(4% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 150 g ginger root, chopped (5.3 oz)
  • 2 lemons, juiced (~ 120 ml/ 4 fl oz)
  • 1/2 cup Sukrin Gold or Erythritol or Swerve (80 g / 3.9 oz)
  • 2 1/2 cups water (600 ml)
  • optionally: few drops of liquid Stevia extract if you prefer it sweeter
  • sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the ginger root into medium chunks. Place it in a blender together with 2 1/2 cups of water. Blend for just about 10 seconds. Homemade Sugar-Free Ginger Beer
  2. Pour the ginger mixture through a fine mesh sieve (or use cheesecloth) into a sauce pan. Juice 2 lemons and add the fresh lemon juice to the sauce pan. Heat the mixture over a medium-low heat. Homemade Sugar-Free Ginger Beer
  3. Add Sukrin Gold (or Erythritol) and stir until dissolved. Cook the mixture until reduced to about a half (1 1/2 cups). Then, take off the heat and let it cool down. Homemade Sugar-Free Ginger Beer
  4. Once cool, pour 1/4 cup of the ginger beer concentrate in a glass and add 1 1/2 cups of sparkling water or more to taste. Optionally, add a few ice cubes. Homemade Sugar-Free Ginger Beer

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Ginger root, fresh
2 g0.2 g0.1 g10 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
1.3 g0.1 g0 g4 kcal
Sukrin Gold, brown sugar substitute
0.4 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Water, sparkling
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
3.7 g0.3 g0.1 g16 kcal
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This is the ginger beer I remember but better since I made it myself.  Thank you for creating this recipe.  It's perfect!  I'm going to introduce it to my sister who loves the drink "Dark and Stormy" but shouldn't have all the sugar from regular ginger beer.  Thank you again!

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Thank you Kay, glad you enjoyed!

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Utterly delicious! I slow cooked it overnight, out of laziness, and it was perfect. Made a Moscow Mule that was delicious. Made non-alcoholic Jamaican ginger beer by adding seltzer ... even better was with Polar orange vanilla flavored seltzer - it tasted like a mix of cream soda and Jamaican ginger beer.

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That does sound delicious, thanks for sharing the tips!

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Hi, I made this ginger, brown sugar concoction and it is amazing. Two questions. 1. How long can you store this premade ginger syrup concoction? 2. Also, I do not want to add vodka so what carbonated water or mixer can I add to make this a drink on its own? Thanks in Advance.

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Thank you Jennifer! This will keep for 5-7 days in the fridge but you could freeze it in an ice tray for several months. If you're using this for a low-carb Moscow Mule (Low-Carb Moscow Mule Cocktail) it uses vodka but the ginger beer base does not. I'd just use more sparkling water, or you could use some fresh lemon juice. I hope this helps 😊

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Thanks, lovely recipe to help with my current nausea! Any ideas of what to do with the left over ginger pulp? Thanks

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Thank you Pamela! I haven't thought of that but now I'm thinking that it may be good if you cook it on a pan with some onion and ghee as a base for curries? That should help thicken it up and will be great in Indian-style recipes.

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Awesome, I ended up steeping it with a tea bag, 1 soup spoon ginger pulp, 1 soup spoon erythritol and half a cinnamon stick = so good cinnamon ginger tea.

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That sounds SO good! Now I'm thinking that even fresh or dried orange peel would be nice here...

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How long can the ginger concentrate be stored in the fridge?

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I think that up to a week should be fine, although I didn't keep mine for more than 5 days. It also freezes well!

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This drink is delicious! Perfect ratios too. Here in Canada we have a drink called "Free N Clear " with lime and sweetened with stevia. This mixed with the ginger beer is perfect. Thanks so very much Martina! Enjoy your summer!

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Thank you Shelley, I'm glad you enjoyed!

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After 6 weeks on Keto I feel amazing but summer is right around the corner and I thought Moscow mules ( cheating because I will be drinking VODKA) , this ginger beer was absolutely perfect, I’m so happy to have found this recipe.. just a perfect drink mix alternative.. thank you 😊

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Thank you so much!

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Hi, I have a vitamix and when I put ginger and water in and blend there are literally NO bits left to strain, do u think I should use less ginger as all of the ginger is being used? Also can xylitol be used in place of the suggested sweeteners (or a mix). Thank you 😊

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Hi Angie, apologies for the delayed response. I think that maybe you are not using a fine mesh strainer? There should be some pulp left. I wouldn't use less ginger because that would take some of the flavour away. You can use Xylitol - just keep in mind it will add some carbs and you should use just a small amount (potential GI distress if amount exceeded): Top 5 Keto Sweeteners and Low-Carb Sweetener Conversion Chart
You could also use Swerve or monk-fruit based sweeteners. I hope this helps!

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About how long should the reduction step take? Will it thicken before it cools?

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It won't thicken, maybe just a little, but it will be more concentrated with flavour when your reduce it to about 1 ½ cups. I don't know how long this took but I assume it may have been 20-30 minutes (depends on the heat). I hope this helps!

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Might be a silly question, but did you remove the outer skin before placing the ginger in the blender?

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I did not peel it, I just washed it. The skin and pulp will be discarded anyway so it won't make a difference, but you can peel it if you prefer to do that.

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I've noted it said that recipes from your blog can be added to the KetoDietapp, which I did buy, along with additional add-ons . How is that done? Haven't figured that out.  Thanks.

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Hi Sharon, this feature is only available in KetoDiet (fully featured app with the planner). If by any chance you bought KetoDiet Basic, you can upgrade directly from the Menu. You can see more details on how to do that here: New Upgrade Path for KetoDiet Basic (iOS)

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I love a good ginger beer. Definitely trying this ASAP. I have to buy the erythritol. Wish Costco would get items like this in stock!

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BULKBARN!!  😊

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I am defiantly going to make this ginger beer.

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Is there a way to make water kefir and kombucha ketogenic?

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I make my own kefir (coconut or regular) and my own kombucha. The problem with store-bought products is that they contain more carbs, especially kombucha. It's all about the level of fermentation and you can tell by tasting it (if you make your own). Just make sure it doesn't become as sour as vinegar 😊 Here's my coconut milk kefir: How To Make Coconut Milk Kefir

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Ive just made this and it is delicious!! Thank you for making my favourite drink keto friendly! Xxx

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How long can you keep the ginger beer concentrate in the fridge (I assume) for? Or does it need to be all used immediately?
Thank you

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I'd keep it for up to a week or freeze in an ice-cube tray for longer 😊

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Wow that looks and sounds like its really refreshing, a great summer time drink!! Thank you!

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Hope you like it! 😊

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