Nothing beats enjoying the fruits of one’s labour in the kitchen. And what’s a more rewarding treat from your home kitchen than a tall, ice-cold glass of the South African gemmerbier?
Ulundi-born chef Nono Mtshali is here to hold your hand as you try out her recipe for the perfect ginger beer with a Mzansi twist.
Traditional ginger beer has been a favourite among South Africans for a long time – it just adds an element of freshness to long, lazy summer days.
Mtshali has been making waves in the culinary industry, empowering many women and men to master mouth-watering recipes.
Her recipe is easy to make, has only six ingredients and will have your taste buds buzzing for more. Enjoy it with family since it’s non-alcoholic and filled with a ton of health benefits with every sip.
Here’s her step-by-step guide to a lekker homemade ginger beer.
8 cups of water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp dry yeast
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
½ tsp cream of tartar
1/3 cup fresh ginger peeled and grated
1. In a large pot, bring to the boil: lemon juice, grated ginger, cream of tartar and 4 cups of cold water.
2. Turn heat down and add sugar. Stir to dissolve.
3. Add the rest of the cold water and yeast. Stir then cover with a cloth and place in a dark room for 3 hrs.
4. Strain out ginger bits. Pour into clean 2 litre bottle.
5. Leave space at top for gas to build up.
6. Leave in a warm, dark place for 2 days. Loosen cap a couple of times a day to let gas out.
7. Refrigerate, chill and enjoy!