Ginger Beer Lemonade

First of all, you should know that Ginger Beer is not really “beer.”  It took me a a couple of hours of tweeting and googling to verify that.  I guess I just couldn’t let go of the fact that it’s called, “Ginger Beer.”  I thought for sure it must be a ginger-flavored beer!  It’s actually a nonalcoholic (gluten-free) ginger ale brewed with fresh ginger, honey, pineapple, lemon, lime and spices to create a carbonated beverage.   You can put your zip code in the Store Locator to see if they sell this good stuff near you.  I do know that it’s available at Trader Joe’s.

Here’s a very simple recipe I’m sharing today with a big flavor punch:  Ginger Beer Lemonade

This recipe comes from a fun cookbook:  The I  Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook by Andrea Lynn.  Are you a Trader Joe’s fan?!  If you’re lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s near you, it’s such a great place to pick up gourmet goodies of every kind.  This cookbook covers 150 Cheap-and-Easy Gourmet Recipes – turning Trader Joe’s groceries into delicious dishes.  

Here’s how you make the Ginger Beer Lemonade

Just 3 ingredients + water.  And if you’re a college student who is having a hankering for your first beer, this is the recipe for you!  ha ha ha 🙂

My taste tester 10 year old (hard at work on homework) thought this was a nice, chilly and delicious version of lemonade. He preferred his with a little more sugar than is indicated in the recipe. I enjoyed mine a little more tart tasting. It’s good stuff. Basically your basic lemonade with a little bit of added bubbly ginger.

I think this cookbook is completely a fun gift idea for a high school graduate who is headed off to college in the fall. Gift idea for a college bound kid: this cookbook + a Trader Joe’s Gift Card! Every ingredient in every recipe is available at Trader Joe’s, and the recipes are designed so that you don’t need a lot of pots and pans to prepare them. This cookbook has terrific reviews on Amazon too!  Recipes I’m excited to try: Sloppy Joe Nachos, Beef Udon Soup, Eggplant Parmesan Spaghetti, Taquito Casserole, Zucchini and Polenta Bake, Green Chile Cornbread Muffins, Salmon Burgers with Tzatziki, Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, Monkey Bread and Raspberry Brownies.

Author Andrea Lynn has offered a copy of The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook to one Recipe Girl Reader. This giveaway is open to anyone who has a mailing address in the USA. One winner will be chosen via on Sunday, May 13th and will be contacted via email. The winner will receive one copy of The I Love Trader Joe’s cookbook.

For a chance to win a copy of The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook, leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing to purchase at Trader Joe’s, or let me know who in your life would benefit from having this cookbook at hand.

The I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook is available for purchase on Amazon, and it’s in bookstores too. You can visit author Andrea Lynn on her blog: A Gracious Plenty, on Twitter and Facebook.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Ginger Beer Lemonade

A refreshing non-alcoholic beverage.


3 to 4 large lemons (yielding 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice)
1/4 cup granulated white sugar (or more, if desired)
1 1/4 cups water
One 12-ounce bottle Reed's Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic)
lemon slices/wedges for garnish, if desired


1. Juice the lemons into a medium pitcher.

2. Add the sugar and water, and stir to combine.

3. Add the ginger beer, and stir to combine.

4. Serve over ice. Garnish with additional lemon wedges/slices, if desired.

Source: (adapted from The I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook)

Disclosure: I received a copy of this cookbook for review. All opinions shared are my own.  There are Amazon affiliate links included within this post.

92 Responses to “Ginger Beer Lemonade”

  1. postedMay 9, 2012 3:31 AM

    A light flavorful and refreshing drink! We love TJ’s in this house – what a fun recipe book this is!

  2. postedMay 9, 2012 3:50 AM
    Kathy Frank

    TJ’s Soyaki is a staple in our house! We use it as a marinade for chicken, fish & veggies, before grilling.

  3. postedMay 9, 2012 4:02 AM

    I think my favorite thing to buy at Trader Joe’s is Sunflower butter. It’s really hard to narrow it down because there are so many fun things to buy there. I am lucky to have one only 15 minutes away. The ginger beer lemonade looks so refreshing.

  4. postedMay 9, 2012 4:38 AM

    I love the peppermint and chocolate-dipped sandwich cookies at Christmas–good thing they’re only available once a year!

  5. postedMay 9, 2012 4:42 AM

    This sounds fabulous! Awesome idea!

  6. postedMay 9, 2012 6:19 AM

    My youngest daughter, Kathleen, is moving into an off campus house next year. She will need some guidance in the cooking realm. This bool sounds like the ticket to a year of good cooking.

  7. postedMay 9, 2012 6:21 AM
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables

    omg how can you even choose? I love their dried mangos, cookie butter, salmon, goat cheese….ok, i’ll stop.

  8. postedMay 9, 2012 6:37 AM

    Hands down, green chili and cheese tamales. Amazing!

  9. postedMay 9, 2012 6:38 AM

    This Ginger Beer Lemonade looks fantastic!! And the cookbook… the line “Delicious Dishes you can’t eff up”…. sold me I need a copy of this book!

  10. postedMay 9, 2012 6:40 AM

    I’ve never been in a Trader Joe’s; don’t know if there are any in the South. But I would still love to win the cookbook! My son may be going to college in a couple of years, so this would be good for him. Thanks for hosting the give-away! Blessings from Bama!

  11. postedMay 9, 2012 6:55 AM

    I have had apple beer, (confusing, too – no alcohol!), but I don’t think I’ve ever had ginger beer. Sounds delicious, though! Oh, how I wish there was a Trader Joe’s near me!!

  12. postedMay 9, 2012 7:26 AM

    My daughter would definitely benefit from TJ’s cookbook as she can’t cook worth a dime! Most of her concoctions end up being flops! 😉

  13. postedMay 9, 2012 7:26 AM
    Catalina @ Cake with Love

    OMG this is such a fun and great idea, I have to make this for my husband!!

  14. postedMay 9, 2012 7:28 AM

    I recently won a bottle of this ginger beer and have been wondering what I could do with it. I love this idea! Did your kids think it was too ‘spicy’? I guess nothing a little extra sugar wouldn’t fix (:

  15. postedMay 9, 2012 7:30 AM

    I love Trader Joe’s Ginger Chews in the dried fruit aisle! Love ginger anything!
    Thanks so much!

  16. postedMay 9, 2012 7:39 AM

    My favorite thing from Trader Joes is their Dark Chocolate covered Almonds with Turbinado Sugar and Sea Salt!

  17. postedMay 9, 2012 7:44 AM

    Avocado’s Number guacamole. Tastes yummy, and is a chemistry joke at the same time.

  18. postedMay 9, 2012 7:50 AM

    The honey wheat pretzel sticks and white bean hummus with pesto gets me every visit!

  19. postedMay 9, 2012 7:50 AM

    Cinnamon covered almonds. Hands down THE BEST from Trader Joe’s!

  20. postedMay 9, 2012 7:54 AM
    Jen B

    My favorite thing to buy at Trader Joe’s is homemade pizza fixin’s! Their pre-made dough, sauce and toppings are fabulous. I also love their cheese case 🙂

  21. postedMay 9, 2012 8:34 AM
    Linda s.

    I love Trader Joe’s frozen Alsace tart, with a thin crust and caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, and ham.

  22. postedMay 9, 2012 8:35 AM

    I don’t have a Trader Joe’s near me but I imagine I’d buy the whole store because of all the reviews I hear about it!

  23. postedMay 9, 2012 8:50 AM

    My favorite from TJs right now is the 3-layer Hummus.

  24. postedMay 9, 2012 8:58 AM

    i don’t have a trader joe’s by me but i did get to go once and i bought this honey apple butter that was insaneeeely delicious. so sad its all gone now! plus, im a college student so i think i’d benefit lots from this cookbook! 🙂

  25. postedMay 9, 2012 9:08 AM

    Ok Ive never tried ginger beer and have just tuned it out because I really don’t like the taste of beer…at all. But this “fresh ginger, honey, pineapple, lemon, lime and spices” has me totally intrigued and I love all of those things. Now I have to try this!

  26. postedMay 9, 2012 9:09 AM

    Oh and my fave thing at TJs…the whole store 🙂

    Dried fruit or coffee are great values$$ there.

  27. postedMay 9, 2012 9:14 AM

    My favorite thing at Trader Joe’s is the dried fruit and nuts section- good brain food for study breaks in the library!

  28. postedMay 9, 2012 9:29 AM
    Jordan M

    We are FINALLY getting a Trader Joe’s in Austin (I’ve never been), I’m so excited as I have heard fabulous things! I would love to experience Trader Joe’s with this cookbook!

  29. postedMay 9, 2012 9:29 AM

    We love the Speculoos Cookie Butter!

  30. postedMay 9, 2012 9:32 AM

    My son will be a college freshman in the fall and although he will be at home this year, he could greatly benefit from learning to cook a couple of new dishes! Trader Joe’s is our favorite place to shop for groceries, so he is already familiar with their products!

  31. postedMay 9, 2012 9:51 AM

    My favorite thing (ATM) to purchase from Trader Joe’s is COOKIE BUTTER! Love that stuff 🙂

  32. postedMay 9, 2012 10:02 AM

    There isn’t much I DONT like at TJ’s! But I almost always get their chicken sausages…which are awesome! I’d love to get my hands on this book! Ginger beer….been thinking about making up my own version with some simple ginger syrup and some carbonated water! Yum!

  33. postedMay 9, 2012 10:04 AM

    I haven’t had the opportunity to shop at Trader Joe’s, but our town is getting one this fall. I’ve heard such wonderful things that I’m really excited for it to open.

  34. postedMay 9, 2012 10:15 AM

    What a great recipe – so refreshing for summer and those photos are amazing too!

  35. postedMay 9, 2012 10:25 AM

    Ohh my gosh, Trader Joeee’s… pretty much the love of my life (or at least tied with my husband). I love their chocolate goodies (mini peanut-butter cups, chocolate caramel almonds, etc) and their frozen meals which are SO GOOD and at least somewhat healthier than normal supermarket brands. This book sounds awesome… I’ll make sure to check it out on Amazon, as well.

  36. postedMay 9, 2012 11:17 AM

    i`m a college student now, so i live off of trader joes since i literally live across the street from one! i saw this cookbook at my school`s bookstore and thought it was really funny. my favorite thing to buy from trader joe`s is their frozen bibimbap dish! or…their frozen pad thai.

  37. postedMay 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    I love this! Sort of like a non alcoholic version of a Moscow Mule.

  38. postedMay 9, 2012 12:00 PM

    Would love to win this cookbook. The TJ’s Gingersnaps are Awesome!

  39. postedMay 9, 2012 1:42 PM

    This is fabulous, Lori! My husband is probably getting tired of the constant stream of springtime liquor cocktails floating through this house! I’m sure he’d love this just as much as I would. Great recipe!

  40. postedMay 9, 2012 1:45 PM
    Amanda L

    My favorite thing to buy at Trader Joes is their salsa. For jarred salsa it is #1 in my book 🙂 Great giveway!

  41. postedMay 9, 2012 2:31 PM
    Suburban prep

    Oh my my favorite thing is the Reed’s Ginger Beer. I am sort of addicted to it. I have seen it at Whole foods but it usually is priced a dollar or two more. I absolutely love the stuff as doe my two sisters but my brothers not so much.

  42. postedMay 9, 2012 2:51 PM

    I work at Trader Joe’s =) And maybe I’m biased, but I pretty much love all the food that we sell. And believe it or not, I haven’t even tried it all! I also love the fact that I can get almost everything I need there! It sounds like Andrea Lynn, the author of the book feels the same way! Whether I win the book or not, I will definitely be letting customers know about, “The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook!!!” Sounds to me like you don’t even need to be in college to want this book! Thanks for the recipes and info. Cheers!

  43. postedMay 9, 2012 3:00 PM

    We just got a TJ’s in my city. It’s not close to home but not too far to go there on the weekend. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea and it’s wall to wall people. There is no time to casually glance and look around the store to see what it has to offer. If you get out of line or stop to look at something the person behind you gets perturbed. Ha! It’s been almost a year and it’s like that every weekend. I love all the tasty candy and the roasted red pepper with eggplant spread.

  44. postedMay 9, 2012 3:17 PM
    Debbie W

    My 20-yr-old daughter would be a perfect person for this cookbook. And as for Ginger Beer…she LOVES it. She has a collection of bottles from each brand of Ginger Beer she has tried. Reeds is OK, but her favorite is Cock ‘n Bull. I’ll have to let her know about this recipe.

  45. postedMay 9, 2012 4:03 PM

    I love buying their organic ice cream/popsicle treats 🙂

  46. postedMay 9, 2012 6:18 PM

    I love their organic valencia peanut butter – crunchy of course! Thanks!

  47. postedMay 9, 2012 8:51 PM
    April was in CT now CA

    What don’t I love at TJ’s!! I’m so glad we finally live near one. One of my favorites are their dark chocolate chunk almond cookies. I love them so much I rarely buy them because I just can’t stop myself!

  48. postedMay 9, 2012 10:06 PM

    I LOVE TJ’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies! I bought them once for a friend’s daughter who has Celiac and the TJ’s cashier told me to try them because they were her favorite cookie. She was right. Amazing!

  49. postedMay 10, 2012 12:35 AM

    That seems to be a light and refreshing drink.. Too bad there’s no trader Joe’s near me 🙁

  50. postedMay 10, 2012 1:07 AM
    Lisa M.

    Love TJs, the shrimp gyoza (dumplings) are fabulous! Anything in the cheese case is a must try….

  51. postedMay 10, 2012 2:33 AM
    Kathy R

    My favorite thing at Trader Joe’s is during the holidays is the Brie in the breAd dough, I look forward to that all year.

  52. postedMay 10, 2012 4:05 AM
    Naomi S.

    Love Trader Joe’s! Okay, if you haven’t tried it buy the cookie butter!

  53. postedMay 10, 2012 4:28 AM

    Pick one, what a challenge! Mini chicken cilantro wontons are my latest fav. Sounds like a great cookbook for today’s busy lifestyles.

  54. postedMay 10, 2012 5:11 AM
    Tammy Wannemacher

    It’s hard to narrow down, but I would have to say that my current favorite (I am pregnant) are the shortbread cookies with the chocolate filling. SO YUMMY!

  55. postedMay 10, 2012 5:25 AM
    Tracey Alvernaz

    There is so much to like there! Anyway, I love the flowers, vitamin supplements and the wine!
    Great place to shop. Would love the cookbook! Who wouldn’t?

  56. postedMay 10, 2012 5:59 AM

    Love everything at Trader Joe’s, especially the cheeses.

  57. postedMay 10, 2012 6:02 AM

    I always buy my basil plants from Traders Joss. They are big and beautiful.

  58. postedMay 10, 2012 6:18 AM

    We don’t have Trader Joe’s here in Canada, but I went shopping there while visiting a friend in Pasadena, CA. I was amazed at the number of organic foods they offer and all the low-cost groceries.

  59. postedMay 10, 2012 7:29 AM

    My favorite Trader Joe’s item, geeze I don’t know. I’m so obsessed with that store I dedicated a whol page on my blog to it. I guess I would say the Plain Greek Yogurt, and Honey Roasted Nuts.

  60. postedMay 10, 2012 7:37 AM

    I LOVE TJ’s dark chocolate mini peanut butter cups. Amazing! This cookbook would be perfect for my little sister who is off to college this fall.

  61. postedMay 10, 2012 7:42 AM

    I love Trader Joe’s. I love their pumpkin pancake mix.

  62. postedMay 10, 2012 7:50 AM

    I am fortunate to live near a Trader Joe’s. This past Christmas I bought some chocolate peppermint covered Jo Jos (their version of Oreo type cookies) – oh my they were delish!

  63. postedMay 10, 2012 7:51 AM

    Love everything! Oriental chicken salad, heavy cream, frozen chocolate chip cookies, coffee, etc.

  64. postedMay 10, 2012 9:17 AM

    I love Trader Joe’s…I will be really sad when I live further away from it than I do. My favorite thing there? Either the soyaki sauce or the wasabi peas. Nom nom nom….

  65. postedMay 10, 2012 9:18 AM

    My favorite thing from TJs is their veggie corn dogs. I have them as afternoon snacks after work all of the time! They’re the perfect savory snack that isn’t too filling that it keeps me from wanting dinner!

  66. postedMay 10, 2012 9:31 AM

    My favorite item is their orange chicken or fresh pizza dough!

  67. postedMay 10, 2012 10:07 AM
    Patty Englin

    I LOVE TJ’s dark chocolate pnb cups!!!

  68. postedMay 10, 2012 10:21 AM

    I love the peanut butter pretzels and their cleaning supplies are very good too. I would love the cookbook as I would love to try more things from Trader Joe’s….

  69. postedMay 10, 2012 10:41 AM

    Havebbalways loved the cat cookies from TJ’s. Human food and Weight Watchers compatible.

  70. postedMay 10, 2012 10:50 AM

    Being a college student on a budget, my favorite thing to buy at Trader Joe’s is Two Buck Chuck! Even when I go to buy groceries, a couple bottles always end up in my basket…

  71. postedMay 10, 2012 10:55 AM

    Trader Joe’s Salsa – HOT!!!

  72. postedMay 10, 2012 10:57 AM

    I love everything about Trader Joe’s, and they’re finally coming to Houston! But I think the thing I’m most looking forward to purchasing is this amazing cheese blend that’s half cheddar, half gruyere. It’s simply fantastic.

  73. postedMay 10, 2012 11:19 AM

    Oh my goodness! I love TJ’s!! Every trip I buy some fresh flowers (it’s a must), and then I just simply browse for stuff that looks too good to pass up!

  74. postedMay 10, 2012 1:41 PM

    That looks super refreshing.

  75. postedMay 10, 2012 1:47 PM

    I am going to have to see if I can find Ginger Beer, it sounds delicious. I kind of figured it was actual beer as well. This lemonade sounds so refreshing for a hot summer day!

  76. postedMay 10, 2012 1:47 PM

    This looks fantastic – I always wanted to buy a pack of the GingerBeer at World Market but was afraid it would taste too much like beer with ginger in it. Now I’ll buy some. My favorite TJ product is their roasted rosemary pecans with cranberries. I just love that mix.

  77. postedMay 10, 2012 3:20 PM
    Amanda W

    I have not been to a Trader Joes yet, but I heard they are amazing!
    I would buy so many cool things and make a meal for my roommates!

  78. postedMay 10, 2012 5:21 PM
    Laura in Texas

    I’d love to have a TJ’s here!! Alas, I’ll just have to keep bringing a suitcase everytime I visit Cali. Love their cardamon cookies they stock at Christmas. Would give my brother the cookbook if I received it. Thanks!

  79. postedMay 10, 2012 7:17 PM

    Gorgeous photos! I would love to have a Trader Joe’s nearby. Unfortunately, as rural as I am, I don’t think it will happen any time soon. Until then, I’ll drool over your great finds!

  80. postedMay 10, 2012 9:01 PM
    erin l.

    This would be perfect for my cousin who is graduating from high school and is headed off to college next year. He is quite a little foodie already, so this wouldmjust spark that fire even more!

  81. postedMay 12, 2012 10:56 AM
    Karina O.

    I’m a college student who never knows what to make when groups of friends get together to study. I would love to see what kind of recipes I could cook up from this wonderful cookbook!

  82. postedMay 12, 2012 11:20 PM

    Awesome giveaway, especially because I go to Trader Joe’s like twice a week. My favorite thing to buy there has to be their quinoa tortilla chips. They are so addicting!

  83. postedMay 14, 2012 11:21 AM

    Can’t wait to try it!

  84. postedMay 16, 2012 11:20 AM

    Late to the wedding here but had to say it’s Trader Joe’s goat cheese, turbinado sugar and their natural dog treats that I head there for when i’m around one! They are also carrying a new herb grinder that tastes like bacon… oh so good in the cheese grits!

  85. postedMay 16, 2012 4:04 PM

    The three staples we buy at TJ’s (and which we absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE) are:

    Teriyaki Chicken (in the frozen aisle)
    Maui Beef (in the meat section)
    Organic 8-Grain Sprouted Bread

    Also really like their triple ginger snap cookies for making the crust on a pumpkin cheesecake. 🙂

  86. postedMay 31, 2012 10:48 AM

    what don’t I love a Trader Joe’s? My favorite though is the Mandarin chicken. My daughter is going off to college, would love to get this for her.

  87. postedJun 7, 2012 1:46 PM

    I was a college student recently and I stupidly spent four years in settings without kitchens. Now I wish that I had. A cookbook like this would carry me through to grad school and keep me away from the dining hall.

    There is not a trader Joe’s near me but I used to make trips for the pretzel rods.

  88. postedAug 3, 2012 8:07 AM

    I absolutely love the dried fruit from Trader Joe’s — especially mango!

  89. postedAug 6, 2012 1:32 AM

    i may be blind, but i don’t see any proportions for your ginger beer lemonade

    • postedAug 6, 2012 6:53 AM

      The printable recipe is at the bottom of the post.

  90. postedApr 25, 2013 12:54 PM
    Renee Campbell

    What’s not a favorite at Trader Joe’s! But I would love to give this book to my niece who will be going to college – what a cool recipe book.

  91. postedNov 28, 2014 1:09 AM
    Barbara Casort

    Reid’s extra ginger ginger beer is my favorite thing to but at Trader Joe’s!

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