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The stinging nettle has always been highly regarded for its health promoting properties. In some regions of rural England nettles were used to make a non-alcoholic beer, similar in characteristics to ginger beer.


  1. Boil the water, nettles, lemons and ginger for about 40 minutes.
  2. Strain and stir in the sugar until dissolved.
  3. When cool stir a little of the above with the yeast until it forms a cream and return to the pot. Mix well.
  4. Decant into strong screw-capped bottles, tighten the caps and leave in a cool place for a few days to ferment. If the bottles are not strong enough the glass is liable to break.
  5. Refrigerate before opening. Open with caution - the pressure build-up may be such that the beer will erupt with some force!
  6. Enjoy.

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