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Happy Hour: Ginger Beer Cooler

Last night, I dined at a local Burmese cafe with a friend. While we went there for dinner, which was delicious, I wound up getting tipsy on these beer drinks called Burma coolers.

With a lemon zing and tangy ginger finish, they were wildly refreshing, so I tried to re-create them at home.

To see how I made my version of this divine drink,


Ginger Beer Cooler

Ginger Beer Cooler

Ginger Beer Cooler


1/2 ounce simple syrup
Fresh ginger root
Juice of 1 large lemon
12 ounces chilled pilsner-style beer*
lemon wedge, optional for garnish


  1. Grate the ginger, peel on, until you have approximately 1 tablespoon of grated ginger. Squeeze the juice out of the grated ginger using a cheesecloth or a fine sieve.
  2. Pour 3/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed ginger juice (reserve rest for another use) and lemon juice into a pint glass, along with the simple syrup. Top with beer.
  3. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Serves 1.

*I used Birra Moretti.

Ginger, pilsner-style beer, and lemons

Squeezing the grated ginger

Fresh-squeezed ginger juice

Ginger beer cooler
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LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
These sound really good!
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
These sound really good!
jeneanderson jeneanderson 8 years
Or try a dark and stormy. Ginger beer with dark rum, very yummy!
Katinko Katinko 8 years
I made the drink! Yay! It was very refreshing and easy to make. Interesting flavors, I have to say! What a great recipe to try!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I love ginger beer soda but I don't drink beer.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
This sounds absolutely terrific! I will certainly give this a go!
Jepa Jepa 8 years
Oh, sound yummy! Another way to get the ginger juice is to peal a small part of ginger and put it in a garlic press. Works fab!
mswender mswender 8 years
I prefer a Pimm's cup for a cocktail with Ginger Beer, so overlooked but so refreshing!!!
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