Ann’s Ginger Wine or OT

Our friend Ann has shared her recipe for her superb Ginger wine, also known as OT. It is an Anglo-Indian drink that has good kick from the ginger and chillies but is alcohol free.

With your favourite dessert or with a slice of homemade cheesecake like Ann served hers with, this Ginger wine is just magic.

It is also a great warmer in the cooler months and has been said to be a soothing drink to take for coughs, sore throats and digestive problems.

Ann’s Ginger Wine or OT


  • 250 g Ginger root, washed, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 375 g sugar
  • 3 red chillies, whole
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1stick of cinnamon
  • 1 Cardamom pod
  • 1 Tblsp Lime or Lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 L water

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  1. Add water to a large heavy saucepan
  2. Stir in sugar
  3. Then add the ginger, chillies, cloves, cinnamon sticks and cardamom pod
  4. Bring to a rolling boil then reduce to simmer and cook until the mixture is reduced by half and thickened (at least 1 hour)
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice
  6. Allow to cool then, using a piece of cheesecloth, strain off the ginger and spices
  7. Bottle and keep in the fridge
  8. Enjoy your Ginger wine with your favourite dessert
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A glass of Ginger wine is absolutely delicious served with home made cheesecake!



2 thoughts on “Ann’s Ginger Wine or OT

  1. Hi Ann I liked your ginger wine reciepie the good thing about it is you do not add yeast and the ingredients you used were minimal . Would like to know for how long will this remain good in the refrigerator. Could I keep it out of the fridge .
    What is OT?? Could you give us your grape wine recepie.


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