I've been wanting to try this for a little while. I've tasted the bottled ginger beer from the liquor store, but I didn`t like it. This may be better; at least I'll be able to change the recipe to suit me. I lack the cardomom pods, but it says they're optional anyway:
Juice from 4 limes
2 3-inch pieces of ginger, coarsely grated
1/2 cup sugar
4 whole cloves
4 cardamom pods (optional)
1 cup orange juice
1. In a large saucepan, combine the limes, ginger, sugar, cloves, cardamom, and orange juice with 4 cups of water ingredients and bring to a boil.
2. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool. Transfer to the refrigerator and let sit for at least 2 hours. Strain and chill thoroughly before serving.