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This ginger syrup recipe came about by accident. I wasn’t really intending to make ginger syrup, but I was working on a recipe for my forthcoming book which required me to cook fresh slices of ginger. After straining the cooked ginger slices, I was left with a very strong ginger juice. I didn’t want to throw it away — you’ve met me, right?? — so I decided to try my hand at making ginger syrup.

I say that as if it was difficult. It wasn’t. 

ginger simple syrup in two glass bottles with fresh ginger root

With just two ingredients, this ginger simple syrup is a snap to make. Plus, it’s a two-fer. Use the cooked ginger in other recipes (try this candied ginger recipe) and then use the cooking liquid in this ginger syrup recipe. One recipe, twice the fun.

How to make ginger syrup

The basis of this ginger syrup recipe is a ginger-flavored water and sugar. That’s it. To make the ginger water, you’ll slice and cook fresh ginger root. This imparts an amazingly strong ginger flavor to the water.

I strained the ginger water into a quart-sized canning jar before transferring it to the saucepan for cooking. You can strain it into a bowl or any container that’s large enough to hold a quart of liquid.

ginger water ready to make ginger syrup

That flavorful water combined with sugar makes this gingery sweet syrup. You can vary the amount of sugar to make a medium or heavy syrup. Since the flavor of the ginger is so strong, I don’t recommend it as a light syrup. You really do need that extra sweetness to counter the spice of the ginger.

This sweet ginger syrup recipe keeps for a month or so in the refrigerator.

Give it as a gift

Packaged up in a pretty recycled jar (or a decorated jar like this), this syrup makes a lovely hostess gift. Simply tie on a cute label and include some ideas for how to use it. Or package a bottle of this syrup with a couple of cocktail glasses or mugs (love these) along with ingredients to make a ginger-spiced beverage.

How to use homemade ginger syrupginger syrup in jars

ginger simple syrup in two glass bottles with fresh ginger root and a blue towel

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Ginger Simple Syrup

Ginger Simple Syrup

Yield: 80
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This easy recipe makes a flavorful addition to sweets, beverages, and marinades.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ginger, fresh
  • 1 quart water
  • 3-4 cups sugar, organic

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice ginger thinly.  whole ginger root, some peeled and sliced
  2. Bring ginger to a boil in one quart of water. Cook until just tender.  sliced ginger cooking in a silver pot of water
  3. Strain, reserving cooked ginger for making ginger candy. cooked ginger slices in a small strainer
  4. Measure sugar into a saucepan. Use 3 cups for a medium ginger syrup, 4 cups for a heavy ginger syrup.  pouring ginger water into sugar to make ginger simple syrup recipe
  5. Stir in ginger flavored water. Bring to a boil. 
  6. Remove ginger simple syrup from heat. Allow to cool and transfer to jars or bottles. 

Notes

The easiest way to peel ginger is to use the edge of a spoon to scrape it away. This results in less waste than trying to use a paring knife.

Store this simple syrup in refrigerator for a month or so.

Makes 4-5 cups of ginger syrup.

Give it as a gift

Packaged up in a pretty recycled jar, this syrup makes a lovely hostess gift. Simply tie on a cute label and include some ideas for how to use it. Or package a bottle of this syrup with a couple of cocktail glasses or mugs along with ingredients to make a ginger-spiced beverage.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 80 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 31Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 8gSugar: 7g

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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

3 comments… add one
  • Carol L Nov 11, 2019, 7:40 am

    I wonder if you could can it to make it more shelf stable?
    Do you have a “ginger spiced beverage” to use? Lilikoi are not available in Oregon.

    • Rosa Morales Apr 21, 2020, 9:27 am

      It’s great for Moscow or Irish mule. Great with a cup of hot water, apple cider vinegar,fresh lemon juice and two teaspoons of ginger syrup. Good for what’s ailing you!

      • Kris Bordessa Apr 28, 2020, 7:10 am

        Ooh, yum!

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