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Lip-Smacking-Good Homemade Ginger Simple Syrup

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.


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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 in two glass bottles with fresh ginger root

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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5 comments… add one
  • Dolly Sep 19, 2020 @ 11:22

    OMG, it’s so good. I live in Panama and it’s always hot. Nothing more refreshing than some of this siru, ice cubes and sparkling water! Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 27, 2020 @ 12:10

      Awesome!

  • Carol L Nov 11, 2019 @ 7:40

    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

      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

        Ooh, yum!

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