Lemon-Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe

Close-up of mint leaves with ginger and lemons on napkin
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Ratings (23)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: About 3/4 cup (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
36 Calories
0g Fat
9g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Lemon-Ginger Simple Syrup is easy to make ahead of time and then use to whip up a quick pitcher of lemonade, to flavor cocktails or iced tea, or to drizzle over cakes or fresh fruit. Fans of fresh mint can replace the fresh, chopped ginger with fresh, chopped mint leaves to make Lemon-Mint Simple Syrup.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons ginger (peeled and chopped, or chopped fresh mint)

Steps to Make It

  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat.

  2. Reduce heat. Stirring often, simmer the mixture for seven to ten minutes, or until the mixture has reduced to about half its original volume. If you prefer a thicker syrup, simmer for more time.

  3. Filter through a strainer, discarding the ginger root.

  4. Store in a clean jar with a tight lid (such as a Mason jar). Refrigerated, this syrup will keep fresh for up to six months.

  5. Add a teaspoon or so per serving to chilled drinks for a lemon-ginger flavor. Add about two teaspoons per cup water or sparkling water to make quick lemon-ginger lemonade. Drizzle over pancakes, fresh fruit or other sweet foods for added flavor.