Ginger Simple Syrup

Ginger Simple Syrup

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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Infusion: 60 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
53 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cup (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ginger syrup is a very useful ingredient for the kitchen and home bar. It's easy to make at home and allows you to add the sweet spice to your drink routine.

This recipe provides the foundation for making your own ginger ale or ginger liqueur. It's also found in a number of cocktail and drink recipes, and is a great liquid sweetener for tea drinks and coffee. Plus, extra flavors like vanilla and spicy peppers can be added to the syrup to really give it some zing.

The recipe is extremely simple and no different than any other homemade syrup. Essentially, you'll dissolve sugar in water over heat and add the flavoring by allowing fresh ginger to infuse its distinct taste into the syrup. It takes just a few minutes of your time and the cost is minimal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar (white granulated)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup ginger root (sliced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. In a saucepan on medium heat, combine the sugar and water.

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  3. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved.

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  4. Add the ginger and continue to heat, bringing the syrup to a light boil.

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  5. Cover, reduce heat, and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.

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  6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool and steep in the covered pan for about 1 hour or until it reaches your preferred taste.

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  7. Strain out the ginger and bottle under a tight seal.

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  8. Mix into your favorite drinks and enjoy!

Tips

  • Store the syrup in the refrigerator. It should keep for about two weeks.
  • To make straining easier, slices or chunks of ginger are better. Grated fresh ginger will work as well, though you will need to fine strain it to remove all of the pieces.
  • You can adjust the sugar and water ratio. Make it richer with a 2 parts sugar and 1 part water, or back off on the sweetness with a straight 1:1 mix. The proportions given in the recipe seem to work best with ginger as it adds a bit more sweetness against the spice, though it can be adapted to your taste.
  • Ginger syrup is excellent with other types of sugar, especially raw and brown sugars.

Recipe Variations

Ginger syrup does not have to be one-dimensional. The sweet spice is the perfect foundation to build on, and there are a number of flavors you can add to the syrup.

  • Start with something simple like a vanilla-ginger simple syrup. The vanilla adds a little more sweetness that contrasts and plays down the ginger. Use a whole vanilla bean or a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
  • Mix ginger with a more powerful spice like chile peppers. This is tricky because you don't want to "burn" the flavor, so it must be removed before the ginger infusion is done to maintain a balanced flavor. Place a whole chile pepper into the simmering syrup. When you remove it from the heat, taste the syrup. If the pepper infusion is to your liking, remove it and continue the ginger infusion. If not, let it go for a few more minutes. Most peppers will need just 5 minutes, and cutting the pepper will expose the white membrane that holds the capsaicin, so it will get spicier much faster.
  • Winter spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice, are great complements to ginger. For instance, you can combine the ginger, cinnamon, clove, and allspice used in the ginger snap martini and create a syrup. This makes the drink just a little easier to mix up and the syrup is fantastic in hot toddies and coffee as well.
  • Other flavors to try in ginger syrup include coconut, mint, and lemon or lime.

Ginger Syrup Drink Recipes

Ginger syrup is very versatile and can find a home in a variety of mixed drinks. You can even use it as the sweetener and flavoring ingredient for a homemade ginger liqueur.

  • Ginger Lemonade: Use the ginger syrup to give a snappy background to fresh-squeezed lemonade.

  • Stoli Alibi: This simple mixed drink takes a different approach to the Moscow mule, featuring club soda and ginger syrup rather than ginger beer.

  • Cranberry Ginger Sparkler: For an easy mocktail, mix 1/2 ounce ginger syrup with 3 ounces cranberry juice over ice. Top the drink with sparkling apple cider and stir.

  • German Vacation: This interesting cocktail mixes Jagermeister, rum, and ginger syrup.

  • Mad Hatter's Tea Party: Sweet and simple, this cocktail begins with a tea-infused rum which is perfect against the snap of ginger.

  • Pama Ginger-tini: Pomegranate, grapefruit, and ginger come together for a brilliantly flavored vodka martini.