Ginger Syrup Recipe

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Do you enjoy homemade sodas, cocktails, or coffee drinks? Then you’ll want to give this easy Ginger Syrup Recipe a whirl. Make it with your choice of sweetener for a delicious, refreshing syrup for ades, ales, coffees, teas, and other tasty beverages.

bottle of ginger syrup

Flavored syrups are what give some of your favorite beverages their zip and zing, sweetness and flavor. Syrup is what fuels the fast food soda bars and what the bartender uses to give your cocktail just the right flavor. A simple syrup is, by virtue of its name, simple to make, and a great thing to have on hand during the summer months. A flavored simple syrup can make things even more exciting.

Simple syrup is basically a sweetener that easily dissolves in cold drinks. It’s what you’ll find at the base of many an iced coffee drink, soda, or cocktail. It’s also great for flavoring ice tea or lemonade.

One of my kids favorite syrups that I make is this Ginger Syrup Recipe. It comes together in about 30 minutes and could last a few weeks in the fridge — if the kids didn’t get to it first.

Ten years ago soda was a regular thing at our house. I drank one Vanilla Coke a day and let the kids have pop on Pizza Night. About five or six years ago, we quit our soda habit. It’s very rarely something I buy at the store or at a restaurant. There’s just too much junk in it.

What ingredients do you need to make ginger simple syrup? 

But, we do love a sweet drink every once in awhile. That’s where homemade sodas — and this Ginger Syrup Recipe — come in handy. With a flavored simple syrup and some club soda, you can make your own sodas to meet your own taste and ingredient preferences. Plus, you can choose what kind of sweetener to use: sugar or honey. This recipe uses sugar but you can substitute honey for the sugar if you prefer.

This recipe uses:

  • granulated white sugar (but again honey can be used)
  • water
  • fresh ginger (peeled and finely chopped)

How do you make this ginger simple syrup recipe? 

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and ginger. Bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar completely. Simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  2. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the ginger to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
  3. Store the syrup in a covered jar or flask for up to 2 weeks.

Other flavored syrups you can make:

drink with ginger syrup and fresh ginger

How long does ginger syrup last? 

A simple syrup made with equal parts sugar and water will last for 2 weeks covered in the refrigerator. 

Uses for this Ginger Syrup Recipe

Homemade ginger ale is super refreshing on a hot summer day. We’ve also used this Ginger Syrup Recipe to doctor iced tea, lemonade, and lemon popsicles. I imagine there are a wide variety of uses, if you want to get creative with it. I’ve even read about using it in margaritas. Sounds yummy to me!

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Ginger Syrup Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Do you enjoy homemade sodas, cocktails, or coffee drinks? Then you'll want to give this easy Ginger Syrup Recipe a whirl. Make it with your choice of sweetener for a delicious, refreshing syrup for ades, ales, coffees, teas, and other tasty beverages.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ginger, simple syrup
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped peeled, fresh ginger
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and ginger. Bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar completely. Simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  2. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the ginger to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
  3. Store the syrup in a covered jar or flask for up to 2 weeks.

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Comments

  1. MCL says

    I make a fruit salad in ginger syrup that is so delicious and the fruit salad lasts day in the fridge.

  2. Brighid says

    I’m not sure if you end up with candied ginger at the end of this recipe but it’s essentially the same process to make candied ginger. In that case, the ginger syrup is a bonus by-product. Candied ginger is great to add to granola; I’ve been making a homemade version of Trader Joe’s Ginger Granola for years. And while chopping and peeling a lot of ginger is time consuming, it smells heavenly while cooking and is pretty frugal when you compare it to already prepared, small diced candied ginger.

    • Well, that is really interesting. How do you get the ginger bits dried?

      • Brighid says

        You simply coat the candied ginger in granulated sugar! The original recipe that I found on the web for candied ginger bits is gone but I think this should work. A test of a couple pieces is probably a good thing first!

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