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Ginger Syrup

Elevate all your favorite cocktails with this easy and dangerously tasty ginger syrup recipe! Just add fresh ginger, sugar, and water, then wait for the magic to happen.

square photo of the syrup in a bottle

I love to infuse alcohol and simple syrups. One of my favorite vodka infusions is cherry. I love it so much that when cherry season rolls around, I make at least two 1.75 liter bottles before I can’t get the fruit anymore.

My favorite syrup is a toss up between this ginger syrup and raspberry syrup.

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The difference between infusing alcohol and simple syrup is one of timing: alcohol infusions take around a week to mature.

Simple syrups, on the other hand, infuse practically instantly. All you have to do is heat up the ingredients to get the flavors to meld together.

You can use this ginger infused simple syrup in many cocktail recipes, but what I made with this delicious infusion is a grapefruit, ginger mojito. Ginger infused simple syrup is also wonderful in the Moscow mule or any other cocktail where you want to add delicious ginger flavor.

Ginger also pairs really well with whiskey.

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Helpful tips

  • How to easily peel ginger root: Place the root on chopping board, hold one of the ends in the air and the other end rests on the board. (See photo B below.)
  • Take a kitchen tablespoon and hold it with the curve of the bowl facing up, scrape the edge of the spoon down the root. This causes the ginger skin to flake off.
  • You can either scrape towards the board or away from the board. I usually do a combination of both.
  • I recommend a spoon over a peeler or a pairing knife to peel ginger because, in my experience, they remove too much of the flesh of the ginger root.
  • Whether you store this syrup in a bottle, like I do, or in a jar, you will need to wash the container with warm soapy water, then rinse and dry completely.
  • Use equal parts of white sugar and water.
  • You can increase the shelf life of this ginger syrup by storing it in the refrigerator so it doesn’t develop mold. It will keep for up to 2 months (if not longer) in the fridge.

How to make ginger infused simple syrup

Pre-step

Get a medium saucepan, a kitchen tablespoon, large bowl, sieve, and fine cheesecloth.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – fresh ginger root, sugar and water.

Ginger root, sugar and water on a wooden table

Step two

Add the sugar and water to the saucepan. (A)

Step three

Peel the ginger root with a tablespoon (B) (see Helpful tips for how to do this) and cut the ginger into pieces.

Left - water and sugar in a pan. Right - hand holding spoon peeling ginger

Step four

Place the sliced ginger in the saucepan. (C)

Step five

Turn the heat under the pan to medium-high heat. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down to a high simmer and let it cook for 20 minutes.

Stir every few minutes until the sugar has melted. (D)

Sliced ginger in a pan of water sugar and then cooked

Step six

Place a sieve in a large bowl and line the sieve with fine cheesecloth.

Step seven

Pour the contents of the pan into the lined sieve.

Cooked ginger in a cheesecloth covered sieve

You can either place a few slices of leftover ginger in the bottle or jar you’re going to store the ginger syrup in or throw them away.

I choose to throw them away.

Pour the syrup into your storage container.

A bottle of ginger syrup with the top off

Doesn’t that look artful?

A bottle filled with a yellowish syrup

Yum. Store this delicious sweetener in the refrigerator and it will keep for 2 months.

Vertical view of the syrup in the bottle on a wood table

I hope you enjoy this ginger infused simple syrup recipe, as well as the cocktails you can make with it!

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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square photo of the syrup in a bottle

Ginger Syrup

Elevate all your favorite cocktails with this easy and dangerously tasty ginger syrup recipe! Just add fresh ginger, sugar, and water, then wait for the magic to happen. 
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: flavored simple syrup, ginger infused simple syrup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 102kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ginger root (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  • Add water and sugar in a medium saucepan.
    1 cup water, 1 cup sugar
  • Peel and chop ginger in pieces and add to the water and sugar. See notes on how to peel the ginger.
    1 cup ginger root
  • Turn the heat under the pan to medium heat. Once it comes to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes
  • Place sieve in the glass bowl and line it with the cheesecloth. Carefully pour the contents of the pan into the sieve. After the liquid drains from the ginger, toss the ginger in the garbage.
  • Pour the ginger syrup either in a bottle or jar.
  • Use in a delicious cocktail
  • Enjoy
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Notes

How to easily peel ginger
  • Here’s how I do it: Place the root on chopping board, hold one of the ends in the air with the other end rests on the board.
  • Take a kitchen tablespoon and hold it with the curve of the bowl facing up, scrape the edge of the spoon down the root which causes the ginger skin to flake off.
  • You can either scrape towards the board or away from the board. I usually do a combination of both.
  • The reason I do it this way is if you use a peeler or a pairing knife, you end up taking off too much of the flesh of the ginger root.
  • Try it, you’ll see how easy it is.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 216g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 201g | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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22 Comments

  1. What a great food gift idea for the holidays. So many uses for this ginger syrup. I would love some in my coffee right now.

  2. This will be a great addition for the holiday cocktails! Going to make it tonight for Thanksgiving celebration ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. This recipe was very easy to make! I love the flavour and smell. I used the leftover ginger for cooking too. Great recipe!

  4. SO glad I found this recipe! I always have to buy more ginger root than I need for recipes and now I can use the extra to make syrup, which we will definitely use. Thank you!

  5. I have never cooked with ginger roots before, so I was a bit intimidated. However, your directions were very easy to follow.

  6. Thanks for the tips on how to peel ginger root. It is tricky, but your tips made it so easy. My kitchen smelled so good while the ginger was simmering. I can’t wait to use it in so many different cocktails.

  7. Love ginger-flavored cocktails for this time of year! That warm spice just makes drinks feel that much more festive.

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