Simple Homemade Ginger Syrup

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Made with 3 ingredients, this homemade ginger syrup is a bold and lively sweetener for iced drinks like iced tea and lemonade.

Simple Homemade Ginger Syrup in clear bottle.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Homemade ginger syrup is so easy to make at home with just 3 ingredients: water, sugar, and fresh ginger.
  • Fresh ginger gives this simple syrup a warming sweet and spicy flavor.
  • Syrups work especially well for iced beverages since they can be mixed in easily and won’t settle into the bottom of a glass like sugar.
  • Ginger syrup adds delicious flavor and sweetness to hot and iced drinks.

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Ingredient Notes

Simple Homemade Ginger Syrup ingredients in measuring cups and labeled.
  • Fresh ginger: Fresh ginger can be found in the produce section of a supermarket. Slicing fresh ginger root into thin pieces adds the strongest flavor to the syrup.
  • Sugar: This recipe uses white sugar as the sweetener. Brown sugar can also be used, but it’ll give the syrup a brown color.
  • Water: To make the best tasting syrup, use filtered water.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Ginger, sugar, and water in a sauce pan.

Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer, then turn off heat, and steep. Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.

Pouring ginger syrup into a container.

Step 2: Strain and pour syrup into an airtight container.

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Serving Suggestions

  • Make homemade ginger soda by combining ginger syrup with sparkling water.
  • Add ginger syrup to iced tea or lemonade to give it a subtle ginger flavor.
  • Make ginger tea taste even stronger by adding some ginger syrup.
  • Ginger syrup can go beyond flavoring drinks. Drizzle on pancakes or waffles as a zingy alternative to maple syrup.

Expert Tips

  • Instead of slicing fresh ginger, it can be grated for an even more potent ginger flavor. However, it goes take more work since a mesh strainer will be needed to filter the small ginger bits.
  • This recipe makes 1 cup of ginger syrup. That’s enough to sweeten 8 drinks if you use 2 tablespoons for each glass.
  • Store in an airtight container and this syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • Ginger syrup can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Simply pour into an ice cube tray and pop them out whenever you need it.

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Questions You May Have

Why is it called simple syrup?

Simple syrup gets its name because it’s made from an easy, basic 1:1 combination of water and sugar.

What are the health benefits of ginger syrup?

Ginger is full of health benefits and is known for aiding with digestion and nausea relief.

Do I need to refrigerate ginger syrup?

Yes! Homemade simple syrups aren’t shelf-stable and need to be refrigerated.

How long does homemade ginger syrup keep?

If stored in an airtight container in the fridge, homemade ginger syrup is good for up to 2 weeks.

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Simple Ginger Syrup

By: Jee Choe
Made from 3 ingredients, this homemade ginger syrup is a bold and lively sweetener for iced drinks.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 3 inch fresh ginger root, (sliced)

Instructions 

  • Peel and slice ginger root.
  • Put all ingredients in a saucepan and boil on medium-low heat for 6 minutes.
    Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.
  • Turn off the heat and let cool.
  • Strain or remove ginger slices and pour syrup into an airtight container.
    Use a funnel to help pour neatly into the bottle. The syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • Fresh ginger can be found in the produce section of a supermarket. Slicing fresh ginger root into thin pieces adds the strongest flavor to the syrup.
  • Instead of slicing fresh ginger, it can be grated for an even more potent ginger flavor. However, it goes take more work since a mesh strainer will be needed to filter the small ginger bits.
  • This recipe makes 1 cup of ginger syrup. That’s enough to sweeten 8 drinks if you use 2 tablespoons for each glass.
  • Store in an airtight container and this syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • Ginger syrup can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Simply pour into an ice cube tray and pop them out whenever you need it.

Syrup Uses

  • Make homemade ginger soda by combining ginger syrup with sparkling water.
  • Add ginger syrup to iced tea or lemonade to give it a subtle ginger flavor.
  • Make ginger tea taste even stronger by adding some ginger syrup.
  • Drizzle ginger syrup on pancakes or waffles as a zingy alternative to maple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 73Carbohydrates: 19gProtein: 0.02gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.001gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.001gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.001gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 4mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 19gVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.01mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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