Spicy-sweet ginger syrup is lovely drizzled over ice cream or in the homemade ginger ale recipe below. This ginger syrup recipe makes a great holiday gift, too!
Table of Contents
- How to Make Ginger Syrup
- Ginger Syrup Printable Recipe Card
- Ways to Use It
- How to Store It
- Ginger Syrup Recipe
Don't you love a good food gift around the holidays? This homemade Ginger Syrup recipe makes a lovely hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or coworker gift.
I'm even including a printable recipe card, so your recipient can make their own ginger ale with their syrup like a champ!
How to Make Ginger Syrup
You only need three simple ingredients to make sticky-sweet, slightly spicy ginger syrup:
- fresh ginger
To make the syrup, start by coarsely chopping your fresh ginger. It takes quite a bit of ginger to make the syrup, so I saved time by using my mini food processor to chop it.
Of course, you can chop by hand, if you prefer.
You don't need to worry about peeling the ginger for this recipe. The peel will get filtered out later on.
Transfer that chopped ginger to a pan with organic sugar, then add a couple of cups of water to the mix.
Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer it to infuse the water with that gingery goodness. When the simmering time is up, let the mixture cool slightly (do not skip cooling!), and then it's time to strain!
I like to strain my syrup by placing a funnel into my storage container, then placing a fine mesh strainer on top of that. Ladle the mixture into the strainer to get the pieces of garlic -- including the skin -- out of the syrup.
Once you finish straining, you'll be left with about three cups of ginger syrup, which is enough for making two to three gifts, depending on the size of the storage container you choose.
Ginger Syrup Printable Recipe Card
Are you giving this syrup as a gift? Include a recipe card to give your recipient an idea for how to use it! This recipe card shows them how to make simple, delicious ginger ale from this syrup.
You can download a pdf of the card here, or right-click and save the jpg below:
Ways to Use It
This ginger syrup recipe is lovely as the base for homemade ginger ale. Making ginger ale with this syrup couldn't be simpler!
Just add a splash of the syrup to a cup of soda water, top it off with ice, and add a squeeze of lime juice.
You can also use the ginger syrup to make some really fun cocktails! Here are a few ideas to try:
- Muddle together the ginger syrup with vodka, basil, and lime. Top off with soda water.
- Use the homemade ginger ale recipe below to make the best Tequila and Ginger Ale EVER.
- Muddle the ginger syrup with a few fresh cranberries. Add a splash of gin and top off with soda water. Garnish with rosemary for an easy holiday cocktail.
If cocktails aren't your thing, don't worry! Here are some non-boozy ways to use ginger syrup:
- Drizzle it over ice cream.
- Use it in place of ⅓ of the maple syrup on your pancakes or waffles.
- Use it instead of agave nectar in your next marinade.
- Sweeten your next batch of homemade lemonade.
- Add a splash to vegan hot chocolate for a spicy kick.
- Sweeten your next batch of iced tea with it.
Anywhere that you'd use a liquid sweetener and want to add a little ginger spice, this syrup is your friend. Let's make some!
How to Store It
Your Ginger Syrup will keep for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
I like to store this in a glass sauce bottle, so it's easy to pour. Storing this syrup in a mason jar is fine, but it can be messy to pour, especially when the jar is very full.
Homemade Ginger Syrup and Ginger Ale Recipe
For the Ginger Syrup
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups organic sugar
- 3 cups coarsely chopped ginger - leaving the peel on is fine
For One Ginger Ale
- 2 tablespoons Ginger Syrup
- 1 cup soda water
- ¼ of a fresh lime
To Make the Ginger Syrup
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium heat until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 2 minutes, then cover and bring to a simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.
- Pour the cooled syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a glass container.
To Make One Glass of Ginger Ale
- Combine the syrup and soda water in a tall glass, and stir to combine. Top it off with ice and a squeeze of juice from the ¼ lime.