Making craft cocktails doesn't have to be hard! A simple way to add some extra kick to your cocktails is with an infused simple syrup. This ginger simple syrup turns everyday cocktails into unbelievably delicious cocktails! Even better, it's ready in about 30 minutes, and all you need is sugar, water and ginger!
Ginger Simple Syrup
Have dreams of becoming a craft cocktail mixologist or just looking for an easy way to jazz up your cocktails? Then look no further than this ginger simple syrup. I fell in love with infused simple syrups with Rosemary Simple Syrup and Thyme Simple Syrup. Now I have another love. I think this ginger simple syrup may be my favorite. It adds such an elegant touch to cocktails. I also imagine that it would be heavenly in hot tea!
How to Make Ginger Simple Syrup
Making a ginger simple syrup is so easy. You are basically making a simple syrup and including some coarsely chopped ginger. Most simple syrups are a one to one ratio of water and sugar, this one is not as sweet as most. It uses one and a half cups of water to half a cup of sugar. If you want yours sweeter, you can increase the sugar, but I would suggest that you try it this way first.
You combine your water, sugar and coarsely chopped ginger into a saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Then you lower the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Take it off the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Then strain into a jar and store in the refrigerator. We make our own tonic water, so I use the jars from these Jack Rudy Cocktail Syrups.
Uses for Ginger Simple Syrup
My favorite way to use this syrup is in cocktails. You can use it in any cocktail that calls for a simple syrup - like a French 75 Cocktail or a Hemingway Daiquiri. You can also stir some into a cocktail that doesn't call for simple syrup like a Strawberry Martini - the strawberry ginger combination would be amazing!
It's amazing stirred into hot tea or iced tea! I've also drizzled it over ice cream and pound cake. Once you make it and taste how good it is, you'll come up with all sorts of ways to use it too.
If you make this Ginger Simple Syrup, be sure and let me know what you found to use it on!
Ginger Simple Syrup
- 4 inch ginger root peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat to a boil over medium high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Lower the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature, strain into a jar and refrigerate.
This was originally posted in 2016 and has been updated for 2018.