Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Make Your Own Ginger Syrup!


One of my favorite flavor profiles is ginger - I love to cook with it, enjoy ginger-flavored drinks, like it candied, and find it to be the most soothing method of dealing with minor stomach issues.  The spicy hot flavor of ginger goes very well with both savory dishes and as a refreshing sweet treat.

Another thing I really like is carbonated water from my Sodastream - I only rarely touch commercial sodas anymore, but I do like the bubbles, with just a dash of something for flavor.

One obvious choice would be a bit of ginger syrup!

A hefty dose makes a soft drink that is somewhere between ginger ale and ginger beer (which tends to retain the warming spicy flavors of ginger more than ginger ale does).

A lighter dose adds that wonderful gingery flavor without too much sugar, and is a great way to settle one's stomach.

I prefer to make my own syrups for the Sodastreamer so I can better control what goes into them, and Ginger Syrup is very simple and fast to put together. Next time you come across one of those big nubbly roots in the grocery store, pick one or two up, and try this for yourself!

Ginger Syrup

enough ginger root to make 1 1/2 cups of thinly sliced ginger
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups cane sugar

Scrub the ginger root, and decide if you want to peel it or not - it is not necessary to make Ginger Syrup, but if you'd like to eat the resulting candied ginger, you may want to peel the skin from it before slicing.

I didn't peel this time - but if you do, try scraping the skin with a spoon. It's easier to get into all those nooks and crannies that way than it is trying to use a peeler.

Slice the ginger as thinly as possible, and place into a medium large saucepan.

Add water and sugar, and stir.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then lower heat and let simmer another 15 minutes or so, until sugar is completely dissolved, and liquid begins to thicken slightly.

Let cool, and chill overnight with the ginger still in the syrup, in order to maximize the gingery taste.

The next day, strain the ginger from the syrup, reserving the now-candied ginger to enjoy separately, if desired.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and use as you like.  This will last at least 2 weeks without spoiling (but that's a guess, because it goes fast around here).

I've seen a variation that includes a few whole peppercorns put into simmer, and that sounds like something I definitely want to try!

Use suggestions:

- Add to carbonated water, either from the Sodastream, or commercial selzer or tonic water.

- A splash of this is really good added to a cup of hot chai spiced tea with milk.


- This is a powerful tool for your bartender's arsenal - it goes nicely with all sorts of drinks.  Try a whiskey and soda with a bit of lime and ginger syrup. Yum!

- Toss some fresh fruit in a blend of Ginger Syrup, lime juice, and a bit of champagne vinegar for a really lovely fruit salad.

How would you use it? The possibilities are nearly endless!



22 comments:

  1. Lynda, These are some flavors I love. I think I will try the ginger with pepper combination. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

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  2. I like your fruit salad idea. That sound delicious. Never knew how to make this. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. Lynda, this is so good. I am putting fresh ginger into all sorts of things from cakes to smoothies. I like your recipe, I would like to try it with a little less sugar if it would still work. Eating the ginger pieces sounds good too. Thanks so much.

    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

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  4. Hi Lynda,
    Sounds like a wonderful healthy way to improve your health. Ginger has a wealth of health and medicinal value, unfortunately as healthy as it is I have a allergy to it. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned!

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  5. I am going to make some of your Ginger Syrup, it will be great in my summer tea. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  6. I love ginger and carbonated water. This would be a perfect combination for me. I'll have to try it.

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  7. Thanks for sharing on Let's Get Real Friday Party. #LetGetRealSocial. This could be a really healthy drink. I would probably sweeten with a few drops of Stevia

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  8. Oh I bet that simple syrup would be great in a cocktail!! (Not that I partake :-) ) Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! See you later this week!! Pinned!

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  9. Lynda, I love ginger. Not only does it taste great it is really good for a stomach upset. Ginger is also good for thinning blood, so I love to have it in my diet! I am so going to make this it could be good in so many things, or even used for a sauce when cooking stir fry! Thanks so much for sharing. I love this!

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  10. Lynda, I love ginger. Not only does it taste great it is really good for a stomach upset. Ginger is also good for thinning blood, so I love to have it in my diet! I am so going to make this it could be good in so many things, or even used for a sauce when cooking stir fry! Thanks so much for sharing. I love this!

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  11. Oohh, would love to try this! Thanks for sharing with us at Brag About It! Pinning to share!

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  12. Wow I am going to HAVE to try this! Thank you! I would love for you to come participate in our Blog Hop. The Homesteader Hop every Wednesday, I do hope you will come out and join us. https://www.floydfamilyhomestead.com/2016/06/08/homesteader-hop-6/

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  13. Thanks for the idea. This would work well in cocktails!

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  14. What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing this simple trick on Simply Natural Saturdays. I'll be featuring this post tomorrow - join us again!!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your ginger syrup recipe with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. We're happy to have you partying with us.

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  16. Now this is one I MUST try!! I absolutely love ginger!! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing this with us over at The Homesteader's Hop! I hope to see you again this week.

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  18. This sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

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  19. What a great tutorial!
    Thanks for sharing it at Good Tips Tuesday! Your post was featured this week!

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  20. Homemade syrups are always the best - I love ginger too. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  21. Yum, I love ginger. I'm excited to give this a try. Pinning!

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  22. This would be perfect for preggie nauseous mamas!

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