Making your own ginger syrup is so easy. This versatile syrup will add a zip to your cocktails… and just about anything else you drink or eat! And – bonus! – it’s healthy!
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Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has a long history of use in traditional and alternative medicine. It’s been used for centuries to ease indigestion, reduce nausea, and fight flus and common colds. Research has shown it to be effective in treating nausea, motion-sickness, and morning sickness during pregnancy. Ginger may also lower cholesterol and inflammation, prevent clogged arteries and even kill cancer cells.
If all that doesn’t convince you to add more of this flavorful ingredient to your diet, ginger may also ease arthritis pain, lower your blood sugar, and improve brain function. It’s kind of a wonder root!
As I said, it’s really easy to make your own ginger syrup. But if you don’t have the time or inclination, Royal Rose makes a wonderful, organic Ginger Lime Syrup.
How to Make Ginger Syrup
In a medium saucepan, combine one cup of water with 1/4 pound of peeled, sliced ginger. Bring to a low boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out the ginger, reserving the liquid. But don’t throw your ginger away! You can use it recipes or make candied ginger. Yum!
Add one cup of sugar into the warm, ginger-infused water and stir until completely dissolved. Cool and store syrup in an air-tight container, like a mason jar, in the refrigerator.
The syrup will be good for 2-3 weeks. I’m pretty sure you’ll use it by then, but if you need it to last longer, add in 1 tablespoon of vodka. The vodka acts as a preservative and your syrup will be good for 4-6 weeks.
To make this syrup sugar-free, you can use Stevia or a sugar substitute of your choice. After straining out the ginger, mix in two tablespoons plus two teaspoons of Stevia into the warm water and proceed as above. If you use a sweetener other than Stevia, you’ll need to experiment with the sweetness.
Ways to Use Ginger Syrup
Obviously you’ll want to use your homemade ginger syrup in cocktails like this Grapefruit Ginger Bourbon Sour. But you can also use it in hot or iced tea, seltzer, smoothies, salad dressings, baked goods, desserts, soups, and other recipes. It’s delicious drizzled into yogurt or over ice cream!
- 1/4 lb ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- Place ginger in a saucepan with the water.
- Bring to a low boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add the sugar into the warm mixture and stir until dissolved.
- Cool and store syrup in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is estimated and should only be used as a general guideline.