Homemade Ginger Syrup for ginger ale
recipe from Imbibe Magazine
makes 2 cups ginger syrup
2 cups coarsely chopped ginger
2 cups granulated sugar
6 cups water
Place chopped ginger in a food processor (or blender in a pinch) and pulverize until well chopped.
Place ginger, sugar, and water in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour to 1 hour and a half, until the liquid has reduced down by more than half. You’re going from 6 cups of liquid to 2 cups. The boiling syrup will become glossy and silky as it cooks down and nears completion.
Remove syrup from the flame and strain twice through a cheese cloth, or fine mesh strainer, into a large bowl. Let syrup cool slightly before pouring into a bottle to store. Cool completely before incorporating into drinks.
This site tells you that you can make candied ginger from the cooked ginger. Check it out!
1 cup club soda
3 tablespoons ginger syrup (or to taste)
dash of bitters (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice. Stir with spoon to incorporate. Enjoy immediately. If you wanted to add bourbon… that would be delicious.
I know you posted this recipe about 2 years ago and I’m just behind the times. But still.
I am making this delightful beverage to serve at my wedding during the cocktail hour. I’ve practiced and it’s wonderful. I can’t wait to serve it at my wedding in May! The syrup is perfect to prepare in advance, allowing me to have a homemade touch to my wedding without added last-minute stress. Thanks for being awesome 2 years ago. (And still continuing this trend today!)
Hi Joy, I made this for a friend who is undergoing chemo. She mentioned that ginger helps with nausea, so I whipped up a bottle for her. She loves it! She adds it to her tea or to club soda and says it has been a great help. Thanks!
Joy – how long will the syrup last in a jar in the fridge? Days/weeks/months?
Crystal From Sew Creative Blog
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I bought a Soda Stream recently and wanted to make ginger ale as soon as I got it home. I found your tutorial and the results were delicious. Thank you so much.
I did my Weekly Inspiration blog post today and the theme was Cold Remedies. I included your ginger ale syrup. I’d love for you to take a look:
How long will this syrup keep for?
How long will this keep and does it need to be refrigerated? Can I use less sugar?
I’m thinking this might make a good Christmas gift. Thanks.
Several weeks. You can use less sugar if you want to…but why would you want to do that ;)
So I just made my first batch of this. After much simmering, I finally got the liquid down to almost exactly two cups of syrup. Made my hubs a nice tall glass of ginger/lime soda and low and behold, the syrup seems to burn in our throats a bit. What could this be? It’s definitely tasty but we are flummoxed by the burning sensation. Any ideas?