Why would we want to make ginger syrup? Well, to start with, my family used to be a bunch of pop addicts.
This came from my “couponing” days, when I would find great deals on pop of all kinds, and buy it just because it was a great deal. I have reduced the amount of pop we drink. I don’t like the high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.
The amount of sugar in a can of cola is 3 Tablespoons! That’s enough sugar for an entire day for a person. Too much sugar can cause your immune system to get sluggish. It can also lead to diabetes, tooth decay, and hormonal imbalances. I knew I wanted a healthier life for my family, so we had to cut the pop out.
When we DID drink pop, it was usually ginger ale.
My kids, hubby and I all loved it. I liked the spicy flavor, and the fact it was caffeine free. While transitioning from the bottled soda, we bought a soda stream. However, the syrup add-ins are full of high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and other stuff I really don’t want my family to have.
The next best thing? Make my own ginger syrup to add! This ginger syrup is the perfect syrup to make for homemade ginger-ale. I tried it, we loved it, and so I decided to make a huge batch to have on hand all the time.
It starts with a ginger simple syrup recipe. That is equal parts of sugar and ginger infused water.
Some of our favorite ginger syrup uses are for upset stomachs. Just one teaspoon of this ginger syrup helps to settle upset stomachs. The ginger syrup itself is easy to make. You could easily cut this recipe down for smaller batches.
If you need to make a smaller batch of ginger simple syrup, just store it in the fridge. You could also add a bit of mint extract to the finished syrup, or when adding to carbonated water for a special kick. I like to have a lot on hand, therefore, I make a huge batch every time we need it.
Begin by cutting up two big hands of ginger. A hand of ginger refers to a piece about the size of your hand. You can find them “hand sized” in the grocery store produce aisles. What you want is about 8 ounces for this ginger syrup recipe.
In a large stock pot, bring to a boil 6 cups of water and 6 cups of sugar. Add cut ginger. I don’t usually bother to peel the ginger for this recipe. If you choose to do that, try and source organic fresh ginger.
Bring the ginger syrup to a boil, boil 10 minutes. Turn off heat, cover, and allow to steep for 90 minutes.
After steeping is done, drain the ginger syrup into another pot. Bring syrup back to a full rolling boil while jars are in a boiling water bath. Fill pint sized jars to 1/4″ headspace and process for 30 minutes. To use, add 1/2 cup per 1 liter of carbonated or mineral water.