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How To Make Candied Ginger

Candied ginger is easy to make and great as candy or for garnishing cocktails and desserts. You only need a few ingredients!

bowl of crystalized ginger

I started out with the idea to make candied ginger when I was playing around with Moscow mule garnishes.

Store-bought would have been fine, but that’s not how we do things.

“Homemade or go home,” I say. Or something like that.

The sweet and spicy combination of homemade crystalized ginger is my new favorite!

fresh ginger on a dark blue napkin

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How To Make Candied Ginger

Start by peeling the ginger. This can be a BIG PAIN in booty.

I would recommend checking out this tutorial if you need some tips. 

When I’m in a hurry I will just slice the peel off with a knife but usually I go with the spoon method.

After the ginger has been peeled, it’s time to slice.

If you are using the candied ginger to garnish a cocktail, strips are better. If for candy or other uses, then cut it into thin rounds.

ginger boiling in a pot of distilled water and sugar

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan and then add the fresh ginger pieces.

Simmer the mixture for about 45 minutes.

Then drain the ginger using a colander – save the syrup!

Toss the ginger in sugar and let it dry and cool on a cooling rack

And that’s it.

Well, there may be a little more to do but detailed instructions are in the recipe card.

straining softened, cooked ginger over a colander and bowl

What Tools Do I Need?

A medium pot, mesh strainer or colander, and a bowl are the basics.

A mandolin is my favorite tool for slicing fresh ginger.

You will want to slice the ginger around a ⅛″ and using a mandolin will make more consistently sized pieces.

Be careful though – mandolins are very sharp.

You will also need a drying rack – a cooling rack for baked goods works perfectly.

Place the rack on top of a sheet of parchment paper for easy cleanup. 

mixed cooked ginger slices in sugar

How long does homemade candied ginger last?

I recommend storing the dried candied ginger in an airtight container (like a mason jar.)

The store bought version will last for several months; the homemade version is preservative free so only lasts 2-3 weeks.

single piece of candied ginger

Different Ways to Use Candied Ginger

  • a quick snack or dessert
  • a garnish for a Moscow mule or other ginger cocktail
  • to top a cake, cookie, or cupcake

Cocktails That Need to Be Garnished with Candied Ginger

Candied ginger is easy to make and great as candy or for garnishing cocktails and desserts. You only need a few ingredients! How to Make Candied Ginger Pinterest image
bowl of crystalized ginger

Candied Ginger

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Rest Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 1 hour

Candied ginger is easy to make and great as candy or for garnishing cocktails or desserts. You only need a few ingredients!


  • 1 cup sliced ginger, ⅛" thick
  • 2 cups water
  • 2.5 cups granulated sugar, separated


  1. In a medium-sized pot bring, 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar to a boil. When boiling, add the ginger and reduce heat to a simmer for 45 minutes..
  2. Place a colander over a bowl and drain the mixture. Reserve the syrup for other uses.
  3. Place a cooling rack over a sheet of parchment paper. Add the remaining ½ cup of sugar into a medium, clean bowl and toss softened ginger in the sugar. Place the sugar-covered ginger on the cooling rack. Let dry overnight, then place in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 0gSugar: 50gProtein: 0g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 1/24/2019

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