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How To Make Ginger Simple Syrup for Cocktails

Ginger simple syrup is an easy way to add a little sugar and a little spice to all of your cocktails. Great drizzled on top of ice cream too!

etched glass jar filled with ginger simple syrup

Take your vodka soda or your gin and tonic to the next level with a little ginger simple syrup. It’s so easy to make and can be stored for a month or two in an airtight container. 

Add it to sparkling soda water for DIY ginger ale. Add it to iced tea – extra refreshing on summer days! So many options!

How to Make Ginger Simple Syrup

For my ginger simple syrup recipe below, I combine sugar, water, and fresh ginger slices. Ginger gives a spicy touch to the sugar sweetness of the syrup.

After boiling and then simmering everything in a medium pot, I strain out the ginger slices. What’s left is an easy-to-use ginger syrup.

fresh ginger on a blue napkin

How Long Does Ginger Syrup Last?

Try to use the ginger syrup shortly after you make it. It will have the best flavor this way!

If I’m not going to use the syrup right away, I store it in an airtight container that I keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. 

Can I Use Sugar Subtitutes?


Many of my simple syrup recipes use honey in place of granulated sugar. I have also used agave nectar and sugar in the raw. Brown sugar and molasses would add extra depth of flavor.

boiled ginger in sugar and water

Ways to Use Ginger Simple Syrup

  • make a ginger vodka soda by combine 1 ounce ginger simple syrup, 1 1/2 ounces of vodka and soda water in a glass filled with ice.
  • add ginger syrup to your iced tea
  • pour a small amount on top of an ice-cream sundae

What should I do with the leftover boiled ginger?

Check out my candied ginger recipe for a great way to use the ginger slices you would otherwise discard.

straining the ginger simple syrup from the cooked ginger pieces

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etched glass jar filled with ginger simple syrup

Ginger Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ginger simple syrup is an easy way to add a little sugar and a little spice to all of your cocktails. Great drizzled on top of ice cream too!


  • 1 cup sliced ginger, 1/8" thick
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar


    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.

    Place a colander over a bowl and drain the syrup into the bowl. Discard the ginger. Allow simple syrup to cool before using.


The remaining ginger can be made into candied ginger.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g
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