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ginger simple syrup in a glass bottle
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Ginger Simple Syrup

This easy ginger simple uses fresh ginger and lemon (or lime!) to create a spicy sweet syrup.  It’s perfect for ginger ale and cocktails!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 48 people
Calories: 18kcal


  • 2 oz fresh ginger Use more for a spicier syrup
  • 1 lemon or lime, quartered + juiced
  • 1 cup water (filtered)
  • 1 cup sugar OR ¾ cup honey


  • Thinly slice the ginger. Add the ginger, lemon juice, and lemon quarters to a small saucepan.
  • Cover the pot, bring to a boil, and immediately lower the temperature. Bring liquid down to a light simmer. Continue simmering covered for about 30 minutes.
  • Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the ginger water into a large measuring cup (or another container). You should have about 1 cup of liquid left. If you have less, add filtered water until you have one cup.
  • Rinse out the saucepan, and pour the ginger water back in. Add the sugar or honey, stir over low heat until the sugar or honey dissolves.
  • Pour the syrup into a glass jar, or funnel into bottes. Store in the fridge and use within two weeks.


Nutrition information assumes sugar instead of honey.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg