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Ginger Simple Syrup

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I love fresh ginger. It’s pungent and spicy and has great culinary range, going well with both sweet and savory dishes.

It’s also become a leading ingredient in cocktails for me. When I’m scanning a cocktail menu, one of the first things I seek out is ginger beer. I prefer the Kentucky Mule over Moscow’s version, but also enjoy a good Dark & Stormy that prominently features a spicy, pepper-like ginger beer. This is all to say that I love ginger and ginger beer and welcome the opportunity to add more of its wonderfully complex flavor into my cocktail of choice.

Ginger simple syrup is a great way to do that.

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The recipe comes from Edward Lee’s Smoke & Pickles, one of my favorite cookbooks. Put one cup of sugar and one cup of water into a saucepan. Then cut up 8 ounces of ginger and chop up into small pieces and toss into the saucepan with the water and sugar mixture. Bring all the contents to a boil so the sugar dissolves. Take it off the heat and let the ginger steep in the hot liquid for 20-30 minutes. Allow it to cool and then pour it in a mason jar to store in the fridge or get started with the nearest bottle of bourbon.

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Ginger Simple Syrup
Author: Edward Lee
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3-ounce piece of ginger, chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine water, sugar, and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar
  2. Turn off the heat and allow ingredients to steep for at least 20 minutes
  3. Strain syrup and allow to cool. Will keep in the refrigerator for monhts

Aside from using it in your favorite cocktail, the syrup can be consumed in a myriad of other ways that don’t involve alcohol. Pour it into club soda to make ginger beer or in orange juice to add a little pep. It goes very well with hot tea or drizzled over ice cream.  I’ve used it in place of chopped ginger as part of a beef marinade with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and garlic. That’s always delicious and the syrup just adds a light sweetness to the marinade’s flavor. Or, use it in your favorite glazed carrots recipe.

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