How to Make Ginger Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a mixture of sugar dissolved in water. It can be used to make all kinds of interesting cocktails. Simple syrups can also be used to add another flavor. Fresh ginger, which is not alcohol soluble, needs to be used in a simple syrup if you want to make a ginger martini.
Adding whole peppercorns enhances the spiciness of the ginger in the simple syrup. This mixture will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. peppercorns
  • Pot
  • Jar

Instructions

    • 1

      Pour 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water into a pot.

    • 2

      Peel a 1-inch section of ginger.

    • 3

      Slice the ginger into four pieces.

    • 4

      Add the ginger and 1 tsp. peppercorns to the sugar and water.

    • 5

      Heat until small bubbles appear and the sugar dissolves.

    • 6

      Turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

    • 7

      Pour into a jar and refrigerate until cold.

Tips & Warnings

  • Strain the ginger pieces and peppercorns out if you keep the mixture for more than a week; the spiciness will intensify. Also, you can reduce the amount of peppercorns for the next time (or increase it) depending on your spiciness preference.
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