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Ginger Syrup

Ginger syrup is a must-have ingredient in your home bar. This spicy and aromatic syrup adds a unique kick to your favorite drinks and can be used in a variety of ways. From classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule to more creative concoctions, ginger syrup is a versatile and delicious addition to any cocktail recipe.

ginger syrup cocktail garnish with lemon wedge and ginger and ice over rustic wooden background

Making your own ginger syrup is easy and only requires a few simple ingredients. All you need is fresh ginger, sugar, and water. By steeping the ginger in hot sugar water, you can extract its flavor and create a syrup that can be used in a variety of cocktails. Plus, homemade ginger syrup has a long shelf life, so you can enjoy your favorite drinks anytime you want. In this article, we’ll explore the world of ginger syrup cocktails and share some of our favorite recipes and tips for making the perfect drink.


Ginger syrup has been a popular ingredient in cocktails for over a century. The first recorded recipe for a ginger highball cocktail appeared in an American cocktail book, “The Mixicologist” by C.F. Lawlor, in 1895. This drink consisted of ginger syrup, carbonated water, and whiskey. However, there are claims that the drink was made even earlier by a Boston bar.

Bottles with homemade ginger syrup

Over the years, ginger syrup has been used to add a spicy kick to a variety of cocktails. For example, the Moscow Mule, a classic vodka cocktail, is made with ginger beer, which is a non-alcoholic ginger syrup. Another popular cocktail that uses ginger syrup is the Dark and Stormy, which is made with rum, ginger beer, and lime juice.

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One of the most famous cocktails that use ginger syrup is the Penicillin cocktail. This drink was created by Sam Ross in the early 2000s when he was bartending at the Milk & Honey Bar in New York City. The Penicillin takes elements of a Whiskey Sour and spices it up with ginger. Scotch, lemon, and ginger syrup blend and create a delightful complexity of complementary flavors. Another whiskey cocktail that uses ginger syrup is the Whiskey Smash, which is made with bourbon, lemon juice, and ginger syrup.

ginger syrup cocktail garnish with lemon wedge and ginger and ice over rustic wooden background

Ginger Syrup

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Making your own ginger syrup is easy and can elevate your cocktail game to the next level. Here is a simple recipe to make ginger syrup at home.


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped


  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and ginger.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  5. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
  6. Store in a clean container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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How to Use Ginger Syrup

There are endless variations to ginger syrup cocktails that you can try. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Ginger Martini Cocktail

A Ginger Martini is a sophisticated fusion of smooth vodka with the enticing kick of ginger syrup. Adding dry vermouth creates depth, while a lemon twist garnish imparts a much-appreciated citrus zing. You can also try a gin Ginger Martini for an extra botanical flavor.

Ginger Tea Cocktail

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option, try a Ginger Tea Cocktail. Brew your favorite tea, add ginger syrup, and a splash of lemonade for a refreshing and spicy drink.

Ginger Peach Prosecco Cocktail

For a fruity twist, mix ginger syrup with fresh peach puree and top with Prosecco. This cocktail is perfect for brunch or a summer afternoon.

Ginger Rye Cocktail

If you prefer a stronger drink, try a Ginger Rye Cocktail. Mix rye whiskey, ginger syrup, and raspberry liqueur for a bold and spicy cocktail.

Ginger-lemonade Highball

Mix ginger syrup with fresh lemon juice and soda water for a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail. Experiment with different combinations of flavors and liquors to create your own unique ginger syrup cocktails. With its spicy yet sweet aroma, ginger syrup is a versatile ingredient that can add a kick to any cocktail.


How long will ginger syrup last? 

When it comes to shelf life, homemade ginger syrup can last up to a month in the fridge. However, it’s always best to use it within two weeks to ensure optimal flavor.

Do I need to refrigerate ginger syrup?

Yes, ginger syrup should be refrigerated to maintain its freshness and flavor. Store it in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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