How to Make Candied Ginger and Ginger Syrup

With this recipe not only do you get Candied Ginger pieces that have so many uses but it also results in a delicious Ginger Syrup that can be used in cocktails, tea, and more! Ginger has a lot of uses and is known for its health benefits, so bring on the ginger!

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Ingredients Needed to Make Candied Ginger and Ginger Syrup

  • 2 cups fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces or discs
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar (plus more for coating)
candied ginger after boiling,  cooling on rack

How to Make Candied Ginger and Ginger Syrup

  1. Add the sugar and water to a saucepan on the stove over med-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the ginger slices and/or pieces to the pan and lower the heat. Simmer uncovered for an hour.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for at least 30 minutes. Strain the ginger solids from the liquid.
  3. Don’t throw away the liquid, it’s the delicious Ginger Syrup! Pour the liquid into a sealable bottle and store it in the fridge.
  4. Place the ginger pieces on a cooling rack or wax paper (the cooling rack doesn’t accommodate the small pieces very well). Sprinkle generously with sugar and allow to continue to cool. After an hour, flip the pieces and sprinkle with more sugar. Allow the ginger to keep setting for at least 2 more hours. I left mine to sit overnight.
  5. Once dry, place the Candied Ginger pieces in an airtight container with a little more sugar so you can shake and fully coat all of the pieces. Store the candied ginger in the fridge as well.
a flip top bottle of ginger syrup with fresh ginger in front

Is Ginger Good For you?

Ginger has been used medicinally for centuries. Ginger is said to be an extremely healthy herb/root with many benefits. We have all probably heard about using ginger for a cough or cold. Throw some in a hot cup of tea or a hot toddy and your throat will definitely be soothed.

Research has also shown ginger to be effective in treating upset stomachs, nausea and morning sickness, motion sickness, lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, and more. Of course, always consult a doctor before trying any of these health remedies. In the meantime, just enjoy the delicious flavor of ginger!

2 pieces of fresh ginger

What to Use Crystalized Ginger For

  • Make Candied Ginger Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting or gingersnap cookies
  • Use it as a cocktail garnish like this Gingerbread Martini
  • Add it to banana bread, muffins, cakes, cupcakes, or pies for an extra zing of flavor
  • Add it to pancakes or waffles and you can even use the ginger syrup if you are really feeling gingery!
  • Use it as a topping on your favorite salad
  • Add it to an apple crisp
a gingerbread cupcake with a frosting swirl and candied ginger decoration on top
Gingerbread Cupcake with Candied Ginger Decoration

What to Use Ginger Simple Syrup For

  • Add it to Cocktails like a Hot Toddy or an Old Fashioned
  • Add it to hot or iced tea
  • Pour over ice cream, waffles, or pancakes
  • Use as a glaze over sweet bread like lemon or banana bread
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Candied Ginger and Ginger Syrup Recipe

Two recipes in one for Candied Ginger and Ginger Syrup!
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword candied ginger, diy syrup, ginger, ginger syrup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • saucepan
  • fine-mesh strainer
  • funnel
  • sealable container for candies ginger
  • sealable bottle for ginger syrup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces or discs
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar (plus more for coating)

Instructions

  • In a saucepan on the stove over med-high heat, add the sugar and water and bring to a boil. Add ginger pieces to the pan and lower the heat to simmer for an hour.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Strain solids from the liquid. Save the liquid in a sealable glass bottle for the Ginger Syrup!
    ginger-syrup-in-a-sealable-bottle-with-fresh-ginger
  • Place the ginger pieces on a cooling rack or wax paper (the cooling rack doesn't accommodate the small pieces very well). Sprinkle generously with sugar and allow to continue to cool. After an hour or two, flip the pieces and sprinkle with more sugar. Allow to cool and set for at least 2 more hours. I left mine to sit overnight.
    candied ginger after boiling cooling on rack
  • Once dry, place the candied ginger pieces in an airtight container with a little more sugar so you can shake and fully coat all of the pieces.
    candied ginger

Notes

  • Store both the candied pieces and syrup in the refrigerator in airtight containers. They should both last a few weeks. 

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