How to Make Ginger Syrup

Ginger syrup is a great cocktail ingredient – it really plays beautifully with rye and adds a spicy and sweet taste to cocktails.

A massive ginger

A few weeks ago, we noticed that a lot of cocktails in the Death & Co book used ginger syrup. We bought a tiny ginger from a local convenience store and tried to make the syrup, which is a 2:1 sugar to ginger juice ratio. The small amount of ginger ended up yielding only around 2 tsp of juice. Our second attempt used a massive ginger (recommend if you’re buying normal gingers, buy 3).

Step-by-Step Ginger Syrup Recipe

  • First, peel the ginger(s). Use a spoon instead of a peeler – it’s lot more efficient at taking off the thin ginger skin.
  • After the ginger is peeled, throw it into a smoothie maker type blender or food processor.
  • Blend the ginger into a liquid paste. Note that since it can be a bit dry, you can add some water to help liquefy it.
  • Strain the juice out using a straining cloth (e.g. cheesecloth)
  • The juice might look a bit unappetizing at first, but mix it in a 2:1 ratio with sugar
  • Mason jar it up and start using it aggressively in cocktail recipes! For example, our spicy ginger daiquiri or the Death & Co Deadpan Fix

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