I've been seeing a ton of simple syrup recipes lately in the name of cocktailing and decided to get in on the action. I love the flavour of ginger. Not as a backdrop, as a full fledged spicy front runner. I like ginger beer, but the good stuff isn't always easy to find. So with a bit of this syrup, and some seltzer or soda water (and some dark or spiced rum!) this makes for an excellent cocktail. Simple syrups are super easy to make and keep well in mason jars. I put mine in the jar while hot and close it, as it cools it seals itself in to help preserve it for a little while.
Ginger Simple Syrup
3/4 cup ginger, thinly sliced
1 cup water
1 cup dark brown sugar
Put all three ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over Medium - Medium High heat.
Once boiling, reduce to a light simmer and let simmer for 30 minutes. I reduced mine until it was about 3/4 cup worth of syrup.
Strain into mason jar while still warm, leaving a few pieces of the sliced ginger in the jar with the syrup.
The resulting syrup is spicy and sweet and not too thick, makes for an excellent addition to a Pimm's Cup or a Dark and Stormy.