Homemade Ginger Syrup Recipe And What To Do With It

Have fresh ginger root? Make your own ginger syrup to use in cocktails or homemade ginger ale.  Or, use it in tea to soothe an upset stomach.  This homemade ginger syrup recipe is great to keep on hand for so many tasty uses!

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fresh ginger on a cutting board with text homeamde ginger syrup

Is fresh ginger good for nausea?

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was horribly nauseous for about 10 hours out of every day. Whoever started calling it ‘morning sickness’ got it totally wrong for me. I was sick from lunchtime until bedtime for 6 months.

Does ginger help with an upset stomach?  YES, it really does! Since ginger is such a great anti-nausea treatment I started inhaling it every way I could find it. Ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger snaps, and even hard ginger candies went with me everywhere.

The nausea went away when my daughter was born but I had developed a taste for ginger that has stuck around ever since. It is incredibly cheap and available year-round at just about every grocery store.

When I decided to make ginger syrup I sent my husband off to the grocery store for the ginger and he paid a ridiculously small amount of money for a 1/2 pound of it.

Buying ginger and making your own ginger syrup is DEFINITELY much cheaper than buying the syrup already premade! And once you make homemade ginger syrup, you can drink ginger ale made with real ginger as often as you need to for only a few pennies per serving.

fresh Ginger on a cutting board

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Homemade ginger syrup recipe

So, when you make the ginger syrup you really only need 3 things… raw ginger that has been peeled and sliced thin, sugar, and water. That’s it…nothing complicated at all! If you have an hour to sit around while your ginger syrup simmers on the stove you can make this delicious concoction with very little effort on your part.

When you are buying ginger, try to find the straightest roots you can find. You will need to peel it before slicing for your ginger syrup and too many little knobs and bulbs make the process a little more difficult.

Homemade Ginger Ale made with fresh ginger on a coaster

Uses for ginger syrup

So, what can you do with ginger syrup once you make it? Here are just a few suggestions!

  • Make ginger-flavored soda at home. To make homemade ginger ale: Add 2 TBSP ginger syrup to 8 ounces of seltzer water. Add ice cubes. That’s it! Great for upset tummies and nothing artificial in it! If you are nauseous, drink ginger ale slowly throughout the day to help reduce symptoms. PRO TIP: Skip the store-bought carbonated water and buy a soda stream sparkling water maker.  It’s much cheaper and you skip all the plastic bottle waste. 
  • Put a spoonful in your tea
  • Drizzle over vanilla ice cream, cheesecake, or any other dessert that you think needs a bit more real ginger flavoring.
  • Put a spoonful on your granola in place of honey. Adds a nice flavor and sweetness to your morning cereal!

Homemade Candied Ginger on a white plate

Making Candied Ginger 

Honestly, this ginger syrup has an amazing flavor! The perfect combination of heat and sweet with a strong ginger taste. Once you’ve made the ginger syrup and have strained off the ginger you used to infuse the syrup you can make your own candied ginger with it! Just toss the warm, sticky ginger in a 1/2 cup granulated sugar and toss to coat.

Put it on a cookie sheet covered with a silicone baking mat or waxed paper. Put in a low (200 degree) oven for an hour or two and then let cool. Store in a covered container. Eat like candy whenever you get the graving for a bit of ginger. Or, whenever you get a bit of an upset stomach! It is a great anti-nausea and anti-gas therapy!

If you want to make your own ginger syrup here is the easy recipe and directions. Honestly, this stuff is so good I think I will be making a double batch next time! And if you love the flavor of ginger you’ll love the gingersnap energy bars that I made! Delicious and healthy snack!

homemade ginger syrup in a small jar next to fresh ginger and a spoon

 Ginger Syrup Recipe

Yield: 1/2 cup

Homemade ginger syrup recipe

Homemade ginger syrup recipe

Fresh ginger is great for your health. Make homemade ginger syrup at home and add it to ginger ale, hot and cold tea, or just drizzle it over ice cream.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 cup water
  • Ginger root, peeled and sliced thin. Approximately 1 cup
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Put all ingredients into a medium sauce pan
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Turn down heat and simmer 45 minutes or until syrup is thick and flavor is to your liking
  4. Let cool slightly
  5. Remove ginger. Toss in additional granulated sugar and bake on low for 1 to 2 hours if you want to make candied ginger with it.
  6. Pour syrup into a small glass jar with lid and cool completely. Cover with lid and use for flavoring tea, making homemade ginger ale, or drizzling over dessert!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information not always accurate

11 thoughts on “Homemade Ginger Syrup Recipe And What To Do With It”

  1. I made a ginger syrup similar to this last year for the purpose of being an electrolyte with my digestive issues. I added a little sea salt to it. It works really well.

  2. Hi~
    Great recipe, thanks! I wonder do you ever have your ginger syrup go bad? Mine got like honey foam in it and then went bad very quickly. Any ideas?

      • Thanks, I have no idea why I didn’t think of the fridge! Usually it’s gone in a week, tops! I’ve only made it in winter and I thought maybe the weather changed too quickly.
        Thanks for getting back to me, have a great night

  3. Thanks I didnt know if the skin was edible!

    I’ve been eating ginger because it’s high in vitamin c and hoping to knock my sickness out. Now I plain enjoy it as it is or any other way 🙂

  4. Just came across this today and in the process of making a double batch for both syrup and candy in hopes to ebb my cancer treatment nausea!

    Thanks, Teri


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