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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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Ginger Syrup Recipe
- 1 cup water
- Ginger root, peeled and sliced thin. Approximately 1 cup
- 1 cup sugar
- Put all ingredients into a medium sauce pan
- Bring to a boil
- Turn down heat and simmer 45 minutes or until syrup is thick and flavor is to your liking
- Let cool slightly
- 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.
- 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!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information not always accurate
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.