Recipes: Annie’s Best Homemade Ginger Syrup to Create Ginger Ale, Ginger Tea and Candied Ginger!
Annie’s Best Homemade Ginger Ale
Ginger holds a particular fascination for me. It’s unique flavor and qualities which are versatile in cooking a wide variety of dishes, are equally desirable in baking. The spicy, piquant flavor, and gentle ‘heat’ is perfect in a beverage!
This recipe is easy to make! The ginger syrup is very versatile creating a variety of beverages (cold and hot), and has the added benefit of candied ginger as a by-product!
A canning jar works well for storing ginger syrup.
Annie’s Best Ginger Syrup
Two or three large ‘hands’ of fresh ginger: peeled and sliced in very, very thin (paper thin) slices, to make about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sliced ginger (the more ginger, the better; 2 cups or more). If you grate ginger, use 1/2-3/4 cup grated ginger. You can also halve this recipe and use less fresh ginger.
6 cups cold water
4 cups sugar
In a very large, heavy saucepan on medium heat:
Combine 4 cups of sugar and 6 cups of water-stir until sugar is no longer on the bottom of the saucepan.
Cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes, until sugar is entirely dissolved into the water.
Add paper thin ginger slices, or you can grate ginger to extract more flavor.
Continue cooking mixture on medium heat until it begins to simmer. Slowly simmer for 45-55 minutes, or until mixture is a light to medium golden color.**
Cool mixture and place in refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight. Strain through a fine sieve into a large, shatter proof containers. A canning jar works well for storing ginger syrup.
**Important Note: Handle carefully to avoid burns! The ginger syrup is very, very hot and be extremely careful when transferring mixture into a shatter proof jar. Do not have children in the immediate area while cooking or straining the ginger syrup.
(Keep leftover cooked ginger pieces for making candied ginger. See recipe below)
To make Annie’s Homemade Ginger Ale:
In a tall glass, pour 1 – 3 tablespoons (more or less, to taste) of ginger syrup into the bottom of the glass
Pour in very cold, sparkling water to within 2 inches below the rim of the glass
Stir to combine and serve!
Hot Ginger Tea
Perfect when you’re chilled, have a sore throat or cold! This is a perfect ‘pick-me-up’ beverage in the afternoon!
Fill a mug with very hot water and add 2 tablespoons of ginger syrup (more or less to taste)
Sip slowly and enjoy!!
Recipe: Annie’s Best Candied Ginger
Large cooking sheet lined with waxed paper
Cooked and candied ginger
Once you have strained the ginger syrup, you’ll have a substantial quantity of cooked, candied ginger.
Place strained ginger pieces onto the waxed paper lined cookie sheet.
Spread pieces out with a fork, and dry overnight or about 10 hours.
Remove from wax paper and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use in cookies, cakes and bars!