Ginger Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is basically equal parts water and sugar simmered and reduced to a syrup. This version is flavored with fresh ginger and aromatic spices to give it a zip. It makes the best ginger ale and a marvelous moscow mule cocktail.


  • 3 star anise, whole
  • 2 tsp cardamom pods, whole
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp cloves, whole
  • 1 tsp peppercorns, whole
  • 4 ounce piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 1" piece of ginger, grated on microplane
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


Step 1

Toast spices: anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns over low heat for a few minutes until fragrant.

Step 2

Put ginger and spices in a small pot, cover with sugar and give it a toss. Pour 1 cup water over and heat over low-flame.

Step 3

Simmer about 15 minutes until liquid has reduced and thickened.

Step 4

Strain through mini mesh sieve and funnel into glass jar.


Store in refrigerator for 2 weeks.Add 2-3 T syrup to 12 ounces of soda water to make ginger ale.