How to Make Ginger Syrup for Drinks

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Ginger syrup is sweet, fragrant with a bit of heat to spice up any drinks you add it to. The syrup requires only three ingredients, and you can easily make a large batch and store it in the refrigerator.

pouring ginger syrup into a jar

Ginger is widely used as a spice in many countries. In Vietnam, we even consider it as a folk medicine to alleviate symptoms such as stomach pain or nausea.

We can steep fresh ginger slices in hot water to make ginger tea and drink it on its own, but that’s not the only way to enjoy ginger in drinks. You can make this ginger syrup and add it to a variety of cold and hot drinks, such as this ginger orange tea and this ginger coffee.

How to Make Ginger Syrup

You can watch the video above to see how easy this ginger syrup recipe is with just three simple ingredients: fresh ginger, sugar, and water.

As you can see from the video, the most labor-intensive part is scraping the skin from ginger. We like to do it with a small paring knife, but there are also a lot of guides on how to peel ginger with a spoon.

If you use regular granulated sugar, the syrup will have a light yellow color. In Vietnam, we can get golden granulated sugar, which is slightly less-processed than the white one. It gives the syrup a darker color and a hint of molasses flavor. See the syrup in the bottle on the left in the photo below, it was made with golden sugar.

a bottle with ginger syrup from golden sugar and a jar with ginger syrup from white sugar

It seems Domino Sugar also carries golden sugar now, and you can give it a try. The color is clearly different, and the difference in flavor is somewhat discernable when you taste the syrup on its own. However, when you add it to your drinks, I think you won’t notice the difference.

Ginger syrup in a jar

Ginger Syrup (for drinks)

Ginger syrup is sweet, fragrant with a bit of heat to spice up any drinks you add it to. The syrup requires only three ingredients, and you can easily make a large batch and store it in the refrigerator.
Author: Sophie
5 from 3 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


  • 4.5 oz fresh ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Scrape the skin from the ginger roots with a small paring knife or a spoon. Give the ginger a quick rinse under water.
  • Slice ginger into thin slices (about 1/3-inch thick) and smash or crush them.
  • Add ginger, sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the mixture starts to boil, skim off foam and lower heat to a simmer.
  • Cover the saucepan with the lid slightly askew and simmer gently for 30-35 minutes to thicken the mixture into syrup.
  • Strain the syrup. Store the liquid in a clean jar or bottle with several slices of the ginger you just strained. Let it cool and then store in the refrigerator with the jar/bottle lid on.


This recipe yields a little under 1 cup of ginger syrup. The syrup will continue to thicken slightly as you cool it.


Calories: 876kcal | Carbohydrates: 223g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 529mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 202g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vietnamese
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    1. Hi Roger,
      It’s not a must, but I think it may affect the color/clarity of the syrup just a little bit. And make sure you scrub and rinse the ginger well to remove any dirt.

  1. Make similar often adding a small piece of cinnamon bark, couple of cloves and a few pepper corns. After cooking refrigerate over night, then strain and bottle. Excellent when baking a ham. And helps settle mild stomach ailments.

    1. Hi Gary,
      That is great to hear. Thank you for sharing how you added the spices to the syrup. I also have a reader who loved it with an addition of a couple cardamom pods.

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