If you love the spicy flavor of fresh ginger, than you may want to consider stashing a batch of this simple syrup in your fridge. This basic ingredient can be used to flavor all kinds of recipes, both sweet and savory. Over the next week, I'll be sharing a few different ways to use it. Since perfecting my syrup, I've experimented with it in everything from poached fruit desserts, cocktails, and popsicles to marinades, sauces, and glazes. Its sweet, spicy flavor delivers a quick punch of potent ginger, making it a super versatile condiment, one that I think I'll be keeping in stock from here on out.
(Typing the word "punch" also just made me realize how freaking good this stuff would be in punch, by the way. Oh yeah. Let's plan a party.)
Ginger-Lime Simple Syrup
Makes about 1 cup
- 2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 cup turbinado (raw) sugar
- 1 cup water
- the juice and zest of 4 key limes (or two regular limes)
- Combine the sugar, water, lime zest, and ginger in a small sauce pan.
- Bring the contents to a boil over high heat, then immediately reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer for ten minutes, then remove from heat.
- When the mixture has cooled, pour it through a fine mesh strainer.
- Add the lime juice, then mix well.
- The finished syrup should be kept covered and refrigerated.