Ginger Syrup Recipe (Video Tutorial)

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Ginger has been used for thousands of years to soothe tummy aches, nausea and indigestion. And according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it has also history of use for

We all know about the rock stars of immune support – elderberry syrup and fire cider – but have you ever heard of their less famous band mate, ginger syrup?

This member of the Zingiberaceae family (to which turmeric also belongs) has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to soothe tummy complaints such as nausea, morning sickness, gas, motion sickness, and indigestion. 

But that’s not all it’s used for. In fact, the Ayurvedic herbal tradition “reveres ginger so highly it is referred to as ‘the universal medicine.” (1) Here’s why: 

  • Ginger supports immune function, which is why it’s one of the primary ingredients in fire cider.
  • It’s also known to ease discomfort associated with headaches and painful menstrual periods. (2)
  • The warm zing of ginger supports the body in clearing the sinuses when needed, making it a go-to when people are feeling stuffy
  • Also, it contains a proteolytic enzyme that supports the repair of joints and cartilage, which is probably why it’s a favorite with people who experience joint discomfort. (3)
  • It supports circulation, too. (4)

While historically it was very expensive – one pound cost as much as a whole sheep in the Middle Ages – these days it’s widely cultivated and very affordable. (source) I like to keep it on hand during the cold winter months along with other syrups, tinctures and teas that support the immune system.

Delicious Ways To Use Ginger Syrup

This warming ginger syrup is incredibly versatile – if you’d like to give it a try but are not quite sure what to do with it, here are some ideas:

  • Mix it with homemade water kefir or sparkling water and a spritz of lime to make homemade ginger ale
  • For a drink that will wake you – and your sinuses – up, add it to a cup of hot water with freshly squeezed lemon and a pinch of cayenne 
  • Stir it into tea
  • Take it straight off the spoon (Taste a small amount first – spiciness varies from batch to batch depending on the intensity of the root)
  • Drizzle it over stir fry
  • Stir it into oatmeal

Video Tutorial

While technically this is a tutorial for making elderberry syrup, the process is exactly the same. Just substitute ginger for elderberries and you’re good to go!

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Ginger Syrup Recipe

Course Beverages
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 cups
Calories 520kcal
Author Heather Dessinger



  • Add water, ginger and cinnamon stick (if you’re using it) to a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. This should take around 45 minutes.
  • Remove the ginger by pouring the liquid through a strainer into a bowl. Allow it liquid to cool to room temperature, then stir in honey.
  • Pour your ginger syrup in an airtight container such as a swing-top bottle or jar and store in the fridge.


Because this recipe contains honey, it should not be used in children under one. According to Rosemary Gladstar, the syrup should stay good from several weeks to months. If you are concerned that you might not be able to use it all in time, you may want to cut the recipe in half or freeze some in an ice cube tray for later.


Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 141g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 139g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

More Ginger Recipes You’ll Love

Honey Candied Ginger – Sweet and spicy, candied ginger is often used to support digestion after a meal. 

Lemon Ginger Tea – This immune support tea is made with three essentials, plus 1-5 optional ingredients based on what you have on hand. It’s easy to make, too. 

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Ginger has been used for thousands of years to soothe tummy aches, nausea and indigestion. And according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it has also history of use for


1. Foret, Rosalee de la. (2017) Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

2. Swift, Katja and Midura, Ryn (2018) Herbal Medicine for Beginners

3. Gladstar, Rosemary (2012) Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow and Use

4. Hoffman, David (2003) Medical Herbalism

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