Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ginger Syrup

I tried my hand at making ginger syrup the other day. I took a cup of sugar, a cup of water, and about 1/2 cup of chopped ginger and boiled it until reduced by half or so, strained, then chilled. I didn't peel the ginger, just scrubbed it well and chopped in the food processor.

Wow, is that stuff good!

Be careful, it is potent. I wasn't suspecting exactly how potent though. I was on the phone with a friend, when I decided it had cooled enough for me to take a taste. Dipped a small spoon into my mouth, and yowsa! I think I just made an unintellible noise, but my friend was all what? what? what? Are you ok? When my tongue stopped burning long enough to speak, I told her what I had done. But it was incredible, sweet, gingery,fruity, but with a bite.

It makes a refreshing cold drink, a few tablespoons mixed into a glass of orange juice or lemonade or a sparkling water.

I am also going to try a ginger/lemon sorbet. And drizzling it over fruit salad. Maybe ginger glazed carrots? Green beans? Ginger syrup, soy sauce, and fish sauce as an Asian dressing/marinade?

I think next time I will peel it. The ginger bits tasted great too, but wasn't sure about eating the peel.


colleenmc said...

thanks for the tip, I've never tried making ginger tea but I do love ginger in my food and, of course, I go thru a bag of tj's candied ginger a month.

bulletholes said...

Yeah, Ginger goes well in carrots.
One of my favorites is a Ginger-Cranberry Marmalade...make it just like you would your Cranberry Rlish, but add some grated or julienne Ginger...great with Smoked meats and Game.

naholter said...

I never peel my gigner. I keep it in the freezer adn grate it on a really finegrater, but i never bother to peel it.

Mariah said...

My dh makes blueberry-ginger sorbet. He puts about 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger-- here's his recipe.

First make the simple syrup:
Bring 2 cups of water and 1.5 cups of sugar to a boil, stirring. Allow to boil for a minute. Cool the syrup in the fridge for an hour.
Then into the blender, add:
1 package of frozen blueberries
2.5 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
the simple syrup
1 tsp of freshly grated ginger

blend until it's smooth, then pour into the ice cream maker drum and process in the machine until it's sorbet.


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