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Ginger Sugar Syrup 姜汁糖浆

by Angie Liew
Ginger Sugar Syrup

Ginger Sugar Syrup is extremely simple to make at home. This sugary syrup is infused with fragrance of fresh ginger, with a bit of heat. Great for dessert and to spice up any drink.

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Ginger Sugar Syrup

Ginger Sugar Syrup: A Syrup You Can Easily Make At Home

Ginger Sugar Syrup is extremely simple to make at home. All it needs is just a stovetop simmer. It is sweet and fragrant with a bit of heat to spice up any drinks or dessert you add it to. The syrup requires only three ingredients, namely fresh ginger, sugar and water, with pandan leaves added for extra aroma.

The flavor that water, sugar, and fresh ginger create when they simmer together is amazing. It can be made ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. What an easy & delicious recipe. So, let’s get started!

Ginger Sugar Syrup

What is Ginger Sugar Syrup?

Ginger Sugar Syrup is a slightly thick, sweet liquid infused with ginger flavour so the key to this wonderful syrup is fresh ginger. This ginger sugar syrup captures so well the spicy essence, bright flavour and mellow aroma of the fresh ginger. It is delicious added into desserts, stirred into drinks or drizzled over pancakes. There are plenty of uses of this ginger sugar syrup you will be spoilt for choice. You can drizzle this delicious syrup over homemade Tau Foo Fah (Soybean Pudding / Douhua).

Ginger Sugar Syrup

Ingredients Needed To Make Ginger Sugar Syrup

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Pandan Leaves (for aroma)

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How to Make Ginger Sugar Syrup

  1. Scrape off skin from ginger using a metal spoon or knife. Crush skinned ginger a little.
  2. Put prepared ginger, sugar, water and pandan leaves in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring constantly till sugar dissolves. Once liquid starts to boil, lower heat to a simmer.
  3. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes to thicken the liquid and allow the ginger flavour to infuse into the mixture.
  4. When done, strain the mixture into a clean container. Allow to cool and then store in refrigerator with lid on.

Ginger Sugar Syrup

How To Serve Ginger Syrup

There are just so many ways you can use this homemade ginger sugar syrup. 

  1. Make ginger tea
  2. Stirred into lemonade or soda water or any cocktail to boost its flavour
  3. Add into iced coffee and smoothies
  4. Drizzle over pancakes and waffles in place of maple syrup
  5. Served as a drink sweetener
  6. Add to soy milk pudding or Taufoo Fah (Douhua 豆腐花)
  7. Act as a sweet soup in glutinous rice balls (Tang Yuan 汤圆)

How To Store Ginger Sugar Syrup

Just like our earlier recipe on Palm Sugar Syrup (Gula Melaka Syrup), this homemade syrup can store well for a period of time. For proper storage, keep the ginger sugar syrup in a clean and airtight container in the refrigerator. It can keep for 2 to 3 weeks.

Ginger Sugar Syrup

Important Recipe Tips To Make Homemade Ginger Syrup

  • Use medium low heat when dissolving sugar in water and to stir continuously so there will be no burnt taste.
  • Leave the saucepan uncovered when simmering the syrup.
  • It is best to remove the skin from the ginger to increase the surface area that’s exposed to the syrup. Also the syrup will not be clear (darker in colour) if you don’t peel the ginger.
  • Always strain the ginger sugar syrup before use to remove any resides.

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Ginger Sugar Syrup 姜汁糖浆

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
Ginger Sugar Syrup is extremely simple to make at home. This sugary syrup is infused with fragrance of fresh ginger, with a bit of heat. Great for dessert and to spice up any drink. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes

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Servings: 1 cup



  • 250 gram sugar
  • 125 ml water
  • 30 gram fresh ginger, crush or cut into pieces


    Preparing Ingredients:

    • Have ready all ingredients needed to make ginger sugar syrup.
    • Prepare ingredients
      Tie pandan leaves into a knot. Skinned and slightly crushed the peeled ginger.

    Cooking Ginger Sugar Syrup:

    • Preparing ginger sugar syrup
      Add the sugar, water and crushed ginger into a small saucepan and cook over medium low heat. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for another 20 minutes. Remove pandan leaves and crushed ginger.
    • Strain and cool syrup
      Remove from heat and strain the ginger sugar syrup. Leave to cool. Then transfer into a storing jar and keep refrigerated till needed.
    • This ginger sugar syrup is great served as a sweet soup in desserts.
    • Ginger Sugar Syrup
      This delicious ginger sugar syrup is often enjoyed drizzled on Taufoo Fah before serving.


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  • This recipe yields a little under 1 cup of ginger syrup. The syrup will continue to thicken slightly as you cool it.
  • Make this ginger sugar syrup ahead of time to give it time to chill. Also,  it makes entertaining much easier.
  • If the ginger sugar syrup is stored properly, it should keep in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.
  • Always strain the ginger sugar syrup before use to rid of any ginger residues in it.


Calories: 987kcal · Carbohydrates: 254g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 1g · Saturated Fat: 0.1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g · Sodium: 13mg · Potassium: 130mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 250g · Vitamin C: 2mg · Calcium: 11mg · Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Diet: Halal

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