Honey ginger syrup is a great natural sweetener, perfect for adding to tea or a cocktail. Combine it with a little warm water to use it as a healthy flu-fighting elixir.
I love ginger. It's one of those staples that I always keep in the house. It's great for digestion and has good anti-inflammatory properties. I also love the spice it adds to wherever it lands.
So take my love of ginger with my hate for chemical-laden sweeteners, and you have today's recipe for a natural honey ginger syrup.
You can't find refined sugar in my house anymore, but that doesn't mean I don't still have sweet cravings. I just satisfy the cravings now with more natural ingredients like raw, local honey or fresh dates.
When making cocktails though, it's tough to throw in a date, but honey ginger syrup is another story. I much prefer using honey than a refined sugar in simple syrup.
You can use this honey ginger syrup with your favorite warm or cold drink (like my elderberry tea), or simply mix it with a little hot water to help with an upset stomach, cramps, muscle pain or ward off the flu.
It's a great natural elixir.
Honey Ginger Syrup
Makes about 1-1/2 cups
3/4 cup fresh ginger
2 cup water
6 tablespoons honey
If your ginger is organic, you don't need to peel it, but remove any rough or discolored spots, rinse and chop. Place the ginger, water, and honey in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil and then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes. The syrup will reduce and thicken. When it reaches your desired consistency, remove from heat and allow to cool before straining the ginger from the syrup. I like to save the ginger pieces and add them to my juice or smoothie later.
Once cool, place in a glass container and keep refrigerated. Add to tea, cocktails or hot water.