Like the name implies, simple syrup really is as simple as it gets. Like as simple as three ingredients, and almost no dishes. Actually plain simple syrup is only two ingredients. I’ve added fresh ginger root to mine for a little boost of flavor.
What is simple syrup?
First, let’s start off with what simple syrup is. Simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar. The sugar is dissolved in the water. That’s it. Simple. You can do it on the stove in a saucepan, stirring with a spoon.
Today I made this in a jar by just pouring boiling water over the sugar.
Then I shook up the jar and the sugar dissolved into the water.
What is it used for?
Simple syrup is an apparaille (which is a fancy culinary term that means that it is a prepared component of another recipe- or a recipe within a recipe.) It can be used in recipes when you want sugar to be in liquid form. A common place to find it is at nice coffee shops in the summertime, for people to sweeten their iced coffee.
When I first finished culinary school I worked in a restaurant in Burlington called Smokejacks. We always had a batch of simple syrup on hand. We used it on the bar for sweetening cocktails and I used it to make in our sorbets.
I got the idea to add ginger to simple syrup from Smokejacks actually. We always had a ton of fresh squeezed lemons and limes in our recipes, so when we were done juicing them, we’d save the rinds and then add them to the simple syrup along with a few coins of ginger. So today I added ginger to mine because it makes it a little peppery. Feel free to leave it out, or you can try other ways of flavoring it. Like adding in a pinch of lavender blossoms or mint.
Come back tomorrow for a recipe using this simple syrup.
Ginger infused simple syrup made with equal parts sugar and water with a few slices of fresh ginger root for flavor.
- 5 slices ginger root (1/4-inch each)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- Wash and dry a 1 pint jar with a tight fitting cap. Add ginger to the jar. Add sugar. Pour water over the sugar. Cover jar tightly. Hold jar with a kitchen towel and shake vigorously until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cool at room temperature. Use immediately or refrigerate up to two weeks. Remove ginger coins before using.
The ginger flavor will get stronger as it sits in the fridge with the ginger coins. If you prefer a more mild taste, simply taste the syrup after a day or two. Remove the ginger once it tastes strong enough for you.