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Lemon Ginger Syrup

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Sizzling sweet ginger is one of the most versatile and loveable spices around. It works in savory and sweet dishes alike, but nothing compares to a strong coffee with lemon ginger syrup.

That’s why you have to make this super simple homemade Ginger Syrup for your next hot cuppa’!

Ginger has long been used as a cure for all sorts of maladies, not to mention a delicious flavoring. That is why whether the cold season is hitting you hard or you just love life on the spicy side, you simply must try this amazing ginger syrup.

I love this syrup for my coffee but it also works great with teas, cocktails as well as for baking!

Ingredients you need

You'll need water, lemon juice, ginger, and sugar for making an awesome lemon ginger syrup.
  • Ginger: To make this ginger simple syrup you will need fresh ginger. Choose a nicely sized root without any new sprouts or deep gouges. 
  • Sugar: For this sweet syrup, choose granulated white sugar or granulated cane sugar. This will melt nicely to make the perfectly smooth flavor syrup you want.
  • Water: Water helps prevent the sugar from burning as it cooks down into a nice syrup.
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon juice adds a bold, fresh note of citrus that balances the earthy, zesty flavor of the ginger. It makes for a bright and exciting flavor for teas, sorbets, and more!

Lemon Ginger Syrup Step-by-step

Step One: Peel and slice the ginger.

Step Two: Use an electric chopper to chop the ginger into small pieces. Add them to the saucepan.

Step Three: Add the water, sugar, and lemon juice to the pan and bring it to a simmer.

Chop the ginger before adding it to the saucepan.
Add the lemon juice to the water, ginger mixture.

Step Four: Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Continue simmering on low until the mixture has reduced.

Let the ginger lemon syrup simmer for about 20 minutes.

Step Five: Allow the mixture to cool before straining it. Pour the strained syrup into a clean airtight bottle. Cover it and enjoy it as needed.

Strain the ginger and lemon mixture through a sieve into a measuring jug.
Pour the ginger syrup into the preserving bottle using a funnel.
Preserving bottle filled with delicious lemon ginger syrup.

Barista Tips

How can you tell the right amount of syrup for your coffee? If you wanna learn all the secrets of flavor syrups, check out our blog post on “How much syrup to put in coffee?”


  • Electric Chopper: To make the ginger into a nice pulp, use an electric chopper or food processor. You can also carefully chop the ginger by hand.
  • Wooden Spoon: Sugar does not stick to wooden spoons like other mixing tools.
  • Mesh Strainer: This helps remove the pieces of ginger so you have a smooth syrup.
  • Airtight Bottle: A stylish bottle with an airtight lid allows you to store the syrup longer
Preserving bottle filled with delicious lemon ginger syrup.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ginger Syrup

How Can I Use This Syrup?

This incredible Lemon Ginger Syrup can be used in so many tasty ways. It’s fantastic in classic cocktails and delicious in a hot cup of rooibos tea. Use this syrup to soak sponge cake before building a delicious layered dessert or add it to your homemade Arnold Palmers. There is no limit to the delicious opportunities with this sweet ginger syrup.

 How Long Does The Syrup Last?

This sweet add-in can be kept for up to 30 days. Store it in an airtight container or bottle in a cool place on the counter or in the fridge.

Do I Need to Refrigerate The Syrup?

No, you can keep the syrup chilled and that might help it stay fresh a little longer, but it is perfectly safe to store this tasty syrup in a cool ambient spot.

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Preserving bottle filled with delicious lemon ginger syrup.

Homemade Lemon Ginger Syrup

This syrup is super easy to make and pairs perfectly with your cup of Joe! Try it out and you’ll love this tangy coffee additive
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Course: Coffee Additive, coffee syrup
Cuisine: Global cuisine
Keyword: ginger syrup, lemon ginger syrup
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 130kcal


  • Measuring cup
  • Saucepan
  • Electric chopper
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Table spoon
  • Wooden spoon
  • Funnel
  • Narrow-meshed sieve
  • Preserving jar or bottle


  • 5.3 oz Ginger
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • Lemon Juice from 1 Lemon


  • Peel and slice 5.3 oz Ginger.
    5.3 oz Ginger
  • Chop into small pieces with an electric chopper and place in a saucepan.
  • Add 1 cup Water, 1 cup Sugar, and Lemon Juice from 1 Lemon.
    1 cup Sugar, 1 cup Water, Lemon Juice from 1 Lemon
  • Bring the mix to a simmer.
  • Stir until the sugar has dissolved and keep simmering on low heat for another 20 minutes until you reduce the liquid to 250 ml/ 8.5 oz. total.
  • After cooling down, strain the ginger through a narrow-meshed sieve into a clean, dry jar or airtight bottle using a funnel.
  • Keep in a cool place.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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Food Safety

  • Don’t leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
  • Never leave cooking food and beverages unattended
  • Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove

See more guidelines at USDA.gov.

By on February 27th, 2024
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