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29 February 2012 @ 10:57 pm
Ginger Syrup  

Makes: 4oz

This recipe arose out of the poverty of my 20’s. The Pittman and I were both sick with the stomach flu and could not keep a thing down. We did not have a penny for medicine let along a run to the doctor, which is what we really needed. So I turned to my herb cabinet and my books and this is what I made. Did it work? While the ginger did settle our stomachs and combined with the cinnamon it soothed our throats, we where still sick for 10 days as same as all our neighbors. We just were not as uncomfortable.*

Flavored syrups like this are examples of simples. I mean that in the medieval sense of the word. Food and medicine were once not as sharply delineated as they are now and certain foods were once believed to have curative powers. Ginger syrup is great in coffee, tea, juice and tonic water. Lil’man likes a bit mixed in his juice. Also good honey substitute on biscuits, fresh warmed bread or mixed into butter.

6oz H20
6oz Brown Sugar
1/2 c Fresh Ginger Root

1 Medium Cinnamon Stick

Small Steel Sauce Pan
Knife & Board
Fine Sieve
Electric Kettle

Measuring Cups & Spoons
4oz Plastic Jar with Tight Fitting Lid*

  • Measure and combine sugar and water in pan and bring to a boil unlit dissolved.
  • Turn down to a low simmer.
  • Wash, peel and mince the ginger.
  • Mash cinnamon to splinters.
  • Add spices to sugar solution and cook on medium low until the liquid reduces by half.
  • Watch the mixture carefully, it should just be bubbling but sugar will burn quickly.
  • When the syrup is reduced, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Fill kettle and boil water.
  • Place jar in large measuring cup and over flow with boiling water. Include lid in bath.
  • Decant syrup through sieve into another large clean cup.
  • Remove jar from bath and dry thoroughly.
  • Dump spent spices and strain syrup again straight into the jar.   
  • Seal tightly and use over the course of month (I doubt it will last that long).

*Medicinals are not a substitute for going to the doctor or following their orders. There is a reason that the death rate was so high and life expectancy was so low in centuries past. If you are sick go to the doctor. Do not use a recipe of the Internet to treat yourself. Particularly one written by a BA in Anthropology (it is kind of sad I have to include this).

Mimi’s Ginger Beer

Makes: 1 pint glass

This is a great treat on a hot afternoon or after a hard day at the office. You can substitute cranberry or pomegranate juice, if desired.

6oz Apple Juice or Cinder
4 to 6oz Unflavored Carbonated Water
2 t Ginger Syrup

Pint Glass
Measuring Cups & Spoons

  • In a pint glass combine ginger syrup with juice.
  • Mix well.
  • Add 2 to 3 ice cubes
  • Top-off the glass with carbonated water.
  • Drink.

Frugally yours-