Add Unique Flavor to Your Drinks With Fresh Ginger
Though we don’t currently make a ginger syrup, we’re starting to play around with the idea of creating one. Lately, we’ve been ginger-crazy, experimenting with everything from ginger beer to making candied ginger at home. So, in honor of this age-old root, we decided to create a blog post dedicated to the history of ginger. We’ve been learning a lot about how this root can add unique flavor to kitchen and bar creations, and we think you’ll learn a lot, too!
A Brief History of Ginger
- Ginger has its roots – no pun intended – in China, though it’s now cultivated in East Africa, India, Jamaica, Brazil, and other regions of the world.
- Technically speaking, ginger actually isn’t a root; it’s a rhizome, which is a type of plant that puts out lateral shoots underground.
- The Roman Empire discovered ginger while exploring China and other eastern regions. It was brought back to Rome and used in many dishes by the upper classes that could afford it. However, after the fall of the Roman Empire, ginger virtually vanished from Western use until Europeans later rediscovered it.
- Ginger was so popular in 9th century Europe that it was oftentimes found at the dinner table in a shaker alongside salt and pepper.
- Ginger is one of the oldest medicinally used roots in the world. Health benefits include everything from increasing circulation to working as an analgesic.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger root has been used for a number of health-related reasons over the years. Many cultures have used ginger root to treat cough, reduce inflammation, fight against clotting, as well as for antibacterial and antiseptic purposes.
Make Gourmet Drinks With These Ginger Pairings
Because ginger can be an intense, spicy flavor (especially when used raw), we like to pair it with “softer” sweet drink syrups and cocktail mixes. This helps create a balanced flavor profile for making gourmet drinks. Here are three of our favorite pairings…
- Amoretti Premium Coconut Syrup is soft and smooth, and offers a perfect tropical balance to the Far East flavors of ginger.
- Amoretti Blackberry Martini Mix is tart and refreshing. Add the spice of ginger and use it in a smooth clear spirit like vodka, and you’ll have a unique and refreshing cocktail in no time!
- Amoretti Premium Maple Syrup is rich, sweet, and full of authentic taste, making for a perfect match. Learn more about this great syrup.