How to Make Your Own Crystallized Ginger
When it comes to beverage ingredients, homemade is almost always better. You’re likely familiar with the difference between store-bought lemonade and fresh-squeezed homemade lemonade. Worlds apart, right?
Well, if you’ve ever used ginger powder or dried ginger from the grocery store, we’re here to tell you that homemade crystallized ginger is an entirely different ingredient. You won’t even recognize the ingredients as having the same root – literally.
How to Make Candied Ginger in 7 Easy Steps
Ingredients needed: one pound fresh ginger root and one pound granulated sugar.
- Peel a ginger root and use a mandoline to slice into 1/8” thick slices.
- Add the sliced ginger root to a saucepan with water, cover with the lid, and cook at a medium-high heat for about 35 minutes or until tender.
- Once the ginger is tender, pour it into a colander, but save ¼ cup of the water you used for cooking.
- Weigh the ginger, and measure out granulated sugar of an equal weight.
- Add the ginger, sugar, and ¼ cup of water back to the saucepan, and bring the contents to a boil (while stirring).
- Bring down the heat to medium so that the simple syrup you’ve created in the saucepan looks dry and begins to crystallize.
- Lay out the ginger on a cooling rack, leaving room between the individual pieces so that they harden separately.
There are dozens of delicious cocktail recipes and food recipes that you can use your crystallized ginger in. Keep your eyes peeled for one of our favorite uses later this week – a delicious whiskey ginger cocktail.
Of course, we have some ingredients of our own that we love to use with homemade candied ginger. One of our favorite pairings is with a delicious sour cocktail mix, Amoretti Sour Apple Martini, Appletini Cocktail Mix. This sour cocktail mix plays well against the spicy bite of fresh ginger. It’s tart and has just the right amount of sweet!
Another one of our favorite pairings is Amoretti Premium Coconut Syrup. The soft, ripe sweetness of this unique beverage syrup is exactly what the more intense flavor profile of fresh ginger needs for a little balancing out! If you’re looking for a unique beverage syrup to add to your ginger cocktails, definitely consider giving this one a try!