Knobby and gnarly fresh ginger can be a little intimidating to use. But it packs a wallop of flavor- there’s just no substitution for it. Fresh ginger has a very thin skin that can easily be removed by scraping with the edge of a spoon or the back side of a knife. Scraping makes it easy to remove the skin from all the knobs and bumps without the excess waste that comes from using a knife or vegetable peeler.

One of our favorite uses for fresh ginger is ginger syrup– we make it in batches and always keep a jar in the refrigerator. Jamie loves to mix it with bourbon, Brooke (occasionally puts down her Sancerre and) enjoys it with vodka and even Parker enjoys a “mocktail” of ginger syrup and soda water (or ‘bubblies’ as she calls it).

Ginger Syrup
Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 2 cups
Ginger syrup is a versatile mixer for cocktails or 'mocktails'.
  • 1 piece ginger, peeled
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  1. Chop the peeled ginger and place it in a medium saucepot with the water and ginger. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook at a simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and juice. Cool completely at room temperature and strain into a jar. Refrigerate, tightly sealed up to 6 weeks.