Lemon Ginger Simple Syrup

Lemon Ginger Simple Syrup, a homemade infused syrup made with fresh lemons and ginger. This tart and tasty sweet syrup is ready in only 10 minutes!

lemon and ginger infused simple syrup in a glass jar on a table with lemons and ginger

Love lemon? Love ginger? Combine them into a tart and tasty homemade simple syrup that’s ready in only 10 minutes. Enjoy a drizzle of lemon ginger infused-sweetness in your favorite drinks like sparkling spritzers and iced tea.

Ready to learn how to make homemade simple syrup with fresh lemons and ginger? Let’s do it!

๐Ÿ‹ Ingredients

To make a simple syrup with fresh lemon and ginger, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Water: Water adds liquid to the syrup. As the sugar dissolves, the water thickens into a syrup.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar or caster sugar is best for simple syrups, as the sugar granules are tiny and will dissolve quickly.
  • Lemons: Fresh lemons give the best flavor to this simple syrup, and we’re using both the juice and zest. However, you can use lemon juice concentrate and omit the zest.
  • Ginger: Fresh ginger root is best for this syrup, but you can also use minced ginger in a jar. Do not use ginger powder.
  • Recommended Tools: We recommend using a medium saucepan with a pour spout for making simple syrups. Airtight syrup jars are also vital for storing your syrups safely.
lemons, ginger, and bowls of sugar and water on a white table

๐Ÿ“– How to make (step-by-step photos)

1๏ธโƒฃ Step One: Add ingredients to a sauce pan

In a medium saucepan, add the water, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and ginger. Stir to combine.

2๏ธโƒฃ Step Two: Simmer syrup until it thickens

Bring the syrup ingredients to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the sugar dissolves and the sauce thickens. This usually take about 5-7 minutes.

3๏ธโƒฃ Step Three: Strain and store

Let the syrup cool completely and then strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve to remove the lemon zest and bits of ginger. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

water, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a white sauce pan on a white table

๐Ÿ’ก Questions + quick tips

Can you use fresh lemon to infuse simple syrup?

Fresh lemon can be used to infuse simple syrup. For the most concentrated lemon flavor, zest lemons first and then juice the lemons for infusing with sugar and water.

How long does homemade simple syrup last in the refrigerator?

Homemade simple syrup can be stored for up to two weeks in the refrigerator if it is stored in an airtight container and kept cold.

๐Ÿ’ก How to serve lemon ginger simple syrup

Check out these lemon-ginger infused drink ideas:

  • Ginger lemonade: Simple add 2 teaspoons of lemon ginger syrup to your favorite lemonade for a tart and tasty summer drink.
  • Lemon ginger spritzer: Add lemon ginger infused syrup to sparking water for a homemade twist on popular sparkling water drinks.
  • Ginger Lemon Iced Tea: Drizzle a bit of lemon ginger syrup into your favorite homemade iced tea for a twist on traditional tea.
a jar of ginger lemon simple syrup on a table with lemons, ginger, and sugar

๐ŸงŠ How to store

To extend the shelf-life of your homemade syrups:

  • Refrigerator storage: Pour syrup into a sanitized glass container with a tight-fitted lid and store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Freezer storage: Simple syrups can be frozen for up to 2 months and thawed for later use. We suggest freezing simple syrups into small ice cubes in silicone ice trays that can be thawed for single servings.
a jar of lemon ginger simple syrup on a white table

๐Ÿ‘‰ More simple syrup recipes

Looking for more quick, simple syrup recipes to flavor your cocktails and mixed drinks? Check out the flavored syrups below:

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a jar of ginger lemon simple syrup on a table with lemons, ginger, and sugar

Lemon Ginger Simple Syrup

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Lemon Ginger Simple Syrup, a homemade infused syrup made with fresh lemons and ginger. This tart and tasty sweet syrup is ready in only 10 minutes!
3.67 from 9 votes
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Cooling Time 20 mins
Total 35 mins
Course Simple Syrups
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 49 kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice from about one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest from about one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger fresh or jarred


  • In a medium sauce pan, combine water, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and ginger. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often. Cook until sugar has dissolved completely.
  • When sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool. Then strain the syrup through a sieve or fine mesh strainer.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 4mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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