Sweet & Spicy Ginger Syrup

Add some zest to your life — not to mention your baking, drinks, salads, and more! This “swicy” syrup is incredibly versatile thanks to the perfect balance of “heat and sweet.” Fortunately, it’s easy to make because you’ll want it on everything.

Prep Time
15 minutes
30 minutes chilling time
Cook Time
3 to 5 minutes
A small glass pitcher of golden brown sweet and spicy ginger syrup shown with sliced oranges and a jar of brown sugar.


Small heavy-bottomed saucepan with lid
Vegetable peeler
Scale OR dry measuring cups

Liquid measuring cup

Measuring spoons

Heat-proof spatula OR wooden spoon

Fine mesh sieve

Airtight container OR Mason jar

approximately ¾ cup (188 ml)
  • ½ cup (109 g) Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup (83 ml) lemon juice, preferably freshly squeezed
  • ¼ cup (63 ml) water
  • ½ tsp (3 g) salt
  • 6 tbsp (36 g) minced fresh ginger
  • 6 pcs (12 g) orange zest, wide strips
  • ¼ tsp (1 g) cayenne pepper

Step 1

In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, lemon juice, water, and salt. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugars.

Step 2

Add the minced ginger, strips of orange zest, and cayenne pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low or low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover to allow the flavours to infuse; 15 minutes.

Step 3

Place the slightly cooled syrup into the fridge to chill completely; 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 4

Use a fine mesh sieve to strain the chilled ginger syrup into an airtight container, such as a mason jar. The sweet and spicy ginger syrup will last for up to a month stored in the fridge.

Sweet and Spicy Ginger Syrup