This pear ginger simple syrup has beautiful, subtle flavors reminiscent of the holiday season. It makes great homemade cocktails and it’s best served with gin or vodka.

Pear Ginger Simple Syrup

I love making simple syrup at home. It seems like a daunting task, but it is a really simple recipe to master. I love that you can easily add different ingredients to turn a standard simple syrup into something fresh and different. That new creation can be used in place of simple syrup as an easy way to upgrade your favorite recipes. 

Simple syrup is made by combining equal parts white sugar and hot water until combined. It’s that easy! 

Below are instructions on making pear ginger syrup and some of my favorite ways to use it. Bon appétit! 

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Pear Ginger Simple Syrup

Subtly sweet and spicy, this pear ginger simple syrup brings a holiday twist to a classic recipe.
Servings: 16 ounces

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pear
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger, about one-inch
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of kosher salt

Instructions 

  • CHOP: Chop ginger and pear into 1-inch pieces. 
  • COOK: Combine 1 tablespoon of sugar, ginger and pear in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook down for about five minutes, until tender.
  • ADD: Add the remaining sugar, cup of water, cinnamon stick and salt to the pot and bring to a boil. 
  • REMOVE: Remove from heat. (If you want a more intense flavor, you can let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.)
  • STRAIN: Strain the liquid twice to remove the fruit and cinnamon stick. I recommend a fine-mesh strainer to keep any little bits of fruit out of the final product. 
  • STORE: Pour the cooled mixture into a bottle or pitcher.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
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Ingredients for pear ginger simple syrup

  • Sugar
  • Chopped pear. I used Asian pear, but any type will work.
  • Chopped ginger. You can find it in the produce section. Using fresh ginger root will make sure your syrup has that authentic ginger flavor. 
  • Water
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Kosher salt

See the full recipe card for servings and a full list of ingredients.

How to make a batch of ginger syrup 

Apple Ginger Martini from Zestuous
  1. Chop: Chop ginger and pear into 1-inch pieces. 
  2. Cook: Combine 1 tablespoon of sugar, ginger and pear in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook down for about five minutes, until tender.
  3. Add: Add the remaining sugar, cup of water, cinnamon stick and salt to the pot and bring to a boil. 
  4. Remove: Remove from heat. (If you want a more intense flavor, you can let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.)
  5. Strain: Strain the liquid twice to remove the fruit and cinnamon stick. I recommend a fine-mesh strainer to keep any little bits of fruit out of the final product. 
  6. Store: Pour the cooled mixture into a bottle or pitcher.

How to serve this spicy ginger syrup

This homemade syrup can be used wherever you want a little extra zip to your recipe. Here are some fun ways to serve it.  

Pear Ginger Martini

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 ounce of Pear-Ginger Simple Syrup and 2 ounces of vodka or gin. Top and shake until the shaker is cold to the touch. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pear and ginger slices.

Pear Gin Tonic

Fill a glass with ice. Add 1 ounce of Pear-Ginger Simple Syrup, 2 ounces of gin and 1 ounce of tonic water. Stir to chill and garnish with sliced pear. 

PG-13 (Non-alcoholic Beverage)

Fill a kid-friendly glass with ice. Fill it two-thirds full with Sprite or 7-Up. Add an ounce or so of Pear-Ginger Simple Syrup. Stir with a straw or licorice stick.

Storage

Simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container for at least a month. You can refrigerate it to extend its shelf life but keep it on the counter or in your home bar at room temperature. It’s up to you! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What consistency should simple syrup be? 

I recommend taking it off the heat as soon as all the ingredients are fully combined, it’ll thicken slightly as it cools. We want to keep it loose enough to pour easily. 

What kind of sugar should I use? 

This recipe uses simple ingredients. A classic simple syrup is made with white sugar, but brown sugar or sugar substitutes like Truvia can also be used. 

What else can I use simple syrup for? 

There’s no shortage of ways to use simple syrup. It gives a great kick to iced tea or coffee (and the hot versions). You could also use it in a Moscow mule, pair it with dark rum to bring out the spices or add it to any of your favorite cocktails. You could even use it to make homemade sodas. 

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  1. This simple syrup is yumalicious! The pairing of the ginger and pair is unique and refreshing with gin, I also served it with vanilla vodka and it was like drinking desert. I recommend this syrup and keep on the frig all the time.