Make your drinks and treats festive with our homemade Gingerbread Syrup Recipe! Perfect for cocktails, coffee, and baked goods, this syrup is bursting with the warm sweetness of ginger, molasses, and brown sugar. Enjoy gingerbread flavor this holiday season with every sip and bite!
I’ve been making gingerbread martinis for years and they use a delicious gingerbread simple syrup as the base flavor.
This year, I modified the simple syrup to create a standalone recipe. It’s perfect for adding gingerbread flavor to lattes, pancakes, or cocktails.
This homemade simple syrup is customizable to your tastes and made with common pantry ingredients. You’ll be enjoying the festive, Christmas flavor through the new year!
Looking for other simple syrup recipes? We have several and are always adding new ones. This ginger simple syrup made with fresh ginger root is one of my favorites. It makes a great homemade ginger ale!
Substitutions and Variations
- Sugar: Brown sugar is one of the key ingredients in this recipe. I love using dark brown sugar because it gives the syrup a rich flavor. If you’d rather use light brown sugar, that works great, too!
- Spices: Any of the spices in our gingerbread syrup recipe can be adjusted to meet your personal tastes. Some people may want more or less ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves and those are easily customizable.
- Fresh Ginger: Use fresh ginger pieces in place of the ground ginger. Let the syrup steep for 30 minutes or so, then remove the ginger pieces.
- Molasses: Add more molasses if desired.
- Add Extra Flavor: A pinch of allspice or a little vanilla extract tastes amazing in this simpe syrup.
Refrigerator: Store leftover syrup in an airtight container, or mason jar with lid, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
- Molasses: Molasses is a signature flavor in gingerbread. I use it to give this gingerbread syrup its dark color and rich flavor, but adding too much will overpower the other warm flavors. Adjust the molasses a little at a time.
- A Little Goes a Long Way: As written, this syrup has a lovely, sweet flavor with lots of warming spices. When adding it to a drink or baked goods, start with a little and add more if needed.
- Be Careful While It Boils: Keep an eye on the syrup while it cooks. This simple syrup boils up quickly once it gets hot. If possible, try to keep it at a rapid simmer instead of a full boil.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ways to use Gingerbread Simple Syrup
John and I love to use simple syrup to make homemade sodas. It’s really easy to make a variety of flavors and add some club soda or seltzer water to make your favorite flavors.
When it comes to gingerbread syrup, cocktails come to mind. But, cocktails aren’t the only way to use this simple syrup. Here are some other ideas:
- Homemade Gingerbread Lattes: Whether you like your gingerbread lattes hot or iced, this simple syrup is the perfect way to add your favorite holiday flavor to coffee drinks!
- Pancakes and Waffles: Drizzle this syrup over our buttermilk pancakes or your favorite waffles.
- French Toast: Add some of this simple syrup to eggnog French toast or classic French toast for a fun holiday twist.
- Martini: Add an ounce or two of gingerbread syrup to an eggnog martini and make a gingerbread eggnog martini. Or use it in an espresso martini.
- Ice Cream: This simple syrup is delicious over vanilla or pumpkin spice latte ice cream.
- Eggnog and Hot Chocolate: Pour some into our best eggnog recipe or stir a little into some hot chocolate when you use our homemade hot chocolate mix.
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- In a small saucepan, combine the water, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.½ cup water½ cup dark brown sugar1 to 2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses1 teaspoon ground ginger½ teaspoon ground cinnamon¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves and the ingredients are combined. Bring to a rolling simmer for 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.
- Allow to cool before using.
- Scroll up and see the post for tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and storage information.