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  • Writer's pictureAngie Jackson

Candied Ginger Recipe

Updated: Apr 4

Craving a sweet and spicy treat that's easy to make at home? Look no further than candied ginger!

Last week's "Drink the Wild: The Apothecary" workshop was a whirlwind of botanical delights, and for attendees, a taste of magic came home in a jar. We tasted Ginger Honey Syrup using the recipe straight from the pages of "Drink the Wild: Recipes from the Apothecary of a Kitchen Witch for the Spirited and Sober Soul."

This isn't your average syrup. It's a "Swiss Army Knife" for your home apothecary! ️ Craft cocktails or zero-proof elixirs that tantalize the tastebuds. Add a touch to your tea for a warming, soothing sip. Feeling a gurgle in your tummy? A spoonful of this syrup can work wonders.

And in the spirit of sustainability, we didn't let a single piece of ginger go to waste! Attendees also went home with candied ginger, made from the leftover ginger used in the syrup. ♻️

Want to whip up this magical elixir yourself? We've got you covered! Below, find the bonus recipe for candied ginger from the leftover bits. Let the wildcrafting begin! ✨

Candied Ginger Recipe

Here is an additional BONUS recipe to use the leftover ginger pieces after crafting the Ginger Honey Syrup.


2 cups distilled water

2 1/2 cups sugar - reserve 1/2 cup for the end result

  • With the ginger and the remaining 1 1/2 - 2 cups of water (approximate) still in the pot, add an additional 2 cups of water and heat over medium-high heat.

  • Add 2 cups of sugar once the water begins a rolling boil. Stir well until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  • Boil for another 45 minutes. Stir occasionally while boiling to ensure the sugar does not burn.

  • Remove the pan from the heat and drain away the syrup. I have been known to keep the extra spicy syrup for other uses so don't throw it out! Let it cool and store it in a jar with a lid in the refrigerator for another witchy day.

  • Place the ginger pieces on a plate lined with parchment paper or a cooling rack. Sift an additional ½ cup of white granulated sugar over the ginger pieces. Allow the ginger to cool then remove them from the parchment paper or cooling rack and store in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator.

While candied ginger offers a delightful sugary punch, it also boasts some of the health benefits of its fresh counterpart. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, so candied ginger may help soothe aches and pains. Additionally, ginger is known to calm nausea, so candied ginger could be a tasty remedy for motion sickness or morning sickness. Just remember, moderation is key – the added sugar content means enjoying candied ginger in small portions.

Important Notice

Do not try self-diagnosis or attempt self-treatment for serious or long-term problems without first consulting a qualified medical herbalist or medical practitioner as appropriate. Do not exceed any dosages recommended. Always consult a professional practitioner if symptoms persist. If taking prescribed medicines, seek professional medical advice before using herbal remedies.

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