Here is a recipe for a useful ginger syrup. You can serve it on fruit or ice cream for dessert. Or use instead breakfast syrup on pancakes, waffles, or French toast. You can also add it to sparkling water for a ginger beverage.

You’ll need about an hour to make this recipe (most of the time is hands off, you just need to be around). It yields about ¾ cup syrup.

Slice a 6 ounce piece of ginger root into thin pieces. Don’t worry about peeling it first because you will strain out the ginger pieces later.

Mix 1 cup of honey and 1 ½ cups water in a small saucepan and heat to a simmer. Then add the sliced ginger root. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Do not cover; you want the mixture to reduce to a syrup.

Strain out the ginger root pieces and pour into a mason jar or similar container. Keep in the refrigerator up to 6 months.

(Image credit: weerameth)

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