African cocktails include ginger syrup, a natural and botanical sweetner (www.africanepicure.com)

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Fresh ginger can be preserved indefinitely in sugar syrup, which can flavor pancakes, cocktails and all kinds of homemade sodas and teas. Profit from having extra ginger around and make a small bottle, then see all the good uses you’ll put it to.

This syrup can be warmed and poured over wholegrain pancakes, crepes or waffles, and also stirred into hot black tea for a quick

Simple Ginger Syrup

2 cups of grated ginger

4 cups of water

2 cups of sugar

1. Boil all the ingredients together, uncovered, until the sugar has dissolved completely and the ginger is giving off a strong, cooked smell. This should take about 15 minutes.

2. The longer you simmer the mixture, the more concentrated your syrup will be. Simmer up to 1 hour, then remove from the heat.

3. Cool and strain into glass bottles. Be sure to label your ginger syrup so you will use it!

Serving suggestions:

  • With fruit crepes instead of maple syrup.
  • Over pineapple with fresh mint.
  • As a topping for fresh fruit salads.
  • Added to hot black tea for sweetness and spice.
If you like cooking with African ginger, try these easy traditional recipes:
Raw Ginger Juice
Ginger and Lemongrass Tea

To learn more about the amazing health properties of African ginger, check out:

Ginger