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A truly simple syrup made with fresh summer plums and spicy ginger. Perfect for adding to cocktails, lemonade or tea – the possibilities are endless!

Plum Ginger Simple Syrup

I can’t believe I haven’t made fruity simple syrup until now.

Clearly, I’ve been living in la-la land over here. (Typical.) Because, truly, what could be (literally) more simple than throwing some fruit, water, and sugar in a pan, bringing it to a boil, then letting it steep?

Answer (in case you hadn’t already picked up on it): Nothing.

This particular variation is brought to you by summer. And the color pink.

Homemade Plum Ginger Simple Syrup for cocktails, soda

Here’s how this is gonna go: Take about 4 ripe plums. Quarter those suckers. Throw them in a pot with 1 inch of fresh ginger root (peeled or unpeeled, doesn’t matter), some water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat, cover, and let those suckers steep. 30 minutes later, strain out the spent plums and ginger, pour your syrup into a jar and stick it in the fridge.

How are you going to use your simple syrup?

Well, the obvious answer is to use it in a cocktail, but you could also use it to make flavored lemonade or iced tea. I happen to like it simply topped with some sparkling water for a homemade plum ginger soda. The plum flavor is sweet and mellow with a little bit of a *zing!* from the ginger — it’s pretty much all I want to drink for the rest of forever, really.

Since it is the 12th of the month, you know what that means – this recipe is part of the #12Bloggers project. This month’s theme was food in jars, and since it is hotter than hell almost everywhere right now, this Plum Ginger Simple Syrup (stored in a jar, of course) seemed like the perfect refreshing thing to share.

Make sure to check out what my 11 fellow bloggers made for their food in jars:

Homemade Plum Ginger Soda

Plum Ginger Simple Syrup

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  • 4 ripe plums quartered
  • 1- inch piece fresh ginger root
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 30 minutes.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the syrup into a large measuring cup. Pour into a jar. Let the syrup come to room temperature before covering and storing in the refrigerator.


Makes About 2 1/2 cups
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