The best refrigerator non-essentials: ginger-cinnamon simple syrup

Ginger root
Use fresh ginger, shredded or chopped

I first made this syrup months ago when The Spouse and I were daydreaming about opening our own soda fountain. We enthusiastically ran to the grocery store to buy gallons of plain soda water and began brewing syrupy concoctions in our kitchen. It was weeks before my socks stopped sticking to the kitchen floor every morning after that. One syrup, however, stayed in our fridge, and made its debut not only in sodas, but on fruit salads, in sanrgria, and other mixed cocktails. Recipe and ideas below:

Ginger-Cinnamon Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 or 3 sticks of whole cinnamon, broken in half
1 large piece of ginger, peeled and shredded or chopped

Bring the water and sugar to a very low boil, but watch it closely so it doesn’t burn! Add the cinnamon and ginger and reduce the heat so the mixture stays hot, but won’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Allow to infuse for an hour, to several hours (we infused our for 4 hours). After the syrup has cooled, store in a clean glass bottle with a stopper, or in a clean tupperware container.

Cinnamon Stick
Only use cinnamon stick – not ground cinnamon!

Tropical Fruit Salad with Ginger and Cinnamon
2 – 4 kiwis
1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and diced
1 mango, peeled and diced
1 banana, sliced thin
2 ripe oranges, peeled and sliced

Wash, peel, and dice all the fruit. Combine in a large bowl, and drizzle with the syrup. Any fruit can be substituted, but tropical fruit pairs well with the syrup.

Fresh Summer Soda
1 liter of plain soda water
ginger-cinnamon syrup to taste
Orange slice or orange peel for garnish

Pour any tolerable amount of soda and syrup into a tall, cold glass. Garnish with the orange slice or peel. **Note – this soda tastes good, but it tastes even better with two shots of vodka and lots of ice!

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