When I was in Hawaii, I had the most amazing ginger martini. It wasn't complicated, just ginger syrup with high quality vodka, but boy was it delicious. I decided it was time to make my own ginger syrup. It was so easy to make, I wonder why I didn't do it earlier. This syrup has quite a kick to it so you can dilute it with sparkling water if its a little much for you.
1 Piece of ginger
2 Cups of water
1 Cup of sugar
Step No 1
Peel ginger using a veggie peeler. Remove the outer layer of ginger.
Step No 2
Using a mandolin set to medium to slice. Slice ginger into pot (be careful of your fingers!) Save all of the nubs and throw them in the pot too.
Step No 3
Bring to a boil then simmer for 20-30 minutes until reduced and syrupy.
Step No 4
Strain liquid into a jar. Save the slices and lay them out on a drying rack. Allow them to dry out for 5 hours (this is an important step so they don't get goopy). Then roll them in sugar. Place candied pieces on a drying rack.
Let ginger pieces sit overnight to dry out.
Step No 5
To make a yummy drink mix syrup with sparkling water and stir.
Garnish with candied ginger.