I almost always have a bottle of ginger syrup on hand. It’s easy to make, and adds a spiciness to drinks that I love.
2 c. finely chopped ginger
2 c. sugar
2 c. water
You can peel the ginger. I usually don’t. I just chop it up in my food processor. Combine all the ingredients, then simmer for about half an hour. Strain, let cool, and you’re done!
Some modifications: Sometimes I add a bit of lemon juice and/or rind. Sometimes I simmer with a few pieces of cinnamon. Sometimes I substitute honey instead of sugar. Usually, I use half brown sugar and half white. All delicious. You can also add an ounce or so of vodka, for preservation.