Tropical pineapple and ginger-infused brown sugar simple syrup will take your cocktails to the next level. Try it with a variety of spirits!
If you've gotten into making more drinks at home, knowing how to make homemade simple syrup for cocktails will prove helpful in your pursuit of the best happy hours at home. And you can make it with more than just plain ol' granulated white sugar. Enter my homemade spiced pineapple syrup, which uses brown sugar.
What does it taste like?
In this pineapple infused syrup, you'll taste juicy, sweet pineapple caramelized in brown sugar and and the subtle warmth of fresh ginger. It's reminiscent of a demerara syrup and let me just say that this mixture smells heavenly while cooking and will fill up your entire kitchen with mouthwatering, tropical fragrance.
What You'll Need for this Recipe
The basic ratio for simple syrup is 1:1 water and sugar, and the same applies to simple syrup with brown sugar but we're switching up the ingredients to maximize the flavor. Here's what you'll need to make simple syrup with caramelized brown sugar, juicy pineapple, and spicy ginger flavor notes.
Pineapple Juice takes the place of water in this brown sugar simple syrup recipe and is the only liquid. Use fresh juiced, frozen (and thawed), or from concentrate.
Brown Sugar is key to that caramelized flavor. And you can use either dark brown sugar or light brown sugar for nearly identical results.
Pineapple Chunks add an extra oomph of fresh pineapple flavor and you can use fresh or frozen.
Ginger really elevates the flavor profile and is easy to add in either fresh form, dried, or even as ground ginger powder.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredients list, measurements, and step-by-step instructions!
Tools You'll Need
No fancy gadgets are needed for making homemade brown sugar syrup. Firstly, you'll need a good sharp knife to cut your ginger and pineapple into pieces. Next up, is a simple cutting surface. I recommend this wooden cutting board.
And I use this small saucepan for cooking the syrup down because it has a strainer built into the lid and measurement markers on the inside of the pot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Use this caramelized simple syrup how you would use plain simple syrup wherever you want to spice things up in lattes, cocktails, and mocktails! I have four fabulous recipes cocktails just below with gin, whiskey, cognac, and rum to get your started.
Simple syrup, including this brown sugar version, will become cloudy as it goes bad and eventually grow mold so check the appearance. If it has a foul smell, discard it.
Spiced Pineapple Syrup Cocktails
You can add this syrup to any kind of spirit. Check out my top cocktail recipes using the syrup so you the versatility is real!
What more pineapple simple syrup uses? Don't reserve my brown sugar simple syrup for cocktails only. Add to sparkling water with a splash of citrus or vinegar for an easy mocktail.
How to store simple syrup? Store any extra syrup in an airtight container and refrigerate. The syrup will keep for up to one month this way. I like these glass bottles because they're the perfect size for the recipe and look official so you'll feel like a real bartender at home.
Can I freeze simple syrup? Yes. Instead of a bottle, transfer the syrup into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid (about three hours). You can then store the cubes in an airtight freezer safe bag or container. Frozen syrup keeps for up to three months.
Quick How-to Video
How to Infuse Simple Syrup
You can infuse prepared simple syrup with dried herbs and spices but to use fresh fruit, like we do for this recipe, you'll want to incorporate it into the cooking process. This is essentially how to add flavor to simple syrup from the start rather than after the fact.
Add the brown sugar, pineapple juice, pineapple chunks, and ginger to a small saucepan and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Bring to a light boil then reduce the heat and simmer until it's syrupy.
Strain out the candied pineapple and ginger chunks to consume separately. Now you know how to make pineapple ginger simple syrup homemade!
More Favorite Pineapple Recipes
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Pineapple Ginger Infused Brown Sugar Simple Syrup Recipe
Brown Sugar Pineapple Simple Syrup
- 1 saucepan
- 1 slotted spoon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 one-inch knob of ginger
- Remove peel from ginger and cut into smaller pieces to expose more of the surface area.
- Add brown sugar, pineapple juice, pineapple chunks, and pieces of ginger to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until brown sugar is dissolved.
- Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until thickened slightly.
- Remove from heat and let syrup cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.