I had a large piece of ginger left from the ginger pie (with ginger whipped cream*) thatI made for Christmas, so I decided to play around with it and made honey-candied ginger, pickled ginger, crystallized ginger, and ginger syrup (another "waste not" recipe!)
The honey ginger is the winner.
2 cups water
ginger peels from the other recipes
about 2 cups ginger "stock" from making the candy and pickles
1 1/2 cups sugar
juice of 1/4 lemon
pinch of salt
Make 1 more cup of "stock" by boiling the ginger peels in the water; turn heat to simmer and continue to cook until it is reduced by half. Add to the stock from the other recipes. Add the remaining ingredients and heat until the sugar is completely melted. Continue to simmer until the syrup is reduced by a third to half (depending on how thick a syrup you want). You should end up with about 2 cups of syrup.
Use as pancake syrup, or to flavor tea, cocktails, or sparkling water.
*Ginger whipped cream
1 cup heavy cream
2 T powdered sugar
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 cup ginger liqueur
In a small bowl, whip the cream until it starts to thicken. Add the remaining ingredients and continue to beat until stiff, about 3-5 minutes. For best results, put the bowl and the beaters in the freezer for at least 3 hours before hand.