DIY Ginger Liqueur Recipe (2024)

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This homemade ginger liqueur can compete with Domaine de Canton on flavor—for less than half the cost and only 20 minutes of work.


Marcia Simmons

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Updated December 02, 2022



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In This Recipe

  • What's Available to Buy?

  • Why DIY?

  • How to Use It

Why It Works

  • This homemade ginger liqueur can compete with Domaine de Canton on flavor—for less than half the cost and only 20 minutes of work.
  • Steeping time is very short, so this is a perfect DIY holiday gift.
  • Unleash your creativity by experimenting with different flavor combinations in small batches to make something you won't find on a liquor store shelf.

Ginger liqueur offers an exciting blend of sweet and spicy flavors. It can turn a basic drink into an intricately layered co*cktail experience. Sure, you can use ginger liqueur all year (it's great with sparkling wine, especially when muddled with peaches in the summer) but this potion especially calls to us in winter, when it's just the thing to spice up our drinks.

What's Available to Buy?

Domaine de Cantonis the most common ginger liqueur on the market. The ginger kick in Canton is balanced with vanilla, honey, and Cognac—it's elegant, but a bit sweet.Snapis a bolder ginger liqueur featuring nutmeg, cinnamon, and Rooibos tea in its mix of spices. It reminds me of a hearty gingerbread. Both cost about $30 a bottle—though I think Domaine de Canton is a more flexible co*cktail ingredient. TheKing's Gingeris a slightly more expensive high-proof ginger liqueur with an intense bite—smooth but barely sweet.

Stirrings also offers a less complex ginger liqueur for half the price. Though it has a lovely flavor, I find that it doesn't add any more dimension to mixed drinks than a well-made ginger simple syrup would.

Why DIY?

As easy as it is to buy a bottle of Canton, my recipe for DIY ginger liqueur takes only 30 minutes of work and tastes just as delicious and refined. The steeping time is very short, so this is a perfect homemade holiday gift. (Hear that, procrastinators?)

It's also fun to play with different flavor combinations in small batches. Add some cinnamon, star anise, and cardamom for an earthier liqueur that's a good match for ciders and warm holiday drinks. A little lemon zest and lemongrass will give you a bright, Asian-inspired flavor. The beauty of homemade liqueur is unleashing your creativity to make something you won't see on the shelf at some liquor store.

Use It!

Your homemade liqueur is perfect for jazzing up all sorts of co*cktails. The simpleTom Collinssuddenly tastes exotic with a bit of ginger, but you can also get more complicated than that. Add a little to a hot toddy on a cold night. And yes, it's goodin eggnog, or shaken up withrosemary and pears.

Ginger pairs well with so many flavors—think about food recipes that you like that include ginger, and then use those flavors in a co*cktail. Carrots, oranges, lemons, apples, pumpkin, green tea—these things are natural partners for ginger and could be the basis for a great new drink. If you give your liqueur as a gift, you can include some handwritten recipe cards featuring your favorite ginger liqueur co*cktails. That is, if you can bear to part with some of it.

December 2011

Recipe Details

DIY Ginger Liqueur Recipe

Prep5 mins

Cook25 mins

Active25 mins

Infusing Time72 hrs

Total72 hrs 30 mins

Serves16 servings

Makes2 cups


  • 2 ounces ginger root

  • 1 vanilla bean

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 1 orange

  • 1 1/2 cups brandy


  1. Peel ginger and cut it into thin slices. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise.

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  2. Bring ginger, vanilla, sugar, and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until ginger is soft—about 20 minutes. Let the syrup cool. Do not strain yet.

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  3. Zest orange and place zest only in a sealable glass container along with the syrup and brandy. Seal and shake, then let this mixture steep for one day.

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  4. After one day, remove vanilla bean and let mixture steep for an additional day.

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  5. Strain mixture through a coffee filter into your bottle or jar for storage. Let it sit for one more day before using to let flavors mellow.

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Peeling ginger with a spoon allows you to navigate the curves and bumps more easily than using a peeler.

Store as you would any liqueur—no refrigeration is required. This should keep for a year, but if it develops off flavors or a cloudy appearance, discard it.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
0g Fat
13g Carbs
0g Protein


Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g5%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg3%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
Potassium 3mg0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

DIY Ginger Liqueur Recipe (2024)


What is ginger liqueur made of? ›

It is very easy to make and requires very few ingredients: ginger root obviously, alcohol, water and sugar. Like with any good liquor, a lengthy maceration and resting time is necessary, so that all the flavors are absorbed and for it to become nice and golden in color.

What can I substitute for ginger liqueur? ›

When you want to lighten up the alcohol content of your ginger co*cktails, replace the ginger liqueur with ginger-infused syrup. It's easy to make at home and has a similar sweetness and ginger flavoring, but without the liquor base.

What percentage is ginger liqueur? ›

At 28 percent ABV (56 proof), it's stronger than the original. This new formulation was first called Canton Ginger & Cognac Liqueur when it was released in the U.S. in 2007 and purchased by Heaven Hill Brands. In 2008, the name changed to Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur.

What liquor goes with ginger? ›

Known for its spicy flavour, Ginger Liqueur is happy to play with any and all of the spirits from brandy and Whiskey to Gin and Tequila.

Does ginger liqueur go bad? ›

Most liqueur should be used within 6 months to a year after opening. While stable liquors mainly lose their potency and flavor after their seal is broken, liqueurs can spoil and grow bacteria over time. The more sugar in the beverage, the faster it will spoil.

What is ginger liqueur called? ›

The World's Original Ginger Liqueur

Each batch of Domaine de Canton is the marriage of the finest ingredients carefully selected from different ends of the world to create a perfectly balanced flavor. learn more. "A sublime liqueur...

How long does ginger liqueur last? ›

Most opened (and well-sealed) liqueurs should last for six months to a year (or even longer), depending on the alcohol content and preservatives.

Is there a ginger liqueur? ›

Hand crafted in small batches from all natural ginger beer for a warm, spicy ginger beer finish. Great for mixing in Martinis, whiskey sours, or your favorite co*cktail.

Does ginger liqueur need to be refrigerated? ›

Store as you would any liqueur—no refrigeration is required.

What does ginger liqueur taste like? ›

So how does it taste? The honey-colored liqueur has a good dose of ginger in the aroma, but when you take a sip you get hit by a syrupy sweetness first, and then the spiciness of the ginger only kicks in after a beat or two.

What are the health benefits of ginger liqueur? ›

Ginger Liqueur helps to improve blood circulation and expel “coldness” from the body. It is especially beneficial towards conditions such as cold hands and feet.

What is King's ginger liqueur? ›

The King's Ginger is made using a grain spirit base, lemon, ginger, sugar syrup and water. The recipe was altered when the bottle was redesigned into this beauty, though it remains a liqueur emphatically flavoured with ginger and lemon.

What is Jack Daniel's and ginger ale called? ›

Smooth, sweet, and a sippin' favorite.

What's Moscow Mule made of? ›

A Moscow mule is a vodka-based co*cktail made with lime juice and ginger beer. Though the drink is associated with Russia (for obvious reasons), it's actually an American invention that dates back to the 1940s.

What is whiskey and ginger ale called? ›

Call it a "whiskey ginger" or an "Irish buck," they are essentially the same great drink. The basic but delicious co*cktail contains Irish whiskey and ginger ale to create a tall, refreshing drink, much like the whiskey tonic or classic highball. The combination of any whiskey with any light soda is hard to beat.

Does ginger liqueur have alcohol? ›

Fresh ginger tingles your nose when you crack open the bottle's swing-top. Its opaque, yellow liquid is 22 percent ABV, and it tastes almost like you're drinking a chewy, ginger candy with a lovely, big, ginger bite.

What is the origin of ginger liqueur? ›

The King's Ginger was intended to invigorate and warm His Majesty during the reign of King Edward VII, who liked to be exposed to the wind in his Daimler at all times of the year and in all weathers. The then purveyors to the court, Berry Bros. and Rudd, created this liqueur dedicated to the King around 1903.

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