* To make ginger simple syrup, peel and slice 3 oz of fresh ginger. Place ginger in a saucepan with 1 1/4 cups of water and 1 cups sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Take the saucepan off the heat, cover, and let cool completely. Pour the simple syrup through a strainer. Discard ginger. Store the ginger simple syrup covered in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.
** Malahat Spirit's Co. Ginger Rum is super tasty, and I'd highly recommend picking up a bottle (sold here). If this particular brand isn't available in your area, you can also make ginger rum at home. Peel and slice a few large pieces of ginger (about 6 oz.). Smash slices with the flat side of a large knife to help release the flavor. Place ginger in large jar with white rum, cover, and let infuse for 1 week. Taste after 1 week, and if you want more ginger flavor, let sit for another few days.