To make the ginger syrup:
In a medium saucepan, combine 3/4 cup water with 1/2 cup sliced fresh ginger and 1/2 cup sugar.
Simmer uncovered 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let steep 15 minutes. Strain syrup through a sieve into a bowl, discarding solids. Chill until cold.
From Gourmet magazine.