Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, sift flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and one cup sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg, then stir in water and molasses.
Fold in flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt and mix until well combined. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, roll in sugar and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 7-10 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.