I admit it…I took for granted that I could go to the local grocery wholesaler and buy coffee syrups for less than $5 a bottle. Then I moved away from the Pacific Northwest and reality struck. What’s a girl to do? Of course, make my own! And if you have a coffee-loving friend, they’ll be thrilled when you give them a bottle.
When you see how simple this is, you may never buy coffee syrup again!
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
Combine in a saucepan and heat to a simmer, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add flavorings, then pour into your bottle.
See, I told you!
To flavor it, use extracts in whatever flavor you’d like. I had to order the pumpkin spice from King Arthur Flour. It’s a flavoring oil and I only needed about 1/4 tsp, since it’s stronger than extract. For vanilla, almond, orange, or peppermint, use about 1/2 tsp extract for this amount of syrup. Of course, you can add more to taste. Be sure to use real extracts, not imitation. They taste much better!
I’ve seen many recipes for pumpkin spice syrup using real pumpkin puree, but those must be kept in the refrigerator, which isn’t all that great if you’re giving them to someone. I mean, who knows how long they’ll be under the Christmas tree? The gift, not your friend.
My favorite GI Joe loves blackberry and almond syrups mixed together in his coffee (weird, right?), so this is an easy way for my to keep him supplied. Plus, I can always whip some of these up when I neglect to buy him a Friday gift!
Yes, we are both totally spoiled…27 years ago when we began dating, he would bring a little gift by my dorm room every Friday. He (and I) have continued this, at least when he’s not deployed, ever since. It’s a nice little perk of being married to him!