Since this post from last year still gets a few clicks almost every day, I thought I’d share it again. When we lived in Wisconsin last year, it was easier to just make my own flavored syrups for coffee. Now that we’re back in the Pacific Northwest, with multiple choices of stores that sell the syrup cheaply, I haven’t really kicked the habit of making my own.
I like knowing exactly what goes into it, and since it’s quick and easy to do, I can make them whenever I like. Oh, and they make a thoughtful gift for the coffee drinkers in your life! If I haven’t mentioned it, I’m gearing all my posts this month towards helping you come up with the perfect gifts this Christmas!
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. Without even changing out of my yoga pants and leaving home!