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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DIY: Coffee Syrups



I love some flavored coffee - I don't always like to pay Starbucks to make it for me (although I'm definitely not opposed to that).

I'm a fan of the gingerbread lattes whenever they're in season, and the husband loves mocha lattes, with extra whipped cream (not that I'm judging him, except that I totally am). I like raspberry hot chocolate as well.
They're really simple to make, and are basically just flavored simple syrups...

Anyway, here's the recipe for all three: gingerbread syrup, raspberry syrup and chocolate syrup.

Gingerbread Syrup
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Heat, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Let simmer gently for 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
  4. Strain the mix through cheesecloth.

 Raspberry Syrup

  • 1 cup of raspberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat over a medium heat.
  2. Smoosh (yeah, that's a word) the raspberries against the side of the saucepan.
  3. Heat until boiling, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until thickened
  4. Strain the mix through a fine mesh sieve to remove the berry solids

Chocolate Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp corn starch
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Combine sugar and cocoa powder in a saucepan, whisk the water in to make it smooth.
  2. Add salt, and heat over medium heat until boiling, then turn the heat down and simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Remove about a tablespoon of the mixture, and mix with the corn starch.
  4. Blend the corn starch mixture back in, and simmer for a few more minutes until thickened.
  5. Heat, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  6. Let simmer gently for 10 minutes until slightly thickened.