We all love our fancy pant’s coffee’s. Vanilla latte? Yes please! Gingerbread Americano or Cinnamon flat white? Oh yes I’ll take one of each! There is plenty of choice but all at a cost. These delicious fancy coffees that have become a part of modern life are not cheap. And to help you recreate one at home they sell you expensive bottles of syrups to flavour your coffees. Well no more can they get away with that because I am going to share 3 really simple, easy to make homemade coffee syrups that will cost you a fraction of the price of the ones they try to sell you!
The three I am sharing with you today are vanilla, cinnamon and gingerbread. But once you have the basic recipe down these are highly customisable to what ever flavour you fancy. Experiment and see what takes your fancy.
I have been making my own homemade coffee syrups for years now, I have tried to share this with you before but every time I try and take photos they come out really bad. And I mean really bad…… I never thought taking photographs of bottles would be so difficult! These are my latest attempts and even I have to admit they are a bit questionable. But I couldn’t wait to share these recipes any longer.
Gingerbread Coffee Syrup
- 240 millilitres water (1 cup)
- 200 grams light brown sugar (1 cup lightly packed)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mace (or nutmeg)
- 1 teaspoon molasses (or black treacle)
- In a small pan over a medium heat, add all the ingredients in and stir until the sugar has dissolved. This will be about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Then take it off the heat and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
- Pour the syrup into a clean sterilised jar or bottle, seal and use within one month.
As you can see they are simple to make, once you have your sugar syrup made up you can add any flavouring you like. Try adding your own favourite spices and see what works and what you enjoy and never be stuck with a boring coffee again!
What a wonderful idea and so simple, thanks for sharing! They look really lovely in those little bottles as well, I think they would make a really sweet gift for a coffee-lover. It does make you realise how much sugar there is in coffee syrups though, although this is still probably much less than you’d find in shop-bought syrups. I wonder whether it’s possible to make some healthier versions with something like maple syrup?
Hi Anna, thank you. As for using maple syrup I am not sure if it would work because it has a very distinctive flavour of its own and the good stuff is quite expensive so it would be crazy to cover its lovely flavour up. I don’t have any experience with it but maybe something like agave nectar would be a good place to start experimenting with.
Love the idea of this! I love coffee and the flavours are so important, this is a really good gift idea too! Thanks!
I recently learned a bit more about what makes coffee taste good too… http://www.lovelyappetite.com/6-things-didnt-know-coffee/
Hi Lisa, thank you. It’s so easy to make your own syrups and yes they do make great gifts too 😀
I’ve always been a rather ordinary coffee drinker and I’ve never been a ‘must have coffee before feeling alive’ person. I know I’d love one of these though.
Hi Maureen, You are so lucky I am totally the opposite I need my coffee to function first thing in the morning!
Wow, these are way easier to make than I would have expected! I love my sugary flavored coffees, and I’m all for a cheaper alternative to Starbucks!
Hi Brianna, these are so simple to make I hope you manage to try them. My Starbucks habit can be expensive so I love saving a few pennies every now and again 😀
What a great idea for a latte! It’s easy to make and you store it in a jar for a month. Not bad! Can I use a substitute for sugar instead of sugar?
Hi Ruth, I don’t know if you can substitute the sugar. Try adding a few tablespoons of sweeter or honey instead but it will give them a slightly different flavour. I haven’t tried it, but if you do I would love to know how they turn out 😀
Simple and quick to make!
Hi Angie, thank you 😀
Fab post – I had never given any thought to what coffee syrups are actually made of. I’ll have to give them a go – I think vanilla is probably top of my list 🙂
Hi Laura, thank you 😀 Vanilla is my top one and it’s the one I make the most saves me adding sugar to my coffee as well 😀
I am not normally a coffee drinker but I do love all those seasonal and flavored coffees. Love that you are sharing how to make them at home! I can’t wait to try them all 🙂
Hi Kelly, they are so simple and much cheaper than visiting a coffee house!
I’d take the cinnamon one please. I’m such a coffee addict, I like my coffee smooth, dark and slightly bitter (like my men pahahaha, could i resist that tired old joke? No, no I couldn’t) but at Christmas and on special occasions I treat myself to a milky latte with a lush cinnamon syrup because it makes me smile 🙂
Hi Emma, I’m a total coffee addict too. I love my tea but only in the evenings! I make that joke all the time as I do drink my coffee black and strong….. 😀