Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas Drink Syrups

Ever wonder what starbucks/bridgehead/second cup/etc. puts into those christmas lattes to make them taste so good? flavoured syrups! :) i just happened to stumble upon a great page on making these easy syrups to add to your own coffee and/or hot chocolate and/or mixed drinks! (gingerbread & spiced rum anyone?) thus, here are the recipes and my photos of the steps!

 Gingerbread Syrup

2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground allspice
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. molasses
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Let simmer gently for 10 minutes.  Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth ( i used a coffee filter).  Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Toffee Syrup
¾ cup water
¾ cup sugar
½ cup toffee bits

Combine the water, sugar, and toffee bits in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium-high, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from the heat and pour through a fine mesh sieve into a liquid measuring cup.  Let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes.  Use a spoon to skim the solids off of the top.  Transfer to a storage container and refrigerate until ready to use.

I only made gingerbread and toffee flavours but you could essentially make any kind you wanted depending on the source of the flavour- i.e. candy canes for peppermint, eggnog, cinnamon, chocolate, etc.

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