If you are anything like me or the rest of the western world in fact you like flavoured coffee. I think another thing we can all agree upon is that as nice a treat as it is going to a coffee shop is very expensive. I decided to make my own flavoured syrups. The added bonus here is that I can add them to anything, coffee, hot chocolate, hot malts or dessert sauces. All of these were made from a basic sugar syrup.
This tutorial will need to be adjusted depending on the size of the bottles you use. Each of these bottles used a pint of water. I filled the bottles half way up the neck which gave me a little more liquid than I needed but that way I could account for any water that evaporated during the heating process.
First you need to decide what flavours you want to create. I went for orange, cinnamon, vanilla (it’s a classic), and gingerbread. The only variation I made apart from the flavours was that I used light brown sugar in the gingerbread syrup instead of caster sugar. These are the flavours that I chose to make but you can really experiment with your favourites.
Pour the water you have measured out into a saucepan ready to be heated. At this stage we are simply infusing the water. For the flavours I chose I used; cinnamon sticks, a vanilla pod, root ginger & nutmeg. For the orange syrup I used the zest of 2 oranges and supplemented some of the water for the freshly squeezed orange juice.
With your pans all ready bring them to the boil. Once you have don this simmer for a further 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat and cover each pan with a lid and leave for at least an hour.
Lift out any bits from the water. For the orange and gingerbread flavours I strained them.
Now add 300g of caster sugar (light brown sugar for the gingerbread) to the waters. Heat them gently until the sugar is fully dissolved. REMEMBER DO NOT BOIL THE SYRUP. That bit was important so I decided to write it all in capital letters to give you the impression that I am using a stern voice.
Use a funnel to carefully pour them into bottles of your choice. Glass though not plastic, you can’t pour hot syrup into plastic. Seal the bottles and as soon as they have cooled you are good to go.
Remember to post links below if you have a go at this project or indeed if you have made some different flavours.