18 December 2014

{Holiday Homemade Gift} Coffee Syrups







There are soooo many Christmassy recipes on the internet at the moment, I guess 'tis the season for pretty, glittery food. Especially sweets!

Last year, I made these. Which are obvi on my baking list again this year. They just embody the holidays to a tee! Plus they are pretty damn tasty.

This year, I wanted to tackle the hard task of making my own coffee syrup. Which took 10 minutes. So not hard at all!

I think that homemade coffee syrups are a perfect gift idea. I'm actually planning on giving these to my lovely neighbour who always signs for my deliveries (like every week, online shoppers unite!).

The recipe is super easy and can be adjusted to make plenty of other syrup flavours. I'm thinking vanilla, almond, hazelnut... You basically make a simple syrup, which is equal parts (volume, not weight!) of water and sugar, and then add your flavouring of choice. I went for peppermint (think of hot chocolate with peppermint syrup, yum) and maple caramel (gotta put a little bit of maple in the holidays y'all!).

peppermint coffee syrup

2 cups water (500 ml)
2 cups caster sugar (around 400 g)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Mix the sugar and the water in a saucepan and put on medium the heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and let simmer away for a few minutes. Let cool off the heat and add the peppermint extract. Transfer into a bottle and let cool completely.

maple caramel coffee syrup

1 1/2 cup water (375 ml)
1 1/2 cup caster sugar (260 g)
1/2 cup caramel sauce (125 ml)
1/2 teaspoon maple extract

Mix the sugar and the water in a saucepan and put on medium the heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and let simmer away for a few minutes. Let cool off the heat and whisk in the caramel sauce (I think I used Carnation caramel sauce if I remember correctly, but you could make your own too!) and maple extract. Transfer into a bottle and let cool completely.

Now you can make cute labels! Mine are pretty simples, but you can go to town if you want to! Nothing wrong with more sparkles...

Are you making homemade gifts this holiday season, edible or not?






1 comment:

  1. Nice idea and who doesn't know some coffee lovers who could use these!

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