Who knew you could make your own coffee syrups and just how simple it would be?
I love coffee. It’s no secret to those who know me just how much I love coffee. I do buy those flavored coffee creamers, but sometimes I just want to mix and make my own flavor. Starbucks is a weakness of mine, and they have almost every coffee syrup flavor you can think of, however they can be pricey.
After going to culinary school and making my own flavored simple syrups for my cakes I thought, “why can’t I just make coffee syrups the same way?” Well it turns out you can! It’s very simple to do. Here are the ingredients and instructions for what you need to make your homemade coffee syrups.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- This first part is for the simple syrup. To make it use equal parts sugar and water. For mine I use one cup each. Mix the 2 ingredients together in a saucepan, and place on stove to bring to a boil. Once your mixture is boiling and all sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.
That’s it for the base of your syrup. Next you can add whatever flavor you want. I have measurement amounts that I use, but the nice thing is you can make the flavor as strong or weak as you’d like. Here are some flavors I’ve made.
Vanilla coffee syrup:
- Just add 2 tsp of vanilla extract. If you like vanilla beans, open up your bean pod and scrape out the beans into the simple syrup. Also steep it while the syrup is boiling.
Caramel coffee syrup:
- This is one of my favorites. Just take 1/3 cup caramel sauce (store bought or homemade) and add it to the simple syrup. Give it a good stir to dissolve and mix.
Peppermint coffee syrup:
- This one is just like the vanilla. Just add 2 tsp of peppermint extract to the syrup. You can also add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Those are my 3 favorite syrups to make. Again you can make any other coffee syrup flavors, even orange. Flavor them as much or as little as you want! They store well in the refrigerator for a month. You don’t have to refrigerate them though if you don’t want to. I like to store mine in little glass olive oil jars. They’re easy to pour and you can label them how you want. Pick these up at any HomeGoods store, BigLots or even a Dollar Store.
The next flavor I’m going to try is cinnamon dolce like they have at Starbucks. That’s my favorite flavor and drink there, plus I love cinnamon. I also want to try coconut, almond and hazelnut too! There’s just so many ideas and options.
Got any other great flavors for us to try? We’d love to know! I’m always looking for new ways to add flavor to my coffee.