There’s something about the holidays that makes me want to add a little flair to everything I do. I jazz up the inside and outside of the house during this holiday season more than any other. I love cooking fancier dishes and setting the table with fabric napkins and decorating with candlesticks to make our standard-issue Friday night dinner a little bit special.
To keep the flair going, I decided it was time to extend this holiday pizzazz to my morning routine as well. And I must say that with very little effort, I’ve now jazzed up my morning Cup O’ Joe as well!
These homemade holiday syrups have not only elevated my coffee game, but they’ve also provided some fantastic impromptu gift giving to my coffee loving friends. Better yet — you probably already have 90% of these ingredients in your pantry!
In general, coffee syrups are made by mixing one part water with one part sugar. You then add in various ingredients to create your flavor infusion. This holiday syrup series starts with this simple syrup and adds seasonal spices to take your coffee making up a notch.
All of these homemade syrups can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to three weeks, so make a few batches and get ready to become a homegrown barista! Each recipe will yield 16 ounces of syrup.
And if these flavors don’t suit your fancy, check out this other set of wonderful flavored coffee syrups.
Eggnog Coffee Syrup Recipe
In my humble opinion, December isn’t complete without indulging in some eggnog. Since gulping down a cup of eggnog is a bit much for me, this wonderful syrup provides the nog flavor without all that heavy cream.
• 3/4 cup water
• 1/2 cup eggnog
• 1 cup granulated sugar
1. Combine the water, eggnog, and sugar in a small saucepan.
2. Heat over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and transfer to a liquid measuring cup.
3. Let mixture stand at room temperature about 30 minutes.
4. Use a spoon to skim solids off the top. Transfer to container and store in fridge.
How to Make Gingerbread Syrup
Wintertime months simply require a little gingerbread in your life. Sure, you can make gingerbread houses or cookies, but this spicy syrup will have you rethinking your morning latte in no time or add it to your favorite rum cocktail for a seasonal twist!
• 2 teaspoons ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/4 cup molasses
• 1 cup water
• 3/4 cup sugar
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1. Toast spices in a dry saucepan for 3 minutes over medium-high heat, until aromatic. Add water, sugar, and molasses and cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved.
2. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let simmer gently for 10 minutes then cool to room temperature.
3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth to remove graininess of spices. Cool to room temperature and transfer to container, store in fridge.
Peppermint-Mocha Syrup Recipe
This syrup makes your coffee taste amazing and you’re going to love how you can enjoy this flavor at home in your holiday jammies — no trip to Starbucks needed!
• 1 cup water
• 1 1/4 cups sugar
• 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
• 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
1. In a saucepan, whisk together water, sugar, and cocoa powder over medium heat. Be patient as it will take a little while for the cocoa powder to incorporate into the mixture.
2. Bring mixture to a full boil, stirring for one minute. Remove from heat and add peppermint extract.
3. Cool to room temperature and transfer to container, store in fridge.
Cinnamon Dolce Syrup Recipe
Creamy, cinnamon-y, and oh-so delish, this Cinnamon Dolce Syrup makes a pretty exquisite morning latte but it’s also fantastic over pancakes, ice cream, brownies, and more.
• 1 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
• 3 cinnamon sticks
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. In a medium saucepan add water, sugars, cinnamon, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Once complete, stir in vanilla.
2. Remove from heat, remove cinnamon sticks.
3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth to remove excess ground cinnamon. Cool to room temperature and transfer to container, store in fridge
Since this is the season of enjoying life’s simple pleasures as well as gift giving, these syrups make amazing last minute gifts. Skip the standard-issue gift of a Starbucks card and add one of these bottles alongside some fresh ground coffee or a pretty coffee mug for a perfect homemade gift!