Gingerbread is one of the most popular holiday flavors, and I’m always looking for ways to add it to my favorite dishes. Why not add a little flavor to your coffee this holiday season?
It’s a great alternative to your plain old cup of joe, and you can add a nice touch to your brunch menus. Gingerbread syrup is a great way to add holiday spice to any coffee.
In this article, you’ll find all the information needed to make a nice batch of gingerbread syrup yourself. Grab a nice cup of coffee and start reading away!
What is gingerbread syrup?
Gingerbread syrup is an easy coffee syrup you can make at home with just a few ingredients. It’s naturally sweetened with molasses, has a ginger-forward flavor profile, and makes the perfect addition to latte, cappuccino, mochas, or iced coffee.
The molasses and spices combination is great with just about any coffee, making this one of the best syrups for this holiday season.
Although the combination of spices is not for everyone, the molasses and brown sugar add a great sweetness, making it great for people who don’t like the taste of coffee.
Depending on the sweetness you like, you can choose to use as much or as little syrup in your coffee. Let me show you the ingredients used in this recipe:
What ingredients are used in a gingerbread syrup?
Ingredients in gingerbread syrup vary, but this recipe includes the following components:
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Cold tap water
The amount of ingredients used might seem a bit daunting, but trust me when I say that this recipe will be well worth your time and effort.
Molasses is a traditional condiment produced from the juice that is made when sugar syrup crystallizes in the process of making sugar.
Using molasses in this recipe is a must if you want that signature gingerbread flavor in your coffee.
Although the molasses is already very sweet, I still like to add brown sugar to the syrup to give it more depth and flavor.
This recipe is based on a simple syrup that always uses a 1:1 ratio of cold tap water and sugar, with added spices and molasses.
A touch of vanilla is added to bring the whole thing together, and it creates another layer of flavor to the syrup that works perfectly with the rest of the ingredients.
As for the spices, I like to use whole spices, like cinnamon sticks, cloves, and fresh ginger.
Because you will heat the syrup, the whole spices will give off more flavor, thus creating a more delicious syrup.
If you want to make this syrup within minutes, you can substitute the whole spices for the ground versions.
That means using ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground ginger. You can still follow the same steps in the recipe, but you will finish the syrup much quicker.
How to make gingerbread syrup at home
The gingerbread syrup takes a bit of time and ingredients to make, but to make it easier for you, I’ve listed the easy-to-follow steps below for you to check out.
If you want a more in-depth look, it’s best to scroll down to the recipe. Over there, you’ll find the full recipe.
- Collect all ingredients
In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients.
- Place it on the stove
Place the small saucepan on the stove. Let the spices infuse with the sugar syrup and molasses.
- Let it steep
After everything is well combined and hot but not boiling, lower the heat and let it simmer for five more minutes.
- Strain and store the syrup
After it’s fully done, strain the gingerbread syrup and store it.
This is just a quick look into the recipe. As you can see, it’s not that hard, and it’ll be totally worth your time.
Below, you’ll find more information on the best ways to store your homemade gingerbread syrup:
How to store the gingerbread syrup
The best way to store the gingerbread syrup is in a Mason jar, a resealable container of any kind, or a pouring flask.
Then, after you’ve poured the hot syrup into your storing container, it’s best to wait until it’s completely cooled.
Once cooled, close the lid and place it in the coldest place of your refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
You can keep it well in the fridge for up to a week, but I recommend using it before then because any longer than that might alter the flavor of the syrup, and it’s best to make a fresh batch.
You can also pour it into a plastic freezer bag. Place the syrup flat on a plate or dish and pop it into the freezer. Gingerbread syrup will stay fresh for up to 3 months if taken care of properly.
- 1/4 cup (60 grams) of molasses
- 1/2 cup (120 grams) of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of cold tap water
- 1 tsp (5 grams) of vanilla extract
- 1 piece of ginger (about 15 grams)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 8 cloves
The first step in this recipe is collecting and preparing all ingredients.
- Clean the ginger and cut it into small slices.
- Then, combine all the ingredients, including the freshly cut ginger, in a small saucepan.
- Place the saucepan on the stove on medium heat.
- Keep stirring throughout to prevent burning.
- Lower the heat once the sugar has fully dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling.
- Keep the syrup bubbling on the lower heat for five more minutes; this will allow the cinnamon to give off all its flavor.
- After five minutes, remove the syrup from the heat.
- Strain the gingerbread syrup into your preferred container.
- Let the syrup cool completely before covering it.
- Once cooled, add the lid to the syrup and place it in the fridge.
That's all there is to it! You can now use this gingerbread syrup for many coffees!
Have a look above for the best ways to store the syrup at home so that you can keep your gingerbread syrup fresher for longer!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Sodium: 6.2mgCarbohydrates: 14.1gSugar: 12.7g
How many calories are in this coffee syrup?
The homemade gingerbread syrup is a great way to start the holiday season and will make for some delicious coffees.
Because of the sugar used, the calories per serving come out to 54. This is calculated as two tablespoons per serving.
If you like your coffee on the sweeter side, you might want to add a bit more syrup to make it taste as you want.
In this article, I’ve talked about making gingerbread syrup at home. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do during the holiday season!
This recipe is also great for use year-round, so you always have different coffee syrup flavors at hand.
If you have any questions or comments about the recipe, please let me know in the comment section below!
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