Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gingerbread Latte

Just a note here, this could be a spoiler for those of you I give Christmas gifts to so you chose if you keep reading!

A few weeks back I bought a book on sale at Big Lots for a couple of dollars with all kinds of Christmas ideas.  It had some recipes for coffee flavoring type syrups which I thought about making for Christmas gifts.  Well, wouldn't you know it, when I wanted to try them out a few days ago the book was missing.  Still don't know where that book walked off too but I still wanted to try out these syrups.   So I did what anybody does these days and looked online!

I tried two different ones and one is a keeper!  First I tried a Cinnamon Dulce flavor.  It had good flavor but the texture was "slimy".  Texture really bother me so until I figure out if it was cooked too long or what I'm not sharing that one.  The one I will share is Gingerbread.  This one was amazing!  Everyone except Lexie liked it and she's not a big coffee/latte type person.  Logan and Ariel REALLY liked it and just about fought over the 1st mug I made!

Here's my modified recipe.  And here's the link to the original.

Gingerbread Spiced Syrup
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 T. honey
2 T. ground ginger
2 broken up cinnamon sticks
1 t. ground cloves
2 t. allspice
1/2 t. pepper
All you do is mix it all in a pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce and simmer for 4-5 minutes.  Cool the mix and strain out the cinnamon sticks.
For a latte with this we filled a mug about 1/2 with coffee, 1/2 with milk and mixed in about 2 T. of the gingerbread syrup.  It was delish!
Besides making lattes, I'm sure it would be good over ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes etc....  We haven't had a chance to try any of these just yet
The original recipe had different amount for ingredients and used all non-ground but I think you can't go wrong with whatever measurements you choose.  We left out nutmeg because I don't like it and went way low on cloves because since my daughter and a friend accidentally added a bunch to a recipe a few years ago strong clove brings back bad memories. 
We had a few of these bottles I had bought years ago to make fermented fruit syrups and never got around to it so now I can use them!  I did pick up a couple more at Christmas tree shop.  They have them for $2 a piece.  You could also just store it in a canning jar with lid.  I'm imagining it won't last long!

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