I am not normally a coffee drinker, but I’m thinking that’s all about to change. Since forever, I’ve made my son ‘steamed milk’ with coconut oil, chai spices (made by dear friends of mine) and honey to have with his breakfast on chilly mornings. We don’t have an official ‘steamer’, so I use my emulsion blender to whip a foamy topping on the hot milk mixture. He chooses to not eat lunch at school (ugh), so I try to get as much healthy proteins and fats in him as possible to hold him through the day. That’s my rationale, but Terry thinks I’m just spoiling him. In any event, when I was last at Sur La Table (aka Mecca), I picked up some Pumpkin Spice Syrup thinking it’d be a nice change from the chai spice for him. But as is typically the case with my picky eater, he’s not so fond of the Pumpkin Spice Syrup (story of my life). This morning I made his ‘steamed’ milk using a Gingerbread Tea bag from Celestial Seasonings and it was really pretty tasty, but light on the Gingerbread taste I was hoping for. Lightbulb Moment!!!! I decided I would make a Gingerbread Syrup that I could add to his ‘steamed’ milk as I did the Pumpkin Spice Syrup.
This gingerbread syrup is so easy to make. Simple syrup (sugar and water), molasses and gingerbread spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) simmer down thick, spicy gingerbread syrup.
And let me tell you, this gingerbread syrup is so yummy. Not only will we be using it in coffee, tea, steamed milk, ice cream and oatmeal at home, but it’d be a great gift for your favorite coffee drinking friends and family!
For gifting purposes, I made some cinnamon ornaments (using Martha Stewart’s ‘recipe’ which is different from many as it includes glue) and used some white puffy paint to outline the gingerbread to mimic icing. I wrote on the ornament using an extra-fine white oil-based Sharpie. Don’t forget to punch a hole with a straw before you bake your gingerbread men. I made about a dozen of these gingerbread ornaments and I’m going to save a few to write the names of our family members on for re-usable gift tags.
Store in a bottle in the refrigerator and use within two months
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So if you’re looking to spice up your coffee bar or to make some easy gifts for friends, family, teachers, or any other coffee lovers, this gingerbread syrup surely fits the bill. Not only is it perfect on it’s own, but you could add it to a basket with coffee beans and a mug if you needed to up your gift game.
I know these 8.5 oz bottles are available online at Amazon for $24.99 for a set of four. I’ve included a convenient link below to take a closer look if you’re interested. They are very handy to have around the kitchen and ideal for use with things like salad dressings, marinades, etc.
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