10 Homemade Syrups

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Homemade syrup is not only easy to make but it’s inexpensive too. This year at Chez Boone we’re trying to do a lot more homemade Christmas gifts and when I thought about the men in my life I automatically though about homemade syrup recipes. These homemade coffee syrups as gifts are perfect for coffee lovers.

These recipes for homemade syrups are so easy that you can make homemade syrup and give as a gift. All of them start from a simple syrup which is made by combining sugar and water in a pan and bringing it to the boil. After that you simply add the flavors. I decided to make all 10 syrups and have them on hand to give to different people. I think homemade coffee syrups make great teacher gifts, hostess gifts and more.

Materials Needed for Homemade Syrups

  1. If you’re going to make them all then buy all these ingredients and follow the directions below. If you have a couple of pans going at a time it won’t take long.
  2. 10 bottles. I searched high and low for something inexpensive and finally found balsamic vinegar at Aldi for just $1.99. I poured out all the vinegar, washed the bottles and voila!
  3. 10 bottle pourers. This was also tricky trying to find something cheap and then I checked Amazon. I found these Tablecraft H35BK Free Flow Pourers, Black, 12-Pack for just $5.56 with Free SuperSaver shipping. That’s around 50 cents a bottle.
  4. Burlap ribbon  and natural cardstock.  All inexpensive from JoAnn Fabrics with coupon.
  5. Here are the ingredients to make all the syrups. Simply print it and take it to the store and then see the recipes below. Each of them is very similar.

10 Homemade Syrups

Ingredients

  • 4# Bag of sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cups caramel sauce
  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1 candy cane, crushed
  • 1/2-1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1 candy cane, crushed
  • 1/2-1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2 t. ground ginger
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • t. molasses (honey would probably be ok in a pinch!)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice
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Making Simple Syrup


Attach labels to burlap ribbon with glue gun and then affix to the bottle with hot glue gun.

 Storing Homemade Syrups

Because it’s just simple syrup each can be stored for 2-3 months in a closed container except the eggnog syrup.  For that I’d recommend just 1 month.

Vanilla Syrup

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 t. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove and let it cool.

Raspberry Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. I mashed the raspberries up a little.
  3. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove and pour through a strainer to remove any berries.
  5. Allow to cool.

Caramel Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cups caramel sauce

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove and let it cool.

Eggnog Syrup

Ingredients.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove and let it cool.
  5. Skim the solids off of the top before storing, this one needs a good shake before serving.

Toffee Syrup

Ingredients.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove and pour through a strainer to remove any toffee bits that haven’t melted.
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Skim with a spoon to remove anything before storing.

Mint Syrup

Ingredients.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 candy cane, crushed
  • 1/2-1 tsp. peppermint extract

Directions:

  1. Combine the sugar, water and candy cane in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove and add peppermint extract before letting it cool.

Mint Cocoa Syrup

Ingredients.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1 candy cane, crushed
  • 1/2-1 tsp. peppermint extract

Directions:

  1. Combine the sugar, water and cocoa in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove and add peppermint extract before letting it cool.

Gingerbread Syrup

Ingredients

  • 2 t. ground ginger
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 t. molasses (honey would probably be ok in a pinch!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the other ingredients and stir.
  3. Heat the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove and strain before cooling.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice

Directions

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks and pumpkin spice and stir.
  3. Heat the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove and strain before cooling.



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Comments

  1. What is the best way to store the syrups?
    Do they need to be refrigerated?
    How long are they “good” for?

    thanks!

    • I’m a goof! I was supposed to put that ;) Store in fridge for 2-3 months except the eggnog one. Thanks for asking :)

  2. Linda St. Laurent says:

    Do these have to be refrigerated? How long do you think they will last?

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  4. These are amazing. I have a whole coffee bar in my kitchen with syrups. Now I can make my own. I have a link party and would love to have you share this and any other posts. It is called Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party. The link to the party is
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  5. Thanks so much for sharing this! These sound delicious. I have been trying to think of new, creative DIY gifts. This is just perfect for the coffee drinkers in my family. I love the burlap tags. Nice job.

    -Lacey

  6. Could these syrups also be for pancakes or waffles or are they specifically coffee syrups?

  7. Good read. It seems so easy to make homemade syrups. Thanks for the post.

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