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Homemade Coffee Syrups

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I am somewhat of a coffee lover. Knowing though some of the negatives of coffee I have worked to find better options for my family. I started by learning how to home roast my coffee which you can learn about here. The next step though was the additions put into coffee. I love a splash of raw cream and a little organic sugar, but I also have a keen enjoyment of yummy flavored syrups. However these are usually loaded with junk and just make me feel yucky plus are not easy on the budget. So I wanted to come up with a good homemade option for delicious syrups so the experimenting began!

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These homemade sugar syrups use real food, organic sugar, herbs and even essential oils and they are easy and delicious! Each recipe makes a pint jar which lasts quite awhile! I also made an option with maple syrup for when I want to stay away from sugar.

You may notice that the sugar/water ratio and directions are the same in each recipe so once you figure out the process it is really easy and fun to experiment with your own flavors! Add in a vanilla bean for a sweet vanilla flavor. Use your favorite fruits. There are so many possibilities!

I will post a step-by-step with one flavor and then include the quick directions for the four other flavors I made below. Please note too that the process for the maple syrup one is just slightly different so you will want to read through that one if you choose it over the sugar. You could do any of these flavors using maple syrup instead of sugar just change the sugar/water measurements and directions to match the maple syrup recipe.

Once the syrup is made you can just store in in the fridge and use when you need that special cup of coffee. Or everyday for a daily treat! Either way, the result is a smooth delicious cup of coffee that I don’t feel guilty indulging in. Also, if you are avoiding coffee, but want that coffee shop kind of cup you can still use these! They work great in dandelion coffee as well as regular and my kiddos love the Apple Pie Chamomile in a warm mug of milk. It is kind of like their own latte without the coffee and is relaxing too!

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Apple Pie Chamomile Coffee Syrup

This one is like a warm slice of apple pie in a mug. Smooth and relaxing. This is the one my kiddos enjoy added to a warm mug of milk as a sweet treat!

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups organic sugar

1/4 cup apple, chopped

1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers

2 sticks cinnamon

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 teaspoon orange peel

 

-Put all ingredients into a medium size saucepan and whisk together just to combine a little. Set burner to medium high and bring syrup to a boil. Once boiling set a timer for 15 minutes and allow it to boil just that long. Any longer and it could start caramelizing.

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-Remove from heat and pour syrup through a strainer to remove all the chunks. That’s it! Store syrup in a covered glass jar in the fridge.

-To make a cup of coffee: Brew your favorite coffee. I like to place about 2 teaspoons syrup and a little cream in my mug, but you can customize it to suit your taste. Adjust the sweetness, use different creams such as coconut or no cream at all. You could even add coconut oil and butter for bulletproof coffee! Add your coffee, stir and enjoy!

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Blueberry Muffin Syrup

This is one of my favorites! It literally tastes like a liquid blueberry muffin dipped in coffee. Plus it uses one of my favorite essential oils-lemon vitality!

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups organic sugar

1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 teaspoon dried chopped ginger

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 drops lemon vitality essential oil

Mix all ingredients except lemon oil in a medium size saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Allow to boil for 15 minutes then remove from heat. Pour syrup through a strainer and allow to cool slightly. Mix in lemon oil and store in jar in refrigerator.

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Chocolate Peppermint

This one is so smooth and delicious! My husband does not like peppermint, but this ended up being his favorite one! The peppermint is subtle but definitely there. You could add peppermint vitality oil when it is finished if you want a stronger peppermint flavor.

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups organic sugar

3 teaspoons dried peppermint leaves

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a medium size saucepan and whisk together just to combine. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Allow to boil for 15 minutes then remove from heat. Pour syrup through a strainer and store in jar in refrigerator.

 

Blackberry Vanilla

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups organic sugar

1/2 cup fresh blackberries

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a medium size saucepan and whisk together just to combine. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Allow to boil for 15 minutes then remove from heat. Pour syrup through a strainer and store in jar in refrigerator.

 

Berry Maple Syrup

This one is so delicious and I love the flavor of maple, berry, cinnamon and lemon. It is kind of like a berry cobbler in a mug! I think I may have a dessert theme going here!

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup dried elderberries

1/4 teaspoon dried ginger root

1 teaspoon cinnamon (you could also use 2 cinnamon sticks, but I had run out of mine!)

1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

2 drops lemon vitality essential oil

Mix all ingredients except lemon oil in a medium size saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour syrup through a strainer and allow to cool slightly. Mix in lemon oil and store in jar in refrigerator.

 

Do you have flavors that are your favorites? What flavors would you create?

Enjoy your coffee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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