With about month to go until Christmas, we think now’s a good time to slowly start getting into the holiday spirit. Festive decorations have already begun to infiltrate the Bibium office but to us, Christmas won’t really have kicked off until we’ve had our first Christmas coffee. We prefer to prepare our own than pick one up from the nearest Starbucks, which should not come as a surprise seeing as how we spend our days surrounded by some of the best coffee and commercial coffee machines around. This year, however, we thought we’d go a step further by not only making our own Christmas coffees but our own Christmas coffee syrups too.
While cinnamon stick garnishes and seasonal coffee art are always welcome, Christmas coffee syrups are all you really need to turn your everyday latte or cappuccino into a warming festive beverage. Just as freshly ground beans make the most flavourful coffee, homemade coffee syrups prepared using high-quality ingredients will outshine any store-bought alternative. Best of all, you’ll find that making your own Christmas coffee syrup at home could not be more simple or straight-forward. It’s quick. It’s easy. It requires very few ingredients. What more could you want?!
How To Make Christmas Coffee Syrups At Home
We really cannot stress enough just how easy it is to make your own syrups at home. In fact, we’d be surprised if you ever buy a bottle again after trying one or two these Christmas coffee syrup recipes.
Festive Chocolate Coffee Syrup
There is nothing quite like a hot chocolate on a cold Winter’s evening, so we thought a festive chocolate syrup would be the best place to start our list. All you need to get started are the following ingredients:
- 225g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 225g granulated sugar
- 240ml cold water
- 15g vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- As much edible glitter as you fancy
Once you have your ingredients, simply follow this 8-step recipe:
- Mix the cocoa powder and sugar together in a pan until they are thoroughly blended
- Add the water and half the salt to the mixture and turn the hob on to medium heat
- Stir the mixture until it begins to boil.
- Carry on stirring until the mixture has thickened a bit. This usually takes less than 5 minutes
- Give your syrup a taste and add any extra salt from your teaspoon that you feel you need.
- Once you’re happy, remove the pan from the hob so that it can start to cool.
- Add in your vanilla extract and edible glitter then stir until both a mixed in.
- Let it cool
The syrup will thicken as it cools, so don’t worry if it still seemed quite thin while you were mixing in your glitter and vanilla. Once cooled, your festive chocolate coffee syrup should be ready to use! Simply store it in a glass bottle and use within a month.
Seasonal Gingerbread Coffee Syrup
If you’re looking for a recipe that’s a little less rich, then this festive gingerbread coffee syrup may be perfect for you. It takes less than 10 minutes to make and the results are delicious. All you need is:
- 200ml water
- 300g muscovado sugar
- 15g ground ginger
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- A metaphorical tonne of edible glitter
Get them all lined up on your kitchen counter, and you can begin:
- Place your muscovado sugar, ginger powder, and water in a pan.
- Stir the ingredients until they have begun to mix
- Add one cinnamon stick and bring the mixture to a slow boil
- Let the mixture simmer until the sugar has dissolved (usually around 5 minutes)
- Remove the pan from the hob and stir in the edible glitter
Once cool, you can pour your gingerbread Christmas coffee syrup into an empty glass bottle and store it for up to a month. We like to leave a cinnamon stick in the bottle also, because why not?
Pumpkin Spice Christmas Coffee Syrup
Next up is the most complex syrup on the list, but arguably also the most popular. The pumpkin spice latte has become something of a Festive staple in recent years, so there was no way we were going to miss it off our list of homemade Christmas coffee syrup recipes. All you need to make this fan-favourite coffee syrup are the following ingredients:
- 300ml water
- 350g muscovado sugar
- 55ml pumpkin puree
- 2 inches of fresh ginger
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5g whole cloves
- 3g ground nutmeg
Don’t worry. Just because more ingredients are needed, doesn’t mean the Pumpkin Spice Christmas coffee syrup recipe is any more difficult to make than the others. In fact, it’s probably the easiest to do:
- Pour the water into a small pan and turn your hob onto a medium-high temperature setting.
- As the water begins to heat up and let off steam, add all ingredients into the saucepan.
- Stir the ingredients and keep doing so until the mixture begins to boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to a medium-low temperature setting and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Once the 10 minutes is up, remove the pan from the hob and allow it to site for another 10 minutes.
- Pour the contents of the pan through a sieve and into a bowl, then pour what is in the bowl into a glass bottle
Once cool, your pumpkin spice syrup will be ready to use! It ought to be quite strong, so you should not need more than 30ml-50ml per cup. You will probably end up going through quite a lot of this syrup (it’s delicious), so it’s a good thing the recipe is scalable.
If you don’t have the time (or inclination) to make your own Christmas Coffee Syrup but still want to give your coffee a seasonal twist, then we cannot recommend 1883 Maison Routin coffee syrups enough. Their gingerbread syrup is phenomenal and second only to the seasonal gingerbread coffee syrup listed above. Whether you decide to pick a bottle up or make one of your own, be sure to try their Gingerbread Latte Macchiatto recipe.