I promised one of our customers at the Farmers market how to make a simple vanilla syrup at home. Here is the recipe I found an use as a basis, slightly modified from original.
- 2.5 cups water
- 2 cups soft brown sugar like Muscovado
- 1 cup white sugar
- 4 tablespoon vanilla extract.
- Optional vanilla seeds or pods etc
- Bring all the ingredients except vanilla extract to a simmer
- Boil under constant supervision for 10 minutes or more. Look away for a second and it is bound to boil over!
- Let mixture cool down
- Add some or all of the vanilla extract depending on the other forms of vanilla added.
Instead of vanilla, other extracts can be combined with rhe bbasic sugar surup. It is delicious wirh cold brew.
The classics like a cappuccino or espresso will always be my favorite Coffee drinks. It is like a familiar road you walk every day. You know it inside out, yet every day you see something different or have a slightly different experience. Now and then however, you like to leave the beaten path and try something different, just to keep things interesting. This is where endless Coffee based drinks of all types come in play.
Drinks can be loosely be grouped as follows
- Classic Espresso based
- Spice infused
- Alcohol fortified
- Shakes and Freezos
Some of these drinks use cold brewed Coffee (See our post on Cold brew) and some use various forms of hot coffee. The list is endless, but here are two of my favorites for starters. As time goes on, I will add more recipes. Some are my own, but others are from a great little book by Sherri Johns called Coffee Café.
There are so many versions, but I love this simple version which does not have cold whipped cream on top.
||Pre-heat the cream in microwave oven or steam.
||Pour some vanilla syrup in your cup. Pour it on the side wall and let it coat the inside of the glass..
||Prepare an espresso directly into the cup and pour in the pre-prepared cream.
||Dust with coco powder to garnish.
Flavored: Hazel Choccachino
This super simple recipe is wickedly sweet and ideally suited for a cold night in front of a fireplace.
|Nutella or any Hazelnut chocolate spread
||Put a healthy scoop in the bottom of your mug.
||Prepare an espresso directly into the cup.
||Pour steamed milk as you would for normal cappuccino.
|Optional chocolate shavings
||As if is not wicked enough, add some choc shavings on top.