Thanks to the good folks at “The Shabby Creek Cottage” for this great idea!
Looking for an easy idea for that hard to make/buy for
person on your list? If they’re a lover of hot chocolate or coffee, you’re in
luck! My 5 minute make ahead go-to gift is flavored syrups – and you’ve
probably got everything you need without ever leaving your house!
To make it, you need
sugar, water, flavorings, a glass bottle, & your labels (don’t worry,
there’s a printable for you!) Just use equal portions of water and sugar for
the base syrup. For candy cane syrup, simply break a few candy canes and put it
into the base syrup to melt. Cook it on medium high heat just until the sugar
is melted. Want vanilla? Just add 1 tablespoon of good vanilla extract per 2
cups of base syrup and that’s it. Kinda crazy that something so simple is about
$10 a bottle at the grocery store!
A couple of tips:
- Never stir simple syrup – you
can swirl the pan, but never, ever stir it!
- You can use any extract – the
sky is the limit! (Must be alcohol or water, not oil, based.)
There’s a million ways to use the syrup, put it in hot
chocolate, coffee, over ice cream, in mineral water for Italian sodas, in
whipping cream, or maybe over pound cake. Yum! No matter how you serve it, it’s
always a favorite around here! I like to make up several extra bottles, perfect
for last minute hostess gifts, etc.