I wasn’t kidding around when I said I have entered the era of gingerbread.  I’ve really enjoyed gingerbread lattes I’ve had from various local coffee shops.  I already make my own ginger syrup to add in coffee & cocktails, so when it came time for another batch, I decided to make a seasonal version.  This has just the perfect amount of spice, along with the kick of fresh ginger.  The molasses is what really brings it on home to complete the gingerbread flavor.

I’ve been enjoying this in iced coffee, warm coffee, and whiskey cocktail drinks (with a splash of apple cider).  If I had an espresso machine I would make gingerbread cappuccinos and sip them with delirious joy.  I seriously think I might slather this on pancakes next.  This syrup would also make a great homemade food gift.  Or, if you are selfish like I am, make a double batch and hoard it all for yourself.  What you see photographed is a DOUBLE BATCH, and I expect it to last me at least 2 weeks.  😉



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Homemade Gingerbread Syrup

Yield: About 1 cup (I doubled the recipe to yield the amount pictured)

NOTE: This recipe calls for whole spices. USE WHOLE SPICES. Do NOT use the ground variety. Even if this means you have to buy the whole spice version of every single spice listed (as I did for everything except the peppercorns). If you use the ground spices it won't strain properly.

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses
1-2 T. of sliced fresh ginger (to your liking, I go heavy on the ginger of course)
8 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns

Directions:

Place all of your ingredients together in a medium sauce pan. Mix and heat slowly to melt the sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Remove from heat, strain into a storage container, and cool. Store covered in the refrigerator.

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Also, I just had to share this photo of me and my sweet baby boy.  He just melts my heart!  This little guy turned 6 months old in late November and I just can’t believe it!  It feels like just yesterday he made his introduction into this world.