How to use flavoured coffee syrups
With flavoured speciality coffee becoming increasing popular, you’re now spoilt for choice with syrup flavours, from mint and vanilla to cinnamon spiced and chocolate, both white and dark. As well as adding a shot of syrup to coffee or hot chocolate for a drink with a twist, there are plenty of other ways to make use of flavoured syrup in your kitchen.
Sugar and spice
- Make an easy sauce for ice cream or fruit by melting 75g of butter and 75g of cocoa powder together in a pan over a low heat. Add sufficient syrup to give the sauce a pouring consistency; amaretto, ginger and vanilla flavours work particularly well.
- Make the ultimate strawberry sundae by marinating fresh strawberries in strawberry syrup overnight in the refrigerator. Lay the fruit with strawberry ice-cream, vanilla ice-cream and chocolate shavings in a tall glass. Finish the dish off with a fresh strawberry and a drizzle of syrup.
- Use strawberry or vanilla syrup to glaze the fruit in a fruit tart just before serving, to give it an appetising finish.
- When making a chocolate mousse, add a tablespoon of flavoured syrup to the melted chocolate before adding the eggs – we like gingerbread, amaretto and mint flavours.
- Stunning savouries
- Add a tablespoon of strawberry or vanilla syrup to a beef stew during the last half hour of cooking, for a richer flavour.
- For a quick, light lunch, toast two or three slices of French bread. Top each one with a slice of goats’ cheese, and place under a hot grill until the cheese is just starting to melt. Drizzle a little balsamic vinegar and vanilla syrup over the cheese, and serve with walnuts and a green salad.
To buy flavoured syrups online for all your culinary and drink needs, please visit our coffee ingredients page.