Gingerbread Syrup for Coffee : Homemade Christmas Gifts

Sometimes it’s not appropriate to take alcohol as a gift, so I have an alternative to my Spiced Vodka – Gingerbread syrup that can be added to coffee, for a winter warming sweet flavour, or drizzled on vanilla ice cream, it’s absolutely delicious.

homemade christmas gifts gingerbread syrup

I made this last year, and I have been playing around with the recipe, to try and increase the depth of flavour. I prefer it to be spicier, and this seems to have taken on more of a true gingerbread taste.

homemade gifts Gingerbread syrup for coffee

You will need for approximately 800 ml of syrup, or three small Fentimans bottles:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of molasses sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 inches of peeled fresh ginger, chopped into quarter-inch pieces
  • Vanilla Pod
  • 10 cloves
  • 10 whole black peppercorns

Add all of the ingredients to a pan, and bring to the boil.  Reduce and simmer for around 20 minutes. Strain, and let it cool for before transferring into bottles. If it does not fill the three bottles, I top up with more cooled boiled water.

I have chosen to decorate with some gingerbread buttons, that I bought from eBay last year. You could buy gingerbread cookie cutters cheaply and add those, or even cook some gingerbread men to give as well.

Spiced Vodka Gingerbread syrup
With the 3 bottles of Spiced Vodka, that’s 6 gifts for less than £25, and a very Merry Christmas indeed!

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  1. Laura says

    I’m going to have a go at this one. I love gingerbread syrup in coffee in coffee shops, I had no idea you could make it yourself. Going to make some for me and my brother. Does it have vanilla in? It looks like vanilla on the plate but its not in the recipie? Thanks x

    • says

      The longest its lasted in our house is one-two months. Usually because we used it really quickly! Its important to remember to sterilise the bottles and caps well, to ensure it lasts as long as possible. hope that helps.


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