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.
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.
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.
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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