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!
- 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.)
- Want to make your own extract? Andrea will show you how at The Cottage Market.
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.
And, just to make your gift even easier… here’s the printable: