Flavored syrups have a fanbase of their own due to the refreshing taste it adds to your mundane cup of coffee. Coffee syrups are a delicious addition to your kitchen shelves as you can not only use them in your coffee but also in other beverages, desserts, breakfast treats, and ice creams.
If you’re curious about how to use the coffee syrup in your coffee specifically, we have assimilated some of the best ways! In this blog post, we will learn how to use coffee syrup in coffee and reuse it in other foods as well.
What Is Coffee Syrup?
Coffee syrup is a flavoring agent that enhances the sweetness of your coffee drink and imparts natural flavor. Coffee syrups are incredibly versatile as they can be used in a plethora of drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, iced caramel macchiatos, and even hot coffee drinks.
Coffee syrups have a runny consistency and they look almost like a thick coffee concentrate stored in a container. Contrary to the natural bitterness of freshly brewed coffee, coffee syrup has a mildly sweet flavor.
How Much Syrup Do You Put In Coffee?
While there’s no set amount for how much coffee syrups you should put in your coffee, most coffee drinkers use two pumps (20 ml) of coffee syrup for every 8 oz of drink. You need to be careful about how much sweetness you want in your drink. Overdo the coffee syrup and you might end up with a heavily sweetened drink.
For instance, if you are adding syrup to a 12 oz coffee drink, you need to use 3 pumps of coffee syrup and vice versa. These proportions are applicable to almost all kinds of flavored syrups.
What Are The Most Popular Coffee Flavorings?
The variety of coffee flavoring makes customization simple and effortless. Nowadays, coffee manufacturers have every kind of flavoring syrup under the roof due to its popularity. Flavoring syrups mostly contain artificial agents that may or may not leave a chemical aftertaste on the food. So, if you’re sensitive to the taste of artificial flavoring, we recommend going for natural flavors like hazelnut, vanilla, and chocolate.
Many coffee manufacturers are now going above traditional flavors and combining several together to form new products such as Cheesecake, Chocolate chip cookie dough, and Bourbon caramel.
How To Use Coffee Syrup In Coffee?
Coffee syrups come in a number of flavors to spice up your normal coffee drink. They can be added to your hot and cold beverages, desserts, and baked goods. Flavored coffee syrups provide subtle taste transformations and give an elegant texture to your normal coffee drinks. You can add flavored syrups to:
- Cold brew coffee
- Iced coffee
- Hot brew coffee
Apart from the general list, there are ways you can reuse your flavored syrup in various other ways as well.
Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffees have a deliciously smooth flavor. Coffee tends to lose some of its natural flavors due to the sheer effort of brewing over an extended period. You can use flavored syrups in the following ways:
- Add flavoring syrup while brewing: You can add flavors to your coffee grounds before the brewing process. Along with the dark roast beans, you can use spice-based flavors which infuse additional flavor.
- Add a flavor after roasting: This is a common process where the coffee grounds are thrown in a cylinder full of syrups after roasting.
- Stir in the syrup: If you do not wish to add any flavor before the brewing process, you can simply take the required amount and stir in the syrup with your cold coffee concentrate.
You can even add flavoring in the form of toppings. You can use coffee syrup to turn your regular brewed coffee into a mocha.
Contrary to popular opinion, cold brew coffees and iced coffee aren’t the same things. Iced coffees are simply made brewed in the same way as hot coffee beverages but the only difference is it is cooled down with ice. Let’s learn a few ways to add flavoring to your iced coffee:
- Add flavoring to cold foam: Cold foam is a type of foam that is made from unheated milk and used as a topping in iced drinks. You can simply use 2 parts of milk, three parts of heavy cream, and one part of flavoring syrup.
- Drizzle some flavoring sauce: You can even use flavoring syrup to drizzle as a topping.
Remember that cold foam can only be applied in iced coffee or cold brew coffees. In hot brewed coffees, the whipping cream usually melts due to the heat of the coffee. You can use vanilla syrup, caramel syrup, and brown sugar syrup for iced coffee.
Hot Brew Coffee
Hot brew coffees have a strong caffeine flavor which can be countered by using a sweetener such as flavored syrups. For hot brew coffee, you can add flavoring syrups to hot espresso or coffee and then stirred together. This thoroughly blends the flavors together. If you prefer a milk-based coffee beverage, you can the milk to syrup-flavored espresso and stir again.
Another option is to steam the milk with the flavoring syrup which infuses the milk with extra flavor. Prepare your hot espresso separately and then combine the two mixtures for a decadent fusion of flavors.
How To Make Your Own Flavoring Syrup
If you cannot find a specific flavoring syrup, you can create your own homemade DIY syrup.
- Heat ¾ cup water and ¾ cup of your preferred flavoring ( Let’s say, cinnamon syrup)
- Cook over medium flame till it gets dissolves and has an aromatic smell of your flavoring of choice.
- Turn off the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes
- Sieve the mixture if necessary (Here since we have used cinnamon sticks, you’ll need to strain them out.
You can store this flavored syrup in the refrigerator for 4-7 days. Make sure you use an airtight container.
Coffee syrups are a delicious additive that can be used in any kind of beverage. As it gives a distinct sweetness to your regular coffee, you can experiment with a variety of flavors.
If you use flavoring syrups, you’ll never get bored of your coffee drink!