Homemade gingerbread syrup is perfect for cocktails, coffee, or even pancakes! This recipe has the most perfect gingerbread spice and flavor and is made with brown sugar, spices, ginger, and molasses.
If you’re making a Christmas cocktail or hosting a festive holiday brunch, making homemade gingerbread syrup is not only easy but adds such a special touch. It can be used to add sweetness and gingerbread flavor to coffee and cocktails. It also makes wonderful gifts for coworkers and friends, especially when gifted in a beautiful glass bottle.
The flavors of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves are pure magic and perfect for the holidays. Here’s how you make it!
You can also check out our guide to making simple syrups, our honey syrup recipe our homemade cranberry syrup.
How to Make Gingerbread Syrup
This recipe uses simple ingredients to make an excellent syrup. The brown sugar adds to the deep, rich flavor and creates a thicker, syrup-like texture when boiled.
However, molasses is such a unique ingredient and has a bit of a smoky flavor that you can’t get without adding it. So we add a little molasses to this syrup which makes it the best gingerbread syrup recipe!
- Brown Sugar – Dark or light brown sugar will work.
- Fresh Ginger – Slice a few pieces of ginger off of a root to use.
- Cinnamon Sticks – Whole cinnamon sticks are perfect.
- Whole Cloves, Nutmeg & Allspice Berries
- Molasses – Grandma’s Molasses is great for this recipe.
In a saucepan bring the water and brown sugar to a boil.
Once the mixture is boiling, turn the heat to simmer and add in the spices and molasses.
Let the mixture simmer and infuse for 20 minutes.
Turn the heat off and let the syrup sit for another 20 minutes with the spices.
Then, strain the syrup through a sieve into a heat-proof bowl, preferably with a spout.
Pour into glass jars. We use these jars for homemade syrups because they’re so pretty!
Gingerbread Syrup Uses
Gingerbread syrup is versatile and has many uses! Use it for Christmas breakfast, for desserts, in drinks or even over ice cream! Here are some of our favorite ideas for how to use gingerbread syrup:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is gingerbread syrup made of?
Gingerbread syrup is made of brown sugar, water, fresh ginger, and whole spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. We also add a little molasses to it as well! It’s all simmered together to create the most beautiful flavor and is perfect to use for a variety of recipes during the holidays.
How long can you keep simple syrup?
It should be stored in the refrigerator and will last about 1 month. It can go bad after a month, so always make sure you smell it before using it. However, if you’re making cocktails and adding it to your coffee we have no doubt it will be gone in a few weeks!
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- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, dark or light
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 3 slices ginger
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 5 whole allspice berries
- In a saucepan bring the water and brown sugar to a boil.
- Once the mixture is boiling, turn the heat to simmer and add in the spices and molasses.
- Let the mixture simmer and infuse for 20 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and let the syrup sit for another 20 minutes with the spices.
- Then, strain the syrup through a sieve into a heat-proof bowl, preferably with a spout.
- Pour into glass jars.