Jan 13, 2016

Your Answer to Winter: Warm Up with this Rosemary Vanilla and Honey Coffee Syrup

Homemade Rosemary vanilla honey simple syrup

Rosemary is one my favorite cold-weather herbs. It really adds extra warmth to whatever you use it with. I love it in breads, soups, libations and even coffee! Here's a simple recipe with warming ingredients that is sure to brush off that winter chill in the air.    

Homemade Rosemary vanilla honey simple syrup

Round up the following

  • 1 Cup of sugar - I use natural/organic sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of distilled water - Distilled water will improve the shelf life
  • A bunch of fresh rosemary - washed and dried
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
  • A container to hold your syrup

Homemade Rosemary vanilla honey simple syrup

In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, water and honey. Turn the heat to medium and stir the mixture until the sugar and water dissolve.

Homemade Rosemary vanilla honey simple syrup

Take the syrup mixture off the burner and toss in the rosemary. Let it steep for 5-7 minutes. You should smell the rosemary aroma. Dip a spoon into the syrup and make sure you can taste the rosemary. If you can't taste the rosemary allow it to steep a few minutes longer.

Homemade Rosemary vanilla honey simple syrup

Remove the rosemary and add 1 Teaspoon of vanilla. The heat from the syrup will cause the oils and alcohol in the vanilla to evaporate so it's better to add vanilla at the very end.

Homemade Rosemary vanilla honey simple syrup

Pour your syrup into a container and it's ready to go! It can keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Mainly, I use it in coffee with a dash of milk, but it's also fantastic with bourbon, ice cream, and earl gray tea. 

I'd love to know where else you end up using this tasty concoction. Let me know in the comments section!


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bryson on Jan 12, 2015:

That's a great question El Jay. Certain types of honey (like Tupelo) can have an strong flavor and could overpower the rest of the syrup. Sugar allows you to develop a thick syrup and still get the flavors of honey, rosemary and vanilla. Think of it as filler. Also, a cup of good quality honey can set you back about $8-10. With a short shelf life, that's an expensive syrup! If you try a complete honey for sugar swap, let me know what you think of the flavor! 

El Jay on Jan 12, 2015:

Why do you use white sugar instead of more honey???  It's Rosemary Vanilla and Honey Coffee Syrup... not Rosemary Vanilla Cop-o-Sugar and Honey Coffee Syrup...  Right?