Next time you find yourself with an extra cup of coffee, grab a little sugar and set aside five minutes of your time to make this delicious coffee syrup! We love to add it to a glass of cold milk, pour it over slices of homemade pound cake, or even top vanilla bean ice cream with it. My college aged son (who took this photo, by the way) loves to take mason jars full of it back to his dorm after a weekend visit. The uses are limited only by your imagination. Since it’s so easy to make and keeps in your fridge for up to a month, this is one dessert syrup you may never go without again! A printable copy of this simple recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.
While we’re talking about one of my favorite subjects, I thought I’d share with you my top ten favorite things to do with coffee! We’ve already covered one with this syrup, so there are nine more to go.
Start your day with a little boost!
Of course, every day at my house begins with a pot of coffee. I usually have it brewed by 4:00 each morning and I’m on my second cup by the time my husband wakes up. It’s a warm and wonderful way to start my day as I sit in a quiet house, sip my coffee, and mentally prepare for the day.
Use it as a reminder to slow down
My husband and I are afternoon/evening coffee drinkers as well. Once we finish supper, we like to go sit down together with a cup and talk over our day, discuss what we’ve been reading, and gather our thoughts as we unwind together. Click here to read more about this ritual and how it has blessed my family for generations.
Make a Coffee Meringue Pie
So many people have told me that they wish coffee tasted just like it smelled. Well guess what? This pie does just that! Click here for this recipe
Share some memories – and make new ones
When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to let me sit down at the table with them as they had their evening coffee. It was a precious time in which I learned so much about my family history – and I’ve passed that on to my kids as well. Click here to read about that special time with my grandparents.
Make a Coffee Butter Cake
My own spin on Kentucky Butter Cake, this chocolatey coffee version is the perfect treat to share with company. Click here for this recipe
Make ice cubes- great for iced coffee or smoothies
If I find myself with an extra cup (or two) I like to pour it into ice cube trays. Once frozen, I pop them out and stick them in a zipper seal bag to keep in the freezer for iced coffee drinks that become even more delicious by melting ice cubes!
Use as a substitute for water in boxed cake and brownie mixes!
This adds a wonderful new depth of flavor and is especially good with chocolate flavors.
Make Spiced Coffee
My recipe for Gingerbread Spiced Coffee is simple as can be to make and the kissing cousin to Pumpkin Spice! Just sprinkle a few spices you have on hand over the top of your grounds before brewing! Click here for this recipe
Make Mocha Coffee Floats
What happens when you pour hot coffee over chocolate ice cream? Heaven. Heaven happens. Click here for this recipe
I hope you’ve found some newfound inspiration to make coffee an even greater part of your life!
Sweet Coffee Syrup
Author: Christy Jordan
Serves: 1 cup
- 1 cup coffee
- 1.5 cups granulated sugar
- Place coffee and sugar in a small sauce pot over medium high heat.
- Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Once at a boil, continue to stir and boil for three minutes. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly before placing in a container in the refrigerator. Will keep for up to a month.
Special thanks to my friends at Red Diamond for sponsoring this post and for being such a special part of our lives. All opinions contained herein are my own. My husband and I dearly love Red Diamond and have been devotees of this smooth, never bitter, full bodied coffee since our first sip! To find Red Diamond products near you, visit their beautiful website and use the product locator in the top right hand side of the screen.