Homemade chocolate and vanilla syrup recipes

Adding flavoured syrup to an Irish coffee or hot chocolate makes an indulgent treat

If you love a bit of indulgence with your coffee, how about one of these homemade syrups? They’ll keep in the fridge for a month or so, ideal for when you’ve had a long day and want to treat yourself. As well as adding them to coffee, these syrups can also be used as ingredients for other drinks, such as milkshakes, hot chocolate, cocktails or even on their own with sparkling water added (use a little hot water first to dissolve the syrup, then add cold water and ice).
Homemade chocolate coffee syrup

You’ll need:

  • 175g caster sugar
  • 200ml water
  • 200g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional). You can also experiment with adding other flavoured extracts such as orange, coconut or caramel.

What to do:

Put all the ingredients except the extract, if using, into a saucepan. Bring it to the boil, stirring all the time so the sugar doesn’t catch and burn. After around 5 minutes the syrup should start to thicken. Remove from the heat and add the extract, stirring it in well. Allow to cool, then pour into a sterilised bottle and refrigerate.

Homemade vanilla coffee syrup

This syrup is delicate and enhance almost any coffee. Also delicious drizzled on top of hot desserts like apple pie or sponge pudding.

You’ll need:

  • 200g icing sugar
  • 250ml water
  • 1 teapoon vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla pod

Put the sugar and water together into a clean bottle, and add the extract or vanilla pod. Shake the bottle a few times until the sugar has dissolved, then refrigerate. Leave for a couple of days before removing the vanilla pod, if using.

If you like the idea of flavoured syrups but don’t have the time to make your own, we have a full range available at www.rijo42.co.uk. Flavours include dark and white chocolate, Amaretto, hazelnut, Irish cream, mint, cinnamon, vanilla and others, all at £13 for 1 litre. To find out more, visit the website.