Cardamom simple syrup is a very interesting flavor and it is the quickest way to add the spice to your favorite beverages. From coffee and tea sweeteners to interesting cocktails, this is a flavored syrup you will want in your kitchen and bar.
Making your own simple syrup is extremely easy and for this recipe, we are simply adding a little cardamom for flavor. It is just one example of spiced syrups that you can make at home and it adds a sweet, savory, and spicy aspect to any drink you pour it in.
The cardamom syrup was designed as a featured ingredient in Charbay's Moroccan Cocktail in which it is paired with pomegranate vodka and juice. Cardamom is also commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine and is an essential ingredient for Turkish coffee, so adding this syrup to your morning coffee is a fantastic idea.
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup whole cardamom
- 2 cups sugar
- Bring the water and cardamom to a boil.
- Stir in the sugar until fully dissolved.
- Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Infuse in the refrigerator for 3 days, then strain out the cardamom.
- Bottle and refrigerate the syrup. It should keep for a few weeks.
Tip: The flavor intensity will vary depending on whether you are using cardamom seeds or pods (either will work). Taste your syrup each day until it reaches your desired level of flavor and continue the infusion if needed.
If you would like to build on the flavor of this syrup, consider adding a complementary flavor while boiling. Add a splash of fresh orange or lemon juice or a teaspoon vanilla extract.
Cinnamon and cloves are also a good match, though the three days may be too much for those two spices. Instead, use a whole cinnamon stick or 1 tablespoon of whole cloves (or both) and remove those before you begin the three-day infusion of the cardamom. They should be easy to separate out from the cardamom and the spice flavor will be perfectly balanced.
Using Your Cardamom Simple Syrup
You may not realize it right now, but you will soon find out just how versatile your new cardamom syrup is. Try using your first batch in a variety of beverages so you can get a feel for its full potential. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Coffee Sweetener - Cardamom is often brewed directly with coffee beans, so it's only natural that you can use your cardamom syrup to sweeten a cup of coffee. You will be amazed at how well this works.
- Sweeten Masala Chai and Other Teas - Cardamom is a key spice in masala chai and you can enhance that flavor and bring sweetness into the tea with a dash of cardamom syrup. It works particularly well with some of those just-add-water chais that leave a little to be desired. Use it to sweeten and spice up other teas as well.
- Lemonade - Another astonishing flavor combination can be found in cardamom and lemonade. Try substituting one-third of the simple syrup in homemade lemonade with cardamom simple syrup. Your spiced lemonade can be enjoyed as is or mixed into a variety of cocktails and mocktails.
- Apple Martinis - Apple and cardamom is another fantastic pairing and you can simply add a splash of this syrup to your favorite apple martini recipe (as long as it is not one of the sour appletinis). It's best with the recipes that use apple cider or juice.
- Flavored Whipped Cream - Add a splash of cardamom syrup to whipped cream and blend it with your kitchen mixer. Use this spiced cream to top off coffee and hot chocolate drinks.
- Plums, Pears, and Apricots - These three fruits are also nice with a little cardamom spice. Add a little of your syrup to cocktails that feature any of these flavors and enjoy!
More Spiced Simple Syrups
It's always fun to get sweet and spice from a single ingredient and cardamom is not the only spice you will want to use for homemade syrup. Explore these syrups and enjoy the cocktails they were created for. After one drink, you'll have plenty of ideas for incorporating each into more of your drinks.
- Moroccan Citrus Syrup - The 5/25 Cocktail is a simple take on the famous Gimlet and the spiced citrus syrup makes it spectacular with a mix of cardamom, orange, grapefruit, and lemon.
- Cranberry Spice Syrup - Brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and clove add a fantastic backdrop for the cranberry-orange syrup used in the Spiced Silver Bells tequila cocktail.
- Black Peppercorn Simple Syrup - Yes, even peppercorns can work in a sweet syrup! The Maker's In The Market Julep pairs the spice with bourbon, cherry jam, and fresh mint. It's a brilliant flavor combination.