More and more I love making my own coffee at home. This is partially because I have a horrible makeup habit, and that money needs to come from somewhere. I take that money I used to spend on Starbucks three or four times a week and funnel that elsewhere. The problem with Starbucks is that it is damn good coffee. The good thing is that it is easy to make drinks just as flavorful and smooth at home with very basic equipment and just a few ingredients.
Recently, for Christmas, Jason got me a lovely bag of Starbucks Reserve from Nicaragua, Cabo Azul. I loved this so much I put many of the other coffees away and just drank this. I happened to have some salted caramel syrup that I bought. It brought out all the best notes in the blend. But, I had only a little left. When it ran out, I missed that syrup so I decided to make my own.
Making your own coffee syrup is a very easy process. At least, this one was. You can easily recycle a bottle from another syrup. I bought this one from Target for $3.49 and I can reuse it.
So here is my recipe for my Salted Caramel Syrup. Stir 1-2 teaspoons in your coffee, add a little almond milk and you have a drink better than a $5 latte.
Time to Make: 30 minutes Makes 12 oz
1 cup of sugar
1 ½ cups of water
1 teaspoon of salt (I used smoked salt)
Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir It until the sugar dissolves. Watch it and stir occasionally. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat to medium low and add the salt. Allow the mixture to cook down until it changes to a dark amber color and starts to thicken. Stir every 3-5 minutes.
Be careful it does not boil over. This process took 20 minutes for me.
Remove from heat and add the extra ½ cup of water. Stir to thin, allow to cool, and add to your favorite glass container. Add to your coffee as desired.
Measuring cups and spoons
Glass container for storage