Sunday, January 30, 2011

Vanilla Syrup

Vanilla syrup is the key ingredient in one of my favourite drinks, the London Fog.  I will be posting the London Fog recipe next week.


1 Cup water
1 Cup sugar
1 Vanilla bean (you can also use vanilla extract, but the bean will give a deeper vanilla flavour)


Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly.  The sugar will dissolve and the mixture will become clear. Once mixture has come to a boil, continue to boil for about 5 minutes. 

If you used vanilla beans, remove the large pieces left behind.  There will still be smaller bits that look like coffee grounds (unless you strain first through a coffee filter), those will add to the flavour of the syrup.

Once cool, bottle and refrigerate.  Goes well with coffee or tea.


  1. Do you think you could use this in place of vanilla extract? Like make large amounts of it?

    I know if you take vanilla beans and put them in sugar for a week you get vanilla sugar.

    Or you know what might be cool? Making lollipops from it!

  2. Due to the high sugar content, a vanilla syrup wouldn't work the same in recipes as vanilla extract. You have however, sparked an internal mission for me to find a great recipe for Vanilla Extract and share it with you all. :)

  3. Throwing a vanilla bean, split and scrapped, into a jar of bourbon works good. Vodka is good, but the flavour of bourbon works well. Make sure it is submerged to prevent mould!

  4. If I use vanilla extract, rather than the vanilla bean, how much extract do you suggest for this recipe?


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