Homemade gingerbread syrup – Copycat Starbucks recipe

I love the Gingerbread lattes and Gingerbread Frappuccinos from Starbucks, that are out around this time of year. Unfortunately, as my closest Starbucks is an hour away I thought I’d try making my own homemade Gingerbread syrup.

Homemade Gingerbread Syrup
A gingerbread flavoured syrup that you can add to coffee or desserts
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1213 calories
312 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
791 g
53 g
307 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1213
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 53mg
Total Carbohydrates 312g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 307g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups of water
  2. 1 cup of granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 cup of muscovado sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  5. A small pinch of ground cloves
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  1. Combine the water, sugar, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Make sure the saucepan isn't too small, or your syrup could bubble over.
  2. Bring the mixture to the boil, then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain through a fine sieve into a heat proof jug (for easy pouring)
  4. Pour into small glass jar or bottle for storage
  1. This syrup is very runny, if you want a thicker syrup, you could reduce the amount of water or simmer for longer
  2. I added muscovado sugar as well as the regular granulated sugar, as it has a richness from the molasses that remains in the sugar.
Adapted from Top Secret Recipes
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 The recipe is really simple, as well as the process of making it. If you make gingerbread from scratch you would have all (if not most) of the ingredients required, in your pantry cupboard.

homemade gingerbread syrup

homemade gingerbread syrup

combine all the ingredients and add your water

homemade gingerbread syrup

boil mixture, then simmer for 15 mins

homemade gingerbread syrup

strain into heatproof jug for easy pouring

homemade gingerbread syrup

pour into jar or bottle for storage. leave to cool completely before sealing

You could add this syrup to your coffee for a Starbucks like gingerbread latte or even pouring it over pancakes would be yummy!



Round Beach Towels – Summer Trend

One of the big trends for Summer this year is Round beach towels, more and more stores have been releasing their own designs over the past couple of months.

There are many designs to choose from, with prices to suit different budgets. They would make a great Christmas gift also!

Here are a few of my favourite designs

Fruit Print

Two of the hottest fruit prints/objects this summer are watermelons and pineapples, there are many different homewares and beach accessories around at the moment that are in the shape of these fruit or have the fruit print.

round beach towels1. The Round Towel- Watermelon, $34.95 from Cotton On, 2. Round Towel- Pineapples, $84.95 from BEACH BELLA


If you are fan of quirky or cheeky sayings, you’ll love the two designs below. I really love the ‘Beach Please’ one from BEACH BELLA…who doesn’t love a good pun? (or a bad one)

Round beach towels1. Spin Me Round Towel- Urban Red To The Beach, $34.95 from Rubi Shoes, 2. Round Towel- Beach Please, $84.95 from BEACH BELLA


 You can’t go wrong with monochrome, it’s understated, but goes with everything! I absolutely love Peter Morrissey’s designs, especially the palm trees! He will always be one of my favourite Aussie designers.

Round beach towels1. Peter Morrissey 150cm Round Beach Towel with fringe- two designs, $39 each from Big W, 2. Arrow Round Beach Towel, $59 from Target

 Single colour

The towels below are a great option if you want one that is a single coloured pattern on white rather than the black & while monochromatic ones. The Kmart round towel is a vibrant yellow and is the most affordable round beach towel, that I’ve come across.

round beach towels1. Round Jaquard Beach Towel- Yellow, $29 from Kmart, 2. Round Towel- Japanese Waves $84.95 from BEACH BELLA


 What do you think of the Round Beach Towels trend? would you buy one?

PS. Happy 1st day of Summer Australia!