Cafe de olla syrup (coffee syrup)

Café de Olla Syrup is a versatile, sweet concoction that brings the traditional Mexican flavors of cinnamon, piloncillo (or brown sugar), and optional spices like cloves, star anise, and orange peel to your kitchen. Perfect for enhancing coffees, teas, cocktails, and baking, this rich syrup adds a unique, spiced sweetness to any dish. Whether drizzling it over pancakes, stirring into oatmeal, glazing meats, or sweetening your favorite beverages.

Ever heard of café de olla? This super cozy, traditional Mexican coffee is all about rich flavors and heartwarming vibes. Made with piloncillo (a kind of raw cane sugar) and cinnamon, it’s like a hug in a mug. But guess what? We’re spinning this classic into something even cooler – a homemade café de olla syrup!

A glass bottle with cinnamon sticks and spices on a white plate, accompanied by Cafe de olla syrup.

About this recipe

Imagine having a little bottle of this magic in your kitchen. You can jazz up your morning coffee, drizzle it on pancakes, or twist your cocktails. It’s all the goodness of café de olla in a fun, new way. And the best part? It’s super easy to make. So, grab your piloncillo, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, and the rest of the spices. We’re about to make some syrup that will knock your socks off!

A cup of coffee with Cafe de olla syrup and oranges on a plate.

Ingredients

  • Piloncillo: Piloncillo is unrefined cane sugar, typical in Mexican cuisine. It’s known for its rich, molasses-like flavor, much deeper than regular white sugar. Shaped into small cones or blocks, piloncillo dissolves slowly, infusing a uniquely sweet and earthy taste into dishes.
  • Cinnamon sticks: Cinnamon sticks are the dried, curled bark of the cinnamon tree. They add a warm, spicy, and slightly sweet flavor to recipes. Cinnamon sticks release a fragrant aroma and a comforting taste when simmered in liquids, perfect for enhancing sweet and savory dishes.
  • Cloves: Cloves are tiny, aromatic flower buds with a strong, pungent flavor. They bring a warm, slightly bitter, and intense essence to recipes. Used sparingly, cloves can add a depth of flavor to sweet and savory dishes, and they’re particularly popular in spice blends and baking.
  • Anis star: Star anise is a star-shaped, dark brown pod with a pea-sized seed in its eight segments. It has a licorice-like flavor, often used in Asian cooking. Star anise adds a sweet and slightly spicy taste, making it perfect for infusing syrups, stews, and baked goods.
  • Orange peel: Orange peel, the outer skin of the orange fruit, is full of aromatic oils that provide a zesty, citrusy flavor. It adds a bright, tangy note to dishes and drinks. When dried or used fresh, it imparts a delightful fragrance and a slight bitterness that can balance out the sweetness in recipes.
A dish with cinnamon sticks and star anise in a bowl.

How to make cafe de olla syrup?

Combine the piloncillo, orange peel, and spices in a medium saucepan with one cup of water. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir occasionally to help the piloncillo dissolve and to prevent the mixture from sticking to the pan.

Once the piloncillo is fully dissolved, reduce the heat to low. Let the mixture simmer gently for about 5 to 10 minutes. With a fork or slotted spoon, remove the spices and the orange peel, let the syrup cool to room temperature, and store. Transfer the cooled syrup to a clean jar or bottle. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Taking a few extra minutes to let the syrup cool down before handling it can make all the difference. It’s a small step that can prevent burns and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

A glass bottle with cinnamon sticks and spices on a white plate, accompanied by Cafe de olla syrup.

How to use Cafe de Olla syrup?

. Morning Beverages

  • Spiced Coffee or Latte: Add a teaspoon to your regular coffee or latte for a sweet, cinnamon-spiced twist.
  • Chai or Hot Tea: Stir it into chai or black tea for warmth and depth.

2. Cocktails and Mocktails

  • Old Fashioned or Margarita: Use the syrup instead of simple syrup to add a Mexican twist to these classic cocktails.
  • Spiced Apple Cider: Mix it into hot apple cider for a cozy, autumnal drink.
  • Mocktail Mule: Combine with ginger beer, lime juice, and a splash of club soda for a non-alcoholic treat.

3. Baking and Desserts

  • Cinnamon Rolls: Drizzle over homemade cinnamon rolls before or after baking for extra flavor.
  • Fruit Compote: Simmer fruits like apples or pears with the syrup for a delicious topping on ice cream or yogurt.
  • Pancakes and Waffles: Use as a substitute for maple syrup for a unique breakfast treat.

4. Savory Dishes

  • Glazes for Meats: Brush it on pork, chicken, or even salmon before grilling or roasting.
  • Barbecue Sauce Base: Mix with tomato sauce, vinegar, and spices for a unique BBQ sauce.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Drizzle over carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash before roasting for a caramelized finish.

5. Snacks and Light Bites

  • Popcorn Topping: Toss it with buttered popcorn for a sweet and salty snack.
  • Yogurt or Cottage Cheese: Swirl into plain yogurt or cottage cheese with nuts and fruits.
  • Oatmeal or Porridge: Stir into your morning oatmeal for added sweetness and spice.

6. Beverage Sweetener

  • Smoothies: Add a dash to your fruit or green smoothies.
  • Iced Tea or Lemonade: Sweeten your cold drinks for a refreshing summer beverage.

7. DIY Gifts

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A glass bottle with cinnamon sticks and spices infused coffee syrup on a white plate.

Cafe de Olla Syrup

Alejandra Graf
Café de Olla Syrup is a versatile, sweet concoction that brings the traditional Mexican flavors of cinnamon, piloncillo (or brown sugar), and optional spices like cloves, star anise, and orange peel to your kitchen. Perfect for enhancing coffees, teas, cocktails, and baking, this rich syrup adds a unique, spiced sweetness to any dish. Whether drizzling it over pancakes, stirring into oatmeal, glazing meats, or sweetening your favorite beverages.
5 de 1 voto
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Basics
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 cups
Calories 20 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 jar

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Combine the piloncillo, orange peel, and spices in a medium saucepan with one cup of water. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir occasionally to help the piloncillo dissolve and to prevent the mixture from sticking to the pan.
    Once the piloncillo is fully dissolved, reduce the heat to low. Let the mixture simmer gently for about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the spices and the orange peel, let the syrup cool to room temperature, and store. Transfer the cooled syrup to a clean jar or bottle. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 20kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
Keyword coffee syrup, Piloncillo

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