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Clove Syrup

Updated: Jan 14, 2020

Yes, you can make a syrup out of anything.

Cloves provide a great flavor in Tiki drinks but they are powerful. You certainly can't use whole cloves in drinks and even ground cloves tend to not mix well. This leads to a much too strong clove flavor whenever you get a bit in your straw. It's not the kind of face you want folks to make after they sip one of your rum rhapsodies!

What you need is a solution solution. Like anything that doesn't mix well on its own, pre-mix with a bit of water and sugar. Then your flavored solution will provide the flavor you want in a mixable form that allows for much more control over flavor quantity.

Besides, it also makes a pretty mean glaze for hams.

As with all homemade syrups, I use swing-top stopper bottles for storage and quick pouring.

Clove Syrup

Source - Imbibe Magazine

  • 1 cup unrefined sugar

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1/3 cup of cloves

In a small saucepan combine all the ingredients and bring close to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly until almost boiling, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool at room temperature and strain into a clean bottle. Cover and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

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