Making soda syrup at home is very easy and this cola syrup recipe gives you a natural cola flavour. Perfect to stir into soda water or replace store bought coca cola syrup for Sodastream and other soda makers.
½teaspoonground cassiasubstitute cinnamon if not available
½teaspoonground nutmegfreshly ground is best
½teaspoonground tonka beanfreshly ground is best
¼teaspoondried fennel seedsbruised
Vanilla bean pod5cm length split
3tablespoonslight muscovado sugar
In a heavy based medium size pot place all ingredients EXCEPT the sugar with 2 cups of water. Bring to the boil, and then gently simmer with lid on for 20 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat. Line a fine sieve with a square of cheesecloth and place sieve on top of another medium sized pot. Pour your liquid through the sieve, gather the sides of the cheesecloth and squeeze out all the liquid (be careful not to burn yourself). Remove sieve and cheesecloth aromatics from the top of the pot.
Place sugars into the pot with the liquid. Place on a very low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Do not bring it to the boil or simmer. As soon as the sugar has dissolved remove from the heat.
Place cola syrup in a clean bottle and store in the fridge. Will make around three cups.
Most of the ingredients used are common, but you may not have come across tonka bean or cassia before. Tonka beans are a wrinkly dried black bean with flavours of vanilla, clove and almond. Cassia is similar to cinnamon but stronger and spicier. Cinnamon can be substituted.