Cardamom simple syrup is a flavor of simple syrup you won’t find in the store, it’s very easy to make and has many uses. I think of cardamom as “Indian vanilla” because it is so good as a flavor enhancer, especially in deserts and sweet drinks. I use this simple syrup for lemonade and as a mixer for drinks like this Indian Whiskey Milk Punch.
Put this in a nice package, and it can be a memorable gift for someone who loves cardamom or Indian spices.
Making simple syrups is easy, so it is fun to experiment with different flavors. The challenge is always getting the right proportions.
Simple syrups are a concentrate. Equal parts water and sugar is almost always right, but it can take some trial and error to get the right concentration of spice. After much trial and error, and many practiced drinks, this is the proportion of cardamom to water and sugar that I found worked best.
Cardamom Simple Syrup
- 1 Tbsp cardamom seeds
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- Coarsely crush the cardamom seeds with a mortar and pestle.
- Combine all ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil.
- Turn off the heat. Let cool.
- Pour into a bottle or jar through a fine mesh strainer. Refrigerate for up to a month.