Recipe: Make Your Own Clove Simple Syrup

A sweet and spicy way to enhance your cocktail or iced beverage game—just in time for fall.

Spice up your life (and your iced lattes, cocktails (like this Blackberry Bourbon Sour from Nightshade) or whatever beverage you want to sweeten) with this simple (it’s in the name) syrup that’s infused with the delicate sweetness of cloves (or whatever spice you want to try!)


Makes 12 ounces (approx. 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
Photo by Atharva Whaval on Unsplash

How to Make:

Step One

Add all ingredients to a saucepan. Over medium heat, bring the syrup to a simmer (do not boil).

Step Two

Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Step Three

Let the syrup cool to room temperature. Then, refrigerate with the cloves overnight.

Step Four

The next day, strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and serve.

Stored in the refrigerator, the syrup will keep for up to a month.

Check out our September print issue of Vancouver Magazine for a cocktail recipe that calls for some clove simple syrup.

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