My Christmas in Charleston was pretty low-key this year. I had just had surgery and my mom had just had surgery (I know right?! We’re hoping for a calmer New Year…), so we were in full-on get better mode. Still, there are some non-negotiables when I visit my mom. Spending hours at Goodwill has to happen. This visit, I learned that the Goodwill by my Mom’s house is ON THEIR GAME to the degree that they send out emails everyday with info on what will be on sale. So, that’s obviously a must do.
Another thing that is on its way to becoming a tradition for us is lattes at Black Tap Coffee. I’m not typically a latte person, but Black Tap has a rotating cast of really unique flavors like lavender and brown sugar, the latter of which I fell totally in love with. I have a culinary weak spot for when sweeteners take center stage as a flavor–date shake, maple panna cotta, honey ice cream, these sorts of things. It was just so darn cozy and delicious, that I had to try to recreate the brown sugar latte at home.
I’m including the recipe I used for Brown Sugar Simple Syrup, but I realize that your home coffee set-up will dictate just how you put it to use. I have an itty-bitty stovetop espresso maker, a little milk pot, and a handheld milk frother. So, I made my espresso and heated 8 oz of almond milk on the stove, frothing the milk once it was warmed. Then, I poured the espresso in a mug, stirred in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar syrup, poured in the warm milk, and finally spooned some foam on top for added fanciness. If this is more than you have on hand or you much prefer drip coffee, play around with using this syrup in place of your usual coffee sweetener. It’s deceptively simple, but the caramel-y brown sugar flavor really adds a lot.
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 cup water
- Bring the water and brown sugar to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally until the brown sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Transfer the syrup to a glass bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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