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As a nut for all things almond-y, I wondered where I might find the very best almond syrup. It’s comforting to know the answer is right in your very own kitchen! All you need is sugar, water and almond extract or bitter almond oil.

I’m sure you’re already familiar with almond extract. LorAnn bitter almond oil is its bolder, much more concentrated cousin! Bitter almond oil is truly almond flavor to the extreme and must be used sparingly. Abandon all thoughts of “heaping” measurements here and keep in mind a little goes a long, long way. Take it from someone who ruined a whole pan of bread pudding learning that lesson the hard way.

ALMOND SYRUP

1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/8 teaspoon bitter almond oil or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Combine sugars and water in a small saucepan. Stir as you bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add almond flavoring (oil or extract). Let syrup cool, then store in the fridge.

Now, what delicious things shall we almond up? I love an almond latte, but I also have an orange marzipan tea that the syrup complements purr-fectly. You can add it to seltzer to make an almond soda. In fact, I mixed it with Polar coconut cream seltzer–talk about almond joy!

I leave you now to get cookin’ and get nutty on your own. You’ll be so glad you did! Because homemade almond syrup is…the kat’s ass! 😉

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