You can replace peppermint syrup with a quick and easy homemade candy cane simple syrup using broken or crushed peppermint candy canes. The syrup is very sweet, festively red and peppermint-flavored. Because the boiling water melts the candy, all the ingredients in the candy cane end up in your syrup. You may even want to consider using organic candy canes.
- 3 full-size candy canes (about 50 grams), broken into small pieces or crushed
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- Combine candy canes, water and sugar in a medium-sized sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cover with a lid and allow to steep for 30 minutes.
- Pour the syrup through a strainer to remove any leftover solid pieces.
- Store in a bottle in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Uses for peppermint candy cane syrup
Besides creating a DIY version of a coffeehouse peppermint mocha, what else can you use the syrup for? Here are some ideas.
- Pour some in hot chocolate and call it Peppermint Patty Cocoa.
- Use it to flavor and color frosting for the top of chocolate cupcakes.
- Add 1/2 ounce of candy cane syrup and 2 ounces of vodka to an ice-filled shaker, shake and pour into a martini glass rimmed with finely crushed candy canes.
- Make a Peppermint Champagne Cocktail: Pour 1/2 ounce of syrup into a flute, top with Champagne or other sparkling wine.
- Drizzle over chocolate or vanilla ice cream or use as a flavoring for a milkshake.
- Pour into a condiment squeeze bottle and drizzle onto warm sugar cookies just before serving.