July 11, 2011
Go to a baseball game or an art fair in the summer, and one of the most fragrantly tempting scents are from cinnamon roasted almonds. These two flavors together make the most delicious simple syrup, perfect for ice coffee or lattes.
On a hot day, this iced coffee recipe works well with espresso or strongly brewed black coffee. Serves 2.
4 ounces brewed espresso or extra-strength coffee
1 cup milk, soy milk, rice milk, etc.
cinnamon almond simple syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp almond extract
3 cinnamon sticks
Brew espresso or strong coffee. While espresso is cooling, make simple syrup.
To make simple syrup, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once a boil has been reached, add cinnamon sticks; boil for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately pour in 1 tsp almond extract. Stir and let cool. Remove cinnamon sticks before using syrup.
Combine espresso, milk, and 1/2 cup cinnamon almond simple syrup in a container and stir. Pour into two glasses filled 1/2 way with ice, and garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Leftover simple syrup can keep in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to a week or more.