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Sweet and lightly tropical is the name of the game with this coconut simple syrup. This versatile sweetener can be added to a wide array of different beverages and foods. If you’re looking for a little sweet and coconutty kick then you should whip up a batch of this syrup.
🥂What is Coconut Simple Syrup?
Coconut simple syrup is an easy to make sweetener that’s a combination of equal amounts sugar, water and shredded coconut. This syrup is full of sweet, coconut flavor that works great for any tropical tasting drink or dish.
If you’re looking for a little touch of the tropics in your food or beverage, this syrup is the right place to start. It’s easy to add into a wide array of different drinks, desserts and other foods.
It works especially well in beverages in place of regular sugar. This is due to the fact that simple syrup dissolves easier than regular sugar and creates a less gritty texture.
There are so many different flavored simple syrups that you can make. And, all are pretty much as easy as this one. A few other popular ones include mint simple syrup, orange simple syrup and jalapeno simple syrup.
If you’re still wondering why you might want to try this recipe, here are just some of the reasons why it works so well:
- It’s so easy. With only three ingredients, this is a super easy and simple recipe. In fact, two of the ingredients are just sugar and water which you’re sure to already have in your kitchen.
- Many different uses. There are a whole wide array of different uses for this syrup. You can use it in mocktails, cocktails, coffees and teas. You can also drizzle it over breakfast and dessert.
- Easy storage. You can store this super easily in the fridge or freeze it. It keeps well for several weeks or months if it’s in the freezer.
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Shredded Coconut
Grab together the shredded coconut, sugar, water, saucepan, measuring cup, strainer, wooden spoon and jar.
Use the measuring cup to measure 1 cup of shredded coconut and add that to the saucepan.
Use the measuring cup to measure one cup of sugar and add that to the saucepan.
Use the measuring cup to measure 1 cup of water and add that to the saucepan.
Place your saucepan on the stove top. You should put it on medium heat and simmer it for about 10 minutes while stirring frequently.
Then, remove it from the heat. Pour your mixture through a strainer into your jar. The strainer should separate all of the pieces of coconut out of the syrup.
Put the lid on your jar and place it into the refrigerator for about 2 hours. This will allow it time to thicken and cool off.
⭐How to Use
There are so many different uses for this syrup. Here are just a few that you can consider:
- Coconut flavored mocktails. Add a dash of this into various different coconut flavored mocktails like a ocean water drink or a blue Hawaiian mocktail or virgin pina colada
- Cocktails. Add a splash of this into any tropical tasting cocktail such as a Miami Vice.
- Yogurts and smoothies. Mix a little of this syrup into yogurts or smoothies to add a sweet coconut flavor.
- Ice cream and cakes. Drizzle this over your ice cream for a coconut flavor. Or, use it as a cake moistener and brush it between layers of cake to add a sweet coconut flavor and keep your cake moist.
- Iced or hot tea. Add a splash into your iced or hot tea to make a fancy, sweet flavor infusion.
- Fancy coffee. At a dash of this in to your latte, hot or iced coffee to have a Starbucks copycat drink that you don’t have to pay so much for.
- Drizzled on fruits and breakfast. Drizzle this over a wide variety of different sweet foods like waffles, pancakes or berries to add a little sweet coconutty flavor.
There are a few fun ways to change this recipe up to get some flavor variation or to have ingredient modifications. Here are a few ideas you can try:
- Use coconut extract. Although shredded coconut has a better fresher flavor in the syrup, you can certainly use coconut extract instead. You want to use about a tablespoon.
- Make it thicker. If you’re planning to put this on food, you might want to thicken it up a little. Two ways to do this are either add a teaspoon of cornstarch or add extra sugar.
- Add in fruit flavor. Coconut goes well with a wide variety of different fruits. You can toss in a handful of pineapple, mango or berries to get a fruit infusion.
- Use coconut milk. You could use coconut milk instead of shredded coconut and water. Simply use one cup. This will provide a slightly lighter coconut flavor.
💭 Top Tips & Storage
Make sure to take these process tips and storage tricks in as you make the recipe so that it can be the best possible:
- Keep it in the fridge. You’ll want to store this in an airtight container with a lid in the refrigerator. It should stay good for 2 to 4 weeks.
- Freeze it. If you want to keep it for longer, you’ll need to freeze it. The best way to do this is to pour in an ice cube tray, let it freeze, pop out the ice cubes and put them into a freezer bag.
- Keep stirring. As you heat the mixture make sure that you stir it frequently so that the coconut doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot and scorch.
- Use a fine strainer. Get the most fine mesh strainer you can find. This will allow you to keep the majority of the coconut from going into the final syrup.
Coconut Simple Syrup
- Wooden Spoon
- Pyrex or Mason Jar
- Measuring Cup
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Coconut
- Measure 1 cup of coconut and toss into the saucepan.
- Measure 1 cup of sugar and toss into the saucepan.
- Measure 1 cup of water and toss into the saucepan.
- Heat the mixture on the stovetop at medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- Stir regularly while heating and do not let it fully boil.
- Remove from the heat and pour mixture through strainer to remove any coconut pieces.
- Pour the syrup into a jar and place into the fridge to chill and thicken for 1 – 2 hours.
- Use a fine mesh strainer so no coconut pieces get into the finished syrup.
- Only simmer the mixture; do not boil it.
- Stir frequently while heating.
- Place it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.
- If keeping it longer that 4 weeks, freeze in an ice cube tray.