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Coffee Syrup


Coffee Syrup OMG.  I'm scared about this post.  Scared and excited.  Okay… I'm jumping up and down from excitement… or from the sugar?  who knows.

I did something… dare I say… daring? Coffee Syrup-2

Maybe you don't understand.  Where I come from, in the smallest state with the longest name, this is a HUGE deal.  tbh, I didn't even know it was a “Rhode Island thing” until college.  It's such a big deal in my state that we even dedicated our “state drink” to the stuff.

Yeah, that's right.  I'm talking about coffee syrup. Coffee Syrup-3

For a few years now, I've been thinking about doing it.  going for it.  because living so far from home has made me miss the stuff.  miss lil' rhody.  And so on a dreary day I marched my butt down to starbucks, bought a Venti Pike Place Roast, and let magic happen in my kitchen. Coffee Collage 2

We've talked about my hatred for dairy.  We've discussed how I loathe copious amounts of cheese.  We've had lighthearted debates about how I'd rather shoot myself in the foot than eat a soup with cream in it.  Oh, we haven't had that conversation?  oh…. nevermind. 

What we haven't talked about is how when I was a kid I would only drink milk if it was flavored.  I said NAH to the chocolate and I'd maybe occasionally let the pink swirls of strawberry grace my plastic cup.  I was holding out.  Cause this gurrrl knew where it was at: coffee milk.  aw yeah.  or as my homies would say: cawfee milk.  I'm a rhode islandah, stawp judging and I'll stawp talking in my accent. Coffee Syrup-4

The stuff is magical.  As in, it will magically change your life.  When I was little, like five years old, I used to want to be JUST like my grandpa.  Which meant I wanted overalls, homemade peanut butter crackers, and coffee.  but I was five.  so instead of giving me liquid crack my grandma would mix a couple tablespoons of coffee syrup into my milk and call it coffee.  I was none the wiser. 

Now that I'm older, I fully understand the miracle benefits of drinking my caffeine.  I don't really ever drink coffee milk anymore, I've got lattes.  But since moving away, every once in a while I feel nostalgic and just want a glass of coffee milk. Coffee Syrup-5

SO. I made some syrup.  It may not be autocrat or eclipse.  But if you've left Rhode island maybe it'll satisfy your craving and bring you back to your childhood for a minute…. at least until you can make your way back to the glorious 401. 


Coffee Syrup

  • Author: Ashley Renee
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 25


  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


To make the syrup

  1. Bring the coffee to a boil in a medium sauce pan over medium/high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low/medium and stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until syrup reaches desired consistency. I let mine boil down about a half a cup – leaving me with a cup and a half of syrup.
  3. Allow syrup to cool before using.
  4. Store in refrigerator for up to a week!

To make coffee milk

  1. Really, it's all about preference. My go-to ratio is about 3 & 1/2 tablespoons of syrup to 8 ounces of milk. Taste as you go and add more syrup as necessary! Clearly you can garnish with whipped cream (it's what the cool kids are doing).


  • Calories: 785
  • Sugar: 200
  • Sodium: 12
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 200
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 0

 If you were smart you'd make yourself a cabinet [cawfee ice cream+ cawfee syrup + milk].  mmhmm.  or you could just go get an awful awful.  your choice. Coffee Syrup-6

Make it? Lemme see it! Hashtag it: #thepikeplacekitchen

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