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  • Writer's pictureMatt Felsenfeld

Cardamom and Burnt Sugar Simple Syrup


1 cup white sugar

1 cup water

½ cup whole cardamom pods (crush them a little with the side of a knife to open them up)

Notes before you begin:

  • Be especially careful when working with hot sugar! If leaves a bad burn.


  1. Pour the sugar into a pot and bring it up to medium-high heat. Let it sit until it liquefies and starts bubbling, stirring occasionally. Once bubbling, stir until the mixture becomes dark brown. This should be past the darkness of a traditional caramel because you’re going for almost burnt sugar. Once it is at that color, take it off the heat and let it cool for about five minutes.

  2. Pour in the water. Once the water has been poured in, put it back on medium heat, throw in the cardamom and stir until the near-burnt sugar is dissolved. When you put the water in, the hot liquid sugar will become solid. Don’t worry! It will still dissolve with a little time. Once the sugar is dissolved, keep stirring on medium heat for ten minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and let steep for another 30 minutes. Pour the entire mixture into a mason jar or container and store in the fridge for up to three weeks. Keep the cardamom pods in there, they will make the syrup stronger over time.

  4. There you have it! Use this in cocktails, coffee, tea, over ice cream. Whatever you like!

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