Monin Gingerbread Syrup
Monin Gingerbread Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
The rich lashings of spice that hit your tongue is universally recognisable. Emboldened with flavour, its a recipe that has been around for centuries, tantalising tastebuds in its various forms. Homely, inviting, and warm, its become part of our Christmas traditions, but has also made its way into our hearts, as a quick recipe to savour all year round.
This is the flavourful allure of gingerbread. Powerful yet sweet in both aroma and taste, the Monin Gingerbread Syrup captures the quintessential essence of the recipe.
A long lineage of gingerbread can be dated through the centuries, back to ancient civilisations such as Greece and Egypt. At the time, ginger root was used for ceremonial purposes in these parts of the world, while in other areas, such as ancient China, the root was cultivated for medicinal purposes.
As trade began to open up along the Silk Road, ginger root eventually reached Europe. Once it was brought over, ginger root started to be used as an ingredient for the affluent to experiment with, rather than a means of medication and/or ceremonial offering.
The power of its flavour, alongside its benefits, is one of the main reasons why it became so favoured; throughout the Middle Ages, it was seen as a means of disguising the noticeable taste of preserved meat. Even to this day, ginger root, and in turn gingerbread, is beloved for its intensity of flavour. Its a hint of spice that dances on the tongue.
Eventually ginger as a culinary ingredient spread to the masses, and recipes of gingerbread started to emerge. One of the earliest recipes for gingerbread consisted of a basic mix of ginger, crushed almonds, rosewater, sugar, and (stale) bread. This mixture was then pressed into wooden moulds, to be later decorated after baking. It wasnt until the 16th century that breadcrumbs were removed and replaced in favour of flour, with sweeteners and eggs also added to create a sweeter taste.
But what of the gingerbread man shape synonymous with the recipe? It was first seen when Queen Elizabeth I wowed dignitaries with gingerbread baked to mimic their individual likeness. From this spectacle a trend was born. Gingerbread soon transitioned into ribbon tied tokens of love, as well as popular fair produce to make, buy and sell - it had become a household name.
The initial note of flavour the Monin Gingerbread Syrup delivers is a kick of spice, with this particular blend warmed through further by subtle hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. These layers of flavour create a palpable signature thats unique and yet comfortingly familiar.
Colour: A silky golden brown with rich amber undertones.
Aroma: Beneath those first notes of gingerbread cookies laced with cinnamon, theres a sugary caramelised flavour, finished off by its buttery, smooth texture.
Initial Hit: The smackings of spiced ginger is what invades the senses when taking that first taste of syrup.
General Taste: Coming through the gingerbread is the earthy tones of the nutmeg, offset by the sweet spice of the cinnamon. Neither tone overrides the other, they simply come together to create wave after wave of sweetly spiced flavouring.
Gingerbread Cookies and Cream Martini
A delicious childhood reimagined; simple dessert meets cocktail hour to create the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
Milk and cookies coaxes an image of our childhoods, of settling down to watch our favourite films nestled in a snug duvet, or perhaps of when you left cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. This simple recipe, seeped in nostalgia, has been updated with one vital extra kick.
Bringing together vanilla vodka, coffee, Monin gingerbread syrup, and whipped cream, it is a sumptuous cocktail that delivers a gentle intensity with each sip.
At the heart of this drink is the Monin Gingerbread Syrup, however you can amplify that flavour further by adding a splash of the syrup to the whipped cream garnish as well. The added sweetness is sure to melt in your mouth, enhanced by that firm hit of vodka. A truly unforgettable drink that soothes and awakens your palate.
What Youll Need:
Prepare by chilling your serving glass - it needs to be chilled to keep the cocktail cooler for longer. Once your chilled glass is ready, youll need to fill your mixing glass with ice before pouring in the vodka, coffee concentrate and Monin Gingerbread syrup. Depending on flavour preferences, you can increase/decrease the volume of coffee and syrup used.
Once youve added all the ingredients, make sure to cap and shake this beverage to mix everything together, before straining the smooth, creamy mixture into your chilled glass.
For the garnish, you can use the whipped cream dispenser to make your own unique blend of gingerbread flavoured cream. Really ramp up the spice on this one! Add a shot or two of the Monin gingerbread syrup to the cream, before tightly closing the lid on the dispenser. After this, attach a cream charger, and shake well.
Turn the dispenser upside down and lavishly decorate your cocktail with the whipped cream. For an extra special finishing touch, you can further decorate this martini by adding a couple of cookies to this drink, nestling them into the cream. Then top it off with a sprinkling of biscuit crumbs to help add more depth and texture.