Orange Spiced
Simple Syrup
for Coffee

Years ago, there was an Orange Spice flavored, coffee mix in the ‘International Coffee’ line that has been discontinued.  I loved it. I miss it.  I miss it so much that I came up with a replacement.  This is a very easy recipe for a simple syrup.  It’s also a wonderful, homemade Christmas gift idea.  The syrup is added to a cup of coffee for a natural, subtle, not overly sweet, orange-spiced flavor; which is a perfect addition to the Holiday Dessert Table.  It’s also a wonderful little indulgence to make for yourself to enjoy on a cozy, winter afternoon spent reading.


1 cup of granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups of water

The peel of one orange

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 cloves


Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan.  Bring mixture to a boil.

Reduce heat to simmer and allow to simmer at low for 20 minutes.

Transfer hot syrup to a glass bowl and chill for one hour.

Strain syrup.


Place 2 tablespoons of the orange-spiced syrup in a coffee cup and warm in microwave for 20 seconds.  Add coffee and cream … and a little spray whip cream on top.

Store syrup in the fridge.

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