You know by now how much I love booze. Cooking with it, I mean. And also, y’know, drinking it. Because who am I kidding. But seriously. COOKING WITH BOOZE. I would do it every single day. If I didn’t drink all the booze before I made it to the cooking part. (KIDDING. ….Mostly).
And speaking of booze, let’s talk about breakfast. (Hah. A joke. ….Mostly).
When I was a kid, I can’t remember ever having store-bought syrup at home. My mom would always make it from scratch, and we’d keep it in a tupperware salad dressing container dealio in the fridge. Because it was always fresh and devoid of nasty preservatives/high fructose corn syrup/chemicals that make your hair fall out (no offense, Aunt Jemima, or whoever makes pancake syrup) it was thinner than the store-bought stuff and generally a bit sweeter. I wouldn’t even eat the store-bought maple syrup most of the time growing up, because I found it so goopy. I remember refusing pancakes at post-sleepover breakfasts when I was little, wondering why they didn’t have “real syrup.” But while I may have gotten a bit less bratty about rejecting the stuff that comes in a plastic bottle, I still prefer homemade syrup hands-down.
Also, I added whiskey.
- 1 cup water
- 1 and 1/3 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. whiskey (I used Bushmills Irish Whiskey)
- 1 tsp. maple extract (or imitation maple flavoring)
- In a small saucepan, whisk all ingredients together and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Whisk occasionally and simmer for 20-25 minutes until syrup has thickened.
- Pour over pancakes or waffles and serve immediately. You can store extra syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for several months – just reheat it whenever you need it!