Today, I have a new and exciting coffee drink for you – a Middle Eastern Iced Coffee with Homemade Cardamom Vanilla Syrup.
It’s inspired by a coffee on the menu at Cocoa and Cinnamon in my hometown, Durham, NC.
We’re going to make an easy syrup that’s infused with exotic cardamom and vanilla bean (recipe below at the bottom of this post).
Then pour that sweet syrup into your homemade cold brew coffee with a splash of rosewater.
You’ll adjust the amount of both the Homemade Cardamom Vanilla Syrup and rosewater to taste. If you don’t like it very sweet you can even double the amount of cardamom and vanilla when you make the syrup.
That way you can get all the flavor with less syrup and sugar.
Try it with this homemade vanilla extract, or you can use storebought or even vanilla beans.
The most surprising part is that I don’t actually use non-dairy milk or creamer in this one. But, of course, you can add it if you want to, it’s your coffee!
I love coffee that’s bold, smooth, and never bitter. That’s why I choose a dark roast like Dunkin’ Dark® coffee to pair with this cardamom vanilla syrup.
I use homemade cold brew coffee in this recipe and most of my coffee recipes. It’s just so much cheaper to make your own cold brew coffee and ridiculously easy too.
How do I make a Middle Eastern Iced Coffee with Homemade Cardamom Vanilla Syrup?
It’s so easy! Just fill a glass with ice, at least halfway with cold brew concentrate, then add the vanilla cardamom syrup to taste, and a splash of rosewater.
- 30 whole green cardamom pods
- 1 cup vegan sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 vanilla bean sliced in half, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Add all the ingredients into a small saucepan. Turn the heat to high and stir until the sugar starts to dissolve, then lower the heat to medium.
- Keep cooking and stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool with the cardamom pods and vanilla still in the pot.
- Once cool, strain and store in the fridge.
Nutrition InformationYield 32 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 26Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 0g
Nutrition information is provided from nutritionix.com as a close estimate. If you have specific health issues please put the recipe information, including the exact ingredients you use, into the nutritional calculator your Dr. recommends.