Cardamom Simple Syrup (Cardamom Syrup Recipe)

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Add a rich, satisfying chai flavor to any tea, morning coffee, or cocktail with this silky smooth cardamom simple syrup recipe! It has an unusual flavor that transforms any beverage into something exquisite, yet it only requires three simple ingredients.

homemade cardamom syrup recipe for soda and coffee.

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  • Delicious: Since cardamom is the key spice in chai tea, this cardamom syrup recipe makes any beverage taste like chai! It adds a nuanced spice flavor that you’ll want to keep sipping and would taste amazing in an Italian soda!
  • Incredibly easy: Like all simple syrups, you just need equal parts water and sugar! The cardamom flavor comes from green cardamom pods, which we crush and then steep in hot sugar water.
  • Cheaper than the store: Since 750 mL of syrup costs nearly $20 online, making your own simple syrup will save you quite a bit!

Equipment

You’ll only need a few simple everyday tools to make this cardamom sugar syrup recipe.

  • Saucepan
  • Mortar and pestle (or rolling pin and a bag)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Narrow funnel
  • Mason jar
ingredients for cardamom simple syrup: cardamom pods, water, sugar.

Ingredients

  • Green cardamom podsWe’ll infuse the whole cardamom pod in the sugar water. Use the mortar and pestle to gently break open the pods until the black cardamom seeds spill out. 
  • Water: Use cold water, ideally filtered.
  • Cane sugar: You can use either white sugar or brown sugar for this recipe. The brown sugar will give this syrup a richer flavor, while the white sugar highlights the spicy notes of cardamom.

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mortar and pestle with a tablespoon of cardamom pods.

How to Make Cardamom Syrup

1. Gently crush the cardamom pods using a mortar and pestle or pour them into a bag and whack them with a rolling pin.

2. Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally and heat until the sugar dissolves in the water.

3. Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature, then strain out the black cardamom pods using the funnel and sieve. Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.

ingredients and instructions for how to make simple syrup with cardamom pods.
Tips
  • Scale this recipe up or down as much as you’d like. You just need a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water. To make a quart of syrup, you’ll need just under 4 cups of both ingredients and approximately 1/4 cup of cardamom pods.
  • If your cardamom pods are really dry and old, they won’t have as much scent or flavor as fresh pods. You can tell they’re old if the pod is pale green and papery. You may want to use more cardamom than normal and/or let it sit longer before straining.
  • This recipe makes a simple syrup. It’s relatively thin and is often used as a liquid sweetener. For a thicker syrup, use twice as much sugar or half as much water (2:1 ratio of sugar to water) to make a rich syrup. 

Storage

​Store your syrup in an airtight container, like a mason jar, and refrigerate it for best results. Your syrup will stay fresh for approximately 3-4 weeks.

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Variations

Although this cardamom simple syrup is wonderful on its own, it naturally goes well with other warm spices. Consider adding a cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, star anise, or organic cloves to your pan.

  • Cardamom vanilla simple syrup: Add one vanilla bean (sliced lengthwise) to the pan for a beautiful floral scent.
  • Cardamom clove syrup: Stir one teaspoon of whole cloves into the syrup for a really warm, spiced flavor.
  • Orange cardamom simple syrup: Add the zest of one orange to your pan for a bright, refreshing flavor.
  • Ginger cardamom simple syrup: Place a chopped 1-inch piece of fresh ginger in the pan for a sweet and spicy flavor.
homemade cardamom syrup soda.
Use your cardamom syrup as a sweetener for a delicious homemade cardamom soda. Serve with a decorative cinnamon stick!

​How to Use Cardamom Syrup

This delicious syrup tastes amazing stirred into your favorite drinks, but it can also be used on sweet treats!

  • Stir into iced coffee (my favorite use)
  • Make a cardamom soda with sparkling water and a cinnamon stick garnish
  • Drizzle over vanilla ice cream
  • Stir into hot coffee or black tea for a DIY chai
  • Serve with a little fresh lemon juice and sparkling water
  • Sweeten Turkish coffee

FAQs

Can you make cardamom simple syrup with ground cardamom?

Definitely! I prefer to use the whole pods because ground cardamom can leave a little residue in the cup, but either option works well. You’ll want to use approximately 1-2 tsp of ground cardamom. Taste the syrup to see what you think before adding more; cardamom can have a really strong flavor, especially when it’s ground!

What flavors go well with cardamom?

Cardamom seed has a really unique flavor. It’s bright and floral while also being warm and grounding. I like to serve it with other spices you’d find in chai, like cinnamon, clove, allspice, and even orange or vanilla. Cardamom can also taste wonderful with rose and is commonly used in savory dishes, too. You’ll find that cardamom pairs well with many of the spices in your spice cupboard and it’s a fun way to add flavor to your favorite recipes.

How much cardamom do I need to make simple syrup?

Personally, I used some old, dried cardamom in the pantry and used one tablespoon of crushed cardamom pods with one cup water and one cup sugar. The syrup had a great cardamom flavor without being too strong or weak.

If you’re using fresh green cardamom, you can start with 1/2 tablespoon, especially if your cardamom was expensive. The flavor will strengthen as the syrup sits, so feel free to keep the pan on low heat for a little longer and allow the mixture to cool all the way to room temperature before straining.

overhead shot of syrup made with cardamom.

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cardamom simple syrup recipe.

Cardamom Simple Syrup

Add a rich, satisfying chai flavor to any tea, morning coffee, or cocktail with this silky cardamom simple syrup recipe! It adds an aromatic, floral flavor and warm spiciness that is incredibly refreshing and enjoyable.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Baking, cocktails, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Indian, middle eastern
Servings 12 ounces
Calories 65 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Gently crush the whole cardamom pods using a mortar and pestle or pour them into a bag and whack them with a rolling pin.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally and heat until the sugar dissolves in the water.
  • Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature, then strain out the black cardamom pods using the funnel and sieve. Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

The yield for this recipe is approximately 1.5 cups or 12 ounces. The nutritional facts are based on a 1-ounce serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounceCalories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 0.03gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.002gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.001gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 3mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 17gVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.04mg
Keyword cardamom, cardamom simple syrup, cardamom syrup
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