A successful New Year’s brunch requires two things: good company and caffeine. Nowadays, many of us have Keurig or Nespresso machines, which make brewing a cup of joe or creating a frothy latte a cinch. To properly ring in 2016, we suggest taking your favorite caffeinated beverages up a notch with a delicious homemade syrup. We tapped Allison Burkard, the expert behind Barista Bootcamp at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, which arms java-lovers with next-level barista skills, for a simple, seasonal recipe. Burkard says that her apple honey syrup is “the perfect addition to a beautiful, velvety latte.” Alternatively, she suggests decorating each mug with cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder, or using a candy cane as a stir stick. “Adding a personal touch is what’s most important,” explains Burkard. “There’s no right or wrong way to do it.” Try making the Apple Cinnamon Honey Latte below!
Apple Cinnamon Honey Latte
Latte (homemade or store-bought)
2 tbsp apple honey syrup
Apple honey syrup
2 sliced apples
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ cup water
1. To make the syrup: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Turn on heat high and simmer for 5 minutes until the mixture thickens. Remove pan from heat, strain, and let syrup cool.
2. To assemble the latte: Place 2 tbsp of apple honey syrup in the bottom of your cup. Brew espresso overtop of syrup, and steam whole milk over espresso. If using store-bought or machine-made espresso, pour the drink directly over the syrup.
3. Top with freshly whipped cream, a drizzle of honey, and a cinnamon stick.