Clove Syrup

Clove Syrup

Clove Syrup is ideal as a secret ingredient to your Tiki and Polynesian drinks as a sweetener, but it is great in hot tea of any kind, but also Hot Rum Toddy, hot apple cider, even with cocktails that call for Applejack, calvados, or apple brandy.


  • 2/3 Cup (5 ounces or 150ml) Demerara Sugar
  • 1 Ounce of whole Cloves (about a shot glass or heaping tablespoon)
  • 2/3 (5 ounces or 150ml) boiling spring water

Bring fresh cold spring water up to a boil.  Add in the sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Add in cloves and simmer for 15-20 mins and allow to sit and additional 10 minutes or so (obviously he longer it sits the stronger the flavor becomes, I like it stronger).  Strain into a cup you can pour from. Transfer to a bottle.  Add 5ml or teaspoon of high proof spirits such as vodka or rum if you plan to store it for more than a month in the fridge.

While this simple syrup is essential in modern Tiki drinks like Tormenta Tropical, you can also use it for non-alcoholic purposes like black teas or any tea of your choice.

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