Cinnamon-Spiced Ice Syrup Milk

I’ve posted about Ice Syrup before; it’s such a unique, Niagara-based flavor that’s made in the same technique as our amazing ice wine. You can get your hands on some from the site linked above, and once you do, don’t neglect it on your pancakes, either. If you’re in the mood for a non-coffee, non-tea warm winter drink, this is the one.

ice syrup milk

Cinnamon-Spiced Ice Syrup Milk

2 cups creamy unsweetened nondairy milk, such as So Delicious Coconut Milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons Ice Syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the nondairy milk and cinnamon a medium saucepan. Whisk to combine, then heat until steaming. Remove from heat and stir in the ice syrup and vanilla extract. Serve warm.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips, and Fennel

Though potatoes, yams, squash, and carrots are generally the fall side dishes of choice, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, and fennel get crispy and sweet when roasted, and folks who think they don’t like them fall in love. A drizzle of Ice Syrup or maple syrup at the end is the perfect finish. If you opt for the Ice Syrup, a unique Niagara product, www.icesyrup.com lists the many local retailers who carry it.

Roasted Brussels, Parsnips, and Fennel with Ice Syrup

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips, and Fennel

1 pound (454 grams) Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and sliced in half
1 pound (454 grams) parsnips, peeled and cut into thin medallions
1 fennel bulb, cut in 3/4-inch chunks
2 tablespoons (30mL) extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45mL) Niagara Ice Syrup or pure maple syrup (preferably dark or amber)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Put the vegetables on a baking sheet and toss the with the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 35 to 35 minutes, until tender and browned. Drizzle with Ice Syrup or pure maple syrup.

Iced Matcha Latte

Fragrant matcha gets a dose of summer flavor when serve chilled with a drizzle of syrup. If you opt for the Ice Syrup route, check out icesyrup.com where you can see where to pick up the unique, local ingredient.

matcha latte

Iced Matcha Latte

1/4 cup hot (not boiling) water
1/2 teaspoon good quality matcha tea
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut syrup or ice syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage or other neutral nondairy milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
About 6 ice cubes

Put the hot water in a small bowl. Add the matcha and whisk until smooth. Stir in the coconut syrup or ice syrup until it dissolves. Pour the mixture into a glass. Add the nondairy milk, vanilla extract, and ice cubes. Mix well. Serve chilled.

Note: Both syrups lend a different flavor to the drink, so be sure to mark your preference before you pour it in. Give it a taste and sample as you add it for your own level of sweetness.