Hojicha Simple Syrup

Hojicha Simple Syrup

Hojicha Simple Syrup makes it easy to enjoy the deep roasted flavor of hojicha in any drink or dessert.

Once you've had a taste of hojicha, you start looking for any opportunity to indulge in some. This recipe for Hojicha Simple Syrup makes it even easier to let your imagination wild. By making a batch of the simple syrup ahead of time, you can instantly add the rich taste of roasted tea to any of your favorite recipes.

What is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener made from equal amounts of sugar and water. The extra step of dissolving the sugar into warm water makes it easy to sweeten cold drinks and shaved ice without any graininess. White sugar is most commonly used as it sweetens drinks without overpowering the other flavors. However, hojicha simple syrup can be made from any type of sugar, such as white sugar, black sugar, cane sugar, or brown sugar. When deciding on which sugar to use, consider the recipe you'll be using it for as well as any ingredients you may be adding to your simple syrup.

How to make Hojicha Simple Syrup?

Homemade Hojicha Simple Syrup is made by dissolving Hojicha Powder and sugar into water. First, the Hojicha Powder is combined with the sugar to prevent any clumps. Then the hojicha mixture is added to warm water and stirred until the mixture is silky smooth. This simple syrup variation takes minutes to make, and can be used to sweeten cold drinks, cocktails, mocktails, or even desserts.

What is the consistency of Hojicha Simple Syrup?

The Hojicha Simple Syrup should be thin enough to easily blend into drinks. If you're interested in a thicker syrup or sauce for drizzling onto ice cream or whipped cream, then simply heat the mixture for longer until it reduces slightly. Be careful not to bring the mixture to a simmer in order not to burn the hojicha. If your simple syrup has become too thick, stir in some warm water until it reaches your desired consistency.

How to use Hojicha Simple Syrup?

Stir in Hojicha Simple Syrup into cold or warm milk to create a sweet hojicha latte, or blend with ice to create an Iced Hojicha Frappé. Pour some Hojicha Simple Syrup over shaved ice for a hojicha kakigori, or use it to replace kuromitsu syrup for a hojicha flavored anmitsu. The Hojicha Simple Syrup can also be added to cold brew coffee, sparkling water, or milkshakes. When baking, Hojicha Simple Syrup can be brushed onto cake layers to keep them moist or combined with frosting for a delicious roasted flavor.

The next time you're reaching for a sweetener, try a splash of Hojicha Simple Syrup for a little variety.


  • 30 g Hojicha Powder (6 tablespoons)
  • 200 g sugar (1 cup)
  • 240 ml filtered water (1 cup)


  1. Stir together 30 g Hojicha Powder (6 tablespoons) and 200 g sugar (1 cup) in a small bowl until fully combined.
  2. Add 240 ml filtered water (1 cup) to a small saucepan, and bring to a gentle simmer on medium heat.
  3. When small bubbles begin to appear, lower the heat and gradually add the hojicha mixture while stirring after each addition.
  4. Once the hojicha and sugar are fully dissolved, transfer the syrup into a sterile glass jar.
  5. Cool to room temperature, then store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  6. Use Hojicha Simple Syrup to sweeten drinks and desserts. 

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