This syrup was inspired by a trip to the spice island Zanzibar, and the incredible black peppers encountered in Cambodia and Borneo; it was the genesis of Blank Slate Kitchen, and if we had to pick one syrup (shhh, don’t tell the others), this is still our favorite. It combines the sharp bite of black pepper with the caramel richness of palm sugar for an intriguing and satisfying addition to your cocktails, desserts, and breakfasts.
We make our Black Pepper Rich Simple Syrup from the finest quality organic and fair-trade ingredients we can find. It starts with all-natural coconut palm sugar; unlike white sugar, this has lots of naturally occurring flavor that isn’t filtered out, with warm caramel and butterscotch tones that go hand in hand with black pepper. Coconut palm sugar is made from the nectar of coconut palm trees, is unrefined and completely natural, has a lower glycemic index, and is rich in nutrients and vitamins. Additionally, palm sugar is considered to be the most sustainable sweetener in the world.
We add lots of freshly ground organic black pepper for a rich, spicy pepper kick. No artificial flavorings here – nothing but the highest quality, real ingredients. We also add a touch of organic citric acid, which helps to stabilize and preserve it, so that it won’t crystallize.
It’s Rich because we use twice the amount of sugar as in a standard simple syrup. What does this mean? Well to start, one bottle goes much further than a regular simple syrup. It also has a much deeper and more intense flavor from the palm sugar, which imparts rich molasses and caramel flavors instead of just sweetness.
What can you do with it? Anything you can imagine; it’s a tool to help unlock your culinary creativity. Black pepper is surprisingly good in unexpected places, such as desserts and coffee, tea and hot chocolate. As a starting point, here are some suggestions, and recipes can be found on our website:
- Drizzled over ice cream, berries, or other fruit – black pepper and strawberries are fantastic
- Drizzled over breakfast – waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, even bacon
- In coffee, tea, hot chocolate and smoothies
- Homemade soda
- Add some moxie to recipes for ice creams, custards, whipped creams, candies, cookies and cakes; replace corn syrup or honey with a Rich Simple Syrup
Made in small batches by hand, we use all non-GMO ingredients and mostly organic when at all possible. Blank Slate Kitchen is a Brooklyn-based company that crafts high-end products to provide food and drink enthusiasts with the very best ingredients to explore, develop and realize their own kitchen creativity. Blank Slate was founded by chef Alex Sorenson, who has worked in a wide range of fine dining restaurants throughout New York City, and the world at large, having lived and worked in France, Rwanda and Borneo. Alex maintains that happiness with frequent travels to the far corners of the earth in search of the best ingredients and exciting new flavors, techniques and dishes to inspire Blank Slate Kitchen’s products.
One 8 oz bottle.
Shipping: Blank Slate Kitchen typically fulfills orders within 24 hours Monday-Friday. Orders placed on Holidays and weekends may have slightly longer ship times.