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How to Flavor-Infuse Your Sugar for Your Morning Cup

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They say girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, but we think the phrase is more reflective of coffee - especially when you use flavor-infused sugar in your morning brew. Flavored sugar is all the rage nowadays, and it's a simple process that can fool anyone into thinking you're a gifted homemaker. Try these easy recipes that will give your classic cup a fresh new twist.

Vanilla Sugar
To ease your way into this trend, start with vanilla sugar, which adds some extra sweetness to your favorite coffee mix-in. Only two ingredients are needed for this tasty concoction: sugar and a vanilla bean pod. Drag a knife down the length of the pod and pick out the beans. Crush them up as fine as possible and mix them into the sugar. Let stand overnight so the vanilla flavor seeps in. 

"To amplify the floral undertones of your roast, try lavender-infused sugar."

Lavender Sugar
To amplify the floral undertones of your roast, try lavender-infused sugar. All you need are several tablespoons of dried lavender. You can add as much or as little as you'd like, depending on your preferences. Just mix it together, let it sit overnight and sift out the buds as you use it. 

Citrus Sugar
When lemons and oranges mix with sugar, the product is a fresh burst of sweetness. Add it to your coffee for an especially rejuvenating cup to kick off your day. Zest a lemon and an orange and mix it into a cup of sugar. Whisk the mixture and store in a jar for freshness. Unlike the other infused flavors, you don't need this to sit overnight. In fact, it's recommended that you use this within a week of making, as it goes bad quickly.

Cayenne Pepper Sugar
Once you become a flavored sugar professional, try kicking it up a notch with some cayenne pepper. The contrasting tastes make for a memorable cup of coffee that packs a punch. Simply mix a cup of sugar with a few teaspoons of the spice, and add it to your coffee for a unique flavor.