RECIPE: Simple Kuromitsu Syrup

RECIPE: Simple Kuromitsu Syrup


This simple syrup includes the licorice flavor of kokuto (Okinawa brown sugar) and can be used to sweeten any dessert including our Mizu Shingen Mochi (Raindrop Cake) and Fruits Mitsumame.

Servings: About 75ml



  1. Whisk together kokuto and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Keep simmering on low until reduced to about half the original volume. During this time, stir the bottom gently and scrape down the sides of the pan to avoid burning.
  3. Once reduced, turn off the heat and cool the syrup on the countertop for about 20 minutes before transferring to an airtight container and chilling in the fridge until use. 

Note: Kuromitsu will thicken as it sits and cools. For best use, remove from the refrigerator immediately before use.

Recipe available in our Baking: "Amai" Care Package


Yaz Gentry

About the recipe creator and photographer: Yaz Gentry is a freelance recipe developer and food-lover based in Tokyo, Japan. Half-Japanese and half-American, she enjoys fusing together seasonal ingredients and dishes from both cultures as a reflection of her mixed heritage. You can follow her culinary adventures on Instagram @blissprovisions and at

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