easy and cheaper than buying it and definitely cheaper than buying a coffee from starbucks! From the joy of cooking Edit: I would like to point out that this recipe comes from The Joy of Cooking and is, therefore, not a troll. I have made it successfully several times as have other people. If you are having a problem it is possible that you may not be letting the sugar actually dissolve. This process takes several minutes and you will know you have achieved it when the syrup is almost clear and you don't have any granules on the bottom while you stir.