After taking GRE subject tests, a body needs pancakes (this has been experimentally determined.) I just happened to have a quart of buttermilk so I could make buttermilk pancakes, but no maple syrup. Fortunately, I discovered something just as tasty, and cheaper than maple syrup.
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1-2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp vanilla
Mix the sugar and water in a saucepan, and heat on low until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat, and add the honey, vanilla, and zest.
Next batch I might try making some carmel syrup with white sugar, or play other flavors like almond extract.