Simple Homemade Brown Sugar Syrup

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Sweeten your coffee and tea with brown sugar simple syrup for a caramel-like, deeper flavor than regular simple sugar.

Homemade brown sugar syrup in a glass bottle.

About This Brown Sugar Syrup

  • Brown sugar syrup is a simple syrup that’s made with brown sugar instead of white, granulated sugar. There’s just two ingredients: brown sugar and water.
  • The brown sugar is dissolved into hot water which makes it easy to add into drinks, especially, iced beverages. Since it’s a liquid, the syrup mixes easily in with the cold beverage, without any sugar sitting at the bottom of the drink.
  • The syrup can be used in iced and hot drinks like coffee and tea.
  • This recipe makes a cup of brown sugar syrup and 1-2 tablespoons can be used to flavor and sweeten your coffee or tea.
  • Brown sugar has a deep, caramel-like flavor since it’s made with molasses. Light and dark brown sugar can be used to make the syrup.

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Ingredient Notes

Brown sugar syrup ingredients.
  • Brown sugar
    Light or dark brown sugar can be used to make this syrup. The darker the sugar, the darker the color of the syrup. The difference between light and dark brown sugar is how much molasses in it and the more there is, the more caramel and toffee flavor the syrup will have.
  • Water
    Use filtered water for a better tasting simple syrup.

Steps to Make Brown Sugar Sugar

Here’s a quick overview of the steps to make this syrup. For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Put brown sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer.
    Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Take off heat and cool.
  3. Pour syrup into an airtight container.
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Airtight and perfectly sized to hold a cup of syrup, these glass bottles make it easy to store in the refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • Any kind of brown sugar works but if you want a richer, more caramel-like flavor, go for dark brown sugar since it contains more molasses.
  • This recipe makes a cup of brown sugar syrup which is 16 tablespoons. Use 1-2 tablespoons of syrup to sweeten each cup.
  • The syrup is good for 3 weeks when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Syrup can be used to sweeten coffee, tea, lattes, and cocktails.

Questions You May Have

Do I need to bring the brown sugar and water to a boil?

It’s not necessary to boil the water. You can even stir brown sugar in hot water until the sugar dissolves.

Can I use this syrup to make a drink for kids without any coffee or tea?

Yup, you can make a brown sugar steamer which is brown sugar syrup stirred into a cup of warm milk. It’s basically a kid-friendly latte. Use 1-2 tablespoons of syrup into a cup.

What is brown sugar?

Brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added. You can make brown sugar at home if you have the two ingredients. To make dark brown sugar, combine a cup of white sugar and 1/4 cup of molasses. (Use any kind of molasses except blackstrap.)

Pouring brown sugar syrup into a cup of coffee.

More Simple Syrup Recipes

Simple Brown Sugar Syrup

Author: Jee Choe
Sweeten your coffee and tea with brown sugar simple syrup for a rich, caramel flavor.
4.8 from 69 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Total Time 4 mins
Course Drinks
Yield8 servings



  • Put brown sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer.
    Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.
  • Take off heat and cool.
  • Pour syrup into an airtight container.
    The syrup will keep for 3 weeks in the refrigerator.


  • Recipe makes 1 cup (16 tablespoons) of syrup.
  • Use 1- 2 tablespoons of syrup per 1 cup of coffee.


Calories: 78 | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 20g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 thoughts on “Simple Homemade Brown Sugar Syrup”

  1. For french toast, pancakes etc, boil gently together 8 minutes on med heat – 2c.brown sugar, 1 cup bottled water, 1 & 1/2 sticks marg. or butter. Stir well at first to dissolve sugar. Key: let sit and cool at least 10 minutes to thicken…I ran out of syrup one morning for pancakes!

  2. Hey, love how simple this recipe is. I was just wondering if I could add an essence to it. Like vanilla or caramel? Can’t wait to try it!

    • Hi Christine, you can add a little vanilla extract to the recipe but for caramel, I would add it separately, when you’re making the drink.


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