Simple Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

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All you need to make this simple syrup is cinnamon, brown sugar, and water. Add cinnamon flavor to your coffee and tea with this easy recipe.

Cinnamon syrup in a glass bottle.

About This Cinnamon Simple Syrup

  • Cinnamon syrup is a flavored simple syrup made with just three ingredients: brown sugar, water, and cinnamon.
  • Flavor and sweeten your coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cocktails with this syrup. It’s especially good for iced drinks since it mixes easily into cold beverages.
  • Make this recipe once and you’ve got cinnamon syrup to last you for days. The recipe makes a cup of syrup.
  • So much more cost effective to make this syrup at home instead of buying it. Unlike store-bought, it’s made with ingredients you don’t have to Google.

RELATED: Starbucks Classic Syrup

Ingredient Notes

Cinnamon syrup ingredients.
  • Cinnamon sticks
    Cinnamon sticks are preferred over ground cinnamon since it’s a better way to infuse into the simple syrup. Sticks give more of a subtle flavor compared to ground.
  • Brown sugar
    You can use light or dark brown sugar. Regular white sugar works too but I like the richer flavor of brown sugar.
  • Water
    Always go for filtered water if you can.

Steps to Make Cinnamon Syrup

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

  1. Put all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer.
    Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Take off heat and steep.
  3. Strain and pour syrup into an airtight container.
My Airtight Container Pick
Loving these glass bottles since they’re perfectly sized to hold a cup of syrup. Attached swing closure means you won’t lose the cap!

Notes & Tips

  • There are two types of cinnamon (Ceylon and cassia) and either can be used to make this syrup. Ceylon cinnamon is considered by some to be “real cinnamon” and is of high quality. It’s not as easy to find as the cassia and is fairly expensive. Cassia is the cinnamon found in supermarkets in the US and is very affordable.
  • A cup of cinnamon syrup is 16 tablespoons. Use 1-2 tablespoons of syrup for each cup to sweeten and flavor.
  • The syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Use syrup in iced and hot tea, iced and hot coffee, lattes, cocktails, and milk.

Questions You May Have

Do I need to let the ingredients come to a boil?

Nope, it’s not necessary to let it boil. Just simmering and letting the sugar dissolve on low heat is enough to make the simple syrup.

How is simple syrup different from rich syrup?

Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water. Rich syrup is two parts sugar and 1 part water so it has a thicker consistency.

How can I make a drink for kids using cinnamon syrup?

Put 1-2 tablespoons of syrup into a cup of warm milk and stir. You can also add a little cinnamon syrup to hot chocolate or chocolate milk.

Instead of brown sugar, can I use honey?

Yup, you can replace the brown sugar with any sweetener of your choice. It can be white sugar, maple syrup, date sugar, honey, or agave.

Pouring cinnamon syrup into a cup of coffee.

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Simple Cinnamon Syrup

Author: Jee Choe
Add cinnamon flavor to your coffee and tea with this easy recipe.
4.7 from 10 votes
Prep Time 4 minutes
Steep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Drinks
Yield8 servings


  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks


  • Put all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer.
    Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.
  • Take off heat and steep for 20 minutes.
  • Strain and pour syrup into an airtight container.
    The syrup will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


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


Calories: 82 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

5 thoughts on “Simple Homemade Cinnamon Syrup”

  1. 5 stars
    I have made this several times. Always comes out perfect. I keep the cinnamon and caramel in the fridge all the time. Both are fantastic. I use a Cuban decaf. I also freeze coffee in ice trays. When they melt they don’t “water” down my coffee. I use two cubes per cup of liquid. Suits my taste perfectly.

    • I freeze my coffee in ice trays also. My husband doesn’t like too hot of coffee so it cools it down nicely, I myself use them to make my frozen coffee drinks.

  2. I love cinnamon dolce and it’s so easy to make it home. I’ve made this recipe numerous times and I even of made it for gifts. Perfect for teachers and neighbors. It’s never quite cinnamon enough for me so I am at a little bit of salt in a little bit of maple syrup to bring out some deeper flavors

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe!! I’ve tried many different diy syrups and the flavour is amazing. I can actually taste the cinnamon!!!


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