From brown sugar to cinnamon, make flavored simple syrups from scratch at home with these easy recipes.
What is Simple Syrup?
- Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener made from 1 part water and 1 part sugar. Sugar is dissolved in water to create liquid sugar.
- They’re incredibly quick and easy to make at home with just 2-3 ingredients, taking about 5 minutes. If you can heat water on the stovetop, you can make your own simple syrup.
- Simple syrups can be made flavored by adding ingredients to change the taste. For example, adding vanilla to sugar and water will give you vanilla syrup.
- Simple syrups are great to use in iced drinks since it can be mixed into cold beverages easily, unlike sugar which will sink to the bottom of the cup.
- It’s easy to store in the refrigerator, so make a batch and use it to flavor and sweeten iced drinks for several days.
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- The basic recipe is sugar and water but you can replace the sugar with any type of sweetener you like. It can be brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, or date syrup.
- Use filtered water if possible for a better tasting syrup.
- You don’t need to have the water come to a boil to make simple syrup. Just heat water hot enough so that the sugar can dissolve.
- Make batches of syrup and store in the refrigerator in airtight containers. Flavored syrups will last 2 weeks and regular simple syrup will last about a month.
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- Always use simple syrups, flavored or not, to sweeten iced drinks, like Iced Americanos.
- Use simple syrup to sweeten iced tea and iced coffee.
- Use brown sugar simple syrup the same way as you would regular simple syrup, in iced tea and iced coffee.
- It adds a rich and complex flavor to cold drinks.
- Cinnamon Syrup is delicious in Iced Chai Latte.
- Perfect for making homemade Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso.
- Use vanilla syrup to make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew and Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte.
- It’s also used to make vanilla whipped cream and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam that tops Starbucks copycat drinks like the Iced White Chocolate Mocha.
- You can’t make a mocha without chocolate, and this chocolate syrup is perfect for making drinks like Iced Mocha.
- Use chocolate syrup to make delicious hot chocolates!
- To make PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte), you can use this delicious pumpkin spice syrup.
- Add this syrup to half & half to make pumpkin spice cold foam.
- Have mint syrup on hand to make peppermint flavored drinks like Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
- Add some mint syrup to hot or iced green tea to give it a burst of cooling peppermint.
- Add rose syrup to Rose Tea to sweeten and enhance the rose flavor.
- To upgrade a basic black iced tea, add a little rose syrup for a floral twist.
- Make Iced Honey Oatmilk Latte at home using this honey syrup that replaces sugar with honey.
- Add honey syrup to hot or iced lemon tea.
- Turn any tea into Lemon Tea with this lemon syrup.
- It’s perfect when stirred into ginger tea for a burst of fresh lemon flavor.
- This peach syrup is perfect for making Peach Iced Tea from scratch.
- Make sparkling water peachy by adding this peach syrup into fizzy water.
- Add lavender syrup to give any drink a hint of lavender.
- It’s great in lemon iced tea!
Questions You May Have
Basic simple sugar is made of one part sugar and one part water. Any kind of sweetener and flavoring can be used to make a variety of simple syrups. Honey and water is honey simple syrup or honey syrup. Cinnamon, sugar, and water is cinnamon simple syrup, or cinnamon syrup.
Yes, to make sure the syrup doesn’t go bad, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Simple sugar with just two ingredients will last 3 weeks but flavored simple syrup lasts 2 weeks.
Yes! Making your own syrup will save you money for sure. A store-bought bottle of simple syrup will cost at least $6 but the homemade syrup will cost at least less than half that.
The longer and hotter the water and sugar get, the thicker the syrup will get as it cools. I like to make it easily pourable so I like to only let the sugar dissolve on a simmer and never to a full boil.
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