12 Simple Syrups Recipes

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From brown sugar to cinnamon, make flavored simple syrups from scratch at home with these easy recipes.

Simple syrups in glass bottles.

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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Expert Tips

  • 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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12 Simple Syrup Recipes

Simple Syrup

The most basic simple syrup recipe that takes less than 5 minutes to make.

Brown Sugar Syrup

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

Simple Cinnamon Syrup

Brown sugar, cinnamon, and water are all you need to make this easy simple syrup.

Simple Vanilla Syrup

Three ingredient vanilla simple syrup from scratch recipe for coffee and tea.
Chocolate syrup in a glass bottle.

Simple Chocolate Syrup

So much better than store-bought, this rich and delicious homemade chocolate syrup can be used to make mochas.
  • 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!

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

A simple syrup flavored with pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree.

Simple Mint Syrup

Three ingredient mint syrup from scratch recipe for coffee and tea.

Simple Rose Syrup

Water, sugar, and dried rose petals are all you need to easily make this floral rose syrup at home to sweeten your cup of tea.
  • 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.

Simple Honey Syrup

Honey and water are all that’s needed to make this honey simple syrup.

Simple Lemon Syrup

Add a little sweetness and burst of brightness to your drink with homemade lemon syrup.
  • 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.

Simple Peach Syrup

Add peach syrup to iced tea to instantly turn it into a deliciously refreshing peach iced tea.
  • This peach syrup is perfect for making Peach Iced Tea from scratch.
  • Make sparkling water peachy by adding this peach syrup into fizzy water.

Simple Lavender Syrup

Make your drink a little sweeter with lavender flavored simple syrup. So easy to make at home, just 3 ingredients are all that’s needed!
  • Add lavender syrup to give any drink a hint of lavender.
  • It’s great in lemon iced tea!

Questions You May Have

What’s in simple syrup?

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.

Do I need to refrigerate simple 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.

Is it cheaper to make my own simple syrup than buying it?

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.

Does simple syrup need to boil?

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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