5 Simple Syrup Recipes For Coffee

Simple syrup is an easily incorporated sweetener into coffee, tea or cocktails; it can also be used in baking to keep cake layers moist while adding sweetness.

To create it, mix sugar and water together. Stir in flavorings while boiling or simmering before cooling and straining to produce delicious candy syrup!

Vanilla-Infused Simple Syrup

Vanilla syrup is easy and quick to make at home for an aromatic boost in coffee, tea or lemonade! This simple recipe is gluten-, nut- and dairy-free as well as taking far less time than going to a cafe to purchase it!

Coffee Shop Flavor at Home

Want that Coffee Shop Flavor in Your Own Kitchen? Luckily, vanilla syrup can add that coffee shop-esque taste right at home without the added sugar grittiness that agave or honey necessitate. Simply stir a teaspoon or two into any drink you are making and store it in the fridge for up to one month for use in cocktails, other beverages or dishes calling for some sweetening but without its harsher effects – such as wine!

To make syrup, all you need is a small saucepan, sugar and water. Most recipes call for a 1:1 ratio between water and sugar but you can alter this according to personal taste – for instance you might try mixing two parts sugar to one part water for rich simple syrup!

Add vanilla bean or pure vanilla extract for additional vanilla flavor during cooking, but for optimal results it is best to stir in after the syrup has been removed from heat, to preserve as much vanilla flavor as possible. Enjoy this luscious homemade vanilla syrup in your morning cup of coffee, lemonade or in a smoothie made with frozen blueberries and unsweetened almond milk!

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Cinnamon-infused simple syrup is an autumn favorite! Perfect for sweetening drinks and topping off desserts like ice cream and fruit. Simply combine water, sugar and cinnamon sticks (or ground cinnamon) in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, remove from heat once sugar has dissolved then let cool before removing cinnamon sticks and pouring the syrup into an airtight jar or bottle to store at either room temperature or refrigerating – either will work!

Whole cinnamon sticks add depth of flavor, but bark or ground cinnamon are equally effective. If using whole sticks, be sure to break them up prior to adding them as this allows more surface area for flavor to penetrate and be released from within the syrup.

Some recipes call for stirring the mixture over 10 to 15 minutes; however, Drink What You Want author John deBary prefers the cold method by using his blender instead. Blending allows flavor components to be directly added to fresh syrup while saving time since blending doesn’t involve much waiting until room temperature.

Cardamom-Ginger Simple Syrup

Cardamom syrup makes the ideal addition to coffee or tea, iced drinks, cocktails and baked goods. Cardamom is a warming spice with notes of bright floral flavors; this recipe yields about 1 1/3 cups worth. Perfect for stirring into beverages or using as a drizzle in desserts – store in the fridge up to 10 days or in the freezer up to 6 months without losing its flavor; made with organic cane sugar so vegan and gluten-free too!

Toasting cardamom pods before adding them to the pot for an even more fragrant cardamom simple syrup recipe (this step may not be necessary when used with other cardamom syrup recipes, but it adds additional aromatic value). You could also try adding lemon or orange peel slices for additional citrus aroma.

Add extra special flavor by infusing this syrup with vanilla! Use seeds from an entire vanilla pod or 1/4 teaspoon of high-quality vanilla paste as part of the infusion, right before it goes off the heat, to produce a richer cardamom drink syrup that would go perfectly in coffee, hot tea, cake or smoothies!

Peppermint Simple Syrup

Peppermint simple syrup is an effortless and affordable way to add peppermint flavor to drinks, like coffee (such as in a peppermint mocha), hot chocolate, cocktails and cake layers. Making homemade syrup yourself will save money over purchasing it from coffee shops or bars.

To create this simple syrup recipe, combine water and sugar in a small saucepan while stirring as the sugar dissolves. When the syrup comes to a boil, remove from heat and allow mint leaves to steep for at least 15 minutes – this allows their fresh pepperminty essence to infuse the syrup more fully and give it more of an authentic minty taste. You may strain off or keep in some of the mint leaves if desired for color effect! You may use a fine mesh strainer if removing leaves isn’t an option!

Homemade peppermint mocha syrup can make making peppermint mochas and other Starbucks-style beverages easy at home, and also make an impressive homemade gift! Simply store the syrup in an airtight jar with lid and attach a label – remembering to place it in the fridge for up to seven days for optimal results!


In conclusion, these five simple syrup recipes offer a delightful twist to your daily coffee routine, turning each sip into a flavorful journey. Whether you crave the warmth of cinnamon, the sweetness of vanilla, the richness of chocolate, the exotic touch of lavender, or the comforting blend of caramel, these syrups are an easy way to elevate your coffee experience. 

Feel free to experiment, mix and match, and customize to your taste preferences. With just a splash of creativity, you can transform your cup of coffee into a personalized masterpiece. Say goodbye to ordinary and hello to extraordinary mornings with these simple syrup companions for your coffee indulgence.

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