Homemade Coffee Syrup: 3 Easy Steps to Unlocking Deliciousness

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Enhance your morning coffee with a burst of flavor using homemade coffee syrup! This simple technique not only tantalizes your taste buds but also saves you money. In this how-to guide, we’ll delve into the simplicity and versatility of creating your own syrups. From classic vanilla bean to refreshing peppermint and fragrant lavender, the possibilities are endless. Get ready to elevate your coffee game while indulging in creativity and cost-effectiveness.

Why make homemade coffee syrups when you can just buy them?

Creating homemade coffee syrups offers a myriad of advantages:

  • It costs 2 to 3 times less than store-bought options, saving you money in the long run.
  • Provides an exciting opportunity to experiment with flavor combinations, adding a personalized touch to your beverages.
  • Requires minimal effort and ingredients, making it accessible to coffee enthusiasts of all skill levels.

What You’ll Need

To embark on your homemade coffee syrup journey, gather the following essentials:

  • Water
  • Sugar or Honey
  • Flavoring of choice (optional)

That’s it…

Easy Simple Syrup Recipe

The foundation of most coffee syrups is a simple syrup, which can be effortlessly prepared with just two ingredients:

  • 1 part sugar
  • 1 part water


  • Step 1: Boil the water in a saucepan.
  • Step 2: Add sugar and stir until fully dissolved.
  • Step 3: Allow the syrup to cool before transferring it to a clean, airtight container.

Easy Flavored Syrups

Once you’ve mastered the art of simple syrup, it’s time to infuse it with delightful flavors. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Prepare a basic simple syrup using the aforementioned recipe.
  • Step 2: Stir in 2 tsp of your preferred flavored extract, such as vanilla, peppermint, hazelnut, or lavender. (2 tsp based on 1 cup water / 1 cup sugar recipe. Adjust accordingly depending on amount of simple syrup you made)
  • TIP: For a creative twist, experiment with different flavor combinations to discover unique syrup blends.

Want to take it to the next level?

Using fresh ingredients can dramatically boost your homemade coffee syrups’ flavor. Here are our top three picks:

Vanilla Bean Syrup Recipe:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 whole vanilla bean


Step 1: Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.

Step 2: Combine the seeds, pod, sugar, and water in a saucepan.

Step 3: Boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Step 4: Remove from heat, cool, and strain into an airtight container container.

Fresh Peppermint Syrup Recipe:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh peppermint leaves, bruised


Step 1: Prepare a basic simple syrup (see above).

Step 2: Return to the burner on medium-low. Add bruised peppermint leaves (squeeze them in your hand) and simmer for 1 minute.

Step 3: Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes

Step 4: Strain and store in an airtight container.

Fresh Lavender Syrup Recipe:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lavender buds


Step 1: Create a basic simple syrup.

Step 2: Add lavender buds and simmer briefly (one minute).

Step 3: Remove from heat and steep for up to 4 hours.

Step 4: Strain and store in an airtight container.

Want to geek out on your homemade coffee syrup? Here’s a bit more information for you.

What’s the best ratio of sugar to water?

To make a basic simple syrup, use a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water.  All that matters is you use equal parts. 

Adjust the volume depending on how much you are looking to make. This is the most common ratio and what you’ll find in places like Starbucks.

You can also make a richer simple syrup using a 2:1 sugar to water ratio.  The finished product will be thicker and will have a great effect on your cup of coffee.  It will also store longer as sugar helps as a natural preservative. 

Tip: If you opt for the richer 2:1 ratio, be aware you may need to add more vanilla, peppermint, etc. if you are flavoring your syrup. 

What type of sugar should you use?

If possible, use an organic, evaporated cane sugar. Really the simpler the better.  You do not want the flavor of the sugar to detract from the coffee itself or the flavoring you decide to use.

Tip: You can replace granulated sugar with brown sugar for a more caramelly, rich flavor.

How do you store homemade coffee syrup?

Ensure the longevity of your homemade syrups with proper storage techniques:

  • Select a container according to the amount of syrup you’ve made.
  • Choose airtight containers, such as recycled wine bottles or glass bottles with pumps.
  • Refrigerate syrups to prolong shelf life.

How long does homemade coffee syrup last?

If you plan on storing your syrup at room temperature, it will only last a few days to a week.  That’s why we recommend storing it in the refrigerator. If refrigerated, it will last for a few weeks to a month.

Tip: The more sugar added the longer it will last. We have seen some people online recommend keeping refrigerated syrups for up to 6 months!

The big take-away?

With just a few ingredients and a dash of creativity, you can transform your coffee experience with homemade syrups.

Whether you’re a fan of classic vanilla, refreshing peppermint, or fragrant lavender, crafting your own flavors allows for endless customization and cost-effective indulgence.

Embrace the art of syrup-making and elevate your morning brew to new heights of deliciousness. Cheers to flavorful mornings and endless possibilities!

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Neal Drown
Neal has been proudly wearing the label of coffee enthusiast for over a decade now. He has an M.A. in Research and a true passion for all things coffee. Let's Brew Coffee was created to leverage his skills as a researcher and deliver the best content available on crafting the perfect brew.