How to Make Delicious Coffee Syrup at Home

Welcome to this amazing recipe for homemade Coffee Syrup! As a barista myself, I am always looking for ways to enhance the flavor of my brews and take my cup of joe to the next level. That’s why I created this coffee syrup recipe that can be used in any caffeinated beverage you desire.

There’s no need for fancy equipment, expensive ingredients or tons of time. You only need three simple ingredients: instant coffee granules, water, and sugar. These common ingredients will be transformed into a decadent syrup that will take your homemade coffee drinks up a notch.

By making your own coffee syrup at home, you can control the sweetness level and create customized flavors that are hard to find in stores. With this recipe, you’ll have enough syrup on hand to create several batches of delicious caramel, vanilla or even iced flavored coffee. Trust me when I say that once you’ve tried this syrup recipe, you’ll never go back to plain old coffee again.

So whether you’re craving a creamy tiramisu latte or a salted caramel handcrafted brew, look no further than this homemade coffee syrup recipe. Prepare for your taste buds to be amazed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Syrup
Coffee Syrup

Are you tired of the same old boring coffee routine? Step up your coffee game with this delicious homemade coffee syrup recipe!

Why settle for plain black coffee when you can add a touch of sweetness with homemade caramel or vanilla syrup? Impress your friends and family with a perfectly crafted cup of coffee, flavored to your liking using this simple syrup recipe.

Not only is this recipe incredibly easy to follow, but it also eliminates the need for expensive store-bought syrups. All you need are a few basic ingredients like instant coffee granules, water, and sugar to create a versatile base that can be transformed into a variety of different flavors.

With this recipe, the possibilities are endless. Try adding salted caramel syrup to your morning cup for a decadent breakfast treat, or opt for an iced vanilla latte on hot summer afternoons. You can even use these syrups in desserts like tiramisu for a delicious twist.

Don’t settle for boring coffee any longer. With this homemade syrup recipe, you’ll add a burst of flavor to every sip and impress even the toughest coffee critics. Give it a try and see just how easy it is to elevate your daily caffeine fix!

Ingredient List

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The perfect party trick for coffee lovers!

To make this coffee syrup recipe, you will need a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Instant coffee granules: 2 tablespoons
  • Water: 1 cup
  • Sugar: 1 cup

That’s it! With just these three simple ingredients, you can make delicious homemade coffee syrup that’s perfect for adding to your favorite beverages.

The Recipe How-To

 Save money and make your own coffee syrup at home!
Save money and make your own coffee syrup at home!

Now that we have gathered all our ingredients let’s dive into the recipe how-to for this delicious coffee syrup!


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules to the mixture, whisking until fully combined.
  4. Let this mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until it has reduced to a thick syrup consistency.
  5. After removing from heat, let it cool down for about 10 minutes.

Note: If you are wanting to make flavored coffee syrup such as Caramel or Vanilla, follow the same recipe but only use half of the water and sugar. For example, use 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar.

  1. To make Caramel Coffee Syrup, follow Step 1 above, except substitute white sugar with brown sugar.
  2. Once your sugar has dissolved, you can substitute half of the water with heavy cream.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and stir in thoroughly before letting the syrup cool.

Tip: Don’t worry if there appears to be sediment at the bottom of your caramel syrup – this is completely normal and can be strained out if necessary.

  1. To make a delicious Homemade Vanilla Syrup just follow step one of the original recipe.
  2. Then in a small saucepan over medium heat whisk together 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of water and the seeds from one vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
  3. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and let it simmer gor around 5 minutes until sugar is dissolved while stirring occasionaly.

Tip: To preserve and amplify the vanilla aroma, store this syrup in a bottle with a vanilla bean inside.

  1. Let it cool before mixing with your homemade coffee syrup!

With these easy steps, you will have the perfect base for all of your homemade coffee syrups! Enjoy your iced or flavored coffee or even add this syrup to your favorite dessert like Tiramisu – the possibilities are endless!

Substitutions and Variations

 Jazz up your morning coffee routine with a splash of homemade syrup.
Jazz up your morning coffee routine with a splash of homemade syrup.

Switch up the flavors of your homemade Coffee Syrup by trying out these substitutions and variations.

– Brown Sugar Syrup: Swap out the white sugar for brown sugar to create a richer, deeper flavor. Simply follow the same instructions as the original recipe but use brown sugar instead.

– Salted Caramel Syrup: For a deliciously indulgent twist on the original recipe, try making Salted Caramel Coffee Syrup. Follow instructions for the Homemade Caramel Syrup (step 4) and add 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt at the end, stirring until dissolved.

– Vanilla Coffee Syrup: Infuse your coffee with a sweet, fragrant Vanilla flavor. Split one vanilla bean lengthwise and add it to a small saucepan with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Heat over medium heat, whisking until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool before combining with coffee.

– Flavored Syrups: Experiment with other flavors such as almond or hazelnut. Simply add 1 tablespoon of extract or flavored syrup to the homemade Simple Syrup during step 5.

– Iced Coffee: Want to make an iced coffee? Allow your homemade coffee syrup to cool completely before adding it to cold brew or chilled coffee for a refreshing twist.

– Tiramisu-inspired Syrups: For those who love adding some sweetness, spice and everything nice try mixing:

(i)Caramel + Cocoa Powder to make an ‘Italian Mocha’ blend that tastes like Tiramisu

(ii)Vanilla + Rum Extract + Espresso Powder to make ‘Tiramisu’

With these variations, you can add diversity and sophistication to your cup of joe every day!

Serving and Pairing

 Customize your coffee just the way you like it with homemade syrup.
Customize your coffee just the way you like it with homemade syrup.

Once you’ve made your homemade coffee syrup, it’s time to enjoy it! There are countless ways to serve and pair coffee syrup and elevate your coffee game. Here are a few ideas:

– Pour the coffee syrup over ice for iced coffee that’s anything but basic. Add a splash of milk or cream for an extra creamy touch, or a flavor shot of your choice to customize your beverage.

– Use the coffee syrup as a sweetener in hot or cold coffee drinks. Simply add a spoonful or two to your brewed coffee, latte, cappuccino, or even hot cocoa, for a rich and flavorful experience.

– Make flavored whipped cream by adding a drizzle of the coffee syrup to heavy cream before whipping it up. The result is a sweet and creamy topping that pairs perfectly with any hot or cold beverage.

– Use the coffee syrup as an ingredient in baked goods, like cakes, cookies, muffins, or brownies. Its rich taste and aroma add depth and dimension to any recipe.

– Stir the coffee syrup into oatmeal or yogurt for a delicious breakfast treat that will start your day off on the right foot.

Pairing-wise, coffee syrup goes well with many different flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, caramel, almond, hazelnut, and more. Try mixing and matching different syrups to create your own signature blends – salted caramel mocha latte, anyone? And don’t forget about tiramisu – it’s made with espresso after all!

Whatever way you choose to use homemade coffee syrup, one thing is certain: it will make every cup of coffee feel special and indulgent. You may never go back to plain old sugar again!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Forget buying flavored syrups at the store - this recipe is quick, easy, and delicious.
Forget buying flavored syrups at the store – this recipe is quick, easy, and delicious.

One of the great things about this coffee syrup recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and store it for later use. Once the syrup has cooled to room temperature, simply pour it into a clean, airtight container such as a glass jar or bottle. You can store the syrup in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

When you’re ready to use the coffee syrup, give it a good stir or shake to make sure all the ingredients are well combined. The syrup will likely develop some sediment at the bottom of the container, but this is normal and can easily be mixed back in.

To reheat the syrup, simply place it in a small saucepan over low-medium heat and stir until it’s heated through. It’s important not to let the syrup boil as this can alter its taste and texture.

If you want to use this coffee syrup on iced drinks, simply store it in a bottle or jar with a lid and keep it in your fridge ready for when you need it. Simply add a few tablespoons of the syrup to your beverage and enjoy!

This homemade coffee syrup is perfect for anyone who loves flavored coffees such as caramel or vanilla but wants control over exactly what ingredients are used. Not only is it easy and inexpensive to make, but with its ability to last up to two weeks in the fridge, storing and reheating is also convenient for an anytime pick-me-up.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get inspired to create your own unique coffee flavors.
Get inspired to create your own unique coffee flavors.

To make the perfect coffee syrup, I have gathered some useful tips to make your homemade coffee syrup stand out from the rest.

Firstly, it is important to stir or whisk the sugar and water mixture while bringing it to a boil. This ensures that the sugar is fully dissolved and prevents clumping or burning. A burnt syrup can taste bitter which will ruin the flavor of your homemade syrup.

Secondly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and sweeteners. Brown sugar, honey, and even maple syrup can all be used as alternatives to white sugar. Furthermore, adding spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg can give your syrup a unique flavor profile.

Thirdly, make sure to let your syrup cool down before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge. This will prevent unnecessary condensation from forming, which can spoil your homemade coffee syrup. To keep it fresh, store it in the fridge for up to two weeks or freeze it for up to three months.

Lastly, consider using filtered water instead of tap water when making your homemade coffee syrup. Tap water may contain impurities that alter the flavor of your syrup. Using filtered water will result in a cleaner flavor and is definitely worth it.

By following these tips, you can create a top-notch coffee syrup that will add pizzazz to your drinks, whether they are hot, cold or iced. So start experimenting and enjoy making delicious flavored drinks like tiramisu flavored lattes or salted caramel iced coffee at home!


Now that you’ve learned how to make this delicious coffee syrup, you may have some questions or concerns about the process. In this section, I’ll address some of the most common questions people have about this recipe. Whether you’re wondering about substitutions, storage, or variations on the recipe, you’ll find the answers you need here. So let’s dive in!

What is coffee syrup made of?

To make coffee syrup, there are different methods you can use. One way is to pour hot water and sugar through coffee grounds, straining the mixture to produce a syrup. Alternatively, you can brew a large amount of hot coffee and add sugar to it later. Additionally, you can create coffee syrup through a cold-process method by soaking pulverized coffee beans and then mixing in sugar.

How do you make coffee with syrup?

When you crave a touch of sweetness in your coffee, try using flavored syrup. Begin by pouring the syrup of your choice into an empty mug or cup. For a balanced flavor, a ratio of one part syrup to four parts coffee is usually perfect. Next, top the grounds with hot water heated to 200℉ and let them brew before removing the grounds.

How long do homemade coffee syrups last?

One helpful tip to extend the shelf life of your Homemade Coffee Syrups is to add a tablespoon of vodka. This prevents bacteria growth and can make them last up to a month, as long as they are kept in the fridge. It’s important to note that if you choose to add vodka, it’s a good idea to label the bottle accordingly as it will be intended for adult consumption only.

How much syrup do I need for 1 cup of coffee?

When adding syrup to your coffee, it’s recommended to use two tablespoons or one ounce of syrup for a regular coffee cup. This measurement ensures a proper ratio of syrup to coffee.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, there’s nothing quite like homemade coffee syrups to take your coffee game to the next level! With this easy coffee syrup recipe, you can create a variety of flavored syrups from scratch in the comfort of your own home.

Not only are homemade coffee syrups much cheaper than store-bought ones, but they also allow you to customize the flavors to your liking. From classic vanilla and caramel to more unique options like tiramisu, you can experiment with different ingredients and ratios to create the perfect flavor profile for your morning cup of joe.

So go ahead and give this coffee syrup recipe a try. Whether you prefer iced or hot coffee, flavored or plain, this simple syrup is sure to elevate your java experience. Plus, with all of the money you’ll save by making your own syrups at home, you may just be able to splurge on that fancy espresso machine you’ve been eyeing!

Coffee Syrup

Coffee Syrup Recipe

This was a recipe handed down to me by my MIL. They always use it to make coffee milkshakes. I'm sure it would be good as a milk flavoring.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Global
Servings 4 cups
Calories 781.2 kcal


  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 ounces instant coffee granules, not freeze-dried


  • Mix ingredients in a large saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Cool and store in the refrigerator.

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Serving: 1760gCalories: 781.2kcalCarbohydrates: 201.2gProtein: 0.4gSodium: 10.2mgSugar: 199.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Sauces
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