Make Brown Sugar Simple Syrup (for coffee)

How to make a Brown Sugar Simple Syrup at home to use in all your drinks! It has a delicious caramel-toffee like flavour, is made with just two ingredients and it’s ready in under 5 minutes.

Brown sugar simple syrup

Simple brown sugar syrup has been adding a new level of fun to my morning coffee or iced lattes. I love that it changes the taste slightly and allows me a fancy drink at home.

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What is a simple syrup?

A simple syrup is simply sugar and water that has been cooked together to dissolve the sugar. It is thin in consistency and makes it easy to sweeten any drink or cocktail because the sugar has been dissolved. 

Simple syrups can be made in all different flavours. Add in your favourite extract to change this recipe up.

I like to add in vanilla extract to make the brown sugar syrup taste amazing. Or with a traditional simple syrup you can add any flavour to it you’d like.

Why a Syrup is So Useful

One of the main reasons for a simple syrup is for quick use and to make sure your sweetener is dissolved. 

Sugar takes a while to dissolve in cold drinks which may result in an unpleasant grainy texture. It can also add an extra little bit of flavour to your lattes and iced drinks. 

Should I Use Light or Dark Brown Sugar?

I like to use whatever I have on hand, which is normally light brown sugar. For a stronger caramel taste use dark brown sugar.

Brown sugar is made by adding molasses, a liquid sweetener, to cane sugar.

A light brown sugar contains less molasses and has a lighter toffee-caramel taste. While a dark brown sugar has more molasses, and therefore a bolder flavour.

How to Make Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

It’s easy to do, so let’s learn how to make brown sugar Simple syrup at home.

Step 1: Cook in Saucepan

  • First, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of packed brown sugar to a small saucepan, stir to combine. 
  • Cook over medium heat until dissolved and boiling. Remove from the heat.

Step 2: Store & Use

Brown sugar simple syrup
  • Store your homemade simple syrup in an easy to use container. Like a container hat pours well or simply a mason jar. 
  • Store in the fridge and use it in all your favourite lattes and iced coffee drinks. 

How to Store Brown Sugar Simple Syrup 

Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. If it develops a smell or becomes cloudy throw it out and make another syrup. 

I store mine in my salad dressing cup because it’s very simple to use. And I’m gonna be honest… I don’t eat as much salad as I should. 

Brown sugar syrup

What is the Ratio for a Simple Syrup?

Brown sugar simple syrup is made with a ratio of 1:1. Equal parts water to sugar. So for this recipe I use 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. 

You can also make it with a ratio of 2:1. Which would be 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water. This would make it more sweet so you wouldn’t need to use as much to sweeten your drinks.

Ways to Use Homemade Brown Sugar Syrup in Drinks

Substitute about 1-3 tablespoons of this brown sugar simple syrup in your favourite lattes. Hot or iced.

Iced Recipes to Try

Cold Brew Latte

Hot Drinks

Use Syrup on Pancakes or Waffles (maple syrup substitute) 

A great way to use brown sugar syrup is to use it on pancakes or waffles! It’s a great maple syrup substitute and is much more affordable to make then purchasing maple syrup. 

Is This Recipe Vegan?

  • Yes. It’s vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free. Also nut free! 

Tips & Substitutions

  • Salt: You can omit this, but it does enhance the flavour. 
  • Vanilla: Add some vanilla extract to make a delicious flavour.

Storage: I like to use my dressing cup for my homemade syrup. It makes it very easy to use in all my coffee or tea drinks

Brown Sugar Simple Syrup


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • tsp salt optional


  • Place sugar, water and salt in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and let boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and store in the fridge for up to a month. Use a container that is easy to pour from for easy use.


Use light or dark brown sugar. Store for up to a month.
homemade vanilla simple syrup

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