coffee syrup.

Most of my friends and family are coffee lovers. It might be a pre-requisite of being my family, possibly. Or I just surround myself with terribly smart people. Whatever the reason, coffee themed gifts are always a winner for Christmas. always. These homemade coffee syrups will earn me brownie points. They are delicious and gorgeous. Never mind that they are also easy and inexpensive. I can be smart too. Package these up with some microwave fudge or turtles and I can have my way all year!

Today I’m sharing my recipes for these coffee syrups so you too can earn brownie points.

How to make your own homemade coffee syrup. With four great recipes to get you started! A wonderful idea for a Christmas gift!

Let’s stop a moment and talk about the containers. You don’t have to pay a fortune for fancy pants. These are from the Dollar Tree for…yup, $1 each. I put a bit of black vinyl on them to create the chalkboard surface. A little bottle of chalkboard paint would work. As would modpodging a sweet piece of paper.

These coffee syrups all are variations of the same simple syrup. Once you know how to make the basic syrup you are home-free. Just add ingredients, herbs, flavors…whatever!…to personalize and create your own variation of the syrup!

Homemade Coffee Syrup

Coffee syrup


  • Basic syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Caramel variation: 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • Peppermint variation: 20 peppermint candies
  • Warm Spice variation: 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 2 tsp cloves
  • Maple Vanilla variation: 3 tablespoons vanilla, 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Put ingredients into a heavy saucepan (this will help it not boil over as easily!).
  2. Bring to gentle boil, stirring often, and take off the burner for a few minutes. (watch carefully that it doesn't boil over!)
  3. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Cool before putting into a container.
  5. Caramel variation: add caramel sauce after water comes to a boil.
  6. Peppermint variation: add peppermints with water and sugar, stir often.
  7. Warm spice variation: add spices after water has come to boil.
  8. Maple Vanilla variation: add syrup with sugar and water, add vanilla after water comes to a boil.
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Your syrups should be shaken slightly before being used and when in doubt, store in the fridge.

These are my basic homemade coffee syrup recipes and made to my preference. I add about 2-3 tablespoons of syrup to our perfect latte’s (how to make a perfect stovetop latte HERE!). Of course, that’s because I like my coffee with less coffee and more sugar. Create your syrups the way YOU like them. You have the basic recipe, now go make it awesome! Next cookie and coffee date can be at your house!

Some recipes that will pair nicely with coffee:  chocolate cake.  chocolate chip cookies.  

Update: crystallizing is something that can happen when working with simple syrup. To avoid it be sure to have dry pans and utensils. Don’t introduce extreme temperatures to your syrup (cold spoons, pans…etc.). The recipes I have here use ingredients like maple syrup, caramel sauce, and peppermint candies because they bring ingredients that will keep your syrup from crystallizing. If you make your own recipe and don’t add in anything but a flavor or spice adding a wee bit of corn syrup, lemon juice, or cream of tartar to your syrup right before you pour it into your bottles will solve your crystallizing problems. 


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