These homemade coffee syrups only require a few easy ingredients, are easy to make, and make your coffee (or hot chocolate) taste amazing. You’ll never buy flavored syrups or creamers for your coffee drinks again when you have this coffee syrup recipe.
These coffee syrups make a great gift idea for the coffee lover in your life!
Ever since learning to make homemade flavored syrups I rarely purchase flavored creamer for our coffee. It is just so easy to make my own coffee syrup in whatever flavor we would like most.
These homemade coffee syrups only require a few easy ingredients, are easy to make, and make your coffee (or hot chocolate) taste amazing. You’ll never buy flavored syrups or creamers for your coffee again when you have this coffee syrup recipe.
These coffee syrups make a great gift idea for the coffee lover in your life!
Gifting homemade coffee syrups can be a thoughtful and creative present for the coffee lovers in your life! Here are some ideas on how to package and present them:
- Mason Jars: Fill small mason jars with the coffee syrups and decorate the lids with festive labels or ribbons. You can also attach a handwritten note with serving suggestions or recipe ideas.
- Gift Baskets: Create a coffee-themed gift basket by including the coffee syrups along with some gourmet coffee beans, a cute coffee mug, and maybe even some homemade cookies or chocolates. Wrap it all up with a bow and a personalized note.
- Bottles with Swingtop Caps: Pour the homemade coffee syrups into stylish glass bottles with swingtop caps. You can find these bottles online or at specialty kitchen stores. Decorate the bottles with customizable labels or tags, and add a personal touch with a handwritten message.
- Mini Liquor Bottles: If you want to give a variety of coffee syrups, consider using small, empty liquor bottles. Fill each bottle with a different flavor of coffee syrup and attach a label to identify the flavor. Arrange them in a cute gift box or basket.
- Test Tubes or Spice Jars: Fill small, clear test tubes or spice jars with the coffee syrups and seal them with cork stoppers or screw caps. Arrange them in a wooden tray or a rustic-looking box for a unique gift presentation.
Add a handwritten note, a recipe card, or even a coffee-themed bookmark to make the gift extra special. Personalize it for the recipient’s tastes and preferences, and don’t forget to include a little label or tag with the name of each coffee syrup flavor.
What is coffee syrup made of?
Homemade Coffee Syrup is simple. It’s basically sugar and water (to make a simple syrup) plus the flavoring you want.
How to use homemade syrups :
Remember when Shakespeare said something like, “What’s in a name? Coffee syrup by any other name would taste just as awesome”? OK, OK, that’s not exactly what he said, but he could have because this stuff could be called hot chocolate syrup, ice cream syrup, tea syrup…you get the idea. Don’t be afraid to use these syrups just about anywhere you need some extra flavor–shakes, pancakes, cocktails, drizzled on cake…OK, I’ll stop now.
Key ingredient list:
This coffee syrup recipe is simply flavored simple syrups. The recipe is the same for any simple syrup you might make for your favorite cocktail.
- Sugar. Traditional granulated white sugar is what you need. If you need a sugar-free version Splenda, coconut sugar, or similar products work well.
- Water. Nothing to say here…water.
- Peppermints. For the peppermint flavor you’ll need a handful of the old-fashioned peppermints. They will take a bit of time to melt into the syrup and then leave a delicious flavor (and color).
- Caramel sauce. Grab your favorite caramel sauce (try my homemade salted caramel sauce) for this one. Just a bit goes a long way!
- Spices. Warm spices add a ton of flavor to your morning coffee.
- Vanilla. My personal favorite is to simply add a bit of good quality vanilla extract or vanilla bean.
How to make the homemade coffee syrup:
- Add ingredients into a heavy, medium saucepan or pot(this will help it not boil over as easily!).
- Bring to a gentle boil on medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves.
- Add any flavor add-ins or extracts.
- Simmer on low to reduce the syrup until about half, or the consistency is thickened.
- Cool before putting into your jar or container.
- 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 coffee syrup recipe variations I have uses ingredients like maple syrup, caramel sauce, and peppermint candies because they bring ingredients that will keep your coffee syrup from crystallizing. If you make your own recipe and don’t add in anything processed using only natural flavor or spice, try adding a wee bit of corn syrup, lemon juice, or cream of tartar to your syrup right before you pour it into your bottles to help solve your crystallizing problems.
- Be sure to shake the spice flavor before you use it as the spice likes to settle.
How long will homemade coffee syrup last?
You can keep your Homemade Coffee Syrups for about 2 weeks in the fridge. If you want them to last a little longer, adding a tablespoon of vodka (to kill the bacteria) extends the life to about 1 month–still in the fridge. If you do that, you may want to label that bottle “Adults Only”.
How do you store homemade coffee syrup?
Refrigerate your coffee syrups to limit bacteria growth. You want delicious coffee syrups–not a middle school science experiment.
How can you tell if homemade syrup is bad?
When it comes to homemade coffee syrup, there are a few signs to look out for to determine if it has gone bad. Here are just af ew ways to tell if the coffee syrup has gone bad.
- Mold or funky smell: If you notice any signs of mold growth or an unpleasant odor coming from the syrup, it’s a clear indication that it has gone bad and should not be consumed.
- Off color or texture: If the syrup appears discolored or has an unusual texture, such as clumps or separation, it is best to discard it as it may have spoiled.
- Taste test: If the syrup tastes off, sour, or has an unpleasant flavor, it is likely past its prime and should not be used.
To make a Sugar-Free Coffee Syrup:
Use Truvia Baking Blend as an exact swap out for the sugar. I have successfully made this recipe sugar-free many times with this swap out. I have heard from readers that Splenda and coconut sugar also works well.
To Use Homemade Syrups in and Iced Coffee:
To use these homemade coffee syrups in an iced coffee, follow these simple steps:
- Brew a fresh cup of your favorite coffee and let it cool. You can use your preferred method of brewing, such as drip coffee, French press, or cold brew.
- Fill a glass with ice cubes, leaving enough room for the coffee and syrup.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of your desired homemade coffee syrup to the glass, adjusting the amount based on your preference for sweetness.
- Pour the cooled coffee into the glass, leaving a little space at the top.
- Stir well to mix the syrup and coffee together.
Let’s stop a moment and talk about the containers…
You don’t have to pay a fortune for fancy pants. These are from 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. Amazon does have a version…this Olive Oil Dispenser … that is similar to them, a bit more expensive. But…an option.
This is my basic homemade coffee syrup recipe and made to my preference. I add about 2-3 tablespoons of coffee syrup to our perfect lattes (how to make a perfect stovetop latte HERE!) or cold-brew. Of course, that’s because I like my coffee with less coffee and more sugar. Create your coffee syrups the way YOU like them.
You have the basic coffee syrup recipe, now go make it awesome!
The next cookie and coffee date can be at your house!
Homemade Coffee Syrup Recipe
- 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
- Put ingredients into a heavy saucepan (this will help it not boil over as easily!).
- Bring to gentle boil, stirring often. (watch carefully that it doesn't boil over!)If it starts to boil over simply pull it off the heat until it calms down.
- Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Cool before putting into a container.
- Caramel variation: add caramel sauce after water comes to a boil.
- Peppermint variation: add peppermints with water and sugar, stir often.
- Warm spice variation: add spices after water has come to boil.
- Maple Vanilla variation: add syrup with sugar and water, add vanilla after water comes to a boil.