Homemade Coffee Syrup

These homemade coffee syrups only require a few easy ingredients, are easy to make, and make your coffee (or hot chocolatetaste 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!

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.

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These homemade coffee syrups only require a few easy ingredients, are easy to make, and make your coffee (or hot chocolatetaste 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!

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 coffee 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.

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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, stirring often.
  • Add any flavor add-ins or extracts.
  • Simmer on low.
  • 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 do homemade coffee syrups 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”.

Does homemade coffee syrup need to be refrigerated?

Definitely! Refrigerate your coffee syrups to limit bacteria growth. You want delicious coffee syrups–not a middle school science experiment.

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.

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

| 16 servings
Prep Time | 5 mins
Cook Time | 20 mins
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These homemade coffee syrups only require a few easy ingredients, are easy to make, and make your coffee taste amazing. You'll never buy flavored syrups or creamers for your coffee again.


Basic Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Caramel variation: ½ 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 ¼ cup maple syrup
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  • 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.

Flavor variations:

  • 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.



Serving size is 1 tablespoon.
Nutrition is for the basic recipe before flavor additions.


Calories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 12gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 12gCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg

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149 thoughts on “Homemade Coffee Syrup”

    1. i made the caramel syrup, but it is very thick.. i let it cool down in the saucepan before i transferred it to my mason jar to store it and pour it..but it was a very thick consistency. i am not able to pour it out very smooth.. does anyone know what i did wrong and what i can do to make it more watery, more pourable? thank you in advance :)

  1. Laura (Lolli) Franklin

    I'm not a coffee drinker (I know. I know!)....but I'm totally curious about trying these in hot chocolate. I bet they'd be fantastic!

    1. I bet they would! I make another version for "soda". We put them into carbonated water and the kids get to flavor their own sodas while I control the sugar content :).

  2. I love coffee, I mean I drink it all the time (usually only in mornings that is). I just might need to make this stuff!

  3. tammie morgenstern

    I like French Vanilla and out of all the homemade creamer's I've tried to make I just can't seem to get the French Vanilla flavor I like. I'm not fond of all the preservatives in store bought creamers, they have too much sugar (I'm pre-diabetic & I'm into using stevia because I don't like saccharin and they have found that saccharin & equal is just not healthy for you),and there sugar free ones have too much fat, and they are way too expensive..This looks and sounds better for me along with good ole milk than the alternative. Any suggestions?

    1. Are you looking for a coffee creamer? I'm thinking that's what you are asking but making sure. We are currently working on a couple recipes and hope to get some out soon. A sugar-free one is in process. Fingers crossed. I am really, really not fond of the substitutions for sugar. We are anti-plastic, preservatives, and chemicals!

        1. We haven't. This is a simple syrup...which is sugar and water and a chemical reaction. We just aren't positive that anything else will work. Try it, and let us know the results!

          1. Hi there! I have a diabetic boyfriend, and I tried making this syrup (from your soda syrup post) last night with stevia (SweetLeaf brand), so I wanted to inform you of the results. Stevia "syrup" doesn't thicken like a sugar syrup would. I have read that if you try making it from the leaves themselves, it will work. If using the powdered kind, perhaps adding a little cornstarch or gelatin pre-boiling would do the trick. In my case, the thickness isn't an issue since it's going into club soda anyway:)

            Thanks for the simple yet clever recipes!

          2. Abigail,

            Thanks so much for letting us know your results! It's so helpful to have other people test out variations so we all can know!

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