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 when you have this coffee syrup recipe.
We also have a great recipe for a homemade mocha syrup that you should try!
This is a coffee syrup recipe that in its most basic form uses only 2 ingredients. However, we have included recipes for our favorite four coffee syrup flavors: Maple Vanilla, Caramel, Warm Spice, and Peppermint. Soooo easy and tasty!
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.
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. Be sure to shake this one before you use it as the spice likes to settle.
- Vanilla. My personal favorite is to simply add a bit of good quality vanilla.
How to make the homemade coffee syrup:
- Add ingredients into a heavy saucepan (this will help it not boil over as easily!).
- Bring to gentle boil, stirring often.
- Add any flavor add-ins.
- Simmer on low.
- Cool before putting into a 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.
- Store in the fridge for about a week.
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 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. Amazon does have a version…this Olive Oil Dispenser … that is similar to them, a bit more expensive. But…an option.
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.
These are 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!). 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! Next cookie and coffee date can be at your house!