Brown Sugar Syrup

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Brown Sugar Syrup has a delicate yet rich flavor that makes for a great sweetener in iced or hot coffee! In less than 10 minutes, you’ll have a month’s supply of tasty syrup ready to go. 

Brown sugar syrup in a small glass jar.
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There is nothing better than getting your day started with a cup of iced or hot coffee! For most people, it is a necessity. Brown sugar syrup is a delicious way to switch up a plain cup of coffee and give it some personality.

It can be so expensive to go to the coffee shop and get a fancy brown sugar oat milk latte, so being able to make one at home is a lifesaver! Not to mention, it only takes 4 ingredients and a few minutes to make. I usually double or triple the recipe so that I have enough syrup to last a few weeks.

The vanilla extract and ground cinnamon are what give this syrup its warm, sweet flavor and the brown sugar helps amplify the sweetness. If you are looking for a quick, inexpensive way to take your coffee to the next level then you have to try this simple brown sugar syrup!

Golden spoon of brown sugar syrup over a small glass jar.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It can be made with a few ingredients and saved for up to a month.
  • Has a sweet, delicate, and subtle taste.
  • Can be used to make your favorite drinks.

Recipe Ingredients

portion bowls with text labels for each ingredient to make brown sugar syrup.
  • Brown Sugar—Gives the syrup a subtle, caramel-like flavor. You can use light or dark.
  • Water—To help dissolve the sugar and provide a smooth syrup. 
  • Vanilla Extract— Enhances the sweet brown sugar.
  • Ground Cinnamon—For a warm contrast to the richness of the brown sugar.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup 

Brown sugar syrup in progress in a sauce pan.

Step #1. In a large pot, stir all of the ingredients together until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Brown sugar syrup in progress in a sauce pan.

Step #2. Continue cooking the mixture until it begins to foam and bubble. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe FAQs

How can I thicken my brown sugar syrup?

Brown sugar syrup is not meant to be extremely thick as it is used to sweeten liquids. That being said, to get the proper consistency, ensure that you use exactly equal parts of brown sugar and water. Other than that, this brown sugar syrup will naturally start to thicken as it is heated and cools.

Is brown sugar syrup the same as maple syrup?

These two syrups are quite different. Brown sugar syrup has more of a caramel flavor and is made from cane sugar. Maple syrup has more of a vanilla and almost nutty flavor. Maple syrup is often used as a substitute for sweeteners in cooking. Brown sugar syrup can be used for breakfast foods but is most commonly used as a sweetener in coffee.

Why is syrup used in coffee?

Syrups like this are an easy way to add flavor to your coffee and act as a sweetener. It is important to add the syrup to your coffee before adding any milk or creamer to ensure it is evenly distributed throughout the drink. Many coffee shops including Starbucks are well known for using different flavors of syrup to make their coffee drinks. Simple brown sugar syrups like this are especially popular, and it’s not hard to see why! 

Brown sugar syrup in a small glass jar.

Expert Tips

  • The vanilla extract and ground cinnamon are optional, but add an amazing depth of flavor you don’t want to miss out on.
  • It is not necessary to stir the whole time the syrup is cooking! Stir until the sugar is dissolved and give it a quick stir every once in a while until it has started to foam, then take it off the heat. 
  • Depending on how flavored you like your coffee, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of syrup for your drink.
  • Keep in mind that dark brown sugar will give you a more rich and deep flavor, whereas light brown sugar will have a more soft and subtle taste.

How to Serve and Store Brown Sugar Syrup

Brown sugar syrup is most commonly used to sweeten coffee. You can make a variety of delicious drinks with this sweet syrup. Some drinks you can try are an iced latte, brown sugar oat milk latte, cold brew coffee, or a brown sugar cappuccino. Although it is not as common, you can definitely use this syrup for breakfast foods as well! You can drizzle it over pancakes, waffles, eggs, or as a syrup for French toast casserole! This syrup can also be used as a sweetener in smoothies or Italian sodas. 

You can store brown sugar syrup in your fridge for up to a month so you can have a delicious, sweet coffee whenever you want! There is no need to reheat your syrup, you can grab it straight from the fridge and use it. 

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Brown sugar syrup in a small glass jar.
5 from 2 votes

Brown Sugar Syrup

Brown Sugar Syrup is perfect for sweetening both iced and hot coffee. It can be made in under 10 minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large pot, stir all of the ingredients together over medium heat until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  • Once all of the sugar has dissolved, continue cooking the mixture until it begins to foam and bubble, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • This makes about 1 cup of sugar syrup.
  • You can store your brown sugar syrup in the fridge for up to a month.
  • You can use this syrup hot straight from the pot, or cold straight from the fridge.
  • Brown sugar syrup is traditionally used as a sweetener in coffee.
  • The cinnamon adds a nice warm co trash to the rich sweetness of the brown sugar.
  • You can use both light and brown sugar in this recipe.


Serving: 4 Tablespoons, Calories: 107kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 0.04g, Fat: 0.003g, Saturated Fat: 0.001g, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 38mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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