17 Flavored Simple Syrup Recipes

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From brown sugar to cinnamon, these simple syrup recipes are easy to make from scratch at home.

6 different syrups in glass bottles.

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Homemade Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener made of water and sugar. Sugar is dissolved in water to create liquid sugar. They’re great to use in iced drinks since it can be mixed into cold beverages easily, unlike sugar which will sink to the bottom of the cup.

Flavored simple syrups are made by adding ingredients to change the taste. For example, adding vanilla extract to sugar and water creates vanilla syrup.

They’re incredibly quick and easy to make at home with just 2-3 ingredients, taking about 5 minutes. If you can heat water on the stovetop, you can make your own simple syrup.

It’s easy to store syrups the refrigerator, so make a batch and use it to flavor and sweeten hot and iced drinks.

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17 Simple Syrup Recipes

1. Brown Sugar Syrup

Brown sugar syrup in a glass bottle.
For a deeper flavor profile, make simple syrup with brown sugar instead of white. It will add a tasty caramelized flavor to your drinks.
You can use brown sugar simple syrup in both hot and iced drinks. It's especially useful in cold drinks, as the liquid consistency will easily dissolve. To elevate the flavor even more, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the 4-minute recipe.
Ingredients: Brown sugar, water

2. Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup

Brown sugar cinnamon syrup in a glass bottle.
With this 3-ingredient cinnamon simple syrup, you can flavor and sweeten drinks at the same time. The flavor comes from cinnamon sticks, which are simmered in sugar and water then taken out. This infuses the syrup with a spicy and warm taste.
It's especially delicious in drinks made with pumpkin, chocolate, or vanilla.
Ingredients: Water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks

3. Vanilla Syrup

Vanilla simple syrup in a glass bottle.
A quick 5-minute recipe, this vanilla simple syrup is so easy to prepare at home on the stovetop. It's flavored with vanilla extract, which is added at the very end. This ensures the heating process doesn't cook off the flavor.
Since vanilla pairs well with many ingredients, you'll find yourself using this syrup often. See how to make it with just 3 ingredients.
Ingredients: Water, sugar, vanilla extract

4. Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate syrup in a glass bottle.
A rich and decadent recipe, this chocolate simple syrup takes 10 minutes to make from start to finish. It combines a basic simple syrup made of water and sugar with cocoa powder, which adds a delicious chocolate flavor.
For the best taste, use a high-quality cocoa powder without extra ingredients or additives.
Ingredients: Water, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract

5. Lavender Syrup

See how to make lavender simple syrup with this easy 3-ingredient recipe.
Add lavender syrup to iced tea, lemonade, and coffee drinks for a tasty floral flavor.
Ingredients: Water, sugar, dried lavender

6. Hibiscus Syrup

Elevate your drinks with this 3-ingredient hibiscus syrup. It's the perfect combination of floral and sweet and it's easy to make a batch at home in less than 10 minutes.
Ingredients: Water, sugar, hibiscus tea bags

7. Strawberry Syrup

Strawberry syrup is a fruity simple syrup made with sugar, water, and fresh strawberries. It’s quick and easy to make at home.
From plain milk to iced tea, almost any drink will taste better with this homemade strawberry syrup.
Ingredients: Water, white sugar, fresh strawberries

8. Sugar Cookie Syrup

Sugar cookie syrup in a glass bottle.
Add sugar cookie syrup into your coffee or tea to give your drink flavors of a classic sugar cookie with notes of sugar, butter, and vanilla. 
This recipe uses a few simple ingredients, including water, 2 types of sugar, and flavored extracts. It tastes just like the one at Starbucks. 
Ingredients: Water, sugar, dark brown sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, butter extract

9. Gingerbread Syrup

Gingerbread syrup is a delicious way to sweeten up your day. The warm, sweet, and spicy flavors bring back memories of the holidays and biting into fresh gingerbread cookies.
Use this tasty syrup in drinks and to add a festive flavor to pancakes or French toast in place of maple syrup.
Ingredients: Water, dark brown sugar, allspice berries, fresh ginger

10. Pumpkin Spice Sauce

Pumpkin spice sauce in a jar.
Make your own pumpkin spice latte at home with this easy homemade pumpkin spice sauce that’s ready in 7 minutes! The sauce is a liquid sweetener that’s made with pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin puree.
Pumpkin spice sauce is different from pumpkin spice syrup in that it’s thicker and contains dairy.
Ingredients: Water, pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla extract

11. Mint Syrup

Mint syrup in a glass bottle.
Turn any drink into a minty treat with this 3-ingredient mint syrup.
A simple syrup infused with peppermint tea, peppermint tea bags or loose peppermint tea can be used.
Ingredients: Water, sugar, loose peppermint tea

12. Rose Syrup

Floral and sweet, this simple syrup is infused with food-grade dried rose petals.
The syrup will enhance many types of drinks and it's especially tasty in matcha lattes, as the sweetness can help tone down the more earthy flavors.
Ingredients: Water, sugar, dried rose petals

13. Butterfly Pea Flower Syrup

Butterfly pea flower tea is a caffeine-free infusion that gives this syrup a vegetal flavor and pretty blue color.
The blue syrup turns purple when poured into lemonade.
Ingredients: Butterfly pea flower tea, sugar, water

14. Honey Syrup

Honey syrup in a glass bottle.
Honey, a popular natural sweetener for coffee and tea, can be difficult to mix into iced drinks. This syrup is the simple solution to that problem! It combines honey with water, which dilutes the honey and makes it easier to stir.
Ingredients: Water, honey

15. Lemon Syrup

Add a little sweetness and burst of brightness to tea, iced and hot, with homemade lemon syrup. 
Ingredients: Lemon juice, sugar, lemon zest

16. Ginger Syrup

This homemade ginger syrup is a bold and lively sweetener for iced drinks like iced tea and lemonade. Fresh ginger gives this simple syrup a warming sweet and spicy flavor.
Ingredients: Fresh ginger, sugar, water

17. Peach Syrup

All you need is 3 ingredients to make this tasty peach simple syrup. It uses real peaches for the best color and flavor.
Enjoy this quick peach syrup in tea, lemonade, and sparkling water.
Ingredients: Water, diced peaches, sugar

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17 Flavored Simple Syrup Recipes

By: Jee Choe
From brown sugar to cinnamon, these flavored simple syrups are easy to make, including this Brown Sugar Syrup below.
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup brown sugar


  • Put brown sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer. Take off heat and cool.
    Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.
  • Pour syrup into an airtight container.
    The syrup will keep for 3 weeks in the refrigerator.


Calories: 78Carbohydrates: 20gProtein: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 27mgSugar: 20gCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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