How to Make Homemade Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

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Add coffee shop flavor to your drinks at home with this easy brown sugar simple syrup! It’s an inexpensive, easy way to add rich caramel flavor to any recipe quickly!

brown sugar simple syrup in a glass bottle.

If you like rich, caramel-like flavors, you’ll love this Caramel Apple Galette. With tart apples and a caramel topping, it’s the perfect celebration of fall. You’ll also love this Butterscotch Pudding Pie, which is sweet and creamy with a heavenly texture!

Why you’ll love this brown sugar simple syrup


This is a classic simple syrup with a little twist! You just need to heat equal parts water and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. After that, you can use this homemade syrup for anything you’d like! It adds a rich brown sugar flavor to your cold brew or coffee and is a great alternative to maple syrup (plus it’s way more affordable).

Think of basic simple syrup as liquid sugar. By using brown sugar instead of regular sugar, you get a deep caramel flavor that tastes so much more delicious than regular white sugar.

Equipment

For this simple syrup recipe, you’ll need a small saucepan, wooden spoon, and an airtight container like a mason jar. It can be helpful to have a narrow funnel for easy pouring.

brown sugar syrup in a glass bottle.

Ingredients

  • Brown sugar: You can use any type of brown sugar: demerara, light brown, or dark brown sugar. They all have molasses that turns this syrup a rich brown color and adds a sweet, caramelly flavor.
  • Water: You’ll dissolve the sugar crystals in water to make your own liquid sweetener. It’s that easy!
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How to Make Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

  1. Pour the brown sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stirring occasionally, heat until the sugar crystals dissolve.
  3. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
  4. Store in a glass jar or bottle in the fridge for up to a month.
  5. Use as desired.
how to make brown sugar simple syrup for cocktails in a glass bottle.

Tips & Variations

  • For thick brown sugar syrup, you’ll want to use a 2:1 ratio of regular brown sugar to water. Simply double the amount of sugar, and you’ll need much less liquid. Plus, this thicker syrup is great over pancakes or French toast!
  • Tweak the flavor! For more complex flavors, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a couple of cinnamon sticks, or even an inch of peeled fresh ginger. These are the perfect way to take this easy brown sugar syrup to the next level.
  • For a richer flavor, use dark brown sugar or you can even add a splash of molasses to sweeten those fall drinks!
  • All out of brown sugar? Make your own brown sugar by mixing white sugar and molasses.

Storage

For best results, store your brown sugar syrup recipe in an airtight container, like a glass bottle, in the fridge for up to a month. 

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Uses for Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

This sweet syrup can be used so many ways! Use it to replace regular simple syrup in any recipe for a deeper flavor with notes of toffee.

  • Stir into coffee drinks for rich flavor and sweetness (I love it in my iced coffee)
  • Make your own cream soda by adding some sparkling water and a splash of cream
  • Add to your favorite bourbon cocktails, like an old fashioned, to mellow out the strong flavor
  • Use as a sweetener for iced tea
  • Sweeten your chai tea
  • Drizzle the runny syrup into your favorite milk tea

FAQs

Can you use brown sugar instead of white sugar for syrup?

Absolutely! In fact, brown sugar adds a rich flavor and notes of caramel to homemade simple syrup. It’ll have a darker brown color than your traditional simple syrup, but it works exactly the same way!

How long does brown sugar simple syrup last?

Simple syrups typically last up to a month in the fridge. Be sure to store your homemade brown sugar syrup in an airtight container, like a glass bottle, to prevent mold or bacteria from growing.

How do you use brown sugar syrup?

Use this easy recipe for a liquid syrup you can use to sweeten your favorite drinks. It can elevate regular hot coffee or be added to your favorite iced or blended drinks. Have fun experimenting with it!

homemade brown sugar syrup for coffee drinks.

Related Recipes

For more sweeteners, syrups, and infusions, try these recipes!

Blackberry Simple Syrup

Lavender Liqueur

Vanilla Maple Syrup

Blueberry Syrup for Cocktails

Earl Grey Simple Syrup

Cardamom Simple Syrup

DIY Cranberry Infused Simple Syrup

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brown sugar simple syrup in a glass bottle.

Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

Add coffee shop flavor to your drinks at home with this easy brown sugar simple syrup! It's an inexpensive, easy way to add rich caramel flavor to any recipe quickly!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, cocktails, coffee, tea
Cuisine American
Servings 12 ounces
Calories 70 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Pour the brown sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Stirring occasionally, heat until the sugar crystals dissolve.
  • Remove from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
  • Store in a glass jar or bottle in the fridge for up to a month.
  • Use as desired.

Notes

The yield for this recipe is approximately 12 ounces (1.5 cups). The nutritional facts are calculated for a 1 ounce serving size.
Store leftover simple syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounceCalories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 0.02gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 24mgSugar: 18gCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword brown sugar, simple syrup
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