DIY Coffee Syrups

I often joke that I need some “decaf project fuel” before I start my next project. I mostly make coffee at home because I only have decaf and can’t handle too many artificial sweeteners. I mostly stick to black coffee, but decided a year ago to try making some homemade coffee syrups to keep on hand as a treat, and they turned out delicious.

The nice thing about making your own coffee syrups is you have complete control of how sweet they are. They are also a lot more natural, and fairly simple to make. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Simple Syrup: This is an easy 1:1 mixture of sugar and water boiled on low until the sugar dissolves. This is great to keep on hand for just adding sweetness. I like adding this to iced coffee because you don’t have to worry about the sugar not melting. I usually mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar whisking on low for about 10ish minutes and then pour into a glass pump container. I store this at room temperature.
  • Vanilla Syrup: I first make the simple syrup, but then add a tablespoon on vanilla extract at the end. I don’t boil the vanilla down into the syrup. Store at room temperature.

  • Cinnamon Syrup: Start with simple syrup and add a teaspoon of cinnamon at the end. Note that the cinnamon doesn’t dissolve so your bottle will need to be shaken every so often. Store at room temperature.
  • Pumpkin spice syrup: The most complex of them all, but so worth it for a better than coffee shop latte: Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup pumpkin puree, 3/4 cup water, and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and whisk on low for about 10 minutes until it thickens. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. Shake jar before each use.

So there you have it! Now you can go be your own barista!

Published by Bonitabyrachel

I'm Rachel! An avid DIYer, crafter, & maker. I love diving in and trying new things. I live in Indiana with my husband Dylan & our sweet dog Hoss. When I'm not building, you can find me caring for my plants, cooking a yummy meal, or painting some watercolors. Thanks for joining my DIY journey!

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