Vanilla Simple Syrup
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vanilla simple syrup

A vanilla simple syrup that you can make with just a few ingredients to flavor your coffee, tea, sodas, and cocktails. A must-have staple in your kitchen.

If you, like me, enjoy vanilla syrup in your coffee or tea beverages, this simple homemade vanilla simple syrup recipe is for you.

When you see how to make vanilla syrup, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make them earlier.

Believe me, this simple vanilla syrup recipe only needs 3-4 ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry. If you want to get fancy, you can use vanilla pods or vanilla paste too.

The best part is that making vanilla syrup is such a simple process that you can have it ready to add to your favorite tea or coffee in less than 5 minutes.

Plus, this recipe can yield a larger quantity that can be stored in the fridge and used over again and again.

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The Best Way To Sweeten and Flavor Drinks

Bottled syrup for coffee and tea, such as the ones you see in every Starbucks counter, is actually dissolved sugar and flavoring.

Though Starbucks ‘Classic Syrup’ is only a sweetener, flavoring syrups such as vanilla, cinnamon, or caramel are also available.

Starbucks’ line of naturally flavored syrups can fully transform a plain cup of coffee or tea. Just about any beverage really.

And, what’s so great about homemade syrup is that they are liquid sweeteners. You’ll never have to sip and gulp a chunk of sugar again. You can simply use cane sugar or any sugar substitutes with added flavor to make this.

Ideas for Flavored Simple Syrups

lavender syrup
  • Lavender Simple Syrup: I wish I could just sit here and enjoy this tasty syrup. I can see drizzling this over Earl Gray tea or brushing it on a lemon cake.
  • Cinnamon Syrup: I can feel autumn around the corner when adding this into my coffee and making a cinnamon latte, my fall favorite caramel apple spice, or just in warmed milk.

Flavored simple syrups make a great addition for making beverages and cocktails. Just experiment and you will discover many delicious flavors you can create.  

vanilla syrup over ice in glass

Uses for Vanilla Syrup

How To Make Vanilla Simple Syrup

Tools used: Saucepan, Mason Jars, Syrup Pump, Glass Measuring Cups, Measuring Cup, Silicone Spatula

Servings: 1 ½ Cups | Course: Sweetener | Cuisine: American


Prep: 1 minutes | Cook: 4 minutes

vanilla simple syrup

Time needed: 5 minutes.


  1. In a saucepan, add in the water, sugar, and vanilla. Stir until the sugar dissolves over medium heat, then bring the mixture to a simmer for around 3-4 minutes without stirring. Don’t bring it to a boil. (it will start to caramelize)

    making vanilla simple syrup

  2. Allow cooling completely before storing in a clean mason jar in the refrigerator. It can be stored for up to 3 months. Can also leave out a room temperature for up to a month.

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  • Color of syrup: Just keep in mind if you are using cane sugar the syrup would be more clear and if you are using brown sugar such as Sugar in the Raw it will be more amber in color.   
  • Vanilla Bean Paste: Use 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste and 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract. Allow the sugar to dissolve in water first before adding the vanilla bean paste. 
  • Vanilla Bean Pod: With a knife scrape the vanilla bean out of the pod. Then, add the pod and scraped vanilla bean with the water and sugar. Let it cool and then strain.

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