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Brown sugar syrup made at home: simple and convenient!

Brown sugar syrup made at home: simple and convenient!

Are you looking for a great alternative to sweeten your coffee? Use variant of a simple syrup like our brown sugar syrup. It can be a welcome change to your daily sugar, honey, maple syrup, or one of the other sweeteners out there and greatly improve your coffee experience!

What is brown sugar syrup?

Brown sugar syrup is a liquid sweetener made with just 2 ingredients: brown sugar and water. It’s a simple syrup to make.

The brown sugar is dissolved into hot water, creating a liquid sugar, making it easy to add to multiple drinks, especially iced beverages.

The syrup can be used in iced and hot drinks like coffee and tea.

Brown sugar syrup is popular in Starbucks coffee drinks and from other great chains as well.

How is brown syrup made?

The brown sugar, you can opt for lighter or darker brown sugar, is dissolved in hot water. This creates a liquid sugar that’s convenient to add to your drinks, like coffee in our case, but also iced beverages, tea, and so on.

The liquid brown syrup will blend more easily into your drinks. With regular sugar, you must put it into the cup and stir it until it’s fully mixed. Convenient, so you won’t have any sugar parts left when you empty the cup.

The advantage of brown sugar is you can have a caramel taste in it. You can vary between lighter and darker brown sugars as well. The more molasses it contains, the more dominant the caramel flavor will be.


You’ll need equal parts of brown sugar and water, the sugar-to-water ratio is 1:1.

  • Brown sugar: You can opt for any brown sugar you like: light, medium, and dark brown is okay. Just know that the darker the color, the darker the syrup color.
  • Water: you can use regular water but if you can use filtered water, be sure to opt for that as it will increase your (coffee) experience this way.


  1. Take a saucepan, add the brown sugar and water to it, and heat it.
  2. Stir until all of the sugar is dissolved in the water.
  3. Turn out the heat and let the liquid cool down.
  4. Pour the syrup into an airtight container

Where or how to use brown sugar syrup?

You can use brown sugar syrup with drinks like coffee and tea. It pairs better with darker-colored drinks because of the brown and darker color.

You can add it to chai lattes, milk tea, or your coffee from dark roasted coffee beans.

How long does brown syrup last?

When stored in an airtight container and the fridge, the brown sugar syrup will last for about 20 days, up to 3 weeks. Try and consume it within the 7 days, as you will have the best of it then. The longer you wait, the more it will downgrade of course. You can always quickly make a new batch if needed.

How can you enhance your brown sugar syrup?

There are multiple ways, you can add some extracts to it like vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, and so on, but generally, we don’t do this. If you want a more caramelized taste, go for a darker brown sugar, as they contain more molasses in it.

Wrapping up

Making yourself a bottle of brown sugar syrup isn’t all that hard. You’ll need equal portions of water and brown sugar and blend them together. You don’t need to heat things up, but this will make it better in taste and dissolve better. you can store it for up to 3 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge. Now you’re prepared for that extra touch in your coffee or other favorite beverages!


What is brown sugar syrup made of?

Brown sugar syrup is made of 2 equal parts of water and brown sugar. You bring them together in a saucepan and heat them. Stir the sugar until it is fully dissolved into the hot water. Turn off the heat and let it cool down. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Is brown sugar syrup the same as brown sugar?

No. It’s a liquid version of solid brown sugar. It’s simple syrup and made with equal parts of water and brown sugar. The darker the brown sugar, the more likely it will have more notes of caramel in it.

Do you need to boil the water?

No, it can be used to attract more caramel notes but you don’t need to heat everything for a perfect blend. It will require a bit more work though to stir the brown sugar and water together.

Can I use brown sugar instead of syrup?

Yes of course. You’ll have to stir it more to make sure everything is mixed into your coffee. The use of syrups makes this process more convenient as you don’t need to stir until everything is dissolved.

Enjoy your coffee!