If you’re anything like me, we could all use a little extra sweetness and flavor in our morning cup of joe. That's where this delightful Homemade Vanilla Syrup comes in! This super easy-to-make vanilla simple syrup requires just 3 ingredients and is about to become your new barista best friend.
Homemade vanilla coffee syrup is quite possibly the easiest way to enhance your at-home coffee station. With just three simple ingredients and only a matter of minutes, you can create a lovely addition to your morning routine or for entertaining guests. All you need is sugar, water, and vanilla extract.
Once made, it can be used to sweeten and flavor a wide range of coffee drinks, from iced coffee and iced matchas to lattes and cappuccinos. You can also adjust the amount of syrup you use to suit your taste preferences, making it easy to create your perfect cup of caffeinated goodness.
As if that weren't enough to love, this simple vanilla syrup can be stored in the fridge for several weeks, so true coffee shop flavor is never far from reach. So, are you ready to save some money and satisfy your sweet tooth? Let's dive in!
- What is vanilla simple syrup?
- What does vanilla coffee syrup taste like?
- Why You’ll Love This Vanilla Coffee Syrup Recipe
- Ingredients Needed
- How To Make Vanilla Syrup
- Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
- Serving Suggestions
- Recipe Success Tips
- Nutritional Info
- Other Coffee Syrup Recipes
- Vanilla Simple Syrup
What is vanilla simple syrup?
Vanilla simple syrup is a warmly-flavored simple syrup (which is just equal parts sugar and water). It's used to add a delicious vanilla flavor to coffee, tea, and cocktails, as well as tasty baked goods and sweetened whipped cream.
Because it's a liquid sweetener, this DIY vanilla syrup is great for adding directly to iced coffee because it blends in seamlessly, unlike plain sugar which has a tendency to sink to the bottom of your glass. Oh, and the best part? It's super easy to make at home, so there's no need to splurge on a fancy bottle of coffee syrup at the store.
What does vanilla coffee syrup taste like?
Imagine the warm, comforting embrace of a cozy blanket, combined with the enchanting aroma of freshly-baked cookies. That's the taste sensation of this vanilla syrup recipe. It’s sweet, smooth, and comforting, making it the ideal way to start your day (or overcome your afternoon slump).
Why You’ll Love This Vanilla Coffee Syrup Recipe
This homemade vanilla coffee syrup recipe is simply amazing because it's:
- Quick & Easy - This incredibly easy-to-make recipe will take just 5 minutes of active time. It doesn't get any easier than that!
- Budget-Friendly - It's far more affordable than store-bought options, plus it doesn't have any of the weird additives. The last time I went to the store, a small bottle of vanilla syrup cost over $7. This homemade version costs less than a buck.
- Easily Customizable - Feel free to add your own spin on things by swapping in different sweeteners or adding other herbs and spices.
- Versatile - It's perfect for flavoring not just coffee, but also tea, cocktails, and desserts!
To create this heavenly vanilla syrup for coffee, you'll need:
- Sugar - Plain white granulated sugar has a perfectly neutral flavor, letting vanilla take center stage.
- Water - Try and use filtered water for the best, cleanest taste.
- Vanilla Extract - Go for 100% pure vanilla extract for the purest, best flavor.
You can easily customize this vanilla simple syrup recipe to suit what you have on hand. Here are a few substitution ideas:
- Sugar - Feel free to swap in light or dark brown sugar for more of a caramelly taste. You can also use organic cane sugar, piloncillo, jaggery, maple syrup, agave, honey, or the sugar substitute of your choice!
- Vanilla Extract - If you want to get fancy and make proper vanilla bean syrup, swap out the vanilla extract for a split vanilla pod. Note that you can make your expensive vanilla pod go further by scraping out the beans and using them to make vanilla sugar, vanilla salt, or any other recipe you want to add the warming flavor of vanilla to. You’re also welcome to use an equal amount of vanilla paste or vanilla powder, or use half as much ground vanilla bean instead!
How To Make Vanilla Syrup
Creating your own DIY vanilla syrup is as easy as 1-2-3:
Step 1: Make Simple Syrup by combining the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Step 2: Add Vanilla. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
Step 3: Cool & Store. Allow the syrup to cool, then transfer it to a glass bottle or jar for storage.
And that's it! Now you know how to make your own simple vanilla syrup for coffee at home.
Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
This vanilla coffee syrup recipe can easily be tailored to fit your needs or preferences. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Create an organic vanilla syrup by using organic sugar and pure organic vanilla extract.
- Transform it into your own customized flavored simple syrup by adding other extracts like almond, hazelnut, or peppermint, or by steeping other flavor-makers like citrus rinds, food-grade lavender or rose buds, fresh herbs, whole spices in it.
- Make a sugar-free vanilla syrup by swapping in a cup-for-cup sugar alternative, or using the sweetener of your choice.
You can use your vanilla coffee syrup in a variety of ways (not just for coffee!):
- Add it to your coffee or espresso for a tasty caffeinated treat.
- Mix it into your tea, hot chocolate, or any other iced beverage (including cocktails and mocktails) for a boost of flavorful sweetness.
- Drizzle it over pancakes, waffles, or French toast for a delightful twist on maple syrup.
- Mix it with cream or half-n-half to make your own homemade vanilla coffee creamer.
- Stir it into oatmeal or plain yogurt for some flavorful interest.
- Drizzle it over cake layers to keep them moist.
- Use it for chocolate or pumpkin cold foam!
Recipe Success Tips
Here are some tips to ensure your homemade vanilla syrup turns out perfectly every time:
- Always use a clean jar for storage to ensure your syrup stays fresh. Better yet, invest in a squeeze bottle with a lid to make it easier to use.
- Store your vanilla simple syrup in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life.
- Give your syrup a good shake before using it to ensure the vanilla flavor is evenly distributed.
- If you prefer a thicker syrup, reduce the water content slightly, or simmer the syrup longer to achieve the desired consistency. You can also make what is known as a "rich syrup" by using a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water. If you do, this has the added benefit of extending the shelf life!
Typically speaking, yes. That said, this is your rodeo, so feel free to use the sweetener of your choice.
If you are using pure vanilla extract, then yes, it will have a nominal amount of alcohol. To make a completely alcohol-free version, simply swap in a scraped vanilla pod and let it steep for an hour before using. Feel free to leave the pod in there during storage, too!
If you are here in the US, make sure you use organic sugar to ensure that it’s vegan-friendly. It should be gluten-free no matter what! (Although, if you use flour in your kitchen, there’s a chance your sugar might have some cross-contamination.)
Yes, all good things must come to an end. If you make regular-strength vanilla syrup using a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water, it should keep well in the fridge for up to a month. If you make a rich syrup (using a 2:1 ratio), the shelf life should be extended to about 6-8 weeks. You can also freeze your vanilla syrup (in ice cubes, if you want!) for up to 6 months.
Yes, it should be refrigerated or frozen when not in use to prevent mold from growing.
It sure does! Sweet and cozy FTW.
Add the vanilla syrup to your coffee at any point after brewing.
If you make this vanilla simple syrup for coffee using the recipe below, you can expect each serving to have 65 calories and 17 grams of carbs (all of which are from the sugar). Note that if you use alternative sweeteners (e.g. brown sugar or stevia), the nutritional values are subject to change.
Total nutritional content per serving is:
- Calories: 65 calories
- Carbohydrates: 17 grams
- Sugar: 17 grams
*This nutritional information is an estimate and calculated based on the ingredients used to create the recipe. The nutritional value of your ingredients may differ slightly. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
Other Coffee Syrup Recipes
Vanilla Simple Syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium and whisk until the sugar is dissolved (about 3-4 minutes).
- Remove the saucepan from heat, and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Allow to cool slightly, then pour into a bottle or mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.