I love flavored syrups in my coffee but hate the price when buying them. Getting a flavored coffee or latte at Starbucks is expensive, and buying a bottle of flavored syrup for my coffee isn’t honestly that much cheaper. The last time i bought a large bottle of flavored coffee syrup in Bangkok where I live, it was the equivalent of $13. That’s when I decided I needed to learn how to make my own homemade coffee syrup. So, I did some research, did a few test runs, and soon came up with a way to make homemade syrup that, with various flavorings, tastes as good as the store bought stuff and better.
If you, like me, hate to spend what I call “stupid money” on a bottle of flavored coffee syrup, then give this recipe for homemade coffee syrup a try. You can add just about any flavor to it – vanilla, hazelnut, butterscotch, peach, chocolate – the sky really is the limit, and the taste is lovely. And, at only around $4 a bottle, it’s a cheap alternative to the gourmet stuff.
The ingredients for making homemade flavored coffee syrup couldn’t be any more basic. To make a large bottle (around the same size as the store bought version) all you need is:
4 cups of brown sugar (you can use white, but I like the nuttier flavor of the brown)
3 cups of water
a bottle of whatever artificial flavoring you like
1. Put the sugar and water in a large saucepan and slowly bring to the boil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
2. When the sugar mixture has boiled, turn your stove down to a simmer and continue to stir the mixture for another 3-4 minutes. This will give the sugar mixture time to thicken slightly although, don’t worry, it won’t suddenly go thick and stodgy.
3. Once thickened, take the pan off the stove and add 4 tablespoons of the flavoring you like – vanilla, raspberry, peach, caramel, butterscotch – pretty much anything you can buy an artificial flavoring for. Remember too, you can mix flavors – caramel peach is delicious as is raspberry mint and chocolate mint. (I always add the flavoring at the end and not while the syrup is cooking, as that seems to keep the taste stronger than if you add it while still cooking).
4. Allow the now flavored coffee syrup to cool and, when lukewarm, put it in a bottle and place in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. It will keep for 2-3 weeks if refrigerated, long enough to drink it in about 50 cups of coffee, lattes or americanos.
5. Another great combination you might want to try is vanilla cinnamon, but with a cinnamon stick instead of the powdered version. In this case, add the stick to the sugar mixture while cooking, as the cinnamon flavor is much richer that way.
6. Although technically a flavored ‘coffee syrup’, I also use it in sparkling water as it tastes like an Italian soda. Lovely.
This is such an easy and cheap way to make homemade flavored coffee syrup, I’m amazed anyone still buys their own.