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Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup: With only a few ingredients, you can make delicious homemade vanilla syrup to flavor your coffee, tea, sodas, and cocktails.

Adding vanilla coffee syrup to a glass of iced coffee

MAKING FLAVORED COFFEE AT HOME: SO EASY!

Guys, I love Starbucks. I really do.

But if I’m being honest, I don’t love forking over five bucks a visit for a latte. I mean – really, it’s just steamed milk and espresso.

Jar adding water to a sauce pot with ingredients for vanilla coffee syrup

I work from home, and if I’m keeping it real, that translates to yoga pants, t-shirts and Birkenstocks until at least 11 am everyday, so making coffee in my own kitchen is totally the way to go.

Milk pouring into a glass of iced coffee

There are lots of flavored syrups you can buy at the store or from Amazon. But what happens if you run out and forget to buy more?

I know I do not want to be left without my iced coffee before I have to get Elle up to get ready for school. I am not about that life.

Pouring vanilla coffee syrup intro a jar

So instead I make my own vanilla syrup at home! Perfect for flavoring both hot or iced coffee and I promise that it couldn’t be easier.

If you make your own cold brew concentrate at home, you can grab your homemade vanilla syrup and have a whole coffee shop experience without getting out of your slippers.

Vanilla coffee syrup in a glass mason jar

HOW TO MAKE VANILLA SYRUP

This vanilla coffee syrup recipe couldn’t be easier to make. It only takes a few simple steps:

  • Boil water, sugar and a vanilla bean for about 5 minutes
  • Add in a little vanilla extract
  • Let it cool, bottle it and store it in the fridge

Milk being poured into a glass of iced coffee with vanilla coffee syrup

You could even make a big batch of this homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup and gift some to any coffee lover in your life! Pour it into a pretty bottle or jar and package it up with some locally roasted coffee for a special gift.

Pouring milk into a glass of iced coffee and vanilla coffee syrup

OTHER WAYS TO USE HOMEMADE VANILLA SYRUP

This vanilla syrup is great for flavoring coffee, but it can do so much more than that!

Stir it into tea or add it to sparkling water for a homemade vanilla soda.

Adding vanilla coffee syrup to a glass of iced coffee

You could even keep a small bottle of it stocked as part of your bar cart. Add it to pineapple vodka for a delicious cocktail, or use it to add some vanilla flavor to holiday wassail.

You could even add a splash to homemade strawberry lemonade.

I know you’ll find all kinds of ways to use this vanilla syrup and it will quickly become a recipe you make over and over.

Glass of vanilla iced coffee with a straw

Adding vanilla coffee syrup to a glass of iced coffee

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup: With only a few ingredients, you can make delicious homemade vanilla syrup to flavor your coffee, tea, sodas, and cocktails.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together water, sugar, and vanilla bean.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
  3. Simmer for about five minutes - the sugar should be completely dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  5. Once simple syrup has cooled, remove the vanilla bean and pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle.
  6. Store in refrigerator.

Notes

  • Homemade vanilla coffee syrup will keep within the refrigerator for about 1 week.

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Joy

Thursday 12th of May 2022

if i split this recipe in half do you think it would affect the consistency?

Jamie

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Hi Joy – This should be fine to divide in half. Happy baking! -Jamie

Kim

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

WOW :) First recipe I tried and i'll stick with it!

Jamie

Monday 18th of April 2022

So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Kim! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your feedback. Happy baking! Jamie

Sandy

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Hi. Can this be stored at room temperature? I'm thinking about making this for work and don't have access to a fridge. Thanks!

Jamie

Thursday 17th of March 2022

Everything I've seen about storing homemade syrups has said to keep them refrigerated, so I have always stored mine in the fridge. You may be able to keep it at room temperature for a couple of days, but I can't really say. Perhaps you can store it in smaller bottles and take just what you need for a day or two at a time. If you try it, let me know how it works for you. Happy baking! -Jamie

Brenda

Thursday 9th of December 2021

I have vanilla bean paste. Can I use this instead? Would you make any changes? Thanks!

Jamie

Saturday 11th of December 2021

Hi Brenda- I haven't tried it with paste, but I think it would be fine. Let me know if you give it a try! -Jamie

Emily

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Have you experimented using Stevia? Wondering if I can substitute for the white and brown sugars? Thank you!

Jamie

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Hi Emily- I have not tried this, but if you do, I'd love to hear how it turns out. -Jamie

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