Homemade vanilla syrup is one of the easiest and most delicious things you can make in your kitchen. It takes just a few minutes to put together and makes everything from coffee to cocktails taste amazing.
I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would anyone want to make their own vanilla syrup when they can just buy it at the store? But trust me, this stuff is worth the extra effort. It’s so much richer and more flavorful than anything you can buy in a bottle, and it’s really easy to make. Plus, it makes a great gift for friends and family, and it can be made sugar free too.
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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
If you’re like me, then you love anything and everything vanilla. From vanilla ice cream to vanilla tea, I can’t get enough of it. So I decided to make my own homemade vanilla syrup for my coffee and drinks.
And let me tell you, it’s delicious! It’s so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. So if you’re craving some vanilla deliciousness, then give this recipe a try.
- You only need a few ingredients to help you make this sweet and tasty syrup.
- It’s versatile, you can use it for your favorite coffee drinks, delicious cocktail recipes, desserts, ice cream and so much more.
- A great way to make your favorite Starbucks drinks at home, helping you save money and time spent in the long line. By the way have you tried my copycat Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso?
- Better than purchased vanilla syrup – no preservatives or unpronounceable ingredients.
You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this simple vanilla syrup recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to make this homemade vanilla coffee syrup recipe.
- measuring up
- sharp knife
- small pot or saucepan
- airtight container or mason jars
Making your own vanilla syrup is a great way to save money and have control over the ingredients. For vanilla simple syrup, you will need only a hand of basic ingredients that you may already have on hand in your kitchen which can help you avoid a trip to the grocery store.
- water, filtered
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- whole vanilla beans, sliced in half
Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
- water, filtered
- monk fruit
- vanilla beans, sliced in half
HOW TO MAKE THIS VANILLA SYRUP RECIPE
Making a homemade simple syrup like this one is easy. Just follow the steps below and you will have a delicious syrup in no time at all.
STEP 1: ADD WATER AND SWEETENER TO A SMALL PAN
Add water and sweetener to a small saucepan. Stir to combine. Heat on medium-high and stir ingredients until the sweetener or sugar dissolves.
STEP 2: ADD THE VANILLA BEAN
Slice the whole bean in half and scrape the vanilla bean paste off of the bean and add to the water/sugar mix. Place the remaining whole vanilla bean in the saucepan.
STEP 3: SIMMER THE SYRUP
Turn the stovetop to medium heat and cook and stir until the sweetener dissolves. This will take just a couple of minutes.
STEP 4: REMOVE FROM THE HEAT AND ALLOW THE VANILLA BEAN TO STEEP
Remove from heat and let the vanilla bean steep in the syrup while cooling. See all those specks? That is vanilla paste full of favor from the center of vanilla pods.
STEP 5: STRAIN THE SYRUP
Remove vanilla bean and strain syrup with a sieve or cheesecloth over a clean jar. Put back the vanilla bean in the jar if you want to keep adding flavor to the syrup. Additionally, if you don’t mind the vanilla flecks, then it isn’t necessary to strain the syrup.
STEP 6: USE THE VANILLA
Your syrup is ready to add to your favorite beverage. Let the syrup cool to room temperature before placing it in the fridge.
WAYS TO USE HOMEMADE VANILLA SYRUP
Vanilla syrup is great in all sorts of coffee drinks like iced lattes, cappuccinos, cold brew, cold foam, and iced coffee. It’s also lovely in cocktail recipes and mocktails, or simply added to a glass of seltzer water for a refreshing vanilla soda. And don’t forget about desserts! This syrup is perfect for adding flavor to cake layers, cookies, and other sweet treats.
You can also drizzle this sweet syrup over pancakes, waffles, or even ice cream. It also tastes amazing in homemade whipping cream, custards and so much more.
Add a great flavor to fresh fruit, by pouring this rich simple syrup over it, and then enjoying it.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
There are a few things you can do to change up this delicious homemade vanilla syrup recipe.
- Substitute Vanilla bean – Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract or 1 tablespoon of vanilla paste after removing the syrup from the heat in place of using a vanilla bean.
- More vanilla flavor – use 2-3 vanilla beans for extra strong vanilla flavor.
- Add a cinnamon stick: Adding a cinnamon stick while the syrup is boiling will give it a lovely warm flavor. Just be sure to remove it before bottling the syrup.
- Add other spices: You could also add other spices like cloves, nutmeg, or even peppermint. Just be sure to remove them before bottling the syrup.
- Change sweetener – Use all granulated sugar or all brown sugar for a different flavor.
- Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup – use you favorite sugar substitute in place of the sugar.
HOW TO STORE
The best way to store homemade syrup is to store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. It’s perfect to make ahead and enjoy your coffees all week long.
VANILLA SYRUP RECIPE FAQS
Do you have questions about this coffee flavoring recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.
Vanilla syrup is made of water, sweetener, and vanilla bean.
No, they are not the same. Vanilla extract is made of vodka, water and vanilla bean. It does not contain any sweetener.
The homemade vanilla syrup will last up to one week in an airtight container in the fridge.
OTHER DELICIOUS SYRUP RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY
Vanilla Syrup Recipe
- 1 cup water filtered
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1-2 vanilla beans
- With a sharp knife split vanilla bean(s) down the length of the bean. Scr
- Add the sweeteners to a small saucepan.
- Scrape the vanilla pulp from the beans and place on the sweetener. Place vanilla beans in the saucepan.
- Pour water over sugar and stir to combine. Heat on medium and stir ingredients until the sweetener dissolves, 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the vanilla bean steep in the syrup while cooling.
- Remove vanilla bean and strain syrup with a sieve or cheese cloth over a clean jar.
- Place vanilla bean back in the jar to keep flavoring the syrup.
Sugar-free vanilla syrupReplace sugars with 1/2 cup monk fruit and 1/2 cup allulose. Vanilla extract and vanilla paste can be used 1:1 ratio for a vanilla bean.
Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.
Hope you give this vanilla syrup recipe a try! Let me know the creative ways you use it!