Best Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe: Starbucks Inspired

Sometimes it is nice to shake things up when it comes to coffee. One of the ways that you can do that is to add syrup to your coffee. That is where this homemade brown sugar syrup comes in. It’ll add the perfect amount of sweetness to your coffee to satisfy your taste buds.

This easy recipe will add a delicious fall flavor to your coffee that you can enjoy year round. It only asks for a few simple ingredients that you can make in no time and is perfect for hot coffee and iced coffee alike.

Ingredients for Brown Sugar Syrup

  1. 1 cup light brown sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 cinnamon stick or a tsp of ground cinnamon

Do I Have to Use Brown Sugar?

Well, I mean this is brown sugar syrup. So, technically, yes.

However, you can make great syrup with white sugar too. It’ll just taste a bit different.

What Type of Brown Sugar is Best?

Different kinds of sugar.

The Sugar-Water Ratio

I like to make make this simple brown sugar syrup using equal parts sugar and water. However, you can experiment with the ratio if you want.

For example, if you want a sweeter and thicker syrup, simply use a little bit more sugar than water. And, of course, the other way around too. Less sugar will make it more runny and less sweet.

Do I Have to Use Cinnamon?

So, technically the Starbucks version of this syrup doesn’t contain cinnamon. The ingredients only mention natural flavors, which, I’d say might be cinnamon, but I can’t say for certain.

Either way, the cinnamon is amazing in this syrup and I really encourage you to try out this delicious syrup. It is perfect for making, for example, an iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso.

However, the good news is you can easily leave out the cinnamon if you want and still make great syrup to use in your favorite coffee drinks. The reason is that the main ingredients are the sugar and water.

Cinnamon Stick vs Ground Cinnamon

I prefer to use a cinnamon stick to infuse the syrup with a hint of cinnamon. It is much easier to remove a cinnamon stick than having to strain the syrup to remove  cinnamon powder.

You can, of course, leave in the ground cinnamon, but I don’t like the pieces that then drifts in my coffee.

Sugar-Free Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe

Okay, so that sounds funny… sugar-free (brown) sugar syrup.

Whatever, point is, you can turn this regular brown sugar syrup into a sugar-free version by using a sugar alternative of your choice if you prefer to stay away from real sugar. An erythritol blend works well to make syrup with.

Storage Instructions

This syrup has quite a long shelf life if you store it correctly. 

Make sure to store it in an airtight container; I like to use a mason jar or some other glass jar. Also, be sure to put it in the fridge.

It should be fine for at least two weeks if you store it like that, but always check for freshness before you use it.

Brown sugar syrup, cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon.

Brown Sugar Syrup

This syrup has a rich flavor with a hint of cinnamon. It is the perfect thing to add a bit of fall to your coffee year round.
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 17 kcal


  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick or a tsp of ground cinnamon


  • Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan (or frying pan if you are me) over medium heat
  • Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves
  • Strain syrup if using ground cinnamon
  • Let it cool down to room temperature
  • Remove the cinnamon stick after two hours if using cinnamon stick
  • Transfer to an airtight container for storage


Calorie count is based on a single serving of one tablespoon of syrup.
Keyword Latte

7 Best Syrup Recipes

If you like adding syrup to your coffee, you should really try out some of my other great syrup recipes.

1. Vanilla Syrup

Vanilla syrup is a great way to add some sweet flavor to your coffee. With my recipe you can choose between vanilla extract and vanilla bean, whichever you prefer (spoiler, I like using extract).

See my vanilla syrup recipe here.

Vanilla latte in glass mug.

2. Peppermint Syrup

This syrup is another good option for putting some sweetness into your coffee. It, of course, also has the added benefit of peppermint flavor. Which, is always a good thing.

See my peppermint syrup recipe here.

Peppermint latte from above.

3. Apple Syrup

Although this one might seem a bit strange, it is one of my favorite coffee syrups. It gives me apple danish vibes and few things go with coffee like apple danishes.

See my apple syrup recipe here.

Poison apple cappuccino - cappuccino with apple sauce and and whipped cream.

See all syrup recipes here


How long does homemade brown sugar syrup last?

If stored well if will last at least two weeks. But it could even last longer if you are careful. Just always check that it is still okay before you use it.

Is brown sugar syrup vegan?

It depends on the sugar that you are using. Some brands of brown sugar have bone char in, which makes it not vegan. However, if you use vegan brown sugar, the syrup is perfectly vegan-friendly.

How to thicken brown sugar syrup?

If you want a thicker syrup, you can simply use more sugar in relation to the water.

What is brown sugar syrup made of?

Brown sugar syrup can be made with just brown sugar and water. However, it is really tasty if you add some cinnamon to the mix.

How to make brown sugar syrup in the microwave?

Simply add the ingredients to a bowl and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Between heating sessions take it out and stir it. Stop heating once the sugar has dissolved.

Does brown sugar syrup need to be refrigerated?

Yes, brown sugar syrup will go bad quite soon if you don’t store it in the fridge.

Why does my brown sugar syrup get hard?

You probably had it on the heat for too long. You have to remove it from the heat as soon as the sugar has dissolved.

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