Best Homemade Vanilla Syrup for Coffee: Easy Recipe

It is actually crazy how many coffee recipes ask for vanilla syrup. But then again, it is so tasty why wouldn’t we use it in every coffee that we can.

The good news is that as a coffee lover you now no longer have to buy an expensive bottle of vanilla syrup from the store. You can actually make your own vanilla syrup with a few simple ingredients and easy steps. You can even go for sugar-free vanilla syrup if you want.

This simple homemade vanilla syrup recipe will change your life for the better. I promise… It really is a great addition to your pantry (or actually fridge but whatever).

Ingredients for Vanilla Syrup

  1. ¼ cup granulated sugar
  2. ¼ cup water
  3. 1 tsp vanilla essence or extract

Can I Use Brown Sugar?

I like to use white sugar, but if you want the rich flavor of brown sugar. You can totally go for that. I have made this homemade syrup with light brown sugar before with great success.

Sugar Substitute

If you prefer sugar-free coffee syrup you can use something such as xylitol in the place of the sugar. The only difference in the way that you make it will be that you shouldn’t stir the syrup while dissolving the xylitol over heat. The reason is that xylitol simple syrup crystallizes very easily. You want to make sure that not a single granule of xylitol is in the syrup when you remove it from the heat and eventually store it.

This way you can still add that wonderful vanilla flavor to your favorite coffee drinks without worrying about consuming too many calories.

Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla Extract?

I prefer to use pure vanilla extract or even vanilla essence because it is easier to come by than real vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste. I have never made it with whole vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste, so I really can’t say anything about it. But I can assure you that you can make the best vanilla syrup using extract taking your morning coffee to the next level.


I like to make syrup in why small batches. That is why this simple recipe asks for small amounts of each of the ingredients.

My reason for doing this is that I don’t like to store things in the fridge for too long. However, if you store this syrup correctly is should last to about two weeks in the fridge.

The important thing is to store it in an airtight container such as a mason jar or glass bottle. It is also really important that you store it in the fridge.

Vanilla syrup in a glass bowl.

Vanilla Coffee Syrup

So many coffee recipes require vanilla syrup. Now, you no longer have to buy ridiculously expensive ones from the store. You can make your own, and this recipe is absolutely to die for.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 17 kcal


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence or extract


  • Put the sugar and water over medium heat and stir continually (don’t stir if you are using xylitol)
  • Once the sugar/xylitol has dissolved, remove it from the heat
  • Now, add the vanilla extract/essence
  • Once cooled to room temperature, store the syrup an airtight container
Keyword Coffee Add-Ins, Syrups

Coffee Recipes That Ask For Vanilla Syrup

Once you have made the perfect vanilla syrup it is time to up your coffee game. This homemade vanilla coffee syrup is the perfect thing to make a delicious cup of coffee with a touch of sweetness.

Vanilla Latte

This easy vanilla syrup is perfect for making an amazing vanilla latte. You can also go for a blonde vanilla latte if you prefer the milder taste of blonde espresso.

Get my vanilla latte recipe here.

Vanilla latte in glass mug.

Caramel Brûlée Latte

There is very little that can compete with the great taste of a caramel brulee latte. It is basically a cross between a caramel latte and a vanilla latte with just a few added ingredients on top.

Get my caramel brûlée latte recipe here.

Caramel brulee latte from the top.

Vanilla Cold Brew

You can also sweeten your cold brew with some vanilla syrup when those hot summer’s days get too much.

Learn how to sweeten cold brew here.

Cold brew in a glass. Coffee beans in background.

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