This easy brown sugar simple syrup recipe has two ingredients! Water and brown sugar, so that means you can make this sweet staple any time you want with easy to find ingredients.
Recently I have become quite obsessed with Starbucks oat milk and brown sugar lattes. I actually learned a way to order them warm, which I have been recreating on the daily at home.
At first, I was just using brown sugar, but I needed to make a brown sugar simple syrup to get the most authentic flavor. Turns out it could not be easier, and it takes less than 15 minutes to make. But you don't have to be obsessed with the flavor of an oatmeal cookie in coffee form to need to make brown sugar simple syrup.
Why you will love this brown sugar simple syrup
- Coffee shop quality- You can easily make high-quality coffee shop vibe recipes at home with this brown sugar simple syrup recipe.
- Minimal Ingredients- You only need two ingredients for this recipe.
- Use this in and on everything! Okay, maybe not everything. But you can use this in cocktails, Starbucks copycat drinks, or as a deeper richer flavor for sweetener in your coffee or tea.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
I don't know how many two-ingredient recipes you can find in the world, but this is one of them.
- Brown sugar: For this recipe you can use light or dark brown sugar. I used organic light brown sugar because sugar is a very high GMO crop. If you want to make a different type of simple syrup you can swap out the brown sugar for white sugar and make a basic simple syrup recipe.
- Water: Sorry but this is a necessary and irreplaceable ingredient for this recipe.
- Adjustable - Creating simple syrup is easy and you can actually adjust the ratio of water to sugar to create a different flavor strength.
You can use a 2:1 ratio of water to sugar for a thinner, lighter-tasting syrup.
If you prefer a thicker, stronger flavor profile you can use a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar. This means you use equal parts water and brown sugar.
In this recipe, we use the 2:1 because it was going in coffee and I wanted it to be similar to the brown sugar syrup Starbucks uses.
- Consistency- Don't expect this to be thick like maple syrup. It will be thinner, just a tad thicker than water.
- Simmer don't boil- keep them temperature low enough that it stays at a gentle simmer versus rapid boil
- Dissolve- for a perfectly smooth syrup make sure all of your brown sugar dissolves by stirring occasionally.
How do brown sugar and cane sugar differ?
Brown sugar is a mix of white sugar and molasses which is what gives it the darker color. The flavor profile is different with brown sugar being a stronger, heavier flavor profile that is caramel-like.
How do I store this homemade simple syrup?
Let the syrup come to room temperature in the pan you made it in. Once cooled, you can transfer to a glass jar with a lid. Store in the fridge.
How long does it last?
Stored in the fridge in a sealed container, this simple syrup will last for several weeks.
Can I use light brown sugar?
Yes, you can use either light or brown sugar. The color and depth will be different depending on which you use.
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