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Dark, sweet and with a touch of caramel flavor this brown sugar simple syrup is the perfect sweetener to add into your next coffee, tea or other beverage. Doing double duty, this syrup is also well suited to drizzle on many different foods from breakfast dishes to dessert.
🥂What is Brown Sugar Simple Syrup?
Brown sugar simple syrup is a liquid sweetener that is made by heating and combining equal parts or a one-to-one ratio of brown sugar and water. The resulting liquid is a very sweet flavor with hints of molasses and caramel.
This flavored simple syrup is a nice twist on plain simple syrup with its slight caramel flavors mixed in. All flavored simple syrups are really easy to make, and there are a whole ton of them. A few similar ones include gingerbread simple syrup, pumpkin spice syrup and honey syrup.
Here are a few reasons why this recipe works so super well:
- Easy as pie. This one is so easy to make. You literally only need two ingredients and you most likely have them in your kitchen right now seeing as it’s just brown sugar and water.
- 15 minutes or less. You don’t need much time to get this together. Simply dump your two ingredients in a pan heat and dissolve them and you’re ready to go.
- Great flavor. This syrup has a really nice flavor. It’s not too over the top but the hints of molasses and caramel from the brown sugar really give it a little something extra.
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Water
Grab everything you’ll need including brown sugar, water, saucepan, jar, wooden spoon and measuring cup.
Use the measuring cup to get one cup of brown sugar. Then, add that to the pot.
Use the measuring cup to get one cup of water. Then, add that to the pot.
Place your pot with your ingredients onto the stove top at a medium heat. You should simmer the mixture for around 10 minutes while stirring frequently to ensure that it dissolves well and heats evenly.
After the 10 minutes of heating, remove it from the stove top. Then, pour your syrup from the pan into your jar.
Put the lid on your jar or container. Then, place it into the refrigerator for about 2 hours to allow it time to cool and thicken.
⭐How to Use
There are a myriad of different uses for this syrup. Here are just a few options that we like to use it for:
- Sweetened coffee. You can use this in both hot or iced coffee for a little extra sweet flavor.
- Hot or iced tea. Sweeten your tea up with a little splash of this syrup. It can be used in hot or iced tea. And, it can be used in any flavor tea as well.
- Pancakes, waffles and French toast. Use this as a little flavor change instead of maple syrup on top of your pancakes, waffles and French toast.
- In cocktails and mocktails. You can substitute this most any time a cocktail or mocktail calls for regular simple syrup. As it does have a similar flavor but with just a little more complexity.
There are a few different ways you can customize or modify this recipe, try out some of these options:
- Use light brown sugar. We really like to use dark brown sugar and this recipe as it has a little bit of a stronger molasses flavor. But, you could certainly use light brown sugar instead.
- Make it Richer. Make what’s typically called a rich simple syrup by changing the ratio of ingredients to a two to one sugar to water ratio. This will make it sweeter and slightly thicker.
- Add a little vanilla. Add a teaspoon of vanilla to this to really enhance the flavors of the brown sugar.
- Mix in other flavors. You can mix in a whole slew of different flavors for this simple syrup. A few common ones would include:
- Pumpkin spice. Add a teaspoon of pumpkin spice seasoning.
- Gingerbread. Add a teaspoon of gingerbread seasoning.
- Cinnamon, add a teaspoon of cinnamon.
💭 Top Tips & Storage
Make sure to follow these process tips and storage tricks:
- Let it simmer. When you’re heating this recipe you want to make sure to let it simmer. However, you don’t want it to go to a full boil. The main key is just to dissolve and heat the mixture.
- Stir a lot. You want to make sure you are stirring frequently while it heats to avoid any of it sticking to the bottom of the pot and also to help it to heat evenly and dissolve well.
- Use an airtight container. For proper storage you want to keep this in the refrigerator and an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.
- Freeze it for later. If you need to store it for a longer time frame, then you should freeze it for later. The best way to do this is by using an ice cube tray. Pour the syrup in the tray, let it freeze and then pop the cubes out and keep them in the freezer bag.
Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
- Wooden Spoon
- Measuring Cup
- Jar or Pyrex
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- Measure 1 cup of brown sugar and add to the saucepan.
- Measure 1 cup of water and add to the saucepan.
- Put the saucepan on the stovetop on medium heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir regularly while mixture is heating.
- Remove from the heat and pour the syrup from the pot into a jar or pyrex.
- Place the syrup to cool in the fridge for 1 – 2 hours.
- Keep the syrup in the fridge for up to 4 weeks in an airtight container.
- If you won’t use it all by 4 weeks, you can freeze it.
- When heating the mixture, stir it consistently so that it heats evenly.
- Give the syrup 1 – 2 hours to cool before using so that it thickens up.