Brown sugar syrup is great for sweetening beverages. Its unique caramel flavor makes all the difference in milk teas and coffee drinks, and if stored correctly, it keeps for weeks after made!
Let me start by saying this is a syrup for drinks, so don’t try pouring it over a stack of pancakes: this recipe doesn't make a thick syrup!
If you’re constantly trying new coffee drinks or even cocktails, you know it’s not always easy to make sugar dissolve completely when mixing with a cold beverage. Having a bottle of sugar syrup in the fridge is a great timesaving solution and you won’t have any sugar sitting at the bottom of your drink.
Brown sugar. Light brown sugar will give you a lighter caramel taste, and dark will make the caramel a bit stronger. That happens because of the amount of molasses: dark brown sugar has more than light brown sugar.
Water. It needs to be hot for this recipe to work properly. Use filtered water if possible.
Vanilla extract. Use a good vanilla extract for the best taste. Vanilla extract is good for enhancing the flavors of any recipe.
How to make it
In a medium bowl, or any heat-resistant recipient, add brown sugar. Pour hot water over sugar, stirring until it has dissolved.
Add vanilla extract and give it a stir to mix.
Wait for it to cool for 10 minutes and store in a jar with a lid, inside the fridge. Brown sugar syrup is good up to 2 months if stored correctly.
Make it stronger. For a stronger caramel taste, add 2 tablespoons of molasses to the brown sugar. Pour hot water and stir until dissolved.
Add cinnamon. Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with the brown sugar before adding hot water.
Add nutmeg. Mix 1 teaspoon of nutmeg with the brown sugar before adding hot water.
Recipes that use brown sugar syrup
Brown Sugar Syrup (For Boba and Drinks)
- 2 cups brown sugar packed
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- In a small saucepan or using a microwave, boil the water.
- In a medium heat-resistant bowl, add brown sugar. Pour hot water over it, stirring until brown sugar is completely dissolved.
- Add vanilla extract and stir to combine. Let syrup cool for 10 minutes.
- Store brown sugar syrup in a jar with lid, inside the fridge.
- Use one part of water for 2 parts of sugar (1 cup of water for 2 cups of brown sugar).
- For a thicker syrup, you'll need to make using a stovetop.
- Mix brown sugar and water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil until brown sugar is completely dissolved into water. If not thick enough, lower the heat and let it simmer for 1 minute. After 1 minute, check consistency.