An easy simple syrup recipe is good to have in your back pocket for sweetening things like coffee, tea, and mixed drinks. Paying $10 for a bottle of flavored syrup is completely unnecessary when you can make it in less than five minutes for under $1.

9 times out of 10 my coffee is dark roast with extra cream, no sweetener. But on that 1 special time, I do love making a DIY latte or adding a little extra and this syrup is perfect. My husband also uses it in his Old Fashion.

You can substitute a non-caloric sweetener, but as I said before let me live with 1 splash of added sugar in my coffee once a month 🙂

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or extract of choice

Bring water to a boil. Pour sugar in and turn the heat off. Add extract. Stir until sugar dissolves. Leave out to cool and pour in glass storage.

This yield is more than I can use before it goes bad, but I’ve found halving the recipe gets tricky because of the evaporation that occurs. I’ve found it to be good for about 1-2 weeks (check for mold if it’s any older!)