Creamy Brown Sugar Syrup | 3 Recipes That Are Perfect For Coffee, Boba, Desserts, and Teas

Brown sugar syrup goes with everything, we’re not joking it taste amazing on desserts, coffee, meat dishes, vegetabtle dishes, you name it! Thus its no surprise that brown sugar would make an excellent addition to some declious cold brew, a morning latte, iced coffee, boba, milk teas, and tea. However, despite its popularity its hard to find a great tasting brown suagr syrup that isn’t riddled with preseravtives and nasty stuff. This is why we always try to make our own syrup for all the flavors we love, unless its extremely hard to do like tropical blue raspberry 🙄. Anyways, we created our 3 favorite tried and true brown sugar syrups and brown sugar sauces that go perfectly with your morning cup of joe or tea. We tried a ton of variations, and narrowed it down to these three, because who wants lackluster syrup?

This post is all about how to make the best brown sugar syrups and brown sugar sauces for your morning cup of coffee, iced lattes, iced coffee, boba, milk tea and more!

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FAQ for Brown Sugar Syrup

Can I use brown sugar syrup for baking and drinks?

Yes, brown sugar syrup whether you use the thicker version or thinner version can both be used in drinks and desserts although the consistency required will vary on the drink being made or dessert being baked.

What is the perfect consistency of brown sugar syrup for drinks?

The perfect consistency for iced drinks will be a true simple syrup consistency, which is a watery consistency and thus able to discover quickly without much effort. A thicker syrup is usually intended for desserts, as a topping on drinks, or for hot drinks where it can dissolve in a hot liquid.

Is Brown sugar better than white sugar?

While brown sugar has slightly fewer calories than white sugar, better taste, and the molasses is said to help boost metabolisms as said by Alpa from Healthifyme.

How long does brown sugar syrup last?

Brown syrup when done in an even ratio with water will last around 3-4 weeks when sealed in an airtight jar and placed in the refrigerator.

is this recipe similar to Starbucks’ brown sugar syrup recipe?

Very similar, starbucks brown sugar syrup is a simple syrup version so it’s a thinner consistency, which we teach you how to make in this recipe.

Can I use this brown sugar syrup to make an iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso drink?

Of course! We originally made this recipe on the hunt to create the perfect homemade brown sugar syrup syrup at recipe for the starbucks version. It works perfectly in the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso syrup we have tested all three variations of the brown sugars we made and all three taste delicious in the shaken espresso.

Light Brown Sugar or Dark Brown Sugar?

Light brown sugar has fewer molasses and is a lower moisture content brown sugar, while dark brown sugar has a higher molasses content and is also full of more moisture. Either one you choose will work, but we recommend using dark brown sugar because of the richer caramelly taste when compared to the subtle light brown sugar taste. Also syrup in mind, the dark brown sugar version will have a darker color, while the light brown sugar color will be more of a caramel color.

Why You’ll Love these recipes

  • The original brown sugar syrup recipe and cinnamon and brown sugar recipes are both: Vegan, vegetarian, and non-dairy
  • All three recipes are packed with flavor! Unlike those boring basic brown sugar simple syrup recipes (Yuck!)
  • Versatile recipes can be made thick or thin, so they are perfect for baking, toppings, and being used in iced drinks or hot drinks.
  • Simple and easy recipes that are syrup to mess up, plus we give you crucial tips to get the consistency you want!
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What is Brown sugar syrup?

Brown Sugar Syrup is a product of simmering together an equal ratio of brown sugar and water. The byproduct is the resulting syrup consistency that is perfect for drinks, desserts, and baking. The act of simmering the brown sugar with filtered water over low heat is what brings this syrup to its climatic point of flavor.

You’ll notice a hint of caramel sweetness but the fluidity of simple syrup. This is why brown sugar syrup is so popular in the baking world, coffee drinks and tea specialty beverages, and bartending world, it’s a relatively flexible ingredient that can really push a recipe beyond the norm, when done correctly.

What is Brown Sugar Syrup Perfect For?

Brown Sugar syrup offers the caramel goodness, but with a less overpowering flavor that is similar to that of vanilla syrup. This is this syrup os perfect addition to:

  • coffee drinks: We originally created this syrup as an ingredient for our iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso Starbucks copycat drink, but soon realized because of its texture, fluidly and sweet but not overpowering flavor that it would be perfect for other iced coffees, hot coffees, and as a topping for frappes.
  • tea-based drinks: Thick brown sugar milk tea with boba, hot chai lattes with brown sugar syrup rings, and other tea beverages.
  • desserts: Brown Sugar syrup is the perfect addition over some brownies, cookies, fudge, and other yummy desserts, to balance out the sweetness of the syrup add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and watch your taste buds explode!
  • baking: Use this syrup for the recipe that calls for it! Depending if you need a thicker or thinner consistency follow our cooking guide below 👇
  • alcoholic drinks: Bartenders like to add all sorts of simple syrups to their various concoctions, and brown sugar simple syrup is no exception.
  • cooking: brown sugar syrup is delicious over breaded and fried chicken, pork chops, Brussel sprouts, you name it!

How Should You Store Your Homemade Brown Sugar Syrup?

When storing your homemade brown sugar syrup, you want to use an airtight container, this can be a mason jar or any typical plastic container that has a great seal. Amazon sells these cool little syrup containers with a pour lid that we love and use for our syrups ☺️ We’ll link them below 👇

*The syrup will last generally around 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator, make sure to test the quality of the syrup before using, and if anything seems off toss it out and dont feel bad. it’s a simpler recipe to make if in a time crunch.

Also, keep in mind when brown sugar syrup is refrigerated it will be thicker and harder to use if you made a think version of the recipe. This is why we recommend creating. thinner recipe if you plan on storing it in the fridge

*The recipe with condensed milk will only last around 2 weeks or less*

How to Make 3 different Homemade brown sugar syrup recipes at home

Equipment you’ll need to make Syrup at home

  • saucepan
  • metal spoon
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • airtight jar – mason jars work perfectly

Ingredient breakdown for 3 different brown sugar syrup recipes

Dark Brown Sugar:

Filtered Water:


cinnamon sticks:

Lemon juice:

Madagascar Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean:

easy brown sugar syrup recipe

Original Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe

Try this Brown sugar syrup with our tasty Vanilla Cold Brew!

Recipe calls for

  • 1 cup of dark brown sugar – packed
  • 1 cup of filters water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice (helps enhance the taste and freshness)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (brings out the sweetness)
cinnamon and brown sugar syrup
Step 1: Add all ingredients except lemon and stir
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Step 2: Let mixture bubble for 5 minutes and then lower to simmer for 5 minutes


Warning: Ingredients and steps will be hot! Always practise safety with hot objects and ingredients

  1. In a small saucepan add all your ingredients except for the lemon, add that at the end
  2. Raise heat to medium and continue to stir frequently, let bubble for 5 minutes, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes
  3. Continue stirring as it dissolves fully and adds lemon juice
  4. let cool down and check consistency if it’s to your liking, if you prefer it thicker continue to simmer and watch it thicken, we always recommend removing it before it reaches your desired consistency because it will thicken up when it cools down and when refrigerated.
  5. Pour contents into a small glass jar and wallah you’re done ☺️

Speical note: If you like molasses yo ucan add and 1/8 of a teaspoon at the end

brown sugar syrup in jar

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe

This recipe is perfect for the Iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso starbucks copycat recipe! 

Recipe calls for:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks or 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon ground powder
brown sugar syrup ingredients: vanilla lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, water and brown sugar


Warning: Ingredients and steps will be hot! Always practise safety with hot objects and ingredients

  1. In a small saucepan combine all ingredients except the vanilla extract and lemon juice
  2. Turn on the heat to low and continue to stir brown sugar until it dissolves, when dissolved fully, lower heat to simmer and simmer for 1 minute. Remove off heat and syrup and sit for 35 minutes.
  3. Remove cinnamon sticks, add lemon juice and vanilla extract and stir thoroughly
  4. Let cool down and then pour into an airtight jar and place in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks.
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Creamy and Delicious Vanilla & Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe

Recipe calls for

  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 condensed milk – can switch out with coconut condensed milk but it will change the flavor a bit
  • 1/4 cup of filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla


brown sugar cream
Step 1: Add all ingredients except lemon juice and vanilla and stir
brown sugar sauce cooking
Step 2: Continue stirring until thick consistency is reach
brown sugar cream cooked
Step 3: Simmer on low until desired consistency is reached
brown sugar sauce
Step 4: Let cool and store in jar with lid in refrigerator

Warning: Ingredients and steps will be hot! Always practise safety with hot objects and ingredients

  1. In a small saucepan combine all ingredients except lemon juice and vanilla extract
  2. Bring ingredients to a low bubbling, and bubble for 3 minutes and stir continuously
  3. Then simmer ingredients over low heat and continue to stir and monitor – After 5 minutes or less mixture will be done
  4. Add lemon juice and vanilla and stir
  5. Let cool down, then pour into glass container and store in fridge up to 10-14 days

How to make thick brown sugar syrup

  1. The key to making a thicker syrup is to bring the mixture to a bubble for 3 minutes while stirring frequently.
  2. Then reduce to low/simmer and stir until the desired consistency is reached.
  3. Keep in mind the syrup will thicken quickly and remove the mixture from the heat as soon as it’s almost ready. The reason because in the fridge it thickens up, and the last thing you want is to have to microwave it to loosen it up again.

Thick Syrup is perfect for:

  • Flavoring Boba, A thick Brown sugar syrup is necessary to sweeten boba
  • topping desserts
  • decorating the glass interior before pouring a drink for that beautiful marble effect
  • Hot drinks such as hot tea and hot coffee
  • baking

How to make thin brown sugar simple syrup

The key to making a super thin syrup is to maintain that equal ratio, only simmer the ingredients on low and remove off the heat as soon the brown sugar has dissolved. If you leave the pot on the heat, even after turning it off it will continue to thicken due to the remaining heat.

Thin brown sugar simple syrup is perfect for:

  • iced coffee drinks
  • topping frappes
  • Iced teas
  • Milk teas
  • Boba drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks

That wraps up our post on making the perfect Brown sugar syrup! We hope you enjoyed this recipe and if yo udid leave a comment below! Also, dont forget to pin this recipe for later! ☺️

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