This sweet homemade coffee syrup is as versatile as it is delicious. You can use this syrup to flavor your hot or iced coffee, you can create a delicious homemade creamer, and you can make a seriously amazing cinnamon latte.

Syrup being poured into coffee.

One of the best things about this homemade coffee syrup is its many uses. 

It takes about five minutes to make the syrup, and then you drop in your syrup flavorings and walk away. 

30 minutes later, you have a sweet syrup that’s just right for flavoring your coffee, for sweetening your latte, and for making your own coffee creamer. Whether you drink your coffee hot or iced, with milk or without, this sweetened syrup will add the perfect finishing touch.

About this homemade coffee syrup

This brown sugar cinnamon homemade coffee syrup starts with a modified simple syrup base. If you’re not sure how to make a simple syrup, it’s really….simple! Just melt a cup of sugar into a cup of water. Easy! For this recipe, we’re using brown sugar.

This all-season syrup is sure to take your coffee to the next level, and has a long shelf-life so you can enjoy it all year. 

Perhaps the best part is that you can add this delicious flavor to your coffee without adding any unnatural ingredients. 

Just when you thought you couldn’t love your coffee any more, now you have a new reason to brew a fresh cup.

If you’re looking for more fun ways to level up your morning joe, make sure to check out our iced vanilla latte, cinnamon dolce latte, pumpkin spice latte, and iced caramel coffee.

Overhead view of coffee on a tray with flowers.

What you need

  • Simple Syrup Ingredients: For this recipe, we’re using brown sugar for a rich molasses flavor. You’ll need equal parts sugar and water.
  • Warm spices: Whole spices infuse their flavor into the syrup. Grab cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and cardamom.
  • Depending on what type of beverage you want to make, you’ll also need coffee, espresso, or instant espresso powder, and milk or half-and-half. Read on for more details!
Overhead view of ingredients needed for recipe.

How to make it

Dissolve brown sugar in boiling water and then remove from the heat. 

Add in the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cardamom pods. Set aside to steep for 30 minutes.

Remove the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cardamom pods. Store your syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Coffee in a white mug with homemade coffee syrup in the background.

How to make this syrup your own

  • Light or dark brown sugar will both work for this recipe.
  • Try using different spices. Cloves are a great addition!

Four things to make with homemade coffee syrup

You can use the syrup to make any type of coffee drink that you enjoy drinking. All the measurements are in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick overview.

Coffee Creamer

To make coffee creamer, mix 1/2 cup half-and-half with 1/3 cup cinnamon syrup. Store in fridge for up to five days. If you like a sweeter, more rich creamer, try adding 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk. Yum!

Whipped Coffee

Have you tried the viral whipped coffee, aka dalgona coffee? It’s so fun! To make that you’ll need instant espresso, hot water, and sugar. Those get whipped together until they have the consistency of whipped cream. Next, you’ll mix hot or cold milk with the cinnamon syrup. Spoon the whipped coffee cream on top of the coffee and enjoy!

Four images depicting process of making dalgona coffee.

Hot or Iced Coffee

A hot or iced coffee is the easiest way to enjoy this homemade syrup! All you need to do is stir your desired amount of syrup into your coffee and enjoy! We recommend a tablespoon of syrup for a cup of coffee but use whatever you like.

Four images showing how to make iced coffee.

Latte

To make a latte, you’ll need a shot of espresso (a Nespresso works great for this too!) and milk. Warm the milk in either the microwave or on the stove. If desired, use a frother to make it foamy. Combine the espresso and syrup in the bottom of the mug and top with frothed milk. Add some whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon (or just use cinnamon whipped cream) if you’d like!

Four images showing a latte being made with homemade syrup.

Storage Suggestions

  • Store syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Store creamer in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days,

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Homemade coffee syrup being poured into milk in a clear glass mug.

Get the Recipe: Brown Sugar Cinnamon Homemade Coffee Syrup

This sweet homemade coffee syrup is as versatile as it is delicious. You can use this syrup to flavor your hot or iced coffee, you can create a delicious homemade creamer, and you can make a seriously amazing cinnamon latte.
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Ingredients

For the Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 4 whole cardamom (optional)

For Coffee Creamer

  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar cinnamon syrup

For Whipped Coffee (dalgona coffee)

  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or nondairy, warm or cold)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar cinnamon syrup

For Hot or Iced Coffee

  • 1 cup coffee hot or iced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar cinnamon syrup
  • Half-and-half optional and to taste

For a Latte

  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar cinnamon syrup

Instructions

For the Syrup

  • Bring the water and brown sugar to a boil and cook until the sugar is fully dissolved— about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Add in the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cardamom pods. Set aside to steep for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cardamom pods and discard them. Transfer the syrup to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

For Coffee Creamer

  • Combine the half-and-half and brown sugar cinnamon syrup in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to five days.

For Whipped Coffee

  • Combine the instant espresso, hot water, and granulated sugar in a small bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment). Beat on medium-high speed until the coffee can hold a stiff peak— about 2-3 minutes.
  • Combine the milk and brown sugar cinnamon syrup in a small mug or glass. Top with the whipped coffee cream. Stir the cream gently into the milk and enjoy.

For Hot or Iced Coffee

  • Combine the coffee, syrup, and half-and-half in your desired glass or mug (with ice, for iced coffee). Stir and enjoy.

For Latte

  • Heat the milk in the microwave for 2 minutes (or on the stove until it starts to steam). Once the milk is warm, use a milk frother to create a thick layer of foam.
  • Combine the espresso and brown sugar cinnamon syrup in the bottom of a mug. Top with frothed milk and ground cinnamon (optional).

Notes

  • Recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of syrup.
  • Nutrition info is for syrup only.
  • Light or brown sugar will work in this recipe.
  • To make a richer, sweeter coffee creamer, add 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk.
  • You must use instant espresso in the whipped coffee— neither instant coffee nor standard espresso will work in this recipe. To heat the water for the whipped coffee, microwave it for 30-45 seconds.
Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 37kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 18mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg