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Learn how to make a Starbucks copycat brown sugar syrup at home
If you enjoy using brown sugar syrup to sweeten your morning coffee, you have to try this homemade recipe version! This is a copycat of Starbucks sweetener. It's a perfect addition to any cold brew coffee, iced coffee, or espresso.
If you've been wondering where to buy Starbucks brown sugar syrup or haven't been able to source the product, this is the perfect solution! Try making a homemade version of this simple syrup so you have it on hand at all times.
I've been loving the flavor this copycat recipe brings to my homemade cold brew coffees and espressos. It adds just the right amount of sweetness that blends perfectly with so many drinks.
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
Typically, simple syrups are a one to one ratio of sugar and water. For this recipe, we're adding a little twist with maple syrup and a little less water than usual.
However, the same basic cooking method can be used for any other simple syrup recipe you make!
What Is Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup?
The ingredients listed on the bottle are a little vague: invert sugar, brown sugar, water, natural flavors, salt, and preservations. However, when you taste this delicious syrup, you'll get hints of brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
While brown sugar syrup is usually available at Starbucks, it can be expensive to purchase an entire bottle to use at home. This recipe is a copycat version - I swear you won't be able to taste the difference - and you can make it at a fraction of the price.
Recipe Video Tutorial
Many recipes for copycat Starbucks brown sugar syrup are missing a key ingredient that you'll find in this recipe - maple syrup! Trust me, it's the secret ingredient that you'll need to have a similar taste.
Here's everything you'll need for this recipe:
- Light brown sugar: Obviously we'll need some brown sugar to recreate this magical syrup recipe. I found light brown sugar works best!
- Pure maple syrup: It's really important that you purchase pure maple syrup, not the maple flavored syrup. Maple flavored syrup will not result in the same taste!
- Cinnamon stick: A cinnamon stick is going to provide more flavor than ground cinnamon.
- Fine sea salt: And of course, everything that's sweet needs a pinch of salt to mellow out the flavors.
Tools & Equipment
Not many tools are needed for this recipe, which is why I believe everyone should be making simple syrup at home. It's so easy!
Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
Nope! It won't have the same final taste or texture that the Starbucks version.
You can make an endless amount of coffee and cocktail drinks with this recipe. I'd suggest starting out with my brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso.
This means that you have cooked the simple syrup for too long. You only want to cook the mixture until the sugar is just dissolved. If you cook the simple syrup for too long, the mixture will become cloudy and foamy.
Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup
- ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick
- ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Add brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon stick, and salt along with 5 tablespoons (2 ½ ounces) of water to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until all the sugar has dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.
- Let cool in saucepan, then transfer syrup and cinnamon stick to a reusable bottle and seal tightly with a lid. Allow cinnamon to steep in the syrup for 24 hours at room temperature.
- Remove cinnamon stick. Use syrup, or store in a sealed bottle in the refrigerator for up to a month.
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