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Copycat Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup

This copycat Starbucks brown sugar syrup is super simple and super delicious. The rich, deep molasses flavor is sweetly scented with cinnamon. You’ll love adding this brown sugar simple syrup to everything! 

Brown Sugar Syrup in a small pot.

Simple syrup is usually just two ingredients: sugar and water.

But you can get creative by adding just a few more unique flavors!

This brown sugar simple syrup has a deep, rich flavor from the molasses in the brown sugar. The sweet cinnamon becomes infused throughout and gives you a warm, homey (free of preservatives!) syrup.

That means with just a few simple ingredients; you coffee lovers can make delicious syrup for your favorite drinks! I think it’s fun to cosplay baristas making overly large cold beverages. It makes the morning just a little bit more fun.

My favorite way to use this syrup is in coffee drinks, like my homemade iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso. It’s a great way to make your homemade coffee taste like the stuff from the coffee shop, but you get to save a few bucks!

This copycat syrup tastes excellent in freshly brewed iced tea or over your favorite ice cream.

You’re going to love using this homemade Starbucks recipe!

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05/17/2024 05:35 am GMT
Brown sugar being poured into water.

Ingredients for brown sugar simple syrup recipe

  • Water – We need water to help loosen the syrup’s consistency so the sugar doesn’t burn.
  • Brown sugar – This sugar adds a deep molasses flavor.
  • Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract helps bring all the flavors together and adds sweetness.
  • Cinnamon stick – The cinnamon stick adds warmth and spice to our syrup, making it cozy and delicious.
Brown sugar and water in a pot.

How to make copycat Starbucks brown sugar syrup

Making brown sugar syrup is super easy! 

  1. Ensure you have a clean jar or squeeze bottle to put your finished syrup in. A funnel is a great tool that makes pouring the syrup into containers easy and mess-free.
  2. Combine the water, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan over medium heat. You can stir this a little to combine the water and the sugar, but you do not need to stir this the entire time.
  3. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves (if it looks cloudy, there are still sugar granules, so keep simmering) and the mixture has thickened.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool completely. To speed up the process, you could put it in a large bowl of ice water and stir vigorously for 5 minutes. This will cool the mixture quickly! 
  5. Remove the cinnamon stick, and pour the mixture into your container of choice. I recommend either a mason jar or a squeeze bottle. 
Brown Sugar Syrup in a glass.

Drinks to use this syrup

If you make delicious brown sugar syrup, using it in delicious drinks is only fitting! I’m giving you ideas for everything from hot coffee, hot chocolate, and iced coffee to cocktails!

Brown Sugar Syrup and coffee in a glass.

Using ground cinnamon

If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, add 1/2-1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Can I use different sugar?

I would not recommend white sugar for this recipe because we rely on that deep, molasses flavor that only comes from brown sugar. 

You could use either dark brown or light brown sugar for this recipe. But remember, light brown sugar has less molasses, so that rich, dark flavor will be less than it would be if you used dark brown sugar. 

Cooked Brown Sugar Syrup in a pot.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes! This recipe easily doubles and triples. 

Storage for brown sugar simple syrup 

This syrup can be easily stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in an airtight container, clean jar with a lid, or squeeze bottle. 

A coffee drink in a cup.

More copycat Starbucks recipes

Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup

This Starbucks brown sugar syrup is super simple, and super delicious. The rich, deep molasses flavor is sweetly scented with cinnamon. You’ll love adding this brown sugar simple syrup to everything! 
4.62 from 52 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cup



  • In a small pot over medium heat combine the water, brown sugar, vanilla, and the cinnamon stick.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and thickened.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a jar. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 856kcal | Carbohydrates: 219g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 214g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 225mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Syrup
Cuisine American
Keyword brown sugar simple syrup, brown sugar syrup, copycat brown sugar syrup, copycat starbucks brown sugar syrup, Starbucks brown sugar syrup, starbucks copycat recipes
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Thursday 14th of March 2024

I am wondering if Swerve brown sugar would work the same for this recipe?


Wednesday 1st of May 2024

I have not used that sweetener but if you try it please let me know how it tastes!


Thursday 10th of November 2022

This recipe is so good!! I love the brown sugar oat lattes at Starbucks and this is pretty spot on. Now I just need to find their oat milk! Can’t wait to play with this one and try other flavours too!


Sunday 11th of December 2022

@Brittany, not sure where you live but I found the oatly barista edition which is what Starbucks uses in the creamer section of my grocery store.


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