How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup (And What to Do With it) – Learn the simple steps for making a delightfully sweet syrup that’s perfect for adding to hot drinks, cold drinks, and more!

Tumbler glass with bourbon and brown sugar syrup, ice cubes, and lemon slices.

Why We Love This Recipe

Earthy, malty sweet, and deliciously robust brown sugar is a cooking staple in many desserts and savory recipes. But oh, it does so much more! For example, a simple homemade Brown Sugar Syrup is terrific to elevate cooked dishes – and is the perfect sweetener for hot and cold drinks!

Using brown sugar in place of granulated sugar in classic simple syrup means the syrup will have a deeper more rustic flavor. Therefore, anything you add it to will have a greater depth of flavor! This has become popular at coffee houses and cocktail bars but you can make it and use it at home just as easily.

You only need 2 ingredients and 5 minutes to add some fanciness to your favorite beverages and sweet dishes. So skip the Starbucks line and keep reading for the easy recipe steps, plus LOTS of fantastic suggestions for what to do with simple syrup made with brown sugar!

Pyrex glass measuring pitcher half full of simply syrup.

Recipe Ingredients

For this easy “How To” recipe you only need your choice of dark or light brown sugar and water.

Wondering: What is the Difference?

Brown sugar gets its distinct flavor and color from the addition of molasses to the raw sugar. Dark brown sugar has more molasses in it, and therefore has a deeper color and sweet flavor.

Light brown sugar, on the other hand, has less molasses. So it’s lighter in color and molasses-y taste, but is still quite sweet, almost like a more earthy granulate white sugar.

Tumbler glass with bourbon and brown sugar syrup, ice cubes, and lemon slices.

How to Make Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

Set a small sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup of water to the pot followed by 1 cup of packed brown sugar.

Metal measuring cup adding brown sugar to water in a large black sauce pot.

Stir well, then allow the mixture to come to a boil. Once boiling, stir and set the timer for 1 minute. When the timer goes off, remove it from the heat.

Get the Complete (Printable) Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Black sauce pot with the simple syrup. Hand with metal spoon showing spoonful of brown liquid to camera.

Allow the brown sugar syrup to cool completely. Then use immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.

Pyrex glass measuring pitcher half full of simply syrup.

Suggestions for How to Use Brown Sugar Syrup

Use brown sugar syrup in place of regular simple syrup, or any other liquid sweetener in all of your favorite hot and cold beverages. Use it in place of dried granulated sweeteners as well, especially for chilled drinks… It stirs in perfectly and dissolves instantly!

Here are just a few of the nearly infinite number of drinks this warm and sweet syrup pairs perfectly with:

Cold Beverages –

Hot Beverages –

Alcoholic Drinks –

And you’ve got to try our Brown Sugar Bourbon Cocktail recipe! Just combine these bar staples in a tumbler glass:

  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounces ginger ale
  • 1 ounce brown sugar syrup

Gently stir, and garnish with a lemon slice.

Other Uses for Brown Sugar Syrup

But don’t just stop at beverages! Use this better-than-Starbucks brown sugar syrup to replace honey or maple syrup on popular breakfast items. (It is especially handy when food allergies or picky eaters are involved.) Or include it as a light sweetener in salad dressings.

Incorporate this brown sugar syrup recipe into any of these sweet and savory dishes:

Tumbler glass with bourbon and brown sugar syrup, ice cubes, and lemon slices.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you thicken brown sugar simple syrup?

Simple syrup will continue to thicken as you cook it on the stovetop. For a syrup that blends beautifully into hot and cold drinks, I highly recommend that you do not cook it into a thick maple syrup-like substance.

Why isn’t my brown sugar syrup thickening?

If it isn’t thickening at all, keep cooking it on a low simmer for another minute or two. Keep in mind that it will also thicken ever so slightly once it cools.

How long does brown sugar syrup last in the fridge?

Once it cools completely, transfer the syrup to a container with a lid and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

Tumbler glass with bourbon and brown sugar syrup, ice cubes, and lemon slices.

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Brown Sugar Syrup (Recipe and Uses!)

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Learn the simple steps for how to make a delightfully sweet (better than Starbucks!) brown sugar syrup that's perfect for adding to hot drinks, cold drinks, and more.
Servings: 12 servings (1.5 cups total)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed (light brown or dark brown)

Instructions

  • Set a small sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup of water to the pot followed by 1 cup of packed brown sugar. Stir well, then allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  • Once boiling, stir and set the timer for 1 minute. When the timer goes off, remove from heat.
  • Allow the brown sugar syrup to cool completely before using or storing.

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Notes

Once it cools completely, transfer the syrup to a container with a lid and keep in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.
Try our Brown Sugar Bourbon Cocktail –
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounces ginger ale
  • 1 ounce brown sugar syrup
  • Lemon slice
Also, use it in place of honey or maple syrup on popular breakfast items when food allergies or picky eaters are involved. Or in salad dressings.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tb, Calories: 70kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 0.02g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 24mg, Sugar: 18g, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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