If you’re a fan of flavored coffee drinks but don’t love how expensive they are at your favorite coffee shop, we have some good news. Making flavored syrup to use in coffee is easier than most people think. Coffee syrups generally don’t require many ingredients, can be made in large batches, and stay fresh for several months.
In this article, we’re going to teach you how to make one of our favorite caramel coffee syrup recipes. Caramel syrup is very versatile and can liven up all of your homemade coffee beverages. We’ll teach you how to make caramel syrup and give you some ideas for what kind of drinks you can use it in. Let’s get started!
Caramel Syrup Recipe
There are only five ingredients you need to make caramel syrup for coffee.
1. Boil the first three syrup ingredients.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, ¼ cup of water, and the corn syrup. Stir continuously over low heat until the ingredients are dissolved and well-mixed.
Once the mixture is smooth, turn the heat up to medium and put a lid on the saucepan. Boil the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients.
Remove the lid and stir the syrup continuously until you have a thick, light brown syrup. Then remove the syrup from heat and add the remaining ½ cup of water. Be careful! Add the water slowly to avoid splashing boiling syrup on yourself.
Stir in the vanilla extract and add a pinch of salt. Stir to incorporate these ingredients into the syrup.
3. Let cool and enjoy!
Let the syrup cool and store it in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator. It will stay for several months—although ours never seems to last that long anyway!
Using Your Caramel Syrup in Coffee
Now that you have a nice fresh batch of caramel syrup, what should you do with it? Caramel syrup is good in virtually any drink you can think of, but we’ll share some of our favorites.
This one is a classic for a good reason: it’s simple and delicious. If you have an espresso machine, you should use it, but you can make a reasonable facsimile with a regular cup of strong coffee.
- Pull a double shot of espresso. If you don’t have an espresso machine, brew a regular cup of coffee slightly stronger than you usually would make. The additional strength will help the coffee shine through the milk and caramel syrup.
- Froth ½ cup of whole milk or your favorite alternative non-dairy milk. If you don’t have a steam wand, you can use a whisk, although you should be prepared to have a sore arm tomorrow.
- Add the vanilla extract and caramel syrup to your coffee and stir vigorously until the syrup is completely dissolved. Make sure there are no lumps of syrup left.
- Slowly add the frothed milk to your coffee.
- If you’re feeling fancy or want a little extra sweetness boost, top with whipped cream and drizzle some caramel syrup over the top.
Regular Caramel Coffee
This recipe is perfect for people who don’t have an espresso machine or don’t have the time to craft a specialty latte but still want a sweet coffee treat. It’s as easy as you think but still delicious.
- Brew 1 cup of coffee using your favorite method. We recommend making the coffee slightly stronger than usual to help balance the caramel syrup’s sweetness. If you usually brew with a 1:16 coffee to water ratio, try 1:15 instead.
- As soon as your coffee is finished brewing, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup, depending on how your sweet tooth feels.
This recipe is perfect for busy mornings, but there is one possible pitfall. If you don’t drink your coffee relatively quickly, the syrup could start to clump as the coffee cools. This won’t be a problem most of the time but could become an annoyance, especially if you use more caramel syrup.
Caramel Syrup Recipe
- Small saucepan with lid
- Glass jar for storage
- 1 cup Sugar
- ¾ cup Water
- 1 tsp Corn syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of salt
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, ¼ cup of water, and the corn syrup. Stir continuously over low heat until the ingredients are dissolved and well-mixed.
- Once the mixture is smooth, turn the heat up to medium and put a lid on the saucepan. Boil the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove the lid and stir the syrup continuously until you have a thick, light brown syrup.
- Remove the syrup from heat and add the remaining ½ cup of water. Be careful! Add the water slowly to avoid splashing boiling syrup on yourself.
- Stir in the vanilla extract and add a pinch of salt. Stir to incorporate these ingredients into the syrup.
- Let the syrup cool and store it in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator. It will stay for several months—although ours never seems to last that long anyway!
Caramel syrup is one of the most popular flavored syrups to use in coffee, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. Most people have all the necessary ingredients in their pantry already, and it only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch that will last you months.
We hope you’ll try and enjoy our two recipes, but realize that the possibilities are only limited by your culinary creativity. Caramel syrup can be a key ingredient in countless coffee drinks, and part of the fun is trying it in different recipes and discovering what you like.
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