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Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

5 from 1 vote
Published on 03/15/2024 by Umamiology
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Brown Sugar Simple Syrup is a natural sweetener that’s used to add a rich caramel hinted flavor to coffees, cocktails and other drinks. It only takes 5 minutes to make and it’s a popular addition to iced coffees, old fashioneds and homemade lattes.

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You often see bartenders using simple syrup to craft their cocktails. Simple syrup solution is literally melted, liquid white sugar – which adds a nearly tasteless, odorless sweetness to your drink.

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But in this brown sugar syrup recipe, we take it up a notch by using the rich molasses soaked sweetener with just a touch of vanilla extract, to create a sugary solution that imparts a more robust caramel toffee-like flavor to your drinks.

Why Is This Syrup Better Than Granulated Sugar?

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Granulated sugar (white or brown) takes a bit longer to dissolve, especially when added to cold drinks. This is why you often see bartenders using a simple syrup solution instead – so they can produce more evenly sweetened drinks, in very little time.

Key Elements Of This Recipe

  • Brown Sugar: I’ve found that light brown sugar works best (not too dark)
  • Vanilla Extract: Optional, but adds a warm essence to the syrup

The Ingredients for Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

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  • 1 cup Brown Sugar (light, lightly packed)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (optional)

The Equipment Needed

  • Medium Saucepan

How To Make Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

Start by adding brown sugar, water and the vanilla extract into your saucepan.

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Heat on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar fully dissolves.

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Heat to a low simmer – but take care not to let the sugar mixture come to a boil.

Remove from the heat and let it cool for about 15-20 minutes.

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Transfer into a squeeze bottle, syrup jar (with top), or a mason jar.

How To Store This Simple Syrup

If stored in an air tight jar or container, this simple syrup should last up to 4 weeks, refrigerated.

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Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

5 from 1 vote
Brown Sugar Simple Syrup is a natural sweetener that's used to add a rich caramel hinted flavor to coffees, cocktails and other drinks. It only takes 5 minutes to make and it's a popular addition to iced coffees, old fashioneds and homemade lattes.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 10
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Equipment

  • 1 Saucepan, (medium)

Ingredients 

Instructions 

How To Make Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

  • Start by adding brown sugar, water and the vanilla extract into your saucepan.
  • Heat on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar fully dissolves.
  • Heat to a low simmer – but take care not to let the sugar mixture come to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and let it cool for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Transfer into a squeeze bottle, syrup jar (with top), or a mason jar.

Notes

How To Store This Simple Syrup

If stored in an air tight jar or container, this brown sugar simple syrup should last up to 4 weeks, refrigerated.

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 0.03gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 30mgSugar: 21gCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.2mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

Can you use brown sugar instead of white sugar in simple syrup?

Yes, white sugar simple syrup is fine, but take it up a notch by using brown sugar instead, with just a touch of vanilla extract to create a sugary solution that imparts a more robust caramel toffee-like flavor to your drinks.

How long does brown sugar simple syrup last?

If stored in an air tight jar or container, this brown sugar simple syrup should last up to 4 weeks, refrigerated.

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