If you want to add a rich caramel flavor to your drinks, try this easy brown sugar syrup. It's super quick to whip up with just two ingredients!
Most of you are familiar with sugar syrup. Typically, you make it with regular granulated sugar, but this recipe with brown sugar is also very good.
Especially if you are making a cocktail with coffee, like an espresso Martini or want to temper a chocolate cake.
This is because molasses is added to brown sugar, which gives the sugar a deep caramel flavor.
What is brown sugar simple syrup?
Brown sugar simple syrup is a sweetener that is perfect for your favorite drinks, desserts and drizzle over cakes.
Why you will love this recipe
It is super quick to whip up! This recipe only takes 5 minutes from start to finish!
The syrup adds a ton of flavor. Brown sugar contains molasses, and that's what gives your drinks an amazing caramel flavor!
Brown sugar simple syrup lasts a long time. Because of the high sugar ratio, you can keep it in the fridge for weeks before you need to make another batch.
Perfect for your fall baking. The deep caramel flavor of the brown sugar goes perfectly with all your favorite fall desserts.
Brown sugar - for the best results, it is best to use dark brown sugar. This will give the syrup a darker color and a stronger caramel flavor.
How to make sugar syrup with brown sugar
The perfect ratio for making brown sugar simple syrup is a 1:1 sugar-to-water ratio. For a thicker syrup, double the amount of sugar.
To make the syrup, you start by adding the water and sugar to a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Give it a quick stir and turn on the heat.
Let the water come to a boil and let it simmer on medium-high heat until the sugar has resolved. This should take about five minutes,
It is important to keep stirring to prevent the sugar from burning.
Let it cool to room temperature before using it in your favorite recipes.
My tips for this recipe
Take your time. It doesn't take long to make the syrup, so there is no need to speed up the process.
Don't make too much in one go. Since it's quick and easy to make, you can always whip up another batch in just a few minutes. Therefore, there's no need to make too much.
Experiment with flavors. Add flavors like cinnamon, honey, or vanilla!
Spice it up! Adding flavors like vanilla or pumpkin spice can easily add extra flavor to your recipes.
Honey. Replace ¼ of the sugar with honey! This is especially good in fall drinks like coffee and iced tea.
Add spices. The deep caramel flavor of the syrup is amazing with cinnamon, cardamom, speculaas spices, or pumpkin spice.
Uses for brown sugar simple syrup
Coffee. Add a dash of brown sugar syrup to give your coffee a mild caramel flavor.
Tea. Like for coffee, this syrup is also ideal for sweetening your (boba) tea.
Cocktails. This syrup is perfect for sweetening your homemade cocktails and is an essential ingredient in an old-fashioned espresso martini.
Hot chocolate! One of my favorite uses for simple brown sugar syrup is sweetening homemade hot chocolate! Especially my Nutella hot chocolate.
You can use this syrup for white hot chocolate, but it does change the color. If you want to keep your drink white, I recommend using classic simple syrup.
To make your own Starbucks brown sugar simple syrup, you will need a heavy-bottomed saucepan, measuring cups or a kitchen scale, and a jar to store the syrup.
In the refrigerator, the syrup will keep for about a month. If you want to keep it longer, it's better to put it in the freezer.
Since you usually don't use that much at a time, it is a good idea to freeze the brown sugar syrup in an ice cube mold.
That way, you get enough out of the freezer quickly without having to thaw all of it!
The syrup will stay good in the freezer for at least a year.
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Brown sugar simple syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- Put the dark caster sugar with the water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and turn on the heat.
- Heat while stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Once the sugar has melted, remove the syrup from the heat and allow the brown sugar syrup to cool before using.