Simple Coffee Syrup

Coffee syrup is a sweet, thick coffee concentrate, typically used to add coffee flavor to baked goods and candies. It can also be used to make an east coast classic drink, coffee milk. This homemade coffee syrup tastes much better than store-bought coffee syrups, and it can be made at a fraction of the cost.

titled image - Coffee Syrup - a glass carafe of homemade coffee concentrate (coffee syrup)


Coffee. I love coffee so much that in the next few weeks, I'll be sharing a few recipes with you using coffee. To kick it off, I'm starting with this simple coffee syrup recipe. It's inspired by the coffee syrup that is almost impossible to find in the stores around here (Upstate NY). Trader Joe's coffee syrup is really expensive, so I had to solve the problem by making my own. Good bye store bought coffee syrup. It was really nice getting to know you. 🙂

I love my coffee sweet which makes it even easier to over indulge in all these tasty treats I'm making. But even people that drink their coffee black, can't get enough of coffee desserts. Sweet or not, there's something about it that is irresistible. My father who does not have a sweet tooth in his body goes crazy for things like coffee milkshakes.

Now I've done a little teasing, let me spill the beans on what I've got in store for you other than this amazing coffee syrup. I'll be sharing some coffee cheesecake, coffee cookies and hopefully some coffee cupcakes. The cupcakes are still a work in progress. Cakes can be touchy, so I'm still testing that recipe. Fingers crossed I get it straightened out. Meanwhile, I have 12ish days of Christmas cookies coming at you.

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glass carafe filled with simple coffee syrup sits next to a glass of milk

I have so many ideas that I want to get out there for Christmas. I hope I can get them all in. That's why I say 12ish days of Christmas cookies.

How to Make Coffee Syrup:

Coffee syrup next to glass milk.

Coffee Syrup

This Homemade Coffee Syrup is made with sugar, water and instant coffee. It's great in milk, milkshakes, cheesecake and more!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Drink
Servings 1
Calories 411 kcal


  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 ½ tablespoons instant coffee


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add in the sugar, water and instant coffee. Stir to combine.
  • Let the coffee syrup come up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let simmer until thickened.
  • Mine simmered for about 15 minutes.
  • Pour into a cup and let cool. Cooling the syrup will let it thicken more. Use the syrup in recipes and a cup of milk.


To store, place in a jar with lid at room temperature and use within 7 days.


Calories: 411kcalCarbohydrates: 105gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 268mgSugar: 100gCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.4mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

Don't forget I still have a giveaway on some KitchenAid and Wilton baking utensils over on my No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake and a gift card for $500 on my Peppermint Oreo Crunch Cake.

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  1. I love homemade syrups and I love coffee, so this recipe is tailor-made for me. Can't wait to try it - maybe in whipped cream.

  2. I knew I needed this in my life as soon as I saw it on my FB feed! Between you and me, I think I'm going to add some whiskey in there and have it every single dau!! I am a caffeine-a-holic too! Can't WAIT for the other coffee recipes! 🙂

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