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How To Make Vanilla Simple Syrup at Home

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How to make vanilla simple syrup at home 

The first coffee drink I ever truly fell in love with was a Starbucks Vanilla Latte.  I went a few weeks where nearly every day I would study for 2-3 hours sipping one of these.  In fact, it was the only way I could convince myself to get out of bed and study some days.  Unfortunately, I also learned that my bank account wasn’t happy with me going out for coffee every morning, and I had to find an alternative solution.  Thankfully, making a simple syrup is even simpler than I thought, and this Vanilla simple syrup was the best way to replicate that coffee shop vanilla latte taste at home and on a budget!


This three ingredient and three step recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make, and produces enough vanilla simple syrup to last a few weeks when stored in the refrigerator!  


This is the Vanilla syrup that I use in my French Vanilla Cappuccino recipe, as well as in a regular cup of coffee on some mornings to add a little bit of sweetness!


If you're adding this to one of Seven Star Coffee's products, we would highly recommend something with a more neutral flavor profile like our Bull City Original, Cowboy Coffee, or Bali Blue Moon


Storage Tip: I’ve found two great methods to store my simple syrups at home in the fridge.  The first is to use a mason jar.  You can even find pumps designed to fit over mason jars for easy dispensing of your syrup just like they do in coffee shops!  The second option that works great is to use a clear plastic condiment dispenser, which makes it very easy to control how much syrup you’re adding to your drink!  This vanilla simple syrup should last 2-3 weeks when stored in the refrigerator.



  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


    1. Add 1 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar into a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until combined.  Be mindful not to let the mixture boil!  
    2. Stir in 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and remove from heat.
    3. Pour the syrup into a clean bottle or jar and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before refrigerating for longer term storage.  Make sure the mixture is cooled before you seal the lid, or it will be very difficult to remove.