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Flavored Simple Syrup Recipes

Flavored Simple Syrups for Coffee & Iced Tea


Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener that is commonly used to sweeten cocktails, coffee and iced tea. Plain simple syrup is simply boiled down water and sugar. However, flavored simple syrups incorporate additional ingredients for added flavor.

Flavored simple syrups can be used like plain simple syrup to add sweetness (and flavor) to cold drinks and to flavored coffees. They can also be used as a topping for ice cream, pancakes, cakes and other baked goods.

This guide to flavored simple syrups includes recommendations for pairings each syrup recipe with coffee, iced tea and other drinks (and sometimes also foods).

Lemon-Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe

An image of Lemon-Ginger Simple Syrup in a Mason jar
Lindsey Goodwin
This flavored simple syrup recipe was created for Lemon-Ginger Iced Green Tea. However, it can also pair well with hot or iced coffees with natural citrus notes and it can make a great base for flavored or sparkling lemonade.

Variations on this recipe include Lemon Simple Syrup and Lemon-Rosemary Simple Syrup.

Brown Sugar & Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe

An image of Brown Sugar Ginger Simple Syrup in a glass.
Marko Goodwin
This deeply flavored simple syrup is best in bold drinks. The recipe was created for Spiked Ginger Coffee Vodka, but you can also use it to flavor masala chai, milk steamers or coffees with natural spice notes.

For a similar flavor, try this Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe from About.com Local Foods.

Cardamom Simple Syrup Recipe

This aromatic simple syrup takes a cue from the Middle Eastern origins of simple syrup with an intense cardamom flavor. It's delicious in masala chai, coffees with lighter, brighter flavors, milk steamers and Darjeeling teas.

Cinnamon Simple Syrup Recipe

Demarara sugar gives this spiced simple syrup a richer, deeper flavor than most. The result is a flavored syrup that's perfect for hot coffee, iced coffee, milk steamers or masala chai. It also works well with Assam tea or Ceylon tea.

Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe

An image of Strawberry Simple Syrup in a Mason jar
Lindsey Goodwin
This flavored syrup recipe was created for Strawberry Iced Green Tea. It also works well in other iced green teas, iced black teas, lemonades and coffees with natural berry notes

Pomegranate Simple Syrup Recipe

This exotic simple syrup recipe comes from the same place as gomme syrup, a traditional variation on simple syrup. It tastes great in iced green teas or in lighter black teas. It can also be added to lemonades, cocktails and various foods.

Rose Simple Syrup Recipe

This versatile flavored syrup can be used to enhance hot coffee, iced coffee, hot or iced black teas, iced green teas, certain iced oolong teas, lemonades, cocktails, ice creams and baked goods. I recommend trying it out for an afternoon tea party, Valentine's Day or an anniversary.

Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

Although this recipe was created to make an ingredient for cocktails, lavender-flavored simple syrup also tastes fantastic in certain green teas, some Ceylon black teas and lemonades. Given the Victorian associations with lavender, it could also make an interesting sweetener for an afternoon tea party menu.

Mint Simple Syrup Recipe

An image of fresh mint leaves
Lindsey Goodwin
The invigorating flavor of mint is captured in this fresh mint simple syrup recipe. Use this syrup to add a burst of mint flavor to your iced black tea or iced green tea, to herbal infusions or to flavored coffee drinks, like flavored lattes.

You might also enjoy this Vanilla-Mint Simple Syrup.

Bay Leaf Simple Syrup Recipe

Bay leaf is commonly used in beverages in Latin America. I recommend using Bay Leaf Simple Syrup in lemongrass herbal infusions, iced coffee or wintery hot tea punch recipes. It's also a good addition to mulled wine.

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