Brown Sugar Syrup Starbucks Recipe

Brown Sugar Syrup Starbucks Recipe

Last updated on January 22nd, 2024 at 13:37

Learn to make a brown sugar syrup Starbucks recipe, and match the flavor of what you get at Starbuck with this copycat recipe.

Many other recipes that you will find on the intent fail to match that maple and cinnamon taste; this one emulates it perfectly.

Yet oddly the ingredients list on Starbucks brown simple syrup does not list maple or cinnamon as an ingredient.

Keep reading for a tasty Starbucks brown sugar syrup recipe!

Brown Sugar Syrup Starbucks Recipe – Make The Best Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup!

This recipe will teach you the core basics of making delicious simple syrup at home. You can use this syrup for multiple uses, from sweetening your coffee, to amazing cocktails or to drizzle over your pancakes.

Making a coffee syrup is easy. Every simple syrup recipe follows the same process: hot water, a sweetener which can be stevia or agave instead of sugar or another alternative sweetener and a flavoring of some kind – if necessary.

In this recipe I make a tiny adaptation, a little tasty twist with maple syrup and a cinnamon stick. A cinnamon stick adds more flavor than regular ground cinnamon.

This is truly how you replicate the flavor of Starbucks brown sugar simple syrup with greater precision.

Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup
Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup

Read: What brown sugar syrup does Starbucks use?

Brown Sugar Syrup Starbucks Ingredients

You have seen dozens and maybe hundreds of copycat recipes for brown sugar syrup by Starbucks which use hot water and brown sugar yet don’t quite match the syrup at Starbucks.

Although it is not mentioned on the product label, and is perhaps one of the natural flavorings, which are unnamed. When you taste it, it tastes like syrup with maple, and has a cinnamon hint.

Here are all the ingredients that you will need for making this Starbucks copycat recipe.

  • 3 cups of Light brown Sugar.
  • 2 cups of Maple Syrup.
  • One 6 inch Cinnamon Stick.
  • 3/4 of a teaspoon of fine Sea Salt.
  • 4.5 oz (135 ml) Fresh water, bottled is best!

Sea salt may seem like an odd ingredient to add to a brown sugar simple syrup recipe; it helps to tone down and mellow the flavors.


Add your light brown sugar, cinnamon stick, maple syrup and dash of fine sea salt to your saucepan and add your mineral water.

Bring your water to a simmering point at a medium heat and stir well until all the ingredients and the brown sugar has dissolved.

This should take a minute or two. Keep stirring.

Let your solution cool and then transfer to a glass bottle with an airtight lid. Put your cinnamon stick in to the bottle also.

Leave the cinnamon stick in the bottle with your brown sugar syrup for 24 hours and then remove it.

If you don’t remove the cinnamon stick, it will continue to extract and have a dominant cinnamon taste.

The 4.5 oz (135 ml) brown sugar syrup if you keep it in an airtight bottle and in your fridge will stay good for about 4 – 5 months before it starts to go off.

Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe
Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe

Read: How to make brown sugar syrup

Pro Tips For Perfection!

  • Only cook the simple syrup to the point where your sugar has only just dissolved. If you leave your simple syrup simmering for too long it will become foamy and cloudy.
  • Use pure maple syrup and don’t replace it with maple-flavored syrup, it is not the same and you will get a less than perfect result.

What Does Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup Taste Like?

Brown sugar simple syrup first appeared at Starbucks in early 2021 and is the base for their tasty iced brown sugar oat milk espresso. It tastes of molasses and has peculiar hints of maple and cinnamon – even though those are not listed as ingredients.

Brown sugar syrup goes well in many coffee beverages, including many of their espresso beverages. It’s a great addition to their iced coffee drinks too.

Brown Sugar Syrup Starbucks Nutrition Details

This section is for the health conscious – and we all should be really! It’s good to monitor our sugar and calorie intake.

Let’s get started with the calories content.

Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup Calories

Each pump of the brown sugar simple syrup will add 10 calories to your cup of coffee. Keep that in mind when you are ordering your gourmet coffee at Starbucks: 2 pumps, 20 extra calories.

Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup Sugar Content

For each pump of brown sugar syrup there are 5 grams of sugar. Given what we know from above about the amount of calories, you can adjust the amount of pumps in your drink to make it better for your diet or dietary needs.

One pump has 5 grams of sugar and 10 calories, two pumps 10 grams of sugar and 20 calories and so on.

Frequently Asked Questions About Brown Sugar Syrup Starbucks Recipe

What Is Brown Sugar Syrup Made Of?

Brown sugar syrup is made of only two ingredients, brown sugar and water. The hot water has the effect of caramelizing the brown sugar and bringing out the caramel notes.

All simple syrups are made using hot water and the item that it is flavored with – for example, coconut simple syrup is made with hot water and coconut.

Does Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup Have Cinnamon?

No. When you check the label on the bottle and look for the ingredients, cinnamon is not listed as an ingredient used. This tasty and delicious syrup only has two main ingredients and preservatives added.

What Is In The Apple Brown Sugar Syrup At Starbucks?

Starbucks apple brown sugar syrup has brown sugar, water, citric acid, sodium benzoate and natural flavors. 

What Kind Of Sugar Syrup Does Starbucks Use?

There are three simple syrups at Starbucks: their cane sugar, classic syrup and brown sugar simple syrups. They are all unflavored and provide a better and more even distribution of sweetness to your drinks when compared to sugar.

Is Brown Sugar Syrup Healthy?

Brown sugar syrup has 88% to 93% sucrose and like other syrups, regardless of flavor or type, it is not healthier than regular sugar.

Simple syrups are used to sweeten coffee, tea and cocktails because they give a better and more even distribution of sweetness.

What Syrup Brand Does Starbucks Use?

Starbucks has their own brand of Syrups which are manufactured under licence by Fontana. You can buy them online from all the major outlets like Amazon, Walmart and eBay.

Final Thoughts – Brown Sugar Syrup Starbucks Recipe

I hope that you enjoyed this brown sugar syrup Starbucks recipe and get making it and above all enjoying the recipe.

You can make as much or as little as you wish. I love making my own syrups and using alternative sweeteners – obviously this is not something you can do with this one, otherwise it is not going to be a brown sugar syrup is it!

You can also take this recipe as the base for any flavored syrup you want to make. If you want a brown sugar coconut syrup…add grated coconut meat to the mix.

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