Make Starbucks Simple Syrup Recipe Like A Boss!

Make Starbucks Simple Syrup Recipe Like A Boss!

Last updated on October 26th, 2023 at 17:56

I got asked by email how to make a Starbucks simple syrup recipe, of which, at Latte Love Brew, I am happy to duly oblige.


I’d like to point out straight away – at Starbucks it is not called simple syrup, it is called Starbucks classic syrup. There is only a slight difference between classic syrup and simple syrup – which I talk about in this article.

Keep reading to find out all you need to know and get making a great Starbucks simple syrup copycat recipe.

What Is Starbucks Simple Syrup?

Starbucks simple syrup is known as classic syrup at the gourmet coffee conglomerates’ outlets. It is, in the most simplest and basic terms, is liquid sugar.

They use syrup to sweeten their drinks as it mixes better than granulated sugar as it gives a more even sweetness through the drink and does not add or alter the flavor in any way.

It is made of sugar and water.

What Is Starbucks Simple Syrup
Starbucks Classic Syrup

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Starbucks Simple Syrup Recipe

You can make this recipe in the comfort of your home in as little as 5 minutes. There are only two ingredients – sugar and water. At Latte Love Brew we encourage you to use the best possible ingredients and that includes the best possible water – use bottled water, if that is not possible use at the very least filtered water.

Spend a few pennies more to get the best sugar available to you.

The way Starbucks makes their Classic syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water, you can adjust to your own personal preference.

Making a liquid sweetener is much better than adding sugar to both hot and cold drinks as you get a much better end result with it as it mixes better and more evenly.

Starbucks Simple Syrup Recipe
Simple Syrup Makes Your Coffee Taste Better

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Sugar: Granulated white sugar is what Starbucks uses to make classic syrup. You can, if you want, use cane sugar.

Water: Use bottled water; if this is not possible, use filtered water.


There is nothing complicated at all here, just two simple steps.

  • 1. Put an equal amount of sugar and water – by weight into your saucepan and let it simmer. Simmer your water on a low heat until all of your sugar has dissolved, and then let it cool.
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What Does Starbucks Classic Syrup Taste Like?

Starbucks classic syrup is a flavorless liquid sugar that has the flavor that you would expect when you mix sugar with water to create a syrup. It is sweet and sugary but has no particular taste of note.

This is why it is used as a sweetener – it has no effect on the quality of coffee beans or tea leaves used to brew your drink. As an absolute bonus, you don’t suffer the sickly over sweetness at the end of your coffee as the classic syrup dissolves more easily giving a better distribution of sweetness.

Is The Classic Syrup At Starbucks Sweet?

Classic syrup at Starbucks is, in my opinion and experience, sweet. It is a 50% water and 50% cane sugar mix and nothing else. It is a little sweeter than Torani classic syrup and other simple syrup alternatives.

When you make your own at home with a copycat recipe, you can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less water than the amount of sugar that you use.

Is The Classic Syrup At Starbucks Sweet
It Is Not Any Sweeter Than Sugar

Starbucks Classic Syrup Nutrition

Starbucks classic syrup offers you no nutritional value at all, no vitamins, no minerals – nothing. A single pump, which is approximately 30ml or 1 fluid ounce, contains 20 calories.

There are 5 grams of sugar and 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

Difference Between Liquid Cane Sugar And Starbucks Classic Syrup

If you frequent Starbucks and love their coffee, you will know that they have all sorts of drinks with a range of flavor options like:

  • Hazelnut.
  • Caramel.
  • Vanilla.
  • Irish cream
  • Toffee-nut.
  • And more.

Literally, there is something for everyone – not matter how fussy or peculiar their tastes are. Their newest one is liquid cane sugar syrup, which is known as Starbucks classic syrup.

The difference between the two is very fine. Classic syrup is made with sugar while a regular liquid cane sugar is made with sugar and turbinado cane sugar. Turbinado is a sugar that does not go through the same level of processing as regular cane sugar. The result of which is that it has a slightly different flavor.

Neither of the two alters the flavor of your drink in any way other than making it sweeter.

Starbucks Flavored Syrups
There Are Many Starbucks Flavored Syrups

Where To Buy Starbucks Classic Syrup

It is easy to find outlets online that sell Starbucks Classic Syrup and their other syrups. Amazon sells them. They also sell their own product on their own website.

You will also find them in Walmart.

You can buy it and get exactly what Starbucks uses, or you can make one that is tailored to your own personal tastes and likes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Starbucks Simple Recipe

Starbucks has only two liquid sweeteners, which are also known as simple syrups. Their most popular one is classic syrup and the other is cane sugar. Both of Starbucks simple syrups are unflavored and are used in the same way as you would use sugar – to sweeten hot drinks and cold drinks.

The ingredients in Starbucks Classic syrup are: Water, Sugar, natural flavor. Potassium sorbate (E202) and citric acid (E330) are used as a preservative.

Starbucks classic syrup is their version of simple syrup which is by all means liquid sugar and what is used by the coffee giant to sweeten their iced coffees, shaken teas and is preferred instead of sugar as it does not add any flavor to the drinks and allows customers to sweeten their drinks.

Simple syrup is made by dissolving sugar in water. There is literally nothing else to it. The simple syrup gives a more even distribution of sweetness to coffee drinks, hot or cold, without affecting the flavor of them. This is why it is preferred over sugar, which can alter the flavor slightly and get an uneven distribution of taste.

Two pumps of syrup at Starbucks equates to 2 fluid ounces. Each pump is one fluid ounce. The larger your drink, the more pumps it gets. Tall gets 3 pumps, grande its 4 and a venti has 5 pumps and a venti iced has 6 pumps.

If your Grande, Venti or Venti iced tastes too sweet – ask for fewer pumps of syrup.

What Is Starbucks Simple Syrup Made Of?

The ingredients listed on a bottle of Starbucks simple syrup are:

  • Water.
  • Sugar.
  • Citric Acid (E330).
  • Potassium Sorbate (E202).
  • Natural Flavor.

Why Is Simple Syrup So Sweet?

Simple is so sweet as it is simply a liquid sweetener that is made by dissolving an equal amount of sugar in water using a 1:1 ratio of each of the ingredients. It is used in coffee drinks as it provides a high quality even distribution of sweetness. 

What Is Simple Syrup Formula?

The standard formula for making a simple syrup, be it flavored or not, is to use equal parts of sugar and water in a 1:1 ratio.

Final Thoughts – Starbucks Simple Syrup Recipe 

And who thought there would be so much to a Starbucks simple syrup recipe. Now you know everything that you need to know to make a great syrup that replicates what you can get at Starbucks and alter it to suit your own needs and, of course, make better coffee at home. 

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or, mentioning your name and location

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