Cozy up with your favorite blanket and a hot cup of coffee flavored with this Apple Cider Brown Sugar Syrup. Absolutely forget about overspending on artificially flavored coffee shop apple espresso and coffee drinks! Make your own and keep a bottle in the fridge all fall long!
At the end of each summer, I start dreaming about all the incredible apple recipes I plan to make between September and December.
In reality though, do I get to making half of them? Nope. A third? Likely not.
It’s those crumb bars that sparked my newest coffee syrup recipe: apple cider brown sugar syrup. Well, those crumb bars and the worst drink I ever had from Starbucks, the iced apple crisp oatmilk shaken espresso.
After pouring that drink out after just a couple of sips, I vowed to make an apple syrup that I would actually want to put in my coffee. You know, one that tasted like apples, not artificial flavoring.
So I put my boiled apple cider to use. It also happens to be the main flavor ingredient for my beloved apple cider caramel crumb bars. And it’s a GENIUS way to boost the apple flavor in your recipes way, way up!
All you’re going to want to do is pour it into your next cup of coffee, cozy up with a blanket, and watch the leaves fall. It’s just that perfect!
Ingredients for Apple Cider Brown Sugar Syrup
All of my coffee syrup recipes require minimal ingredients. It’s what I love best about making them from scratch!
This syrup, however, needs one special ingredient: boiled cider. You can buy this from King Arthur Flour or make your own from apple cider. Boiled cider is an easy thing to make and it’s WAY less expensive than buying it.
Here’s the very simple ingredient list for this coffee syrup (be sure to scroll down to the recipe card below for the full list of ingredients, including amounts!):
- Brown sugar
- Boiled cider
- Vanilla extract
- Cinnamon stick
Ways to Use This Syrup
Obviously, my favorite way to use this apple cider syrup is in my coffee. I’ve been making lots of lattes with it this fall so I KNOW it’s great mixed with espresso.
But I’ve also been using it to flavor my morning cups of coffee and if it’s possible, I think I love this syrup even more in black coffee. As black coffee isn’t as strong as espresso is, the apple cider flavor comes through with an intensity I never expected.
If you’re not a coffee drinker, have no fear! Like many other types of simple syrups, you can use this apple cider syrup as a flavoring for your fall cocktails too. Think caramel apple martinis using caramel vodka!
- 1 ½ cups light or dark brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 ¼ cups water
- ½ cup boiled cider (See Note below.)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar as the water heats.
- Boil for 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and stir the boiled cider and vanilla extract to the pot then drop the cinnamon stick in. Let the syrup cool for 30 minutes then remove the cinnamon stick.
- Transfer the syrup to a 16 oz (or larger) glass bottle or jar. The syrup will seem thin at first but it will thicken as it cools.
In the Recommended Products section below, you'll find a link to purchase boiled cider. If you would rather make your own boiled cider, follow the link here: Apple Cider Caramels
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