How To Make A Homemade Brown Sugar Simple Syrup Recipe

Brown sugar simple syrup, a deep caramel-colored syrup with a rich flavor, perfect for sweetening up your cocktails, coffee, or tea and even your cakes!

brown sugar simple syrup - black liquid in a jar beside a sugar

Simple syrup is one of the most versatile, common and easy-to-make ingredient for cocktails.

And its name says it all. It’s so simple to make at home with just a couple of very common ingredients.

Brown sugar simple syrup is made by dissolving brown sugar in water. So technically, it is still sugar.

However, the syrup consistency makes it much easier to mix with drinks, especially in cold drinks that make it much more difficult to dissolve sugar.

Some cocktails such as mojitos call for sugar.

But most call for simple syrup to evenly spread the sweetness. Because do you really want the sugar just sitting at the bottom?!?

Simple syrup can be used also to sweeten tea, coffee, lemonade, or almost any hot or cold drink.

It can even be used in baked goods or even drizzled on top to moisten your dessert.

Typically, simple syrups are made with equal parts of water and sugar. But for a richer syrup, you can use 2 parts sugar and 1 part water. 

simple sugar - close up shot of a brown sugar

What Type of Brown Sugar To Use for This Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

Brown sugar, compared to white, has a darker color and a deep caramel flavor due to molasses.

There are many different types of brown sugar available, and this simple syrup recipe can be made with any. 

However, for a richer and deeper flavor, we recommend using Demerara sugar or Muscovado sugar.

Both feature higher concentrations of molasses, allowing for a richer flavor and color.

simple syrup ratio - container with half full of sugar

Ingredients To Make Brown Sugar Simple Syrup 

Brown sugar — You can use light or dark sugar. But we personally recommend Demerara sugar and Muscovado sugar for an enhanced flavoring. In this particular recipe, we opted for Muscovado sugar. 

Water — Use filtered water for best results.

Tools To Have On Hand To Make Simple Syrup


Measuring cups

Glass air-tight container — For storage

how to make brown sugar syrup - finely made brown sugar syrup

How To Make Brown Sugar Syrup

Step 1 — Combine brown sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.

Step 2  Cook the mixture, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup is heated through.

Step 3  Remove from heat and let cool completely before using.

Step 4  Once it has reached room temperature, store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

sugar syrup - black liquid with wooden spoon in the jar

How Long Does Simple Syrup Last?

When kept in the fridge in an airtight container, simple syrup can last for a month.

Rich syrups (that call for 2 parts sugar and 1 part water) can last a bit longer for up to 3 months. 

Flavored simple syrups like our mint simple syrup recipe, need to be strained very well before storing.

And now that you know to ho to make brown sugar simple syrup, try making it with the following recipes below —

how to make brown sugar syrup - finely made brown sugar syrup

Brown Sugar Simple Syrup Recipe

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5 from 3 votes
Brown sugar simple syrup, a deep caramel-colored syrup with a rich flavor, perfect to sweeten all kinds of beverages and baked goods.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Syrup


  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cups


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup filtered water


Serving: 15fl oz | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 146mg | Sugar: 107g | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 418kcal


  • It can last for up to a month stored in the fridge in an air-tight container. 
  • You’ll need only one or two spoons of the syrup for each drink.
  • The resulting syrup is dark as espresso coffee (especially if you use Muscovado sugar) so it goes best in drinks (like coffee, tea or dark cocktails) that you don’t mind altering the color.
  • The final product has a very distinct rich toasty flavor so it goes well with dark rum-based drinks or whiskey. 
  • You can enhance the flavors by adding a cinnamon stick while making it and even a teaspoon of vanilla extract.


  • In a saucepan, pour in the water and sugar and stir. 
  • Bring to a boil and keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
  • Transfer the syrup into a glass air-tight container, and let it cool down.
  • Once it has reached room temp, store it in the fridge.
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