How to Use Coffee Syrup

Syrups made from coffee are a simple alternative to the more common creamers and sugar used in different recipes. Some people find it sweet, while others refer to it as invigorating. When making coffee in your home, do you know how to use coffee syrup?

How to Use Coffee Syrup

To use coffee syrup, add it to your warm coffee drinks to enhance their flavor. Add a shot of syrup to add a sweet touch to mochas, cappuccinos, and lattes. Stir well to ensure that the mixture is well blended.

A person with nail polish pouring syrup on a cup of coffee placed on a white saucer

This syrup is made by boiling water with ground coffee beans. Once the beans have been added to the water, the mixture is boiled for a few minutes until the liquid has cooled down. This will extract most of the caffeine from the coffee grounds, leaving behind just their flavor.

Uses for Coffee Syrup

Coffee-based syrups are increasingly becoming popular worldwide,  Data shows that, the syrup revenue is projected to grow at 4.9%, reaching US$ 52.2 billion from 2021 to 2027. Some of its many uses are that it can be drizzled over pancakes, waffles, and French toast with whipped cream and fresh fruit on top. It can also be used as a topping for ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.

In addition, you can also make your own version of café au lait by combining equal parts milk and coffee-based syrup in a blender until frothy. Take advantage of the many unique ways to use this wonderful syrup. 

Iced Lattes

If you want to add a kick of flavor to your coffee, drizzle your coffee-flavored syrup into them. Shake or whisk a shot or two of your preferred syrup into your iced latte to make it tasty.

To make a coffee-based syrup iced latte:

  1. Using a cocktail shaker, combine a single shot of syrup to enhance the taste of your iced lattes. Pour into a tall glass after shaking and straining.
  2. If you prefer, pour a shot of syrup on the bottom of a tall glass before adding iced coffee. Mix the syrup in with a long spoon.

Coffee Milkshakes

Another great way to use coffee-based syrup is in milkshakes. Just like with iced lattes, mix equal parts milk and ice cream in a blender until smooth, then add a tablespoon or two of the syrup along with any other flavorings you want (like cocoa powder or vanilla extract). The result will be a delicious cold treat that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face—especially yours!

Coffee Ice Cubes 

If you’re looking for an easy way to cool off your drinks without adding more ice cubes, try making coffee ice cubes instead! Simply fill an ice cube tray with water and then add a few teaspoons of coffee syrup before freezing it overnight. When you’re ready to make a new batch of iced coffee or latte (or anything else), just pop out one cube and add it to your glass.

Fresh coffee beans tipped over a clear glass with a glass of coffee frappe beside it

Other Uses of Coffee Syrup Outside of Coffee

In addition to being used in coffee drinks, coffee syrup can be used in other recipes.  Other uses for coffee-flavored syrup include adding more flavors to dishes’ decorations, filling sweet treats, and using the syrup as a glaze for meat dishes. 


If you’re looking for an easy way to use coffee-based syrup in the kitchen, it’s a great way to add sweetness to your dishes. It’s also a great option for people with food allergies or sensitivities, as most are gluten-free. 

You can use this syrup as a sugar replacement in various recipes, from pancake batter and waffles to brownies and frosting.

Making Cocktails

Coffee-based syrup adds a rich, potent flavor to most cocktails and gives them that extra kick they need. It can be used as an ingredient in alcoholic beverages such as whiskey sour, made with bourbon, lemon juice, or lime juice. 

To use it in your cocktail, add one tablespoon of syrup for every 1 cup of liquid (e.g., one tablespoon for each ½ cup). You can even skip the sugar altogether if you prefer and just mix in some regular ol’ vanilla extract or vanilla syrup! The warm flavor of the syrup complements any alcoholic drink and makes for a delicious drink sure to impress your guests!


You can use syrup as an ingredient in baking recipes like cookies and cakes. If you’re making a recipe that calls for sugar, replace half of the sugar with your favorite brand of coffee-based syrup. 

This will give your baked goods enough sweetness without overwhelming them with sugar. The syrup can also be substituted for vanilla extract or other extracts in baking recipes. A little goes a long way, so don’t overdo it!

Ice Cream

Dab coffee syrup atop ice cream to give your dessert that extra touch. This syrup pairs incredibly well with chocolate, coffee ice cream, or a traditional serving of vanilla ice cream. 

Try caramelized syrup made with coffee over caramel ice cream or minty coffee-made syrup over mint chocolate ice cream. When making your ice cream, you might try making delicious coffee ice cream by incorporating coffee-flavor syrup into the mixture.

With Lemonade

If you’re looking for a new twist on traditional lemonade to make a refreshing summer drink, try adding a bit of syrup coffee. The two flavors complement each other well, and the resulting drink is a nice balance of sweet and tart. You can also add the syrup to other fruit juices for an interesting flavor combination.

Clear glass with an ice-cream sundae being poured of coffee syrup placed on brown wood

How to Make Your Very Own Coffee-Flavored Syrup at Home

You can make coffee made syrup at home with just two simple ingredients. This recipe is great for adding to coffee or making into a syrup for pancakes and waffles.


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup of brewed extra strong coffee

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare the ingredients.
  2. Steep the coffee using your favorite method. 
  3. Stir sugar and extra strong coffee together in a medium saucepan. Stir constantly while boiling to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. After the homemade syrup has cooled, pour it into a sterilized glass container.
  6. Seal and keep in a fridge for a minimum of one month. 

Add it to your favorite food or drink recipe. You’ll love it.

Related Questions

How Much Coffee Syrup Should I Use?

The general rule of thumb is to use two tablespoons of syrup per 8-ounce cup of coffee (or one tablespoon per serving). How much you need will depend on the type of coffee and your taste preferences.

Do You Refrigerate Coffee Syrup After Opening?

If you’ve opened a syrup can, then you must keep it refrigerated. The open syrup will last up to a year when stored properly, which is impressive.

Do You Use Coffee-Flavored Syrup Instead of Creamer?

While coffee-flavored syrups may not be a diabetic-friendly creamer alternative, some people maybe be able to enjoy using coffee-flavored syrup instead of your usual coffee creamer. The latter will whiten your coffee, whereas the former will add some flavor to it. 


Coffee syrup can enhance the flavor and sweetness of your coffee. Use it as an ingredient in recipes or as an alternative when you want to sweeten your coffee without sugar. With syrup made from coffee, you can get creative and combine it with various ingredients to create a unique experience.