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Vanilla Simple Syrup

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This classic, homemade, Vanilla Simple Syrup is easy to make, only 3 ingredients, and so versatile! Find out how to make vanilla syrup with vanilla beans, bean paste, extract, and even sugar free sweeteners. Stir it in coffee, mocktails, milk tea, and more!

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Pouring Syrup into a coffee cup.

Here’s Why You’ll LOVE This Vanilla Syrup:

  • It is 3 easy pantry ingredients- sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener, water, and vanilla.
  • It keeps in the refrigerator for a month- this means delicious vanilla sweetened drinks and coffee all month long.
  • You can use multiple types of vanilla- vanilla beans, extract, vanilla bean paste, and imitation extract.
  • It is easy to make sugar free and still tastes just as great- I recommend allulose sweetener.
  • Has SO MANY different uses- in beverages, tossed in fruit salads, to sweeten cream and whipped cream, to moisten cake layers, the list goes on and on!

Ingredients in Vanilla Simple Syrup

This recipe has 3 simple and inexpensive ingredients. Below has more information and substitutes for each ingredient.

  • Water
  • Sugar: Granulated works best for this recipe but you can use cane sugar in it’s place. If you use another type of sugar just keep in mind, you don’t want to choose a sugar with a strong flavor or it will overpower the vanilla.
  • Vanilla: I love the flavor from vanilla beans (Madagascar from African Spices is my favorite). It is also possible to use a high quality vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, or imitation vanilla in it’s place.
Ingredients. Sugar, water, vanilla beans, and a airtight glass container.

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Syrup

This is a quick snapshot of the steps, the recipe card will have more details. There is instructions for making vanilla syrup with whole vanilla bean pods, vanilla bean paste, pure vanilla extract, and imitation vanilla extract.

This recipes makes 1.5 cups (354ml) of vanilla simple syrup which is good for 18 to 24 drinks.

Instructions For Using Vanilla Beans

  1. CUT open the vanilla bean pod and scrape out the vanilla beans.
  2. ADD the sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener, water, vanilla beans, and vanilla bean pods to a small saucepan.
  3. HEAT until the sugar has dissolved and then bring to a boil.
  4. REDUCE heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. REMOVE from heat and cover the saucepan with it’s lid. Allow it to cool to room temperature (this allows it to build even more flavor as it steeps, don’t skip this step).
  6. STRAIN the pods and any large bits from the Vanilla Simple Syrup using a fine mesh strainer
  7. STORE in an airtight container or glass bottle and refrigerate.

If you have leftover vanilla beans, you have to try this Vanilla Mousse. It is creamy perfection!

A Quick Video Tutorial:

Instructions For Using Vanilla Bean Paste

  1. ADD the sugar and water to a small saucepan.
  2. HEAT until the sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener has dissolved and the mixture just begins to come to a boil.
  3. REMOVE from heat and stir in the vanilla bean paste.
  4. STORE in an airtight container or glass bottle and refrigerate once it is at room temperature.

Instructions For Using Pure Extract or Imitation Extract

  1. ADD the water and sugar to a small saucepan.
  2. HEAT until the sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener has dissolved and it just begins to come to a boil.
  3. REMOVE from heat and stir in the pure or imitation vanilla extract.
  4. STORE in an airtight glass bottle or container and once it is at room temperature refrigerate it.

Storing Information

Always, always, always store homemade simple syrup in the refrigerator and in an airtight container or jar. Homemade simple syrup can mold because it does not have the preservatives in it like store-bought syrups. In the refrigerate this Vanilla Simple Syrup will keep for up to one month. I like to give it a good shake before pouring because the vanilla beans do settle to the bottom.

You can even freeze simple syrup into an ice cube tray and then place them in a gallon bag. They will last this way for up to six months. This method works best with warm drinks, coffee, and tea. They melt and cool down your drink just enough and sweetens it at the same time!

Syrup bottle full of Vanilla Simple Syrup with vanilla beans on the side.

Ways to Use Vanilla Simple Syrup

The best part about this syrup is it is a classic flavor. It goes great in a lot of different things and with a lot of different flavors. Here are a few ideas for you:

  • to sweeten coffees and teas
  • in cocktails, mocktails, lemonade, and other beverages
  • make your own flavored whipped cream or sweet cream topping
  • pour it over yogurt or ice cream
  • tossed in fruit salads
  • glaze fruits on pies & tarts
  • brush on quick breads or cake layers to moisten them
  • make it part of a holiday gift basket (just add a cute label and bow)

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Extra Vanilla Syrup Tips:

  • If you use vanilla paste or extract, you do not want to boil it with the sugar syrup or it will weaken the vanilla flavor and color. Vanilla paste and extract should be stirred into the simple syrup after it is removed from the stove top.
  • If you use or need a lot of syrup, double or triple the recipe. For the holidays I like to make a double batch for not just coffee, but eggnog and mulled wine too!
  • Store the syrup in an airtight container you can easily dispense from. I like to use leftover maple syrup bottles for simple syrup. You can also use squeeze bottles, jars, syrup dispensers, dispensers with pump tops, etc.
  • If you want a thick and rich vanilla simple syrup use half the amount of sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener in the recipe.
Close up of syrup to see black vanilla beans floating in the amber colored simple syrup.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How much vanilla simple syrup do I need in a drink?

My rule of thumb is 1 to 2 tablespoons of syrup for every 8 ounces (236ml) in a drink. Definitely test the level of sweetness and vanilla strength, add more vanilla syrup if needed.

What kind of vanilla bean do I use?

You can use any type, I prefer Madagascar vanilla beans. You can purchase them online and find them in some grocery stores in their baking aisle. I highly recommend African Spices on Etsy.

How do I make sugar free simple syrup?

It is actually quite simple. Follow this recipe as it is written, the only difference is the sugar. Substitute the 1 cup (200g) of granulated sugar or 1.5 (300g) cups of allulose (my favorite).

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Pouring Vanilla Syrup into a coffee cup.

Vanilla Simple Syrup

Elizabeth Swoish
Homemade, few ingredients, a delicious addition to drinks, and it can be made with 3 different types of vanilla- beans, paste, or extract. Best part, this Vanilla Simple Syrup recipe can be made sugar free!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Beverage
Servings 24 tablespoons
Calories 24 kcal

INGREDIENTS
 
 

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar; - or 1.5 cups (300g) sugar free allulose sweetener

Choose one type of vanilla to use:

  • 1 large vanilla bean
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract; - pure or imitation

INSTRUCTIONS
 

Using Vanilla Bean

  • Cut the vanilla bean pod in half. Using your knife scrape out the vanilla beans.
  • To a small saucepan add sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener, water, vanilla beans, and empty vanilla bean pods.
  • Over medium heat allow the sugar to dissolve while bringing the mixture to a boil.
  • Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove syrup from the heat and cover the saucepan with it's lid. Allow it to come to room temperature and steep.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a large measuring cup. Pour to remove any large bits and the vanilla bean pods from the Vanilla Simple Syrup.
  • Store in an airtight bottle, jar, or container. Refrigerate.

Using Vanilla Bean Paste

  • To a small saucepan add sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener and water.
  • Over medium heat allow the sugar to dissolve while bringing the mixture to a boil.
  • Remove syrup from the heat and stir in the vanilla bean paste.
  • Store in an airtight bottle, jar, or container. Refrigerate.

Using Pure or Imitation Vanilla Extract

  • To a small saucepan add sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener and water.
  • Over medium heat allow the sugar to dissolve while bringing the mixture to a boil.
  • Remove syrup from the heat and stir in the pure or imitation vanilla extract.
  • Store in an airtight bottle, jar, or container. Refrigerate.

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RECIPE NOTES

Storing Information:

  • In the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to one month.
  • In the freezer, frozen in cubes and in a resealable bag, for up to six months.
 

How Much To Use:

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons per 8 ounces (236ml) of liquid. 
 

Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup:

  • Follow the recipe as it is written (for the type of vanilla you plan to use). Substitute the 1 cup (200g) of granulated sugar or 1.5 cups (300g) of allulose sweetener.
 

How to Make Rich Vanilla Syrup

  • Follow the recipe as it is written (for the type of vanilla you plan to use). Instead of using 1 cup (200g) of granulated sugar or 1.5 cups (300g) of allulose sweetener, you will want to use half the amount (1/2 cup/ 100g sugar or 3/4 cups/ 150g stevia). 
 

Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

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By Elizabeth Swoish on November 11th, 2022
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8 thoughts on “Vanilla Simple Syrup”

  1. 5 stars
    I made some for myself but also love this idea for holiday gift giving! I plan to make this and include with a coffee themed basket. How far in advance can I make it? Can it be at room temperature?

    Reply
    • Hey Gina!
      So glad you enjoyed it and I love the idea of giving it as a gift in a coffee themed basket. I recommend making it no more than 3 days before giving your gift. Definitely keep it in the refrigerator until then and prompt the person you are giving it to to refrigerate it when they get home. I would include a little gift tag and maybe mention it will last up to 1 month if stored in the refrigerator.
      ~Elizabeth

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for creating a recipe that used imitation vanilla extract! Every other recipe I looked at kept stressing that you should only use pure extract but wouldn’t say why and the pure extract is so expensive, especially during this cost of living crisis. This syrup tasted incredible and has become part of my daily coffee routine.

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  3. 5 stars
    I had no idea vanilla simple syrup was so easy to make! This came out perfectly and I’ll be adding it to everything I can think of this week. Thanks so much for the recipe – bookmarking it now!

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  4. 5 stars
    My teens who work at Soda shops were convinced this couldn’t beat toranis syrup! You can’t beat the flecks of vanilla. I won! We love adding it to all our drinks and it tastes incredible!

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  5. 5 stars
    I made this for myself to add to my coffee in the mornings.
    I have started working from home and I miss my morning coffee from the coffee shop by the office. I do love not having to get up early and not having to put a suit on!!
    But missing the coffee I knew I needed to recreate it as it is my work day treat!!
    This syrup was good, really good and made the coffee so good! The only problem??!! My kids loved it too and kept adding it to sparkling water to make Italian sodas!
    I have order a bulk order of vanilla beans off amazon so I can make a bigger batch!

    Reply
  6. 5 stars
    I made the sugar-free version and it was awesome! It was perfect in some cocktails we made last night. I’m going to try the rich version next time.

    Reply

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