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How to Make Simple Syrup for Coffee

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If you are an avid iced coffee drinker who likes it a little on the sweet side, you may have heard of simple syrup. It’s the difference between getting a mouthful of grainy sugar through your straw on that first sip and a perfectly mixed and sweetened coffee.

Here’s how to make simple syrup for coffee.

Iced Coffee with Simple Syrup
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Simple Syrup Recipe


  • Equal parts water and granulated sugar. (Yes, really.)
  • 1 cup of each makes about 1.5 cups of simple syrup.


  1. Combine your water and granulated sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Heat on low-medium, stirring the mixture until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. That’s it! Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to three weeks.

Raw and White Sugar


For something unique, add your favourite herb to the pan once the sugar melts, and allow it to steep until the mixture cools.

Lavender Simple Syrup
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Once you’ve strained out the herbs, you can use the infused syrup for a lavender coffee.

Just make sure to wash the lavender thoroughly before adding it in. Get creative and experiment, and you’re bound to find the perfect simple syrup and coffee creation.

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Kayla Arviv

Written by Kayla Arviv

Kayla is a Toronto based freelance writer and student who loves travel, plant-based eats, and fitness. She cries watching movie trailers and spends too much on skincare.

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