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Simple Syrup for Your Cold Brew | Recipe

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When it comes to making coffee, particularly when it’s hot outside, nothing beats cold brew. But sometimes you just need to switch it up and add a little something special to your coffee. Well, you came to the right place! we have a simple syrup recipe that can be used on its own, or can be the building block to create infused simple syrup. From lavender simple syrup to honey simple syrup and more, there are worlds of flavor out there to explore with the help of a little sugar and water. 

If you thought making cold brew in a jar was an easy process, you’ve seen nothing yet. Basic simple syrup for coffee really lives up to its name by being just made of 1 part sugar to 1 part water. You heard us right.

mug full of iced coffee

Original Simple Syrup

Simple, easy, breezy. That's simple syrup. 


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, making sure to constantly stir with a whisk. Stir continuously until all the sugar has dissolved and you are left with a clear syrup. 

Remove the pot from the heat and cool to room temperature. 

Transfer your simple syrup mixture to a glass jar or heat-resistant bottle and keep refrigerated. 

And that’s it! Most infused simple syrup requires just one more step.

Lavender Simple Syrup


A bundle of lavender on a table.

Lavender simple syrup is trendy for a delicious reason. It adds an interesting flavor profile to your coffee. With a distinct flavor and a vibrant color, this simple syrup will catch your eye every time you open the fridge. 

The process for this infused simple syrup is quite similar to basic simple syrup.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of fresh or dried lavender flowers

Add the lavender to the boiling pot of sugar and water.  Stir constantly to make sure all the sugar granules are dissolved until you are left with a clear liquid. Pour this syrup through a mesh strainer to catch bits of lavender flowers. Strain the syrup until all of the lavender flowers have been filtered out. What you should be left with is a wonderful flavor that can be added to your favorite coffee

Honey Simple Syrup

Honey cascading from a spoon into a shallow bowl.


Who doesn’t love some honey! If you want to really get a buzz going when making your coffee, this simple syrup for coffee is just what you need. With its minor floral flavors and health benefits, honey is a great organic substitute for sugar when deciding what sweetener to add to your coffee. 


  • 1 cup water 
  • 1 cup honey

That’s it! In a similar fashion to regular simple syrup, you want to heat up the water and honey, stir constantly to make sure all the honey is diluted by the water, and there you go – honey simple syrup. BUT, try to keep the stove at medium heat, you don’t want the honey to be overheated. Boiling raw honey can destroy beneficial enzymes found in the honey. 

Vanilla Simple Syrup 

Several vanilla beans in a row

Vanilla iced coffee is a popular craze for a reason. The vanilla aroma helps add a whole new profile to your coffee. But beware, this drink is a little addicting. 


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Due to vanilla’s more subtle taste, we recommend having less water in this recipe, allowing the vanilla to really stand out and pack a punch when added to your morning Keurig cup of coffee. Just like our original simple syrup recipe, pour all three ingredients into a bowl and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. 

How Long Does Simple Syrup Last?

As long as you keep it in an airtight container like a mason jar in the refrigerator, it can last for up to 3-4 weeks. Usually flavored simple syrups last about 1-2 weeks due to their extra ingredients. 

Why Make Your Own Simple Syrup?

Having a greener lifestyle starts with the little things: upcycling tin cans, learning how to compost (even if you don’t compost), and minimizing food and beverage waste. Sustainable living is about being self-reliant in ways you didn’t know you could be before. Making your own simple syrup allows you to save plastic (and money) that you would otherwise have to use by buying it from a grocery store. Sustainable living also gives you a surprising sense of empowerment. You feel as though you are saving the planet by doing your best to live plastic-free. That’s why we created a compostable coffee pod* that is compostable*. Sustainability is about the little things. What type of sustainable simple syrups have you been making, and what drinks have you been making with them? Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with your simple syrups in Tayst coffee.