How to Make Homemade Simple Syrup for DIY Iced Coffees
Whether you’re making healthy iced coffee drinks or cleaned-up cocktails, this coconut sugar simple syrup recipe is the perfect unrefined alternative! Instead of using traditional, refined white sugar, I’ll show you how to make homemade simple syrup using coconut palm sugar.
Perfectly sweet, and amazingly simple to make with just 2 ingredients: coconut sugar and water. If you’re unfamiliar with simple syrup, it’s just a liquefied form of sugar that’s made from boiling down one part water with one part sugar. It’s usually made with white sugar, but this coconut sugar simple syrup turns out just as nicely and is just as versatile.
Regular granulated sugars don’t generally mix into cold drinks very well, but homemade simple syrup blends in naturally. From homemade iced tea and iced coffee, to lemonade and fruit punches, or even DIY cocktails, this coconut sugar simple syrup will do the trick!
Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup Ingredients
1 cup coconut sugar
1 cup water
Again, if you’re just wanting to make a classic homemade simple syrup recipe, you can use 1 cup refined white sugar instead of coconut sugar. Since white sugar is refined, it tends to result in a better texture in homemade candies and some baked goods. But, since we’re essentially just making a liquefied sugar, coconut sugar works just as well in this recipe.
Plus, the added benefits of coconut sugar are that it’s a natural and unrefined sugar.That means it comes from a natural, real food source—coconut palm sap—and it hasn’t been as highly processed as traditional refined sugar. Less processing means coconut sugar retains more nutrients, like essential minerals and antioxidants.
Let’s be clear, coconut sugar isn’t a great source of any particular nutrient, and it does still affect blood sugar. But, some evidence suggests that coconut sugar may have a lower glycemic index than table sugar—meaning it may not raise blood sugar levels as much as table sugar. So this coconut sugar simple syrup recipe has some appeal for those making cleaner refreshments at home!
How to Make Homemade Simple Syrup with Coconut Sugar
Whatever variety of granulated sugar you choose to sue, this homemade simple syrup couldn’t be easier to make. To start, simply add 1 cup coconut sugar into a saucepan over medium heat, along with 1 cup water. Stir well to integrate as it heats.
Leaving the pot uncovered, bring to a low boil, stirring regularly. Once you see that the sugar has completely dissolved, remove the pot from the heat. And that’s literally it! Allow your coconut sugar simple syrup to cool completely before transferring to a jar or container.
Stored in the fridge, your homemade simple syrup will last for up to 6 months. Plenty of time to try all sorts of new, fun, homemade drinks and refreshers! And, if you want to infuse some fun flavor into this coconut sugar simple syrup recipe, check out the mint simple syrup recipe at the bottom of the post.
Clean, unrefined, homemade simple syrup made with coconut sugar.
Cook Time:5-10 minutes
Total Time:5-10 minutes
Yield:72 servings 1x
Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup
1 cup coconut sugar 1 cup water
Combine coconut sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil.
Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat.
Cool completely before storing.
Store in a jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Yields ~1½ cups simple syrup.
Serving Size:1 tsp
Homemade Mint Simple Syrup
Take your coconut sugar syrup to a new, refreshing level by infusing some fresh mint! The process is just as quick and easy—simply add a generous helping of fresh mint leaves into your saucepan along with the sugar and water.
Again, bring the pot to a low boil, uncovered. Once the sugar dissolves, remove it from the heat and set aside to cool. With this homemade mint simple syrup recipe, it’s crucial to allow the mixture to sit for at least 5-10 minutes to allow that fresh mint flavor to infuse.
Finally, strain your homemade simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve to remove those mint leaves. Once cooled completely, store your flavor-infused coconut sugar simple syrup in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. Perfect to use in a mint chocolate iced coffee, or even add into a refreshing popsicle recipe!