Starbucks Vanilla Syrup

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup is a delicious sweetener for coffee and tea. You can make vanilla coffee syrup like Starbucks at home with only three ingredients. Homemade vanilla syrup is much less expensive than store-bought and can be used in various coffee drinks. The coffee lover in your life will rejoice because they can make this simple syrup recipe and use in in their favorite cup of coffee. 

copycat Starbucks vanilla syrup and an iced vanilla coffee.

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Why This Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Syrup Is the One You Should Try

Do you love the rich, creamy taste of a vanilla latte or iced coffee? Forget the expensive, preservative-laden bottled coffee syrups, and make your own. This homemade vanilla syrup recipe uses a unique blender method that is so simple you’ll try to think up new excuses to use it. You can make this in your own kitchen without having to go to the grocery store to buy special ingredients. We will give your more ideas for than just your morning coffee.

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup Recipe Ingredients

To make the best vanilla syrup for coffee, you’ll need:

  • White granulated sugar 
  • Water 
  • Vanilla extract 
Starbucks vanilla syrup ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

This recipe is made with simple ingredients. You can use regular granulated white sugar or organic cane sugar. The organic has the natural flavors of sugarcane and is much less processed.

How To Make Vanilla Syrup for Coffee 

To make vanilla coffee syrup at home:

  1. Add the sugar to the blend and pour room-temperature water over the top.
  2. Turn the blender on LOW and increase it to HIGH. Blend for 6 to 7 minutes. Use a blender that can handle such a long blending time. You may prefer to blend for two minutes, wait 30 seconds and repeat two more times. 
sugar and water in a blender.
  1. Add the vanilla extract to the blend and PULSE a few times. 
homemade Starbucks vanilla syrup in a blender.
  1. Transfer the syrup to a very clean container with a lid. Put directly into the fridge.
copycat Starbucks vanilla syrup in a small pitcher and an iced coffee drink.

Alternative Method of Making Starbucks Vanilla Syrup

You can always try the stovetop method if you don’t want to use a blender to make vanilla syrup for coffee. This hot method of making simple syrup is more common, though some folks feel that the blender method makes syrup with better consistency. It’s your choice. 

To make homemade vanilla syrup on the stove:

  1. Stir together the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the saucepan over medium-high until the water starts to simmer. 
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. 
  5. Let it cool to room temperature and store in a mason jar in the refrigerator and enjoy that rich flavor for a long time.. 

How To Store Starbucks Vanilla Syrup 

You can keep the vanilla coffee syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two to three weeks. Flavored syrups don’t last as long as unflavored simple syrups, so inspect the syrup thoroughly before using. Homemade vanilla syrup is not shelf-stable.

What Types of Bottles Can You Use To Store Homemade Vanilla Syrup 

The best type of container for keeping the syrup is glass since you can sterilize them. It is always nice to have a container with a mouth that is wide enough to scrub the inside easily.

Mason jars are one of the best options. Always use a clean spoon and never pour from the jar because it can leave the homemade syrup on the rim and make the lid hard to open. 

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup FAQ 

Is Starbucks Vanilla Syrup Sweet? 

Yes, it is delightful. It has twice as much sugar as regular simple syrup. Don’t add too much to your coffee.

Does Starbucks Vanilla Syrup Have Dairy? 

No, it does not. This syrup is entirely vegan-friendly. 

Is Starbucks Vanilla Syrup the Same as Other Brands Like Torani or Monin?

Torani and Monin offer several versions of their vanilla syrups. Starbucks Vanilla Syrup is similar but not the same as the standard versions of these other natural sugar products. 

How many tablespoons are in a pump of syrup at Starbucks?

There is approximately 1 tbsp syrup per pump.

What’s the Difference Between Vanilla Syrup and Vanilla Extract

Vanilla syrup is a simple syrup that is flavored with vanilla extract. It is sweet and has less intense a vanilla flavor than the extract. You can make vanilla extract by soaking vanilla beans in an alcohol and water solution. 

Other Uses for Vanilla Syrup 

You can use vanilla syrup in so many ways. I know, you will use it in your favorite coffee shop drinks, but you can use this in other drinks. You could also brush a bit on cakes or cupcakes before you frost them. This will add an extra dimension of flavor. Here are some other ideas of ways you can use it. 

  • Use as a sweetener in Hot chocolate – this will give you an extra flavor boost.
  • Pour a teaspoon or two of it into a milkshake.
  • Use in cold drinks like iced lattes, iced coffee, or other cold coffee drinks
  • Enjoy this in iced tea for a nice change.
  • Pour a teaspoon or two into your next smoothie!

How To Make Vanilla Iced Coffee 

Vanilla syrup can transform ordinary iced coffee into something decadent. Starbucks vanilla iced coffee is one of the favorite coffee beverages for summer. Making iced vanilla coffee is easy:

  1. Place a tablespoon of Starbucks vanilla syrup in a glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Add cold coffee (cold brew coffee is a great option).
  4. Add cream, half-and-half, or milk if you want.
collage of steps to make a Starbucks vanilla iced coffee with cream.

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Starbucks Vanilla Syrup

Make Starbucks vanilla syrup for coffee with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbucks Recipes, Vanilla Syrup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 49kcal


  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Place the sugar and water into a blender.
  • Blend for 7 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla extract, and blend for about 15 seconds.
  • Store the syrup in a jar.


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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