Starbucks has been making coffee for years, but its drinks menu has grown! It’s not just about the coffee anymore! You can supplement the flavor of your drinks with some tasty Starbucks syrup! One great all-rounder is this copycat Starbucks vanilla syrup recipe, and the good news is you can make it at home. Read on to find out how to do it.
How to Make Starbucks Vanilla Syrup
Making Starbucks Vanilla Syrup couldn’t be easier. It’s a 3-step process.
You don’t need any specialized equipment, and you’ll be able to find everything you need to make it in your local food store. A pan, a spoon, a few store-bought ingredients, and a little patience? Sounds like our kind of recipe.
We begin by stewing down a mixture of sugar and water. While simple, this is actually a crucial step. You want your Starbucks vanilla syrup to be just the right consistency, not too thick and not too fluid.
Once we get the correct consistency, we infuse it with the vanilla. If you’ve ever tasted the syrup at Starbucks, you’ll know that it is pretty strong and intense. So, we don’t rely on one means to make sure it’s jam-packed full of vanilla flavor.
First, we add a fair helping of vanilla extract. This absolutely ensures that you’ll have a syrup full of sweet vanilla goodness. We then infuse it with even more vanilla, in the form of a fresh vanilla bean (and seeds!)
From there, it’s simply a case of bottling it. When it comes to bottling, there are a few key things that you need to know. We cover it in our tips and tricks section.
The best thing about it is that with a little time and effort, you can make enough to last you a long while. With the high sugar content and a few extra steps, you can make sure that it keeps for absolutely ages!
Follow my 3 step process to recreating Starbuck’s vanilla syrup.Laura Ritterman
Tips and Tricks
This recipe can be scaled depending on how much (or little) you want to make. For every cup of water, you use, match it with sugar. To make sure your vanilla syrup doesn’t taste too strong (or weak), for every cup of sugar, use one vanilla bean and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
Once the cooking process has finished and you want to bottle your Starbucks vanilla syrup, make sure that you remove and discard the vanilla bean. This will make your syrup last longer, plus nobody wants to accidentally drink a vanilla bean!
Here’s an important tip. Cooked sugar can be really sticky… It can also be extremely hot. This isn’t an ideal combination, so be really careful. This isn’t one to make with your kids around!
When removing the vanilla bean, be careful not to burn yourself. Cooked sugar stays hot for a long time, so be sure to let it cool completely before touching or handling it.
When making your vanilla bean syrup, don’t overcook the sugar and the water. If you notice your pan turning a pale yellow or golden color, you’ve overdone it and have actually made caramel. Delicious, but not what we are after!
Don’t be fooled by the syrup being too ‘thin’. Warm sugar is pretty ‘loose’, but it thickens up as it cools. Get it wrong, and you’ll end up with a bottle full of syrup that won’t pour.
How Long Does The Vanilla Syrup Last?
Storing in the refrigerator will mean your vanilla syrup can last up to 1 month for best taste. After that the flavor could be materially reduced. Since it’s so simple to make, there’s really no need to keep it for long periods of time since you can make a cup of it in under 10 minutes. Remember how we said this syrup can be stored for ages? This depends on one thing. Pouring it into a sterile bottle. Any bugs and germs will grow if fed by the sugar, which will spoil your syrup. It’s really easy to sterilize a bottle, fill it with boiling water, and then tip it out! Mind your fingers!
Provided you have used a sterilized bottle, there is no need to refrigerate your syrup.
The best thing about our homemade Starbucks vanilla syrup recipe is that you can use it in loads of ways. It is great when you want to make your favorites like a vanilla caramel macchiato, a London fog tea latte, or maybe the occasional naughty adults cocktail! Provided you use a sterile bottle, it will pretty much last until you’ve used it up! Bearing in mind the cost of a Starbucks coffee, we think that is pretty great value. What’s your favorite drink to make with vanilla syrup? Let us know in the comments.