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How to make coconut syrup: Simple Homemade recipe

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In a world where store-bought syrups dominate the grocery store shelves, there lies an undiscovered haven of flavor and zest, waiting to bring a tropical flair to your morning french toast or even a cold drink. Today, I bring to you the ultimate guide on how to make coconut syrup at home, a haven of tantalizing tastes that would stir your taste buds into a frenzy of delight.

Coconut Syrup in a jar

Prepping Up: Gathering Your Simple Ingredients

Before we dive into our coconut syrup recipe, it's essential to ensure we have all the necessary ingredients at hand. Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 cups of pure cane sugar
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  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 can of coconut milk

The good news is, these simple ingredients can easily be found at your local grocery store. Let's get started!

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Homemade Coconut Syrup

Step 1: Dissolving the Sugar

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water. Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves completely. This creates a smooth base for our syrup, ensuring there are no gritty sugar particles in the final product.

Step 2: Simmering the Mixture

Reduce the heat to medium and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes. This process helps in thickening the syrup slightly, giving it a luscious consistency that's perfect for drizzling over your favorite pancakes or even ice cream.

Step 3: Adding the Coconut Milk

Now, add a can of coconut milk to the mixture. This not only infuses the syrup with a rich coconut flavor but also lends it a slightly different flavor profile that pairs excellently with a variety of dishes.

Step 4: Reaching the Desired Consistency

Keep simmering the mixture until it reaches your desired consistency. If you prefer a thicker syrup, let it simmer for a few more minutes. The key here is to stir constantly to prevent any burns.

Step 5: Jar and Refrigerate

Once done, transfer the delicious syrup to a mason jar or another airtight container. This homemade coconut syrup lasts for up to a month when refrigerated, providing you with ample time to enjoy it in different ways.

Tips to Enhance Your Coconut Syrup Experience

  • Extra Flavor with Add-Ins: Enhance your syrup with some coconut flakes or a hint of coconut extract for that extra tropical flair. If you're looking to add a twist to the traditional coconut syrup, you might even try a dash of cinnamon syrup to spice things up.
  • Perfect Pairings: This syrup is the perfect addition to a stack of buttermilk pancakes or sourdough pancakes. Alternatively, add a splash of this syrup to your Italian soda or Mai Tai for a tropical cocktail with a twist.
  • Saving Leftover Syrup: In case you have leftover syrup, it can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, preserving its freshness and flavor for your next culinary adventure.
  • The Right Tools: Always use a medium saucepan for making the syrup. This allows for even heat distribution, ensuring your syrup cooks perfectly without any burns.


How Can I Make My Coconut Syrup Thicker?

To make a thicker syrup, you can simmer the mixture for a longer time, allowing it to reduce further. Another method is to add a cornstarch mixture (a mixture of cornstarch and a cup of water) to the syrup during the simmering process, helping to thicken it up nicely.

Can I Replace White Sugar with Coconut Sugar or Brown Sugar?

Yes, you can replace white sugar with coconut sugar or brown sugar for a slightly different flavor profile. Both alternatives will lend a deeper, richer taste to your syrup, complementing the coconut flavor beautifully.

What Are Some Other Uses for Coconut Syrup?

Apart from being a great way to sweeten your pancakes and waffles, coconut syrup also finds its way into various desserts and beverages. It can be a key ingredient in tropical cocktails, coffee shop favorites, and even as a glaze for some desserts.

Can I Add Extra Flavor to My Coconut Syrup?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment by adding different things to your syrup. You might add some coconut oil for a richer texture, or perhaps some macadamia nuts for a bit of crunch and additional flavor.

Is It Possible to Make a Vegan Version of This Syrup?

Yes, by following this recipe, you're already making a vegan version of the syrup. The ingredients listed are all plant-based, making it a wonderful vegan alternative to regular maple or buttermilk syrup recipe.

Key Takeaways

  • Homemade coconut syrup is a versatile and delightful addition to your culinary repertoire, bringing a tropical flavor to a variety of dishes.
  • Using an airtight container for storage ensures the freshness and flavor of the syrup is retained for up to a month.
  • Experimenting with different sugars and add-ins can lend a slightly different flavor and texture to your syrup, allowing you to customize it according to your taste buds.
  • Always make your syrup over medium heat using a medium saucepan for the best results.
  • This coconut syrup recipe is vegan-friendly and can be used in numerous ways, making it a valuable addition to your kitchen.


Diving into the world of homemade syrups can be a delightful experience, opening up avenues to explore flavors and combinations you never thought possible. As we wrap up this tropical journey, I hope you are excited to try this coconut syrup recipe at home. Remember, the best way to enjoy this syrup is to make it your own, experimenting with different ingredients and pairing it with different dishes to bring joy and a hint of the tropics to your dining table. Happy cooking!

I love this recipe because not only does it taste like Hawaii, it is delicious and so easy to make. This makes enough for about 2 jars full of syrup so you will have plenty for left overs. Don't forget to try it out with our Coconut Crusted Nutella Stuffed French Toast!


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Sunday 7th of August 2022

I used coconut cream instead of milk and put in a tablespoon of water/cornstarch mix. It was great!

Becky M

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

I agree with above comment. This recipe sucks! Didn't thicken at all. It's a soup! I really need to start reading comments before trying

Michele Wunder

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Hello I made your recipe and followed it to a tee, does it thicken at all? What could have happened?