Coconut Simple Syrup

Blissfully easy, Coconut Simple Syrup is the perfect addition to cocktails, pancakes, ice cream or oatmeal! Made with just three ingredients and a sweet tropical flavor, this coconut syrup recipe takes ordinary sugar syrup and gives it an indulgent twist.

Whole coconuts sit behind a jar of Coconut Simple Syrup.

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Homemade Coconut Syrup recipe 

Sometimes you just want a little more. A bit more indulgence over brunch with your friends, a bit more flavor in your drink.

This coconut syrup recipe is whipped up in just a few minutes and it gives you just that!

Coconut simple syrup adds a shot of flavor to everything you pair it with. It tastes just like a summer holiday in a tropical locale.

It gives drinks a tiki twist and makes everyday dishes like pancakes or pineapple smoothies for breakfast something much more indulgent.

This syrup is sugar-based, meaning it’ll add a hint of sweetness to savory meals but with the tropical flavor of coconut.

More tropical recipes: Pineapple MimosasTiki PunchMai Tai

Coconut Simple Syrup is poured from a gold cocktail jigger into a cocktail.

Why you’ll love this recipe

You are going to love this coconut syrup! Here’s why:

  • With only three ingredients, this recipe doesn’t require a trip to the grocery store.
  • Coconut simple syrup whips up in just five minutes if you need it in a pinch.
  • It’s extremely inexpensive, and way better than store-bought. (No corn syrup here!)
  • The end result takes your regular recipes and makes them into something more indulgent.
  • The sweet tropical flavor pairs well with just about everything.

You can add it to cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, desserts, breakfast foods and so much more.

A jar of simple syrup sits surrounded by coconut flakes.

What is simple syrup?

Have you ever tried to stir pure sugar into a cold drink? It takes forever and a day! Sugar dissolves easily into a warm drink, but if it’s iced? Good luck to you.

Simple syrup is the answer to this classic problem. It’s a mixture of sugar and water that can be made in just a few minutes.

It has many uses: Use it to sweeten drinks, drizzle it over pancakes, pour it over ice cream. Bakers even use it to moisten cake before decorating.

Simple syrups can be made with just two ingredients: sugar and water. Most are made with granulated white sugar, but other types of sugar can be used. For example, you can make brown sugar syruphoney syrup and demerara syrup.

Once you’ve mastered classic simple syrup, there’s a whole world of flavor to explore. You can:

Overhead view of the ingredients for Coconut Simple Syrup

Ingredients

Coconut syrup is made from just three simple ingredients. 

Sugar: Any type of sugar will work because it is melted down once heated. Typically, I use pure cane sugar or granulated sugar. Brown sugar will work also but will make it a golden brown color and change the color of whatever you use it in and the texture. Since brown sugar contains molasses, the texture of the syrup will be slightly thicker. 

Water: Try to use filtered water if possible, as it helps the simple syrup last longer. The best water you have available

Coconut extract: Made from alcohol, water and real coconuts, this extract brings a tropical flavor to anything it touches. You can find coconut extract at the grocery store near the vanilla extract, or you can order it online. (I like this coconut extract.)

Clear simple syrup is poured from a pan into a jar with attached lid.

Variations and substitutions

The fun part about coconut syrup is that you have some options when it comes to variations.

For starters, you can make this into a sugar-free simple syrup if you’re trying to cut down on sugar or carbs. Simply add the coconut extract to that recipe.

Likewise, you can combine flavors by adding coconut extract to any of the simple syrup recipes to add some tropical flair.

Some of my favorite homemade syrup recipes to use are:

Sugar is dissolved in water in a tan pot.
A hand uses a spatula to stir simple syrup in a tan pot.

How to make Coconut Syrup

In just four steps you’ll have a delicious simple syrup that lasts for up to one month!

  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Heat it until the sugar dissolves but do not let it boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes before stirring in the coconut extract.
  4. Use it immediately or let it cool completely and store it in a food-safe, airtight container. I like to use mason jars with these easy pour lids for easy pouring.

Keep in mind as well that if you are extremely short on time and can’t get the mixture heated and melted, you can also mix the coconut extract into something like maple syrup for a thicker but quicker coconut syrup. 

Tips & tricks

Make sure not to boil the water and sugar mixture. It causes the sugar to get to too high of a heat point and become too sticky. You want the sugar to just dissolve before removing it from heat.

If you plan on using your coconut syrup for cocktails, make sure to stick to white sugar so as not to muddy the color and presentation.

You may need to adjust the amount of coconut extract you add depending on how potent it is. Each brand varies in how they make the extract. Do a quick taste test before storing the simple syrup to make sure it’s exactly what you need.

If stored in an airtight container, the coconut simple syrup will last about one month in the fridge.

Coconut Simple Syrup near whole coconuts and coconut flakes.

Uses for Coconut Syrup

This delicious syrup makes anything it’s drizzled on that much more flavorful! It’s mildly sweet but with a nutty, tropical flavor that comes off as refreshing on top of anything it’s paired with.

Some of my favorite ways to use it:

  • Drizzled over pancakes, waffles, crêpes, French toast or ice cream for added flavor.
  • Mixed into a tropical cocktail like piña coladas, coconut margaritas or coconut mojitos (recipes coming soon!) for an added tropical punch. It goes exceptionally well with fruit juices like lime juice, lemon juice and pineapple juice. 
  • Stirred into oatmeal, porridge or smoothie bowls with berries.
  • As a marinade for grilled meats, this coconut syrup can be paired with other ingredients like lime and jalapeño for an easy but flavorful dinner.
  • Added to an Italian soda or French soda, the ultimate non-alcoholic drink.

And if you’re using it in drinks, don’t forget to get the perfect tiki mugs to go with them!

Tropical Simple Syrup on a white background.

FAQ

What is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is an easy-to-make liquid sweetener to be used with drinks, pancakes, waffles, and even ice cream. Made with a mixture of sugar that is dissolved into water, it is then flavored with an extract. Basically, it is a liquified, flavored version of sugar.

What is coconut syrup good for?

You can use coconut simple syrup as an addition to recipes like pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal to give them a twist in flavor. Likewise, coconut syrup also works in baked goods or cocktails as well.

Does simple syrup need to boil?

No. You only need to dissolve the sugar in order to make simple syrup. Boiling the mixture will reduce how much output you get and alter the texture of the simple syrup. It’s best to heat the mixture until the sugar is dissolved, let it cool briefly, and then mix in any optional flavorings.

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coconut flakes and coconuts surround a glass jar of flavored simple syrup.

Coconut Syrup

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Coconut syrup adds a delightful tropical twist to cocktails, pancakes and more.
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ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar granulated
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract

instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Do not boil.
  • Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in coconut extract.
  • Store in a mason jar or other food-safe, airtight container for up to one month.

notes

Make sure not to boil the water and sugar mixture. It causes the sugar to get to too high of a heat point and become too sticky. You want the sugar to just dissolve before removing it from heat.
If you plan on using your coconut syrup for cocktails, make sure to stick to white sugar or a white sugar substitute so as not to change the color and presentation. You can use brown sugar or coconut sugar in this recipe, but keep in mind it will change the color of the syrup. 
You may need to adjust the amount of coconut extract you add depending on how potent it is. Each brand varies in how they make the extract. Add a little at a time and do a quick taste test to make sure it’s exactly how you like it. 
If stored in an airtight container, the coconut simple syrup will last about one month in the fridge. 

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nutrition information

Yield: 12 servings

amount per serving:

Serving: 0.5ounce Calories: 34kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 0.001g Fat: 0.03g Sodium: 1mg Potassium: 1mg Sugar: 8g Calcium: 0.5mg Iron: 0.01mg
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