Coffee with caramel syrup

Coffee with caramel syrup

30 min
Awaken your senses with this sweet yet refreshing coffee with caramel syrup. This inviting drink blends bold coffee with homemade caramel's rich sweetness and a touch of vanilla, offering a moment of joy with every sip. Full of elegance and easily tailored for decadence, this beverage lets you enjoy a café-style treat at home.


  • Melt the sugar in a saucepan until golden brown, stirring continually with a whisk. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Pour in the vanilla powder and water. Whisk together into a thin liquid caramel. Return the mixture to the heat. Bring to a boil and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.
  • Combine all the ingredients and serve in a glass with ice.

Questions about coffee with caramel syrup

If you want to get to know more about coffee with caramel syrup, read below the most frequently asked questions.

Can I make the caramel syrup ahead of time?
Yes, simply store the freshly made syrup in a sealed container at room temperature to keep it from hardening. If the syrup thickens, you can warm it briefly to soften it before adding to your coffee. Microwave gently in short bursts and stop to stir each time, repeating until the syrup reaches the right consistency. If you need to store the syrup for longer, you can freeze it. See our tip on the best way to store caramel syrup for instructions!
What is the best way to blend the coffee and caramel for a creamy texture?
Start by mixing your coffee, sugar and caramel syrup with a bit of hot milk. Whisk until the mixture is fluffy and light. Then, gently stir in the rest of the cold milk and add the ice. This creates a smooth texture and mouthfeel to your coffee. To make your drink extra creamy, you can also use a milk frother to aerate the milk before you mix it with the coffee and caramel.
What coffee roast should I use for this recipe?
Choose a high-quality, freshly ground coffee for the most delicious flavour in your caramel syrup coffee. Medium to dark roasts offer a rich, aromatic base that balances the caramel's sweetness and the hint of vanilla. Also think about when you'll be drinking the coffee and what you like. A lighter roast can be refreshing in the morning, while a darker roast's deeper flavour might be more suited to an afternoon indulgence. Whatever roast you pick, quality is key to making your coffee stand out.
How do I store and reuse leftover caramel syrup?
Store your caramel syrup in an airtight container at room temperature to keep it fresh. This keeps it smooth for easy pouring. To keep the syrup longer, you can freeze it. Simply pour the syrup into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer bag. In this way, you can thaw only what you need, which keeps the syrup fresh and easy to access for your next coffee.


800 ml
Granulated sugar
85 g
Cold, strong coffee
100 ml
Vanilla powder
1 tsp
¾ cup
Ice cubes per serving

Make your coffee moments extra special with these expert tips.

Learn to infuse elegance and rich flavour into your caramel syrup coffee for a truly indulgent treat.

Sweet servings and presentations

Start with a clear glass and artfully drizzle caramel syrup inside for visual appeal and a cascade of flavours. To create a layered look, add your chilled coffee to the glass last, gently pouring it over the back of a spoon above the milk. Offer a long-handled spoon for guests to blend the coffee and caramel into their drink. For a more indulgent experience, top with whipped cream and a final drizzle of caramel! Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon.

Adjust the sweetness and flavour

Start with less caramel syrup and add more as needed to sweeten your coffee to taste. This method gives you control over your coffee's sweetness without making it too sugary. To deepen the caramel flavour, simmer the sauce with a bit of sea salt. This adds complexity to the taste and balances the sweetness, giving your coffee an even more refined flavour.

Keep things cool with coffee ice cubes

To keep the rich flavour of your chilled caramel coffee from start to finish, use ice cubes made from coffee instead of water. Just pour leftover brewed coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze. When you use these in your drink, they'll melt without watering it down. For a stylish touch, chill your glass before serving. Put it in the fridge or fill it with ice water and allow to sit, then empty it just before making your coffee. This keeps your drink cold and adds a frosty appeal to your presentation.

Try these flavour variations

Add your own twist by experimenting with different flavoured syrups or spices. Add a pinch of salt when simmering the caramel for a sophisticated touch or adjust the amount of vanilla powder to suit your taste. Chocolate syrup instead of caramel can turn your coffee into a rich mocha, while hazelnut syrup adds a nutty flavour. A sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg offers warmth and spice while raspberry or orange syrup brings a fruity twist.