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Vanilla Syrup

This simple Vanilla Syrup is one of the most versatile simple syrups and can be used in so many drinks, desserts, and more! It's easy to make and once you try it, you'll be sure to always have a jar of it in your fridge.
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Course: Drinks, Simple Syrups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mixology, Simple Syrup Recipes, Vanilla Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Steeping TIme: 12 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 1 ¼ cups
Author: Sues


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise


  • Put water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and let mixture simmer for about 10 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture has thickened a bit.
  • Pour syrup into a heat-proof jar or container. Scrape out some of the seeds from the sliced open vanilla pod with a sharp knife* and add them and the vanilla bean into the syrup. 
  • Place syrup in fridge and let steep for at least 6 hours. Syrup will thicken more as it cools. If you want a more intense vanilla flavor, you can leave the bean in after 6 hours.*
  • When vanilla syrup is stored in an airtight container in the fridge, it should stay good for about a month.


*If you are in a rush and don't want to wait 6 hours for syrup to infuse, let it cool and shake jar vigorously to infuse vanilla flavor faster. Taste before using.
  • Scraping out the seeds and adding them to the mixture will give the syrup that flecked vanilla look and will also intensify the flavor of the syrup faster.
  • If you remove your vanilla bean from the syrup, you can rinse and dry it and store to use again.
  • I like to keep my vanilla bean in my syrup... The longer it's in, the more intense the vanilla flavor will be.

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