Sweet Coffee-Flavored Syrup Recipe & My Favorite Things To Do With Coffee

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This 2-ingredient coffee-flavored syrup is going to be a sweet hit for coffee lovers. If this is you, you’ll also enjoy my other favorite things to do with coffee.

Sweet Coffee-Flavored Syrup Recipe

Next time you find yourself with an extra cup of coffee, grab a little sugar and set aside five minutes of your time to make this delicious Red Diamond coffee-flavored syrup! With a deliciously sweet coffee flavor, we love to add it to a glass of cold milk, pour it over slices of homemade pound cake, or even drizzle it over vanilla bean ice cream.

My college-aged son (who took this photo, by the way) loves to take mason jars full of this sweet coffee syrup back to his dorm after a weekend visit. The uses are limited only by your imagination. Since it’s so easy to make and keeps in your fridge for up to a month, this is one dessert syrup you may never go without again! 

While we’re talking about one of my favorite subjects, I thought I’d share with you my top 10 favorite things to do with coffee! We’ve already covered one with this simple syrup, so there are nine more to go.

Sweet Coffee-Flavored Syrup Recipe

Recipe Ingredients

  • Brewed Red Diamond coffee
  • Granulated sugar

How to Make Sweet Coffee-Flavored Syrup

Place the brewed coffee and sugar in a small saucepot over medium-high heat.

Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Once at a boil, continue to stir and boil for three minutes, then remove the saucepot from the heat.

Allow the syrup to cool slightly before placing it in a container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to a month.

Recipe Notes

  • Here are some more serving suggestions for your coffee-flavored syrup:
    • Add it to the hot and cold milk of your choice (can be whole milk or coconut milk, for example) to make coffee milk.
    • Drizzle it on baked goods like pies or the coffee butter cake mentioned below.
    • A fun party idea is to add it to cocktails.
    • Drizzle it over pancakes, French toast, waffles, or crepes instead of maple syrup.
    • Instead of chocolate sauce, add this coffee syrup to your next bowl of ice cream or ice cream sundae.
  • Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to your coffee-flavored syrup to enhance the flavor.
  • For a different flavor, you can substitute granulated sugar for brown sugar. Other options include Splenda, pure cane sugar, and coconut sugar. Do what works for you.

Favorite Things To Do With Coffee

Cup of coffee.

Start your day with a little boost!

Of course, every day at my house begins with a pot of coffee. I usually have it brewed by 4:00 each morning and I’m on my second cup by the time my husband wakes up. It’s a warm and wonderful way to start my day as I sit in a quiet house, sip my coffee, and mentally prepare for the day.

Use it as a reminder to slow down

My husband and I are afternoon/evening coffee drinkers as well. Once we finish supper, we like to go sit down together with a cup and talk over our day, discuss what we’ve been reading, and gather our thoughts as we unwind together. Click here to read more about this ritual and how it has blessed my family for generations.

Coffee meringue pie.

Make coffee meringue pie

So many people have told me that they wish coffee tasted just like it smelled. Well, guess what? This pie does just that! Click here for this recipe.

Cup of coffee.

Share memories and make new ones

When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to let me sit down at the table with them as they had their evening coffee. It was a precious time in which I learned so much about my family history and I’ve passed that on to my kids as well. Click here to read about that special time with my grandparents.

Slice of coffee butter cake.

Bake coffee butter cake

My own spin on Kentucky butter cake, this chocolatey coffee version is the perfect treat to share with company. Click here for this recipe.

Coffee-flavored ice cubes in a glass of iced coffee.

Make coffee-flavored ice cubes great for iced coffee or smoothies

If I find myself with an extra cup (or two) of brewed coffee, I like to pour it into ice cube trays. Once frozen, I pop them out and stick them in a zipper seal bag to keep in the freezer for iced coffee drinks that become even more delicious by melting coffee ice cubes.

Brownies with chocolate icing.

Use as a substitute for water in boxed cake and brownie mixes

This adds a wonderful new depth of flavor and is especially good with chocolate flavors. Try it with my brownies recipe today.

A cup of gingerbread-spiced coffee.

Make spiced coffee

My recipe for gingerbread spiced coffee is simple as can be to make and the kissing cousin to pumpkin spice syrup! Just sprinkle a few spices you have on hand over the top of your grounds before brewing! Click here for this recipe.

P.S. I also have a homemade sugar-free pumpkin spice latte recipe on this blog.

Mocha coffee floats.

Make mocha coffee floats

What happens when you pour a hot coffee drink over chocolate ice cream? Heaven. Heaven happens. Top with whipped cream and you have a delectable mocha coffee beverage. Click here for this recipe.

I hope you’ve found some newfound inspiration to make coffee an even greater part of your life!

coffee syrup

Sweet Coffee-Flavored Syrup

This 2-ingredient sweet coffee-flavored syrup recipe and 10 scrumptious coffee-flavored treats are sure to be a hit with coffee lovers.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 49kcal


  • 1 cup brewed Red Diamond coffee
  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar


  • Place the brewed coffee and sugar in a small saucepot over medium-high heat.
    1 cup brewed Red Diamond coffee, 1.5 cups granulated sugar
  • Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Once at a boil, continue to stir and boil for three minutes, then remove the saucepot from the heat. Allow the syrup to cool slightly before placing it in a container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to a month.


Calories: 49kcal
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Special thanks to my friends at Red Diamond for sponsoring this post and for being such a special part of our lives. All opinions contained herein are my own. My husband and I dearly love Red Diamond and have been devotees of this smooth, never bitter, full-bodied coffee since our first sip! To find Red Diamond products near you, visit their beautiful website and use the product locator on the top right-hand side of the screen.

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  1. Beautiful picture Brady. Coffee syrup is an amazing idea. My mind is racing thinking of all the ways I can use it. Brady has a real gift for photography.

  2. Hi Christy,
    These recipes sound intriguing and am anxious to try all of them. Just wondering, which type of Red Diamond Coffee do you use, i.e., Columbian, Arabica, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, etc.? My local grocery where I trade doesn’t carry Red Diamond, so just curious as to any other brand you might have used that you recommend that would be comparable to the Red Diamond you use?

  3. Yumalicious! Guess what we’re making tomorrow??!? I’m really not sure why I never thought to do this before! It’s just common sense. Thanks! (Beautiful photography, Brady! It makes for love at first sight!)

  4. Christy
    You forgot to add Daryls cappuccino cake!
    That’s how I found your blog many years ago. I googled the recipe and voila! I used to eat it at the restaurant in Raleigh all the time. It made me fall in love with sweet coffee.

  5. The older I get, the more I find I enjoy sitting down with a cup of coffee. My 13 year old enjoys it too. She often stirs a spoonful of hot cocoa mixture in there to sweeten it up a bit. It’s delicious!

    1. I was looking for the amount of water as well. I just don’t see it. Coffee grounds and sugar have to have some sort of water don’t they? Sorry Christy!

      1. Nevermind…I see the comments. I didn’t understand it was a cup of brewed coffee! Sorry for the commotion!


      1. Your coffee syrup recipe is lacking one very important ingredient…water! You cannot make any kind of syrup without water. Water is the base ingredient for all syrups. I tried your two-ingredients recipe, sugar and coffee but as was expected, it didn’t work. It turned out be one pot of gooey mess. A thick molasses. Your recipe just does not make sense nor does it work. I suggest you correct or do a video example.

      2. 5 stars
        I get some people’s confusion. I was in the military and it was always about details. I think if you just added the word, “ one cup ‘prepared’ coffee then it’ll clarify it for some people. Looks and sounds delicious so I’m going to use my hazelnut flavored coffee
        because I LOVE hazelnut! This for your recipe, you just made my day!

      1. I read your praise about Red Diamond coffee and since our local coffee company in Tulsa, OK. stopped selling to the public decided to try R D. I order it now and I’m a fan. Love it. So smooth and a pleasure to drink. Some coffees bother my stomach but not this one. Thank you for promoting Red Diamond. Betty Burgin

    1. There is something definitely wrong with your recipe! WATER!!! In order to make any syrup, water has to be included. Sugar and coffee alone does not cut it! What you end up with is a thick gooey sauce with no consistency. I tried it. I had to add water to it for it to work. You need to edit your recipe.

    2. Oh I do love the idea of subbing the sweetened coffee instead of water for brownies! Boom! Gonna put that advice to play! Thanks Christy! ~Jena

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