DIY Natural Flavored Syrups

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A glass of blueberry lemonade with lemon wedges using a homemade syrup.
Use homemade syrups to make a refreshing glass of blueberry lemonade.

Homemade syrups are a great addition to your cocktails, mocktails, coffees, and even homemade sodas. With three ingredients, you can create unique flavored syrups like cotton candy, dulce de leche, and lavender! In this blog, you’ll learn how to make homemade syrups with flavor using flavor extracts.

 Flavor Extracts in Homemade Syrups

Flavor extracts are a hassle-free way of adding unique flavors to homemade syrups. With a teaspoon or two of flavoring, you can have a sweet vanilla syrup or seasonal pumpkin spice!

Nature’s Flavors offers over 200 flavor extracts made from natural and organic ingredients. It’s a high-quality ingredient that can take your homemade syrups up a notch! Place the flavor extract into the melted, and combined, sugar water. For starting ratio, use 10 grams or 2 ¼ tsp of flavor extract for 1000 grams of the batch. However, using flavor extracts is dependent on personal preference. You can always add more extract to increase the flavor intensity.

Three glasses of sparkling water with fruit punch syrup.

Homemade Syrup Recipes with Flavor Extracts

Homemade syrups are a great addition to cocktails, mocktails, and coffees. All you need is water, organic cane sugar, and flavor extracts to make a homemade flavored syrup!
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Cook Time 3 minutes
2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 35 ounces


  • Stove or Hot Plate
  • Medium Sauce Pan
  • Measuring Cup
  • Whisk


  • 13.5 oz Water Filtered or Distilled
  • 1.3 lbs Pure Cane Sugar
  • 2 ¼ tsp Flavor Extract


  • Using a sauce pan, heat the water to a low boil. Place the sugar into the water until thoroughly dissolved.
  • Remove the sauce pan from the heat and add in the flavor extract of your choice. Stir until combined.
  • Pour the syrup into an airtight container and store in the fridge.
Keyword drink recipes, flavored syrups, homemade syrups, syrup
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Typically, flavor extracts contain ethyl alcohol and natural flavors. Unlike flavor concentrates that contain gum acacia, flavor extracts are clear. So, they’ll impart flavor not color to your recipes.

Natural Food Colorings that Work

Learning how to make homemade syrup gives you the chance to pick quality ingredients, like natural food coloring.

If you’re looking to add natural coloring to your syrups, Nature’s Flavors offers natural food colorings-water and oil-soluble. However, if you haven’t experimented with natural food colorings before, check out our post on how to use natural food colorings.

Homemade Vanilla Extract for the Best Vanilla Syrup

One of the easiest to make and most versatile flavor extracts to use is vanilla extract. Vanilla extracts usually consist of a type of alcohol and Grade A vanilla beans. For home, you can use any quality vodka you have on hand. But if you’re looking for an alcohol-free vanilla extract, Bill The Flavor Guy has a recipe in the video below. 

For the best results with your alcohol-free vanilla extract, let it sit in a dry cool place for two months. Be sure to shake the jar every week.

Finally, when your vanilla extract is ready add it to your homemade syrup recipe for the most phenomenal vanilla syrup. It will completely transform your iced coffees.


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  2. So this is a 1:2 simple syrup to like an nth of a gram extract per cup of syrup, for anyone who’s curious.

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