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This easy maple cinnamon simple syrup is a fun way to add the flavors of fall to your coffee, tea, cocktails, or hot chocolate.

I’m going to show you how easy it is to make your own simple syrup with maple syrup! You’ll love how fast it is and it lasts for weeks! This sweet syrup is one of the best ways to flavor beverages. Store in your refrigerator and use it to make your favorite cocktails and coffee drinks extra special!

What is Simple Syrup?

Simple syrup is made by boiling white sugar and water together to create a syrup. Typically you use equal part cane sugar and water, but you can adjust the simple syrup ratio based on your own sweetness preferences. The sugar dissolves in the water as it cooks. This syrup is then used to sweeten coffee, tea, fall or winter cocktails, mocktails, hot cocoa, and apple cider. I really love it in my cold brew! And don’t forget how delicious it can be in desserts and sauces!

What is Maple Simple Syrup?

While traditionally simple syrup is made with plain sugar, it can actually be made with all kinds of sweeteners! The version we’re creating today is a fun spin on that idea and instead of white sugar we use maple syrup! That gives our finished simple syrup a unique maple flavor I think you’ll enjoy.

Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • Pure maple syrup: This is what gives our simple syrup a maple flavor. You want to use pure maple syrup and not an imitation maple syrup (pancake syrup). Grade and color do not matter.
  • Water: To create a simple syrup we use equal part maple syrup and water. For this recipe you’ll need one cup of water.
  • Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon amps up the fall flavors in this syrup!

How to Make Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup

To create this simple syrup we’re going to use equal part water and sweetener (one cup water and one cup maple syrup). Add it to a small pot or small saucepan with the cinnamon. Simmer on medium heat to medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool. Pour the cooled syrup into a clean glass jar with a lid. Store the sealed jar in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use.

What Type of Maple Syrup is Best to Use

You want to use pure maple syrup which is different than pancake syrup. Pure maple syrup is made from 100% maple sap that’s been boiled down to a thicker consistency. Regular pancake syrup (which is usually an imitation maple syrup too) is often some combination of high fructose corn syrup, maple flavoring or maple extract, sugar, and other artificial flavorings.

The grade and color of the maple syrup you choose does not matter.

You can find pure maple syrup in the grocery store beside pancake syrup and honey.

Can You Use Cinnamon Sticks Instead of Ground Cinnamon?

I recommend ground cinnamon because it’s the easiest way to add cinnamon flavor, but you can use cinnamon sticks if you prefer. After simmering the maple syrup and water, take the pot off the heat. Add the cinnamon sticks, cover, and let it sit for a minimum of 6 hours to infuse that cinnamon flavor. Then remove the cinnamon sticks (strain any pieces if there are any).

How to Customize this Simple Syrup

This syrup is perfect as is but you can customize it a bit if you like. Here are some ideas for you.

  • If you don’t have pure maple syrup use another liquid sweetener instead. Agave nectar or honey also work well. You won’t get the maple flavor in the simple syrup but it will work to create an agave syrup or honey syrup.
  • You can swap out the maple syrup for another granulated sugar like brown sugar or coconut sugar. You’ll use the same amount as you would the maple syrup, so it’s equal parts sweetener and water.
  • Citrus and maple are flavors that go well together. Add a little orange zest or an orange twist to the syrup as it simmers to infuse a bit of that flavor.
  • Want a simple syrup with some kick? Add a pinch of ground cayenne or chipotle powder to the other ingredients before simmering.
  • You can make this a vanilla maple simple syrup a few different ways. If you want to use pure vanilla extract, add two teaspoons of the extract to your syrup after it’s finished simmering. For more vanilla flavor use one tablespoon of vanilla extract. If you want to use vanilla bean paste, add a half tablespoon of it to the syrup after it’s finished simmering. If you want to use a vanilla bean pod, slice it in half lengthwise. Add it to the syrup before simmering. It will need to cook with the other ingredients. After simmering, set the pot aside to cool. The pod will continue to infuse the syrup with flavor during this time. Once cool, scrape out the vanilla seeds and stir them into the finished syrup.

How to Store Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Store your homemade simple syrup in a mason jar or airtight bottle in the refrigerator for up to a month. It should not be kept at room temperature.

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Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup

By Christina
This easy maple cinnamon simple syrup is a fun way to add the flavors of fall to your coffee, tea, cocktails, or hot chocolate.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
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  • Add the maple syrup, water, and cinnamon to a small sauce pan. Simmer on medium to medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Once cooled, pour in a jar or other airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
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