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Liquid Cane Sugar | Cane Sugar Syrup

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An easy recipe for how to make all-natural liquid cane sugar. It is called cane sugar syrup and simple syrup, because, it’s really quite simple. 2-ingredients; organic cane sugar and filtered water, you will have your own liquid sugar in minutes.

What do you use simple syrup for? I will go into more detail below, but it is most commonly used in beverages. For instance, it is the primary liquid sugar that Starbuck’s uses – so while I am not trying to make a Starbuck’s liquid cane sugar copycat, it just naturally is one!

Liquid cane sugar in jar with lid, a golden liquid, tied with jute and labeled simple syrup, all natural.

Cane Sugar Simple Syrup

So why a recipe for liquid cane sugar when you could just purchase some?

Because it is two ingredients that you probably always have on hand and it takes a couple of minutes to make that is why!

A few commonly asked questions about liquid cane sugar.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cane Sugar?

Unlike the highly refined granulated sugar, which can come from sugarcane and/or sugar beets, cane sugar is produced solely from sugarcane and is minimally processed. It has a slightly larger grain, and a darker color, since the molasses has not been refined out. Use cane sugar the same way you would granulated sugar, though when baking, cream with the butter or oil a bit longer to break down the grain.

What is cane sugar syrup?

Cane syrups are liquid sugar that are a dark to golden brown color, with flavor hints of caramel and butterscotch.

What kind of sugar is in simple syrup?

Clear simple syrup is white sugar in a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water. However; any type of sugar when used in a 1:1 ratio with water will make a simple syrup.

Can I use other sugar in cane syrup?

Yes, I use organic all natural pure cane sugar in all of my baking so it is what I have on hand. I have also made it using raw or turbinado sugar, which will yield a darker finished color.

Ingredients in Liquid Cane Sugar

Ready for it, get a pad of paper ready to write. Just kidding, it’s just 2-ingredients!

ingredients for cane sugar simple syrup, L-R water and all natural cane sugar.
  • ALL- NATURAL CANE SUGAR | you may also use raw, turbinado or Demerara sugars for an all natural simple syrup.
  • FILTERED WATER | While you can use tap water, keep it pure and clean, it’s just a cup!

How to Make Liquid Sugar

This process to make cane sugar simple syrup could not be easier!

  1. Pour water and sugar into small heavy saucepan. Over medium heat stir until sugar dissolves, bring mixture to simmer, without stirring for about 3 minutes. BUT DO NOT BOIL. 
  2. Cool completely, and store in a clean mason jar in refrigerator, lasts indefinitely (though many sites tell you only 1 month, mine has lasted much longer than a month).
Process shots for all natural cane syrup. Adding sugar to water, dissolved sugar in water.

That’s it! How easy is cane sugar simple syrup to make!

Why Use Liquid Cane Sugar instead of Cane Sugar?

Because it is liquid sugar and it dissolves easily into drinks, especially cold drinks. Which is why you see it used at Starbucks and other speciality coffee shops

Plus it prevents the gritty, super-sweet undissolved puddle of sugar we find at the bottom of our iced teas! And I think we tend to use less to sweeten since it mixes into the drink so quickly.

Liquid Cane sugar in glass jar with canning lid on top, off white napkin behind on cutting board.

How to Make Flavored Simple Syrups

I love using an infused simple syrup to flavor drinks, teas, cakes and so much more! Here are a few ideas for simple cane syrup infusions.

To the base of the simple syrup add:

  • Cinnamon stick
  • Mint
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Herbs
  • Fruit

Add desired flavoring to the simple syrup mixture while making, cool completely before removing the flavoring (this allows the flavors to develop), store in tightly sealed mason jar.


The possibilities are endless, but here are a few to get you going.

Pin for hibiscus simple syrup with jar of hibiscus syrup.
Cane sugar syrup, cooling in open glass ball jar on wood counter with lid nearby.


If you enjoyed this recipe for liquid cane sugar, please comment below and tell me if you made it plain or infused!


Pin for How to Make all natural simple syrup with jar of golden cane sugar simple syrup.
A mason jar filled with a golden amber cane sugar simple syrup, tied with twine and a label.

All Natural Cane Sugar Simple Syrup

Author: Kathleen • The Fresh Cooky © 2021
5 from 3 votes
An easy recipe for how to make all-natural cane sugar simple syrup, great to use in drinks, cocktails, on yogurt, ice cream, sorbet and more!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 27 kcal



  • Pour water and sugar into small heavy saucepan.
  • Over medium heat stir until sugar dissolves, bring mixture to simmer, without stirring for about 3 minutes. BUT DO NOT BOIL.
  • Cool completely, in pan, then pour cooled syrup in clean mason jar, storing in fridge.
  • Lasts indefinitely (though many sites tell you only 1 month, mine has lasted much longer than a month).


Serving: 2 tablespoons Calories: 27 kcal Carbohydrates: 7 g Sugar: 7 g

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The Fresh Cooky is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this up to make some Irish Cocktails this weekend— so easy and was able to save so much time when everyone was at the house since I had it pre-made! Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I used simple syrup for my beloved Old Fashioned cocktail and it’s the only way to go. I loved the infusion ideas and will be using the vanilla bean in my green tea.