Brown Sugar Apple Iced Coffee is so easy to make at home and to customize to your own taste!  This coffee only needs a simple to make syrup and whichever coffee you love best!

brown sugar apple iced coffee



Brown Sugar Apple Iced Coffee:

We may not be quite into fall yet, but it’s never too early for a caramel/brown sugar apple treat in our morning coffee!  I’ve done several drink recipes, like white wine Sangria here, but never a coffee and I couldn’t wait to share!  This is about as simple as a recipe can truly get.  It’s just a recipe for a brown sugar/apple simple syrup that is super easy!  Anyone can make this!  The syrup will last in your fridge for a good 7-10 days so you can enjoy it all week.  If you really love a caramel iced coffee at any of the big coffee chains, this one is for you!  It just also adds a touch of cinnamon apple flavor that is subtle but amazing.  Also, unlike getting your coffee to-go, you can customize your syrup, coffee, and cream just to your perfect taste!

brown sugar apple syrup in a pan

A Few Recipe Notes and Suggestions:

  • When you make the syrup, make sure to allow the brown sugar to dissolve first before adding the apples!  This only takes a minute.  If you add the apples in right away it’s fine, but the sugar might crystalize a bit.
  • You can use any apples you want for this recipe!  I used honey crisp, because let’s face it they are the best fall apples around and have that caramel flavor all on their own.  Use whatever you have on hand.
  • I recommend letting this simmer for at least 20 minutes, and up to 30 minutes.  The longer it simmers, the more apple flavor you will have.
  • The apples will basically be somewhat solid, but very mushy when poked with a fork at the end of simmering time.  I poured the syrup into a jar through a fine mesh strainer and discarded the apples.  You can also just pull the apples out with a slotted spoon.  If you want to save the apples, just pour them over some vanilla ice cream for a quick dessert!
  • I do call for 1 Tablespoon of butter at the end of simmering time.  But, this is really optional if you don’t like the idea of butter in your coffee!  The butter just adds a nice richness to the syrup.
  • I found that this syrup was best used within 10 days.  Keep it in a container with a a lid in the refrigerator, and give it a good shake before you use it!  I suggest using about 1 Tablespoon, then adding more depending on how sweet you like your drink.

brown sugar apple syrup for iced coffee



5 from 8 votes

Brown Sugar Apple Iced Coffee

Brown Sugar Apple Iced Coffee is so easy to make at home and to customize to your own taste!  This coffee only needs a simple to make syrup and whichever coffee you love best!
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 Large Honey Crisp Apples Thick Sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter OPTIONAL
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Iced Coffee or Cold Brew for serving
  • Half & Half or Heavy Cream for serving


  • Add the water, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the apples to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 20-30 minutes until apples are very soft.
  • Remove the pan from the heat stir in the butter if using, and the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the mixture into a jar or heat proof bowl through a fine mesh strainer. Or discard the apples using a slotted spoon.
  • Allow the syrup to cool completely before using.
  • Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid for up to 10 days, shake before using. Add 1-2 Tablespoons, or more depending on taste to your favorite coffee and cream.
  • Garnish with apples, whipped cream, and cinnamon if desired.


Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Hey! Nice to meet you! I'm Nichole!

Welcome to The Salty Marshmallow! I'm a mom, animal lover, photographer, & kitchen mess-maker. Here you will find the result of my decades-long passion for chasing the best flavors in the kitchen, all meant to be cooked by regular people with busy lives just like you and me.

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