Follow these easy instructions to make delicious apple syrup at home. It’s perfect for mixing into drinks, drizzling on pancakes and waffles, or adding to oatmeal! Made with just 2 simple ingredients (with some options for extra flavor) it’s easy and quick to make on the stovetop in a saucepan.

Okay so a few weeks ago I introduced you to my new favorite drink mix-in: the pumpkin spice syrup that’s perfect for making homemade pumpkin spice lattes and drizzling on everything. We also love my homemade gingerbread syrup. But now…I may have a new favorite: this homemade apple syrup!! It’s the apple counterpart to the pumpkin spice syrup, and depending on your favorite fall flavor, this just may be your new favorite too.

This homemade apple syrup is so easy to make with just TWO ingredients (plus a few others if you want to jazz it up a bit) and just a bit of your time – most of it hands-off.

P.S. Homemade condiments of all sorts are such an easy delicious way to amp up your cooking – homemade hot honey, anyone?!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Apple Cider or Juice: look for one that is 100% apples, no additives or sweeteners
  • Maple Syrup: you can also use honey or coconut sugar, but I love the maple flavor in this recipe

Those two ingredients are all you really need, but if you want to *jazz things up* a bit, you can also add:

  • Cinnamon Sticks: these will infuse with the syrup
  • Apple Pie Spice: for a little extra spice
  • Vanilla Extract: for warmth and flavor, this is added at the end of cooking

The yield of this recipe is a little less than a cup of apple syrup, but you can double it as necessary to make a larger batch! I usually do a double batch.

How to make Homemade Apple Syrup

Combine the apple cider and maple syrup in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon sticks and/or apple pie spice if using.

Bring to a low boil and simmer for about 30 minutes, until it’s reduced by about ⅔ (⅓ of the original volume). Drop a bit onto a plate and let cool for a minute – it should be sticky and not too thick. It will thicken as it cools.

When it’s the right consistency, remove the cinnamon sticks and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour it into the bottle (using a funnel if you have a thin-neck bottle). Let cool for a little while at room temperature, and then refrigerate! If it’s a little too thick, add a little extra cider to get it to the right consistency before bottling. If it’s not quite thick enough, boil until it reaches the right consistency.

Drizzle in and on everything, and enjoy!!

Storing apple syrup

This apple syrup can be poured into a bottle and stored in the refrigerator for up to two months. You can also pour it into ice cube trays for individual servings that can be stored indefinitely and thawed as needed.

This Apple Syrup is perfect for…

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! I’ve been mixing it into my morning chai every day since I made it, and it will definitely be on repeat way past fall. Make sure to try the pumpkin spice syrup too and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Make your own Healthy Pumpkin Spice Syrup, perfect for making your own vegan pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin chai lattes, or for drizzling on top of pancakes! It’s dairy-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.

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This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible, healthy breakfast that’s much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan!

Homemade Gingerbread Syrup

This Homemade Gingerbread Syrup is the perfect way to make healthier gingerbread lattes at home! It’s refined sugar-free and sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. So good drizzled on pancakes, waffles, and ice cream!

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How To Make Homemade Apple Syrup

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  • Author: Rachel Conners
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: ⅔ cup 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Follow these easy instructions to make delicious apple syrup at home. It’s perfect for mixing into drinks, drizzling on pancakes and waffles, or adding to oatmeal! Made with just 2 simple ingredients (with some options for extra flavor) it’s easy and quick to make on the stovetop in a saucepan.


  • 2 cups pure apple juice or apple cider, look for 100% apples, no additives or sweeteners
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice, optional and to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional


  1. In a small to medium saucepan, combine the apple juice or cider, maple syrup, and/or cinnamon sticks and apple pie spice, if using.
  2. Bring the mixture to low-medium heat and simmer for 20 to 40 minutes, until reduced to about a third of the original volume. It will thicken as it cools, so don’t over-reduce. I was left with about 2/3 cup of syrup.
  3. To test for doneness, drip a drop of the mixture onto your counter and let cool for a minute. It should be a little tacky and syrupy, but not too thick and caramel-like.
  4. If you accidentally reduce too much, add in a bit more apple juice to thin it out.
  5. When it’s ready and at the consistency you like, remove the cinnamon sticks and add in the vanilla extract, if using.
  6. Pour into your desired bottle and store in the fridge for up to two months. It may last longer than that, but it hasn’t been around for long enough for me to test longer than that!
  7. Use in drinks (I like adding a tablespoon or two to my homemade chai lattes), drizzle on pancakes and waffles, or on top of oatmeal.

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