Elevate your spring and summertime sips with the delightfully sweet and earthy flavor of fresh-brewed green tea. This DIY Green Tea Simple Syrup is excellent in lemonade, hot and iced tea, cocktails, baked goods, and more.
Green tea originated in China and has since become a favorite among tea drinkers worldwide. This quick and easy recipe captures the bittersweet, nutty, floral, and earthy flavors of quality green tea in a smooth and sweet homemade simple syrup.
So what’s the big deal? Here are a few reasons why you need to make this tea-infused simple syrup!
- It adds delicate green tea flavor to sparkling water and seltzers.
- You can enhance lemonades and tea with refreshing green tea.
- To add flavor and moisture to pastries and baked goods.
- Green tea syrup is the perfect gift DIY gift for the tea lover in your life.
Ready to learn how to make green tea simple syrup? Let’s do it.
A few things to keep in mind while you gather your ingredients:
- Sugar – When dissolved in hot water, the mixture thickens into a sticky syrup. Granulated sugar or caster sugar works best here as the granules are fine and easy to dissolve.
- Water – For the best flavor, and to extend the shelf-life use distilled or filtered water.
- Green tea – Loose-leaf green tea can be more expensive and harder to find, but it’s typically better tasting. If you don’t have loose-leaf green tea, green tea bags are perfectly fine.
- Recommended tools – You’ll need a small to medium saucepan, a tea infuser, and a sanitized airtight glass jar or bottle.
🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)
1️⃣ Step One: Bring sugar and water to a simmer
Add the sugar and water to a saucepan, and bring to a low simmer.
2️⃣ Step Two: Dissolve sugar
Then, add the loose leaf green tea (or green tea bags, if using), to a tea infuser and steep while the sugar dissolves and the liquid thickens into a sticky syrup.
3️⃣ Step Three: Steep green tea
Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the tea steep for another 5-10 minutes (the longer it steeps, the stronger the tea flavor will be).
4️⃣ Step Four: Cool and store
Remove the tea infuser and let the syrup cool, then refrigerate in airtight containers for up to two weeks
Questions + quick tips
You can use either. What is most important is that the tea leaves are fresh and high-quality.
Yes! However, the additional molasses gives the syrup a slight caramel taste and a deeper flavor. Not that that’s a bad thing!
Yes. For an unrefined, naturally sweet variation, honey, maple syrup, and agave are great options.
Yup, and it’s perfect for the keto diet! Replace the sugar with a keto granulated sweetener. If using allulose, also add a pinch of xanthan gum,
🍵 How to serve
This syrup is excellent to have on hand for cocktails, desserts, and baked goods. See below for delicious ways to put your homemade simple syrup to use.
- Drizzle over cold desserts like sherbert, frozen yogurt, and Italian ice
- Make green tea soda! Add a splash to sparkling water or club soda.
- Mix a small amount into batters of dense, tangy baked goods like pound cake, muffins, and rum cake for added moisture and flavor.
- Stir green tea simple syrup into just about any sweet beverage to brighten up every flavor. Add 2-3 teaspoons to lemonade, hot tea, or ice tea.
🧊 How to store
Before storing DIY simple syrup, always let it cool to room temperature. For food safety purposes, store your infusions in sanitized glass containers.
- Refrigerator storage: Keep your syrup in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Freezer storage: Freeze green tea syrup in ice cube trays, so then you can pop out just what you need and return the rest to the freezer for later.
🧋More ways to use green tea simple syrup
Stir green tea simple syrup into these blissful sips to make them even more blissful! 😉
Green Tea Simple Syrup
- 1 Saucepan
- 1 tea infuser
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water filtered or distilled
- 2 tablespoons loose leaf green tea or 2 green tea bags
- Add the sugar and water to a saucepan, and bring to a low simmer.
- Add the loose-leaf green tea to a tea infuser, and then submerge the infuser in the simmering water. Let the tea steep while the sugar dissolves and the liquid thickens into a syrup.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, and let the tea continue to steep for 5-10 minutes (the longer the tea steeps, the stronger the green tea flavor will be).
- Remove the tea infuser, and let the syrup cool completely. Pour into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.