I’m proud of myself. In 2014, I’ve really cut down on my Starbucks habit. I drop by maybe once per week, which is a huge improvement over my previously daily habit. Okay, maybe twice per week. Okay, okay – occasionally three times.
But still! I’m doing better.
It gets easier in the spring, when iced coffee season kicks into high gear. Starbucks iced coffee is okay in a pinch, but it really doesn’t hold a candle to the iced coffee I can make at home. Getting my daily caffeine buzz is much tastier (and way less expensive) when I use the cold-brew method and make my own DIY flavored coffee syrup. I’ve made vanilla, maple vanilla, pumpkin spice, and even orange spice. But today, I take yet another cue from Starbucks: Cinnamon Dolce.
Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee: My new keep-me-away-from-Starbucks weapon of choice.
Starbucks cinnamon dolce flavor is a combination of brown sugar, cinnamon, and even a bit of butter. Even though butter in coffee is a thing, I thought I’d leave the butter element out. I don’t miss it. This syrup is rich, sweet, and a bit spicy, and it’s the perfect complement to a bit, tall creamy glass of iced coffee.
When assembling this syrup, I decided to add a bit of pure maple syrup to the mix. It seemed as though it would go with the overall flavors (it does), and I liked the idea of cutting down a tad on the brown sugar as a result.
Like most DIY flavored coffee syrups, this one comes together super easily. Bring all the ingredients to a simmer, then remove from the heat and just let it sit for a few minutes, so that the cinnamon infuses the syrup with its comforting awesomeness.
I’m not huge on super-sweet iced coffee, and so I love how this syrup adds just a subtle sweetness without moving into cloying territory. Of course, the beauty of coffee syrup is that you can add as much (or as little) as you want, until your coffee is just right for you.
Yeah, I’ve cut down on Starbucks, but I think I’ve found my new daily habit: this.
CInnamon Dolce Iced Coffee
For the cinnaman dolce coffee syrup:
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 5- inch cinnamon stick
For the iced coffee:
- Ice or coffee ice cubes
- 1 cup cold-brewed iced coffee concentrate
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon dolce syrup (recipe below)
For the cinnamon dolce coffee syrup:
- Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick. Keeps refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
For the iced coffee:
- Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add coffee concentrate, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon dolce syrup (add less or more depending on your preference), and half and half to desired point of creaminess. Drop in a straw and serve.
The last picture is simply amazing. Can’t stop staring on it 🙂
Thanks for sharing this recipe! I, too, am trying to break my Starbucks habit…not easy! Be strong fellow food blogger friend 🙂 Glad I found your site!
Gorgeous! Do you usually use coffee cubes? I always mean to, have yet planned ahead of time to make it work.
This syrup sounds amazing! I love sprinkling cinnamon into my coffee and I’ve been meaning to make my own coffee syrups/creamers so this recipe looks like a keeper. Thanks for sharing!
We just love the Cinnamon Dolce from Starbucks! I love that you’ve re-created it for home – and I may just have to do the same.
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Delicious! Thanks forbthe recipe!
I’m going to try this. I love iced coffee and drink it a lot. Has anyone tried to make this using Splenda products?
I have not made this with Splenda – I don’t generally use artifical sugar so I’m not totally familiar, but maybe try the Splenda that’s pretty close in consistency to sugar? If you try it, let us know!
Might seem like silly questions but how would you suggest storing [fridge or room temp?] and how long before it goes bad?
Thank you so much for creating this recipe, it will come in very handy for this college student!
Girl, get yourself a Keurig and you will not be going to Starbucks. I love Starbucks’ coffee too, use to buy the beans and grind it myself. It is the one thing I am picky about…good coffee. But once you buy a Keurig, you can get your K-cups at Costco!!! Green mountain has the patent on k-cups so they make all the coffee for all the makers. (I saw it on NAT GEO) I get 100 cups for $34.00!!!!! I use 2 in one cup!! I buy the dark roast too!!!
How long is the syrup good for if refrigerated?
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Making my second batch of this yummy syrup! Perfect for hot or cold coffee. I suspect it would be yummy over ice cream or stired into yogurt too. Thank you!
I need to try your other flavors next.
So glad you like it! Love your ideas for expanding beyond just coffee. 🙂
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I cannot locate cinnamon sticks in my small, rural grocery. Is there a cinnamon powder equivalent measure I could use?
Making my second batch of your syrup for my iced coffee. I love the cinnamon flavor. Wonderful and delicious recipe!
So glad you like it! 🙂
I don’t see the recipe for the syrup.
Hi, it is right there in the recipe – first sections under “Ingredients” and “Directions.” Please let me know if you still don’t see it!
Is there anyway you can use cinnamon instead of a cinnamon stick?
Sure! Start with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and increase from there if you want more.
Fixing for the second time saving me alot from starbucks . Very good I didn’t put much syrup in it otherwise great
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