Apple Cider Syrup

This post may contain affiliate links.

Take your next breakfast from standard to gourmet with this super quick and easy Apple Cider Syrup. In just 5 minutes, you can whip up this rich cider syrup that’s perfect for drizzling over pancakes or French toast casserole.

5 Minute Apple Cider Syrup

Apple cider syrup being poured over a stack of pancakes.

When I see the first jug of apple cider in the grocery store, I know my favorite drinking season has officially begun. From Autumn Sangria to Apple Cider Cocktails to Apple Cider Floats, I can’t resist a good mapley, spiced, apple inspired drink.

But apple cider is wonderful for more than just drinking. We also use it to amp up the flavor of our Baked Cinnamon Apples and Apple Cider Cupcakes, and as a quick glaze for our Apple Blondies.

In just 5 minutes, our favorite fall drink can also be transformed into a sweet and tangy apple cider syrup. This fantastic concoction is the so-called “icing on the cake” of our Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, but it’s also an excellent topping for ice cream, French toast, and coffee drinks. Read on to learn just how easy it is to make!

Just 4 Ingredients

Apple cider, cornstarch, and brown sugar in small bowls.
  • Apple cider– Grab some cider from the grocery store or your favorite orchard. Pasteurized or unpasteurized both work.
  • Brown sugar– The syrup doesn’t need a lot of additional sweetness, but a touch of brown sugar perfectly tames the tang of the apple cider.
  • Cornstarch is used to thicken the cider into a pourable syrup consistency.
  • Pinch sea salt– Like salted caramel sauce, our favorite sea salt is the sumpin sumpin that keeps you coming back for more.

How to Make Apple Cider Syrup

  1. Whisk. In a small saucepan, whisk together the cider, cornstarch, and sugar. 
  2. Boil. Bring mixture to a boil, and continue to cook, whisking often, until mixture is thickened, about 2 minutes.

What to Look for When You’re Making Cider Syrup

This syrup thickens really quickly, so it’s important to keep an eye on it the whole time it’s cooking.

You’ll know the mixture is done when it coats the back of a spoon and doesn’t just run off.

When the mixture is boiling, it will look thinner, but the syrup will thicken as it cools. Remove it from heat when it coats the back of a spoon, but is still on the thinner side.

Spoon coated with apple cider syrup.

Make Ahead, Storage, and Reheating Instructions

This syrup keeps well stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Reheat the syrup in the microwave, giving it a whisk every 20 seconds.

Apple Cider Syrup vs. Boiled Cider

Some people might use these two terms interchangeably, but boiled cider is actually quite different from the syrup you see here. Boiled cider is made by boiling apple cider down until it’s thick and condensed, a process which takes several hours. It can then be incorporated into baked goods or frostings for an intense apple flavor.

This syrup, on the other hand, is thickened with cornstarch in just a few minutes and designed to be used as a topping rather than an ingredient in other things.

Cider syrup in a glass bottle.

Ways to use Apple Cider Syrup

As already mentioned, this cider syrup pairs perfectly with pancakes, ranging from Ricotta Pancakes to Overnight Pancake Casserole to an Apple Dutch Baby.

It would also be lovely with our Almond Crusted French Toast.

We also love to stir some syrup into homemade lattes or use it as a topping for ice cream (especially with a sprinkling of granola! So good!).

Cider syrup in a glass bottle.

Apple Cider Syrup

Sweet and just a tad tangy, this Apple Cider Syrup is excellent drizzled on all of your breakfast favorites.
4.5 from 2 votes
Print Pin
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 29kcal


  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • Pinch sea salt


  • In a small saucepan, whisk together cider, cornstarch, and sugar.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, and continue to cook, whisking often, until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salt.


  • The cider syrup will thicken as it cools. To reheat, place in the microwave in 20 second increments, whisking well after each one.
  • Cooled syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider syrup, apple cider syrup recipe, cider syrup


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0.04g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 0.3IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Did You Make This Recipe?Leave a review, Mention @NeighborFoodie, or tag #neighborfoodies!

4.50 from 2 votes (2 ratings without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.