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Stevia Simple Syrup

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This calorie-free, sugar-free Stevia Simple Syrup is the perfect way to sweeten up your cocktails, mocktails, and other beverages only using natural sweeteners.

a hand pouring simple syrup from a glass bottle with a pour spout into a glass that is on a white ceramic coaster. Around the glass are packets of truvia sweetener.  Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

It’s so easy to lighten up your cocktails using this simple-to-make Stevia Simple Syrup!

Sugar in its various forms is in just about everything now, and with this simple swap, you can avoid adding excess sugar to drinks but still have all of the sweet flavor that you crave.

Stevia simple syrup isn’t just for cocktails though! You can add it to a smoothie that needs to be a little bit sweeter, or to coffee drinks, mocktails, or juices.

a bottle of clear simple syrup with a copper pour spout sitting on a white ceramic coaster. Green and white packets of Truvia sweetener are next to it on the left, three of them on the counter and more in a white bowl in the background.  To the right is a black and white checked kitchen towel.   Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

Why You’ll Love This Stevia Simple Syrup Recipe

It’s an all-natural sweetener!

You’ve probably figured it out by now, but I’m a huge fan of only eating foods that are directly derived from the source. The ground. The tree. The plant.

I always want to know where something came from before I put it in my body. Which is why I’m such a huge fan of farm-to-table living.

To keep my recipes lighter and lower in calories, I tend to avoid regular sugar, and instead look for natural ways to sweeten my food.

I love to use dates, agave, raw honey, and of course Stevia. Stevia is the only dry sugar replacement that is all-natural. Granulated Sweeteners like Splenda, Equal, and the like, are all full of nasty chemicals with side effects we’re not quite sure of.

The ingredients needed to make stevia simple syrup, including a measuring cup of water and a white bowl of granulated stevia. Both are viewed from above, on a gray surface.  Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

Ingredients and Substitutions

You only need two simple ingredients to make this!

  • Stevia – I highly recommend that you make this recipe using granulated stevia. I’m using Truvia packets. These also contain erythritol and natural flavors.
  • Water – Regular tap water, bottled water, it really doesn’t matter.

Now, I’ve tested this recipe using different forms of stevia, because I know that you might want to make this simple syrup with what you have already at home. Here’s what I learned!

  • Powdered Stevia (Swerve brand) – This type of stevia dissolves well when boiled with water, but once cooled, the syrup separates. It has a fairly strong aftertaste and a slightly yellow color.
  • Liquid Stevia (Trader Joe’s Brand) – Because this is already liquid, I didn’t boil it, just stirred it with water. This version of stevia simple syrup has a very strong aftertaste, but plenty of sweetness.
  • Granulated Stevia (Truvia) – This is what I recommend! This version has good sweetness, dissolves easily, doesn’t separate, and has the lightest aftertaste of all the options.

Overall, I don’t recommend making this recipe with pure stevia. The natural additives in Truvia help to make this simple syrup taste great, with minimal aftertaste.

How do you make Stevia Simple Syrup?

steps 1 and 2 to make simple syrup from stevia. Image one is a hand pouring water into a small metal saucepan. Image two is a hand adding stevia into the pot of water.  Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com
  1. Add water to a small saucepan.
  2. Add the granulated stevia, and stir to combine.
clear stevia simple syrup in a metal saucepan. Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com
  1. Boil: You should heat the pan until the water boils and all of the stevia has fully dissolved. Once the stevia has dissolved, let the syrup cool to room temperature before using or storing.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. 

What Can Stevia Simple Syrup Be Used In Place Of?

I mostly use Stevia Simple Syrup in recipes that call for plain old simple syrup. Generally cocktails and mocktails. Or any drinks that call for maple syrup, sugar, or agave.

Stevia simple syrup is the best way to sweeten iced coffee or an iced chai tea latte too.

With a stevia simple syrup on hand, it’s easy to add just a splash to get the sweetness you’re looking for. 

a clear bottle with a cooper spout filled with a clear liquid sitting on a ceramic off white coaster. Green and white truvia packets around the bottle. A black and white small checked napkin to the right of the bottle. A white bowl with truvia packets to the back left.  Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

Insider Pro Tips

  • This sugar-free simple syrup can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 week. For longer storage, keep it in the refrigerator.
  • To get 1/4 cup of Truvia, you’ll need 24 individual packets.
  • This syrup is not meant for baking, and shouldn’t be used in place of corn syrup in recipes.
  • Simple syrup made with stevia (using this recipe) can be used interchangeably with regular simple syrup in recipes, in a 1:1 ratio. Feel free to use more or less to suit your own taste.
stevia simple syrup in a glass bottle poured into a ceramic coffee cup sitting on a white ceramic coaster. In the background are packets of truvia sweetener, white cutting boards, and a black and white checked towel.  Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

FAQ

Flavor-wise, I don’t prefer liquid stevia in this recipe, but it can be used. You’ll need 2 teaspoons of liquid stevia to equal the same amount of granulated stevia.

At room temperature or in the refrigerator, this should be kept for no longer than one week. Refrigeration may allow you to keep it a little bit longer, but not much.

The consistency is very similar to that of regular simple syrup but slightly thinner.

I can’t explain this one! After a week, my syrup made with Truvia and water was still perfectly smooth. If you use alternate ingredients, you may run into this issue.

To make peach or strawberry stevia simple syrup, add chopped fresh fruit to the water while it’s coming to a boil. Dissolve the stevia and allow the syrup to steep for 30 minutes at room temperature. Then drain through a mesh sieve.

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Now that you see how easy it is to make this Stevia Simple Syrup, Try it! Leave a star rating and a comment below, I’d love to know what you think.

Stevia Simple Syrup

stevia syrup pouring into a glass.
This calorie-free, sugar-free Stevia Simple Syrup is the perfect way to sweeten up your cocktails, mocktails, and other beverages only using natural sweeteners.
Louisa
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Small Saucepan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.
    water poured into a pan. Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com
  • Add stevia and let simmer until stevia has completely dissolved.
    stevia poured into a pan of water. Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com
  • Once stevia has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Once cool, place in a jar and store in the refrigerator to use in drinks and other recipes that call for simple syrup.
    a small saucepan of stevia syrup. Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

Notes

  • To get 1/4 cup of Truvia, you’ll need 24 individual packets.
  • I suggest using Truvia in this recipe. I tested it with liquid and powdered stevia, and the result just wasn’t as smooth or tasty.Ā 
  • This syrup is not meant for baking, and shouldn’t be used in place of corn syrup in recipes.
  • Simple syrup made with stevia (using this recipe) can be used interchangeably with regular simple syrup in recipes, in a 1:1 ratio. Feel free to use more or less to suit your own taste.

 

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33 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I recently made the Stevia Simple Syrup from this recipe, and it’s a game-changer! It’s incredibly easy to make and a fantastic sugar-free alternative. I love how it sweetens my drinks without adding any extra calories. This syrup has become a staple in my kitchen for both hot and cold beverages. Such a versatile and healthy solution for anyone looking to reduce sugar in their diet!

    1. Thank you for trying out the Stevia Simple Syrup recipe, Shawn! We’re thrilled to hear that it has become a game-changer for you. It’s great to know that you found it easy to make and effective in sweetening your drinks without the extra calories. We’re delighted that it has become a staple in your kitchen and appreciate you highlighting its versatility and health benefits. Your feedback is invaluable, especially for others looking to reduce sugar in their diet.

      With warm regards,
      The HFHL Team

  2. 1. I want to make lemon syrup to use in tea. Should I just substitute lemon juice for water in your recipe, or use your recipe as is and then add lemon juice? But I’m worried that would make it too runny and less syrupy.
    2. Can this be made in the microwave?
    Thanks!

    1. Hello Nomi, both are great questions. I have not made it in the microwave so I am not sure, but I think it would be very tricky. I also haven’t subbed out the water before. I you are going to experiment, I would sub out only 1/2 or 1/4 of the water for lemon juice. I am not sure how the lemon juice and the stevia will react together when heated. If you try let me know šŸ™‚

  3. Is this recipe a 1:1 equivalent to simple syrup? So if a recipe calls for 1/4 cup of simple syrup (which is a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar), i would use a 1/4 cup of this stevia simple syrup? thank you!

    1. Yes, I would start with a 1;1 sub and add more as needed in drinks. It does not do well in baked items šŸ™‚

  4. Has anyone tried adding raspberry flavoring? I’d like to make something similar to creme de cassis to add to white wine to make a “Kir”.

    1. I make syrups for shave ice and the like. your best bet is to actually just use the fruit. after you kill the heat, drop a single serving worth of raspberries, strawberries etc into the syrup and let them steep for an hour, then strain them out before refridgerating. fresh works best but frozen is fine.

      1. I would recommend a shelf life of 1 week, very similar to simple syrup. I would not add in any preservative. šŸ™‚

  5. This is the idea I was looking for to add vanilla syrup for coffee. Will this work with liquid stevia that I already have or only with powdered version?

    1. Yes, with some caveats.

      Liquid stevia is concentrated. It will work perfectly fine, but you’ll need to consult the concentration ratio provided by the manufacturer vs the granulated version and dilute accordingly.

      If that number isn’t listed, you can derive it from the listed conversions from sugar equivalents in metric. It will vary by product and you’ll need to do some kitchen math, example:

      https://www.sweetleaf.com/pages/stevia-conversion-calculator

      In the reference above the conversion ratio is 20:1, so if it calls for 40mg of stevia, you would use 2ml of liquid stevia. The ratio packets to liquid ml is (.5)/1, so you would need 2 packets to equal 1 ml of liquid stevia.

      Adjusting for the recipe, 20-25 packets of powder would be 10-12.5ml of stevia.

      It is recommended to buy both a scale and small scale measuring equipment when dealing with these sorts of precise quantities. Lab glassware is cheap online and works great in the kitchen, pipettes make short work of this sort of thing.

      As a hack, 1mg of water mass is conveniently equal to 1ml of water volume so a scale weight measurement can be used in place of a liquid measurement. Stevia will be roughly the same. This may scale poorly, so if you think it’s too sweet, use a liquid measurement.

  6. I am looking for an alternative syrup to dissolve into butter, to make one of my favourite recipes; which consists of the dry ingredients: Oats, Stevia, Wholemeal S R Flour, Baking Soda, and grated fresh Ginger. I am wondering if your syrup would do the same job as maple, malt rice etc. I have been using up some malt rice, but do not wish to continue using it after further research.
    I have just signed up for your future notifications; so thank you in advance :).

  7. I’m wondering if you’ve ever used food-grade essential oils for the syrup. I’m going to try lavender today, to use in a plant-based chocolate-lavender ice cream.

  8. 5 stars
    Hi Holly, I just started 2 half gallon jars of blueberries and vodka to make my own flavored vodka and liqeuor. There is no sugar /sweetener added at this point but the difference between the infused vodka and liqeuor is the sweetness but also the viscosity. The liqeuor should be thicker and that is usually achieved with a thicker simple syrup. The stevia doesn’t thicken when it’s dissolved in the water- correct? Is there a way to thicken the stevia based syrup without adding carbs?

  9. 5 stars
    Thank you for this Stevia simple syrup recipe! I make a three ingredient chocolate snack. The syrup will make it even easier! Yum!

  10. 4 stars
    Hi did you stevia stay dissolved When I cooled mine overnight small hard crystals formed that seemed to disappear when I reheated the solution. When I cooled it in the fridge they reappeared… So I discarded it and made another batch and the same thing happened . We were concerned about drinking something that reformed crystals and we haven’t used Stevia again because of it..

  11. Thanks for the recipe! I follow a paleo diet and always want to know what I’m putting in my body. Big fan of stevia ! Now I can make skinny Rita’s without any guilt , well except for the tequila which I use 100% agave tequila