Last Updated: Mar 7, 2023 @ 10:36 am.

What is the best apple syrup? To find out, we mixed apple syrup from 9 brands into tea and coffee to find the best bets. Which had the best apple flavor? Most delicious sugar-free option? Here are the apple syrups that came out on top.

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Finding The Best Apple Syrup . . . And A Recipe!

Let’s talk apple syrup.

When it comes to apples, there are all sorts of apple flavors that come to mind: from a tart apple you find at a grocery store to the super sweet caramel apple found at carnivals and state fairs.

For our apple taste tests, we turned to the apple enthusiasts among our staff—those folks who might chose apple ice cream instead of chocolate! 

Apple syrup is probably most commonly used in tea and coffee, but we also note quite a few recipes that call for this ingredient (including chicken and pork dishes). 

Before we get to the winners, here is a recipe for a favorite coffee drink here at the home office: The True American Apple Cobbler by Monin.

Recipe: True American Cobbler

TRUE AMERICAN APPLE COBBLER recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 oz. cold brewed coffee
  • 3/4 oz. Monin Caramel Apple Butter Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Monin Brown Butter Syrup
  • 2 oz. half & half

Glass: Tall/Pint

Glass Size: 16 oz.

Garnish: cinnamon sugar, pie crust, whipped cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill serving glass full of ice.
  2. Pour ingredients into mixing glass with 2/3 ice in order listed.
  3. Cap, shake and strain into serving glass with ice.
  4. Add garnish and serve.

Recipe and photo credit: Monin

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Best For Tea

So yummy
The vanilla notes in this syrup put it over the top—we liked the overall apple flavor that lacks cinnamon undertones. Also great in coffee, when mixed with caramel syrup.
$9.99 ($0.39 / Fl Oz)

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Best For Chai

No artificial ingredients
Wow! This syrup is perfect in hot drinks. The caramel notes remind us of a similar flavor profile at a famous coffee chain.
$14.70 ($0.58 / Fl Oz)

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Best Sugar-Free

Like that carnival treat
This sucralose-sweetened syrup is super tasty—and perfect for appletinis and other adult beverage.
$16.98 ($16.98 / Count)

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Best For Cooking

Great in Italian sodas
We liked the natural apple flavor in this syrup, which makes it perfect for recipes for desserts and even chicken.
$17.31 ($0.68 / Fl Oz)

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