Homemade Pistachio Syrup recipe – a simple sugar syrup infused with the rich, nutty flavor of fresh pistachios. An all-natural syrup with no chemical taste that’s easy to make at home. The perfect pistachio coffee syrup for flavoring coffee and lattes.
Inspired by Starbucks’ Pistachio Latte and Starbucks’ pistachio syrup, this homemade recipe is the perfect way to add real pistachio flavor to your favorite coffee or latte. I’ve tried several brands of pistachio coffee syrup, and have found they have a fake, chemical taste.
You can easily make your own pistachio coffee syrup at home that’s all-natural with no chemicals and no chemical taste.
Ingredients in Pistachio Syrup recipe
Sugar and water – to make a simple syrup
Pistachios – roasted pistachios are infused in the simple syrup to extract their flavor. I use roasted, lightly salted pistachios because I love the pop of flavor the salt adds. If you have unsalted pistachios on hand, you can also use them, just add a pinch of salt. If your pistachios are very salty, rub them in a towel first to remove some of the salt.
Almond extract – optional, but it adds more nutty flavor to the syrup. I add it in the last few minutes of simmering to remove any boozy aftertaste.
How to make Pistachio Syrup
Chop the pistachios.
Combine the sugar, water, and pistachios in a small pan.
Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, then lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer on low for 8-10 minutes. (If using, add the optional almond extract in the last 2-3 minutes of simmering to remove the boozy taste.)
Remove from heat. Let the syrup rest for 15 minutes to infuse the flavor. Strain through cheesecloth and a fine mesh strainer to remove the pistachio pieces.
Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator.
Sugar free Pistachio Syrup
Use a granulated sugar substitute like Swerve (erythritol) or Lakanto (erythritol and monk fruit) instead of sugar to make a sugar free pistachio syrup.
After the pistachio syrup has simmered, sprinkle a pinch (no more than eighth of a teaspoon) of xanthan gum over the mixture, and quickly whisk until dissolved. Xanthan gum thickens it a bit and helps prevent crystallization.
A certain amount of crystallization will occur when using Swerve or Monk fruit, and the syrup will be opaque. Giving it a good stir and heating it briefly in the microwave will temporarily remove any crystals.
How to store Pistachio Syrup
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- It can also be frozen in individual portion sizes in an ice cube tray.
How to use Pistachio Syrup
Use to flavor:
- Iced lattes
DIY Homemade Pistachio Syrup (Starbucks Copycat)
- Total Time: 15 minutes
Homemade Pistachio Syrup recipe – a simple sugar syrup infused with the rich, nutty flavor of fresh pistachios. The perfect pistachio coffee syrup for flavoring coffee and lattes.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup roasted, lightly salted pistachios, chopped
- Optional: ½ teaspoon almond extract or flavoring
- Combine the sugar, water, and pistachios in a small pan. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, then lower the heat to a simmer.
- Simmer for 8-10 minutes. Add the optional almond extract in the last 2-3 minutes of simmering to remove the boozy taste
- Remove from heat. Let the syrup rest for 15 minutes to infuse the flavor.
- Strain through cheesecloth and a fine mesh strainer. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 10
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: pistachio, syrup, coffee, flavoring
I have never thought of making nut syrup myself...this looks super duper yummy that I want to start a batch immediately.
It's so good! Thanks so much, Angie!
John / Kitchen Riffs says
I've made a lot of simple syrups, but never even thought to make a pistachio one. Neat idea! Thanks.
It has a great flavor, John! Thanks so much!
I've never had a pistachio latte, but I do know how much I love pistachios. I can easily see this syrup being poured over Sunday brunch pancakes. Delicious!
That would be pretty wonderful! Thanks, MJ!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
I bet your pistachio syrup would be delicious drizzled over ice cream as well.
Ohhh I'll have to give that a try! Thanks, Karen!
Delicous, Just what I was looking for! I hate to waste food especially pistachios because they aren't super cheap so after I strained them, I put them back in the pan, threw in a couple tablespoons of sugar, tossed them around in there and then spread them in a thin layer on some parchment and roasted them on low heat. I ended up with something that resembled lacy cookies. Perfect for snacking on or would be delicious crumbled on a salad or ice cream.
That's a fantastic idea, Amy! Thanks so much!
What can I do wth the left over Pistachios? Is it possible to make it into a dessert if some kind?
They do have a lot of flavor left in them. I like to put them on top of oatmeal. You could also probably chop them up and put them into baked goods such as cookies. They could be spooned over (or stirred into) ice cream. They could be chopped and stirred into homemade granola.
Silly question, but is it one cup of pistachios before chopping or one cup after they are chopped?
Hi Nicole! Not a silly question at all! I measured before chopping.
This looks so good never thought to just make it before. Thanks for the simple recipe.
Quick question how long is its shelf date if i just keep it in a jar ? Do i have to use it quickly
It lasts for a week or two in the fridge!
This looks great! I’m looking for a recipe that tastes exactly like Starbucks’ sauce; would you say the almond extract makes it tastes more like Starbucks or less?
Hi Annie, I think with the almond extract it tastes more like Starbucks. Check out my recipe for Starbucks Pistachio Latte.