Guava Simple Syrup

A pitcher of guava simple syrup.

Need a delicious simple syrup for fruit salad? This guava flavored simple syrup uses pink guavas, a vanilla bean and cinnamon stick for a delicious guava vanilla simple syrup that’s like ambrosia for fruit and balanced in cocktails.

pink guava cut in half.

This guava vanilla simple syrup is the jumping off point for a multitude of recipes, so if you’ve got guavas, get ready and if you don’t — find someMy guava syrup has a tropical, seductive nose without being overly cloying.  It’s a great flavored simple syrup for drinks and desserts.

Why Guava Syrup?

It’s that time of year again.  Guava season.  

Not that guava season is impactful to those living in the Northeast or Midwest or Pacific Northwest — but here in South Florida — specifically at my parent’s house in the Keys — guava season is a thing.  

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It’s my fault. I bought them a strawberry guava tree about five years ago — and that tree produces so much fruit that for a solid month or two, Mom’s kitchen becomes a guava processing plant — churning out guava jam, guava barbecue sauce, guava puree, guava cheesecake, guava pastries, you name it.

Of course, Mom also bestows shopping bags full guavas on neighbors, friends and ME. So here we are. Brace yourself.  This year, I’m  starting with a guava vanilla simple syrup, the basis for many summer cocktails, fruit salad dressings, desserts and the like.  Before you start any guava recipe, you’ll need to peel and seed the fruit. I use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin and scoop the seeds out with a spoon.

processing guava, scooping seeds and cutting into chunks.


  • Fresh Guavas – you need about 1½ pounds – and though I make this with the pink guavas, you can also use the yellow guavas for this simple syrup.
  • Vanilla Bean – split and seeded (you’ll use both for the guava simple syrup)
  • Cinnamon Stick – don’t substitute ground cinnamon, as it would be overwhelming.
  • Sugar – granulated white sugar is best so that the natural color of the guavas shines through. Brown sugar would turn the hue to a brownish one.
  • Water – straight from the tap.
adding flavorings to Guava Vanilla Simple Syrup in a saucepan.

How To Make Guava Vanilla Simple Syrup:

  1. Cut the guava into chunks and transfer to a sauce pan.
  2. Split a vanilla bean in half lengthwise and use the back of a knife to scrape out the seeds.  Add the vanilla seeds and vanilla bean to the pan.
  3. Add sugar and a cinnamon stick and cover with water.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let the syrup steep for an additional 20 minutes.
  6. Strain the guava vanilla simple syrup through a mesh strainer.
  7. Then use a fine mesh strainer to strain the guava syrup a second time, ensuring that there’s no pulp or other remnants in the syrup.
  8. Store the guava syrup in an airtight container.
Making Guava Vanilla Simple Syrup by steeping the fruit in the syrup.

Don’t press on the poached guava or mash it for this flavored simple syrup.  You want it to stay somewhat intact and infuse the vanilla simple syrup with it’s tropical notes.  

The pink guava will add a subtle color that’s more blonde than pink, unlike that rhubarb syrup that was like pantone 485.

First strain of Guava Vanilla Simple Syrup.

Strain the simple syrup twice. The first filter removes the big stuff — chunks of fruit, vanilla and cinnamon stick from the guava syrup.

Second straining of Guava Vanilla Simple Syrup.

The second strain, which goes through a much finer sieve,  takes away any pulp or stray bits that may have gotten through on the first go-round, eventually leaving you with a lightly perfumed guava vanilla simple syrup that’s sweet and tropical.  To me, the vanilla in the simple syrup softens and rounds out the guava flavor. In the vein of what grows together goes together, this combination works incredibly well.

Try this guava vanilla simple syrup over a bowl of cut fruit, in this Guava Limeade for a summer refresher or brushed over sponge cake with fresh fruit and whipped cream. There are so many possibilities. What will you make with it?

Another thing: I didn’t just toss away that vanilla simple syrup poached guava, so don’t get upset with me.  Puh-Lease! Instead, it became the base for a unique homemade guava sherbet.

Guava Vanilla Simple Syrup with cut guava fruit.

More flavored simple syrup recipes:

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4.75 from 4 votes

Guava Vanilla Simple Syrup

A tropical simple syrup for cocktails and smoothies, dressing tropical fruits even, drizzled over french toast.  What will you use it for?
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Drinks, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon, guava, simple syrup, vanilla
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16


  • 1 ½ pounds ripe pink guavas about 8
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Peel the guavas with a vegetable peeler.  Cut them in half, crosswise and use a spoon to scoop out the center portions of the fruit to remove the seeds. Discard the seeds. Cut the guava into 1″ -2″ pieces.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the guava, sugar, water, vanilla seeds and vanilla bean as well as the cinnamon stick.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on medium low for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let the guava syrup steep for 20 minutes.
  • Place a large strainer over a large bowl and carefully pour the fruit and simple syrup into the strainer.  Reserve fruit for another use.
  • Set a fine mesh strainer over a large jar and strain the remaining sediment from the simple syrup.  Let the syrup come to room temperature and transfer it to a jar with a tight fitting lid.  Refrigerate for up to 1 week.



Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 97.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. Teresita Peregrina says:

    5 stars
    How long will the syrup keep? I plan on doing this for holidays as gifts

    1. The syrup should last for a month in a sealed jar in the refrigerator. It can be frozen, however, if you want to keep it longer. I’d recommend freezing it in an ice cube tray and then transferring the cubes to a zip top freezer bag. That way you can just pull out what you need, when you need it — or thaw and transfer to jars to give as gifts.

  2. Just made this and it is so amazing I just want to DRINK it! Now to figure out what I SHOULD do with it ?

    1. Try my Guava Limeade and Guava Banana Rum Daiquiris for starters!

  3. Oooo this looks amazing! I’ll definitely be trying this out as a base for a fun cocktail. Sounds great for a summer weekend!

    1. Yes, this syrup could provide the base for an outstanding weekend!

  4. A guava tree! I can’t even imagine how amazing that would be. I loved reading this and seeing the syrup being made, what a cool thing to do with fresh fruit. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    1. I got the guava tree at Costco for around $20 — well worth it!

  5. What a great idea, it could be added to all sorts of cocktails, mocktails or dessert. Bet it tastes fab. Shared!

  6. 5 stars
    You are so lucky to have all those guavas! I am in love with guava 🙂 This is such a great syrup, I think it would actually be wonderful on pancakes or in a fruit salad.

    1. I was thinking fruit salad too — but pancakes? Now you’re talking!

  7. This Guava Vanilla syrup looks so delicious! Guava is such an interesting fruit and I know that this would be the perfect summer drink!

    1. It works great in cocktails — I’ll be posting some soon.