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Sweet lemon syrup made with meyer lemons that's perfect for pancakes, waffles or french toast ohsweetbasil.com

Holy Hannah. This stuff is fantastic. You may not think about lemon syrup when you normally thimk about pancakes or any hot breakfast, but please let me convince you. The other day I had a bunch of meyer lemons to use and it was a saturday so we were wanting something special for breakfast.

Sweet lemon syrup made with meyer lemons that's perfect for pancakes, waffles or french toast ohsweetbasil.com

I started to get everything out for buttermilk syrup and I suddenly realized that these new Greek yogurt pancakes I had made would be delicious with Meyer Lemon Syrup. MMMMMMM. Ding, ding, ding! We were literally licking our plates. It’s so creamy and bright. Oh, it’s so good!!!

Should Syrup be Refrigerated?

Syrup should be stored in the refrigerator.

Refrigeration will inhibit the growth of mold.

Is Meyer Lemon the Same a Lemon?

Meyer lemons don’t have the same tang as regular lemons.

Meyer lemons are a cross between regular lemon and mandarin orange.

What can You Substitute for Meyer Lemon?

If it is hard to find Meyer lemons, you can substitute a combination of juice or zest.

To replace the juice (or zest) of 1 Meyer lemon, simply swap in the juice (…or zest) of 1/2 a tangerine and 1/2 a regular lemon.

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Simple and sweet, meyer lemon syrup for pancakes, waffles and french toast ohsweetbasil.com

Meyer Lemon Syrup

4.64 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16


Recipe adapted from Mom's old Buttermilk recipe

  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter 1/2 Cup
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Karo Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Meyer Lemon Juice
  • Zest of 1 Meyer Lemon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda


  • In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, add the butter, karo syrup, sugar, milk, lemon juice, and the lemon zest.
  • Heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Bring to a boil and then take off the heat.
  • Quickly add the baking soda and place back on the heat stirring continuously.
  • Stir for one minute and remove from the heat.
  • This can easily boil over. Many times I wont even put it back on the heat.
  • ENJOY!


store in a sealed container for up to 6 months in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Meyer Lemon Syrup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
We were licking our plates after eating this meyer lemon syrup over pancakes! ohsweetbasil.com

Sweet lemon syrup made with meyer lemons that's perfect for pancakes, waffles or french toast ohsweetbasil.com

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  • Hi Carrian ,,, I hav a silly question about the Karo syrup. Did you use light or dark since you didn’t indicate which one thanks

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    • Hi Peter, it’s light. 🙂

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  • living in the land of limes (Guatemala) and they
    work wonderfully as well.

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    • Oh I’m so jealous!! We are dying to visit Guatemala and I totally need to try a lime version now! Maybe pancakes with white chocolate chips…

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  • This recipe was a hit!!!! Thank you for sharing this heavenly recipe with us, Carrian!

    I must ask, where did you find that lovely glass dispenser for your syrup?

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    • I’m so glad, Gabi! And the dispenser was a find at our local DI but I seem them everywhere now. 🙂

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  • Thank you so much for sharing this heavenly Meyer syrup recipe with us, Carrian!
    My husband and I love Meyer lemons and your recipe was a hit! All our friends raved about it and asked for your recipe.
    Now I must ask, where did you find that beautiful glass dispenser for your syrup?
    Many thanks!!!

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  • Oh my gosh, Carrian! This looks incredible! I’ve made your peanut butter maple syrup and have to restrain myself from drinking the entire jar. Liquid gold, I tell ya! Question about this meyer lemon syrup, about how long do you think it will last in the fridge? Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it with my weekend pancakes. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much!! Dude, syrup is where it is at. And we probably experiment too much with flavors but we can’t stop! Our lemon syrup only lasts about 4-6 days and then the flavor changes. Darnit!

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  • I have never heard of Meyer lemon’s. What’s the difference between it and a regular lemon from the grocery store?

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    • Oh Jodie, I wish I could send you some! A meyer lemon is a very slightly sweeter lemon. They are just wonderful! We get ours at the local store or costco. You can use them interchangeably with regular lemons.

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  • I found this recipe while searching for lemon pancakes. I made this syrup tonight and it is heavenly. It will be a regular in our house.

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    • I’m so glad! I can’t wait to have it again this summer!

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  • Delicious! The syrup and pancakes are so light! This is a new family favorite.

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  • Pinning this!! Meyer lemons are amazing. This syrup is right up my ally. (I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to lemons….)

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  • This does sounds heavenly

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  • This looks amazing. I'm quite addicted to anything Meyer Lemon themed!

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