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How to make a basic piloncillo syrup

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Stephanie Chavez


  • 2 3" piloncillo cones
  • 2 cups water


  1. On medium heat, in a 2 quart pot, bring water and piloncillo to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Continue on a low boil until the liquid has reduced and starts to become thick. You will notice more bubbles will start to form and become smaller as it thickens. Check and stir often as it starts to reduce and thicken because the sugar will start to stick to the walls. Turn off the heat and let cool completely before storing. Do not let it boil for more than 35 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to experiment with this piloncillo syrup by adding natural flavoring such as orange zest, vanilla beans, cloves, star anise, or cinnamon sticks as it boils to create a more flavorful piloncillo.