HONEY SIMPLE SYRUP
Simple syrup is a liquefied form of sugar that is often used to sweeten cocktails, iced teas, iced coffees, and other cold beverages. Using a simple syrup is a great way to sweeten beverages with the risk of grainy sugar.
A traditional simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar to water. However, this honey simple syrup recipe takes your simple syrup game to a whole new level. Using a natural sweetener, honey, creates a refined sugar free simple syrup that is a true delight. I originally began using honey simple syrup for the Gold Rush Bourbon Cocktail (one of our favorite summer cocktail recipes!), but I also use it to sweeten iced coffees and teas in the summertime!
TELL ME ABOUT: HONEY SIMPLE SYRUP
Level of difficulty: Easy.
Flavor: Honey simple syrup tastes like...honey (but mixes into cold drinks much more easily).
Texture: The consistency of this simple syrup is somewhat thick (like a syrup…). The longer you cook your ingredients, the thicker it will be when cooled.
Time: From start-to-finish, it will take you approximately 10 minutes to make honey simple syrup. This includes prep and cooking time (not cooling time).
KEY INGREDIENTS FOR HONEY SIMPLE SYRUP
Honey: honey is the star of this simple syrup! I recommend a standard clover honey, but discuss in more detail below in the ‘tips & tricks’ section.
Water: water is needed in equal parts to your honey to make this homemade simple syrup.
OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE HONEY SIMPLE SYRUP
Place ingredients in a small saucepan: start by using equal parts honey and water
Cook ingredients: over medium heat, and stir until your honey has completely dissolved (approximately 5-10 minutes). Try to avoid bringing your mixture to a boil.
Cool your simple syrup: remove your honey simple syrup from the heat and allow it to cool.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge: transfer your simple syrup to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAKING HONEY SIMPLE SYRUP
What variety of honey should I use to make this honey simple syrup recipe? I would recommend using a lighter variety of honey for your simple syrup. I typically use a local clover honey (one of the most popular and common varieties in the US) when making my honey simple syrup. I have also used wildflower honey and tupelo honey to make honey simple syrup. These varieties brought a different, and enjoyable, flavor profile to this simple syrup recipe. If you have a favorite honey variety, give it a try!
What can I make with honey simple syrup? Honey simple syrup is a delicious and versatile natural sweetener, especially for cold drinks!
Honey simple syrup is a key ingredient in this fun summer cocktail: the Gold Rush
Other classic cocktails honey simple syrup would be great for: the Bees Knees, the Penicillin, and the Brown Derby
This honey simple syrup is the perfect sweetener for this Mojito Mocktail recipe
Honey simple syrup is also great to sweeten iced coffee and tea drinks, like homemade cold brew coffee
How should I store my honey simple syrup? Any air-tight container will do. I prefer to use glass containers and often use either an old honey jar (it’s shaped like a bear and it makes me happy) or a mason jar.
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