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Honey Simple Syrup

Learn how absolutely easy it is to make your own Honey Simple Syrup for mocktails, cocktails, iced teas, and lemonades. Once you try the amazing flavor of honey in your drinks, you’ll never go back to refined sugar syrups

A small glass pitcher of honey simple syrup in front of a glass with strawberries, mint, and sparkling water

We love to create fun little mocktails around the Cook house (related: Blackberry and Peach Moscow Mules and Creamy Berry Party Drinks), but try to keep them healthy for both us and the kiddos. When we need a little flavor punch, the complex flavors of local honey really deliver.

Can I Use Honey Instead of Simple Syrup in Recipes?

Many drinks (mocktails and cocktails) call for simple syrup in their recipes. Maybe you don’t love refined sugar but you definitely still want that drink.

Using straight honey is rarely effective in cold drinks since it will not dissolve in the liquid. Mojitos, iced tea, and lemonade are all awesome drinks for using a simple syrup, but won’t allow the honey to fully incorporate.

And that my friends is where honey simply syrup comes in handy.

How Long Does Honey Simply Syrup Last?

Did you know that honey is the only food that will never go bad? And that bees and dogs can smell fear. Also, the human head weighs eight pounds.

Even with the amazing longevity of honey, this simple syrup will not last forever. Store it in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to four weeks.

What Ingredients are in Honey Simple Syrup?

Good ol’ honey and water. That is it.

For this recipe, I use a 1:2 ratio – one part honey to two parts water.

water in pitchers and honey in a measuring cup on a white board

Keep in mind that different types of honey have different flavor profiles. If you buy local raw honey it could be from bees that feasted on raspberry, blackberry, buckwheat, or clover flowers. Choose a mellow tasting honey like raspberry or blackberry to avoid overpowering your finished product.

How Do I Make Honey Simple Syrup?

  1. Place honey and water in a pan and cook on low until honey is dissolved.Honey being poured into a pan of water
  2. Allow to cool and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Sorry, did you want it to be more complicated? I apologize profusely for the simplicity of this.

Variations on Honey Simple Syrup

  • Add 1/4 cup of mint leaves for an easy way to make mojitos.
  • Throw in three sprigs of rosemary for making a rosemary gimlet.
  • Add 1 tbsp of culinary lavender for making amazing lavender lemonade.
  • Ohhhh, what about something spicy? Slice, deseed, and chop a jalapeno in and add it during the cooking process. Just make sure you strain the finished product before storing.
  • 2 tbsps of fresh ginger would make an amazing ginger syrup.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:

  • Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the “servings” number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  • I prefer to cook the water and honey on low heat because I use raw honey. Heating raw honey at too high of a temperature can kill the awesome beneficial properties, so go low and slow!
  • Want to make your syrup a bit sweeter? Just adjust the ratios so it is 1:1 for honey and water.
  • Honey is an ingredient that many vegans do not consume. If making this for a party or event, consider your guests and their dietary preferences.

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A glass of sparkling water with strawberries and mint

^This deliciousness is 1 tbsp of Honey Simple Syrup, one sliced strawberry, a sprig of mint, and plain sparkling water.

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A small glass pitcher of honey simple syrup in front of a glass with strawberries, mint, and sparkling water
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Honey Simple Syrup

Learn how absolutely easy it is to make your own Honey Simple Syrup for mocktails, cocktails, iced teas, and lemonades. 

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: simple syrup for cocktails, Simple syrup with honey
Servings: 16
Calories: 32 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Place honey and water in a pan and cook on low until honey is dissolved.

  2. Allow to fully cool and place in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

I prefer to cook the water and honey on low heat because I use raw honey. Heating raw honey at too high of a temperature can kill the awesome beneficial properties, so go low and slow!

Want to make your syrup a bit sweeter? Just adjust the ratios so it is 1:1 for honey and water.

Nutrition Facts
Honey Simple Syrup
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 32
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 8g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 0.1%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in September 2011. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable.

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4 comments on “Honey Simple Syrup”

  1. I have a deep love for a good London Fog. But the refined sugar vanilla syrup is something I really don’t need to be having on the daily. Have you made a honey simple syrup with vanilla? Vanilla bean paste and strain? Vanilla? I will have to experiment.
    😉

    I’ve been thinking about doing this anyway – thanks for the motivation!

    • Can you believe I have never had a London Fog? It seems like everything I love in one glass.

      I have never tried to make simple syrup with vanilla, but I think it would be totally doable. I would cut up a vanilla bean into a few pieces and cook it in 1.5 cups of water until it is reduced by half(ish). Then add the honey. The reduction process will give it time to create more flavor.

  2. I’ve never thought about making my own syrup before, can’t believe how easy it is! Loving the rosemary gimlet idea. Rosemary cocktails are my absolute fave but the last two times I managed to get out in the evening and order one, the pubs had run out of rosemary waaaah. So I just need to take matters into my own hands now… thank you for the inspo here!

    • I don’t drink so I’ll take your word for it! With all my tomatoes I have a giant rosemary plant that produces year round. We really do need to be neighbors Christine.