Honey simple syrup is a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in cocktails, desserts, and more. Learn how to make it with this easy step-by-step guide.
about this honey simple syrup
Honey simple syrup is an easy twist on the classic sugar-based syrup. It introduces a nuanced sweetness and distinct flavor to incorporate into your drinks, desserts, and more. Making honey simple syrup is a straightforward process, requiring just two ingredients: honey and water. The ratio is typically one part honey to one part water, and it’s a versatile addition to your kitchen.
In the realm of mixology, honey simple syrup opens the door to a variety of creative concoctions. It pairs exceptionally well with spirits like bourbon or whiskey, offering a natural sweetness that complements their robust flavors. Furthermore, it can elevate classic cocktails by imparting a distinctive honeyed taste!
Beyond beverages, honey simple syrup can easily be used in cooking and baking. Drizzle it over pancakes or waffles, mix it into marinades for grilled meats, or use it to sweeten salad dressings.
what’s the difference between honey and honey syrup?
Honey is a sweet substance made by honey bees, but honey syrup is a mixture of water and honey in equal parts. Honey simple syrup is much easier to incorporate into drinks versus honey which needs to melt to be incorporated into liquid.
honey. Use your favorite brand of honey for this recipe! You could even use a flavored honey to infuse the syrup with additional flavor.
water. I lean towards using filtered water in my recipes, but if your tap water is good, go ahead and use that! The heating process in the recipe essentially purifies the water, so the choice between filtered and tap is flexible.
this recipe’s must haves
I like to use mason jars to store my homemade simple syrups.
here’s how to make honey simple syrup
Pour 1 cup of honey and 1 cup of water into a small pot over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the honey dissolves. This will take about 1 to 2 minutes.
cool and store
Cool the honey simple syrup completely to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container or jar. There’s no need to strain it as the honey dissolves in the hot water. Store in the refrigerator.
tips and tricks
don’t boil it. Avoid boiling the mixture; bringing it to a boil can lead to water evaporation, disrupting the balance of the syrup. You can simply simmer the mixture.
use other flavors. It’s easy to transform this simple syrup into a flavored honey syrup! There are plenty of variations you can make. Don’t hesitate to experiment with fruit, whole spices, extracts, fresh herbs, and more.
can honey simple syrup be used in place of simple syrup?
Yes, honey simple syrup can be used in place of simple syrup wherever it is called for. It will sweeten just the same, but with a flavor of honey added.
what kind of honey should I use?
You can use whatever honey you want for this recipe! I love using my favorite plain honey, but you can also use flavored honey to impart that flavor into the simple syrup.
do you refrigerate honey syrup?
Yes, simple syrup requires refrigeration. Once cooled to room temperature, store it in an airtight bottle or container, and it will stay fresh for up to 1 month in the fridge.
how long with honey simple syrup last?
This recipe will last for up to 1 month when stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container or jar.
can you freeze this recipe?
Certainly! Freezing simple syrup is a brilliant option if you anticipate not using it all within a month (which is its lifespan in the refrigerator). By freezing simple syrup in ice cube trays, you can extend its shelf life to up to 3 months.
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how to use honey simple syrup
Any simple syrup can be used in a variety of ways, but this honey syrup in particular as it gives a lovely honey flavor to anything you use it in, beyond cocktails and mocktails. Explore these creative uses for this sweet syrup:
Enhance the flavor of your favorite coffee and tea beverages.
Brush the exterior of an unfrosted cake to impart moisture and sweetness into any flavor of cake.
Use it as a glaze for your favorite fruit tarts to achieve a glossy, vibrant finish.
Toss with fruit to add a delightful sweetness to your fruit salad.
Take your breakfast game to the next level by using it as a topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, and more.
how to store and reheat
Store. Let the mixture cool to room temperature and store it in an airtight container or bottle in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to one month. I find it helpful to add a label using a piece of tape and a marker to easily track the expiration date.
Freeze. Freeze the simple syrup in ice cube trays for future use! Store the cubes in the freezer for up to 3 months. It’s best to freeze them initially in the trays and, once solid, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag. Take out the desired amount and thaw in a bowl in the refrigerator.
more simple syrup recipes
How to make simple syrup is my ultimate guide to all things simple syrup. You’ll find easy instructions, a bunch of FAQs and links to all of the simple syrup recipes on my site!
If you want to explore another simple syrup flavor, this smooth demerara simple syrup is ideal for using in daiquiri recipes.
Add an herbal touch to any drink with this sweet and light rosemary simple syrup.
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honey simple syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup honey
- Add water and honey to a small pot. Heat over medium-low heat and cook until the honey fully dissolves, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator.