Looking for a way to sweeten your baked goods or drinks without using refined sugar? Give this super easy honey simple syrup a try. It only takes two ingredients and about 15 minutes to make. This sweetener is a must have from pancakes to mocktails.
🥂What is Honey Simple Syrup?
Honey simple syrup is a simple combination of honey and water and a one-to-one ratio. It is then lightly simmered on the stove for a few minutes and then set aside to cool and thicken.
This syrup provides a nice sweetener to add in to various drinks and dessert dishes without adding any refined sugar to them. It is also super easy to make, you only need two ingredients and about 15 minutes.
This is also a great trick to use on any honey that is crystallized and started to harden. It will help to soften it back up.
Here are a few reasons why you are sure to love it:
- Not expensive. Though you can buy this in the store, it’s much more expensive than making your own. It only costs a couple bucks to make this at home.
- Easy and fast. You only need two ingredients and about 15 minutes to make this syrup. It doesn’t take much, just heat it together and then let it cool.
- Versatile and delicious. This is an easy way to add a non-refined sugar sweetener to a wide variety of different drinks and dessert dishes. It is super sweet and delicious.
- 1 cup Honey
- 1 cup Water
Gather up everything you need for this syrup including honey, water, spoon, jar with a lid and saucepan.
Measure out one cup of honey. Then, scoop the honey into the saucepan.
Measure out one cup of water. Then, pour the water into the saucepan with the honey.
Place your saucepan with water and honey onto the stove top at medium heat.
Let the mixture simmer on this medium heat for about 10 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently while heating.
Remove the saucepan from the heat. Then, carefully pour it into a Pyrex or other jar with a lid.
Place it into the refrigerator to cool and thicken. This usually takes around 2 hours.
⭐How to Use
This sweet and delicious honey simple syrup can be used in a wide variety of ways. Here are a few suggestions:
- Sweeten cocktails. Some cocktails such as the brown derby call specifically for honey syrup. Other times, you can use this in place of simple syrup to change up the flavor in a cocktail.
- Tea. It makes a great addition to add a little complex sweetener to a variety of different teas from warm to cold.
- Pancakes. Drizzle this over pancakes as a nice sweetener.
- Sweet and breads and rolls. Use this as a nice sweetener without any refined sugar to drizzle on top of sweet breads and rolls.
Here are a few ways to change up the flavor and ingredients in this syrup:
- Make less or more. As long as you keep a one-to-one ratio of honey to water, you can make less or more syrup as needed. Use half a cup of each if you want to make less or a cup and half to two cups of each if you want more.
- Use different types of honey. Different honeys have different flavors. You can change up the type of honey to vary the flavor of the syrup.
- Add some extra flavor. You can boil in different herbs and spices if you want to make this a more complex tasty simple syrup. Some good suggestions are thyme, lavender, mint, ginger or basil.
💭 Top Tips & Storage
Make sure to follow these tips and storage tricks to ensure that you have the best possible honey simple syrup:
- Storage. You can keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.
- Freezing. If you won’t use it before 3 or 4 weeks, then you can freeze it. One great option is to pour into an ice cube tray so that you can store it in small portions.
- Don’t let it boil. You want to have it at a heavy simmer. However, you don’t want to full on boil it or it can scorch to the bottom of the pan.
- Let it cool. Give it a few hours to cool in the fridge after making it. This will allow it time to thicken up into a true syrup.
Honey Simple Syrup
- Wooden Spoon
- Mason Jar or Small Pyrex
- Measuring Cup
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Honey
- Measure out 1 cup of honey and add it to the saucepan.
- Measure out 1 cup of water and add it to the saucepan.
- Put the saucepan on the stove at medium heat.
- Stir well while heating for around 10 minutes.
- Simmer the mixture, but do not let it fully boil.
- After 10 minutes, remove from heat and place into a mason jar or small pyrex.
- Place in the fridge to cool and thicken for around 1 – 2 hours.
- Don’t let the mixture boil while heating or it may burn on the bottom of the pot.
- Stir frequently to allow it to heat consistently.
- Keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 2 – 4 weeks.
- You can freeze in an ice cube tray if you won’t use it all within a month.