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How to make Honey Syrup

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Enhance your daily meals and beverages with homemade honey syrup, also known as honey simple syrup. Easy to make and adds a delicious touch of sweetness.

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I love making my drinks and cocktails at home, and the more I make them, the more I like to have my simple syrups on hand. This syrup is like simple syrup but made with honey instead of sugar and water.

Honey adds a gentle floral sweetness and a hint of golden warmth to your creations.

To make this syrup, combine honey with hot water. Honey enriches and adds depth to any dish. I prefer to use a 2:1 ratio (2 parts honey to 1 part water) for this recipe. If you’d like a thicker syrup, add less water.

Enjoy it in a classic bee’s knees cocktail, or add it to your morning coffee.


  • Honey – You can use any honey, but the flavor of the syrup will vary depending on the honey you choose.
  • Water – Hot water is best to help the honey incorporate into the water.
  • Optional Ingredient – add a 2-inch slice of ginger and make a Honey Ginger Syrup.
ingredients for honey syrup. the water in a jar and a container of honey

How to make Honey Simple Syrup

Pour hot (not boiling) water into a heat-safe container. Add honey to the hot water. Stir the mixture until it completely dissolves the honey and becomes smooth. Let cool before using.

How to Store

Store this simple syrup in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Do not store it on the counter like you would honey. Adding water to honey weakens its preservation ability and can cause the syrup to spoil if not refrigerated.

How to Use Honey Simple Syrup

This syrup can be used in cocktails, mocktails, iced tea, lemonade, marinades, salad dressings, and desserts.

It’s is a wonderful alternative to regular simple syrup, bringing in a rich, floral sweetness to beverages like tea, coffee, cocktails, and desserts. It’s incredibly easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.


Can I make honey simple syrup with crystallized honey?

Yes, you can gently warm the honey to liquefy it before making the syrup.

Is this healthier than simple syrup?

Honey syrup contains some trace nutrients, but it’s still a form of sugar and should be consumed in moderation.

Looking for other drink condiments? Try these out:

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Honey Syrup Recipe

Enhance your daily meals and beverages with homemade honey syrup, also known as honey simple syrup. Easy to make and adds a delicious touch of sweetness.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword honey simple syrup, honey syrup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 64kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1/2 cup honey any variety you prefer but I recommend a floral honey like orange blossom or clover.
  • 1/4 cup hot water


  • Add honey to a heat-safe container. Pour hot (not boiling) water into the container over the honey.
  • Stir until the honey is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
  • Let cool before using.


  • This recipe yields a thicker honey syrup. For a thinner syrup, add more hot water, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Store any leftover syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.
  • You can also make this recipe by combining the ingredients in a small pot over medium heat. Stir until the honey is fully dissolved. 


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Wednesday 22nd of May 2024