How to make Honey Simple Syrup – a great healthy swap for regular simple syrup- and an easy way to revive overly thick or older honey and keep it loose and liquid so it’s easy to pour and mix into vinaigrettes, marinades and cocktails!
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I wanted to share an easy catering tip I’ve been using for years, but hadn’t ever thought to share, because well, it’s just so darn so simple!
You know how sometimes when you buy honey, after a while it just gets thick and hard and almost impossible to stir into cold things like vinaigrettes, drinks and marinades? Annoying, right?
Honey Simple Syrup
What I do to solve this problem is mix honey with warm water and store it in a squeeze bottle or mason jar.
The honey is instantly transformed into loose and liquidy, Honey Simple Syrup, which lasts for weeks! I keep it right above my stove next to the salt and have for years, called it “liquid honey” in my mind.
Use the honey simple syrup as a sugar substitute in vinaigrettes, marinades, stir fry sauce, sauces, or in cocktails, just like you would a simple syrup. Because the honey is diluted, you may need to adjust your measurements, perhaps adding a bit more than what is called for.
I usually sweeten to taste.
How to make Honey Simple Syrup
The ratio is really forgiving, but I generally do 2 parts honey to 1 part warm water.
You can also do 1 to 1 for an even more liquid solution (equivalent to simple syrup called for in cocktails). And I’ll mix it up right in the container.
So for example, in this squeeze bottle in the photo above, I added the warm water first, then the honey, and put the lid on (covering up the opening with my finger), and just shook it up. You can adjust the thickness right in the bottle. I like mine about the same consistency of maple syrup.
How to infuse honey simple syrup?
Infuse the warm water with herbs, flowers, or spices if you like. Warm the water, add fresh sage leaves, rosemary, lavender, rose petals, bay leaves, or orange zest. You could even let this sit overnight. Then add this to the honey.
So much fun here friends!
How long does Honey Simple Syrup Last?
It lasts for weeks or months! I store it on my stove next to the salt. And interestingly, because honey has natural antibacterial properties, I’ve actually never seen mold form on this (like you would typically see with maple syrup). After time, the flavor of the honey actually seems to become even more complex and flavorful, perhaps fermenting a bit.
You can even revive old, very thick hard honey this way. If your honey is pasteurized, feel free to use really hot water. You can mix both the honey and water in a small pot over low heat, stirring until combined.
If your honey is raw, try to keep the water under 110 F to preserve all the healthy bacteria – the temperature of bathwater.
Ways to use Simple honey Syrup
- In tea or masala chai
- In cold drinks like the switchel drink
- In cocktails like this Old Fashioned Cocktail,
- In marinades
- In vinaigrettes
Enjoy the Honey Simple Syrup ( Aka Liquid Honey) and let us know what you think in the comments below.Print
Honey Simple Syrup – an easy way to loosen honey that has become hardened, and liquidity it so it’s easy to pour and mix into vinaigrettes, marinades and drinks!
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2– 1 cup warm water
Because of honey‘s natural antibacterial properties, this should keep indefinitely – either on the counter or in the fridge.
If using raw honey, do no heat water over 110 F to ensure you don’t hurt the healthy bacteria.
- Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
- Calories: 32
- Sugar: 8.7 g
- Sodium: 0.7 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 8.7 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg