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Here’s how to make simple syrup with honey! Honey syrup is a naturally sweet alternative for drinks, and a special ingredient in a few classic cocktails.

Honey syrup

Here’s a tasty way to make simple syrup: with honey! Honey Syrup is a naturally sweet way to add sweetener to cocktails. You can make drinks with no refined instead of using simple syrup, which is made with sugar. Honey syrup is a special ingredient in a few classic cocktails, too! It adds a depth and nuance to the flavor that’s missing from simple syrup. Even better: it takes just 5 minutes to make. Here’s what to do, and more about the classic cocktails that use it.

How to make honey syrup: a few tips

Honey syrup is just like simple syrup, but using honey instead of sugar. To make it, heat equal parts honey and water. Yes, it’s a recipe that you can state in a sentence! Here are a few things to note about the process (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Heat but don’t simmer or boil! Warm equal parts honey and water over medium heat just until the honey dissolves. Don’t bring it to a simmer or boil: all you want is to dissolve.
  • Store in a mason jar. Throw it in a mason jar and it’s easy to use in your cocktail repertoire.
  • Lasts up to 1 month refrigerated. This recipe makes 16 tablespoons: enough for lots of drinks! Refrigerate for a month; it will likely last longer.
  • Why isn’t it honey colored? Ours turned out fairly dark because the honey we used had a dark color. Honey varies in color, so the color of the syrup can vary from light yellow to dark brown.
Honey simple syrup

Use it as a substitute for simple syrup

You can use this honey syrup as an alternative to simple syrup in all of our cocktail recipes! The flavor of honey won’t overwhelm most drinks. The honey works as a sweetener, it doesn’t necessarily make things taste like honey. The flavor has more depth than simple syrup, so you’ll taste subtle notes that add complexity to the drink.

Cocktails that use honey syrup

The best way to use honey syrup (in our opinion!) is in the classic cocktails that call for it! Here are a few famous honey cocktails to get you started:

Gold Rush cocktail
The Gold Rush features bourbon, lemon and honey

Buy local honey if you can find it!

Use local honey if you can find it! It has unique flavor and supports local businesses. Since local honey contains a blend of local pollen, it can also strengthen your immune system and reduce pollen allergy symptoms. Look for it at your local farmers market. Local honey is often sold in larger grocery stores.

This honey syrup recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, naturally sweet, and has no refined sugar.

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Honey syrup

Honey Simple Syrup

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


Here’s how to make simple syrup with honey! Honey syrup is a naturally sweet alternative for drinks, and a special ingredient in a few classic cocktails.


  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water


  1. Add the honey and water to saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  2. Stir until the honey is dissolved (don’t bring to simmer!), about 1 to 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature before using. Keeps in the refrigerator for 1 month.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Honey Syrup, Honey Simple Syrup

More cocktails to try!

There are so many timeless classic cocktails. Here are some favorites that would work well using honey syrup:

  • Classic Mojito Here’s a classic Mojito recipe, perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint!
  • Classic Daiquiri The Classic Daiquiri is made with rum, lime juice, and sweetener.
  • Gin Fizz Sweet, tangy, and has a frothy egg white foam topping.
  • Tom Collins Light, bubbly, sweet tart, and just plain fun.
  • Gin Gimlet A classic cocktail made of lime juice and gin. Totally refreshing!

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. The honey syrup looks darker than the typical golden honey that most places carry, did you use a darker honey from a specific source like buckwheat or chestnut?
    Just curious since you said you got yours locally.