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Honey Simple Syrup

Oh iced tea, sometimes I like you to be sweet. And yet, I want something other than overly processed powders to do the job. Hello, Honey Simple Syrup.

Honey Simple Syrup

I lived abroad in Japan my senior year in high school. I’ve been back since a few times, and it’s the little things I miss. The Japanese excel at (among other things) taking something, and making it better.

Let’s say you want the sweeten your iced tea (nod to my Southern American friends), but you don’t want to use icky processed sweetener. You also don’t want to use sugar, as it will sit at the bottom of the glass, in its crunchy undissolved state. I like my iced tea sans crunch.

So cute, and convenient.

In Japan, order an iced tea or coffee, and get a little cup containing a sweetened syrup, which looks kind of like a little creamer container. Cutest thing ever. It contains simple syrup, which is a mixture of water and sugar dissolved in it. If you’ve not seen it, it looks similar to maple syrup, only clear, and a little thinner. And it’s perfect for cold beverages. (Incidentally, you can order it while dining out most anywhere – just request it from the bartender.)

There had to be something better I could make at home.

Last year, I took the Unprocessed Challenge. One of the stipulations is not to use fake, processed anything. Sugar rides that line, so honey and maple syrup were my go-to sweeteners. Except, have you ever tried to stir straight honey into a cold beverage. Yeah. Not.gonna.happen.

Enter Honey Simple Syrup.

I was reading this blog post about Sangria, in which she makes a honey simple syrup. Huzzah! Why couldn’t I just use that? *feeling a little genius*

So, if you’d like to sweeten your iced tea or cocktail, this might be your new best friend. Especially if you’re doing your part to get the processed ick out of your life.

Here’s how you do it…

Honey Simple Syrup
Recipe type: Condiment
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  1. Place both honey and water into a medium saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium, stirring or swirling just until the honey dissolves.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Store in an airtight container in fridge.
This can easily be cut in half, or doubled. Or tripled. (You get the picture.)

Also great for iced tea!




How long can you store the honey simple syrup?

Brandie Kajino

About two weeks is as long as I would store it. Just make as much as you think you will use, and make more when you run out. 🙂

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