Last Updated on February 6, 2024 by Leah Hall
Make this elevated spiced honey syrup perfect for all year long. We added spices like cinnamon, cloves and more to make this Spiced Honey Syrup which is a great sweetener for cocktails and mocktails all year long!
A Honey Simple Syrup is always a tasty alternative to a regular simple syrup. It can add a richness to a cocktail or non-alcoholic drink in an easy way. In this recipe we added some great baking spices to the mixture when making the syrup. This comforting warmth of spices added to the spiced honey syrup makes for a great flavor addition.
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If you are asking yourself why not just use honey in a cocktail? Plain honey is nearly impossible to dissolve and shake into a cold liquid. It’s thick and forms in a blob rather than mixing with the other ingredients in your cocktail shaker. Same can even go for a rocks glass. You can stir for a long time to get that honey to dissolve mixed with alcohol or other ingredients.
What Ingredients are Needed for the Spiced Honey Syrup?
With just a few simple items, you can make this recipe sweet flavoring for drinks. Just a few syrup ingredients combine to make a flavorful spiced recipe.
- Water – any water will do. We just use tap water.
- Honey – use any honey that you like. We love using local honey!
- Spices – this can be any combination you want, and what you like to use in baking. In this case, we used cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, cardamom and an orange peel. But you could add in nutmeg, allspice, black peppercorns, fresh ginger, mace, or five spice.
How to Make Spiced Honey Syrup
This recipe, like any simple syrup is simple to make. See what I did there? But in reality, it is just an equal combination of water and sweetener, in this case, honey. A cup water to a cup honey in equal measure and you have honey simple syrup.
To make it a spiced honey syrup, we added the spices into the mixture in a small saucepan as it was heating over medium heat. This helps the spices to infuse in the honey. You can also feel free to add the spices after you make the honey syrup, and let it infuse for about 1 hour until it is room temperature, but we like the heated spices version best. When done warming or infusing, use a mesh strainer to fine strain the spices out of the syrup.
Tips & Tricks
- Spices – like we stated above, feel free to use any whole spices you like. Think of the “baking spices” realm, and use anything used in baked goods for a great flavor. You could also add an orange slice, not just the orange peel, a fresh rosemary sprig or sage leaves, too.
- Honey – use any raw honey you like, we prefer local, but use what you have and like. This would also be interesting using a hot honey, which is spiced with chili peppers.
- Simple Syrups – we have plenty of other simple syrup recipes, as we love them as a way to add sweetness and flavor to cocktails. Check out our tasty collection of recipes: peach syrup, apple cider simple syrup, pine syrup, lilac syrup, cranberry syrup, basil simple syrup, Fennel syrup, sage syrup, lavender syrup, hibiscus simple syrup, rosemary syrup, and even Stevia simple syrup.
- Gift – this spiced honey syrup makes for a great holiday gift as part of your DIY holiday gifts week if you are into that. We made this syrup as a seasonal twist last year and filled fun bottles as gifts. Also check our other homemade gift ideas: bourbon candied pecans, DIY Caramel Vodka, homemade banana liqueur, boozy peppermint mocha marshmallows, chocolate bark, homemade brandied cherries, sugared cranberries, bourbon cherries, or homemade peach liqueur.
- Other Uses – not just in a perfect cocktail and mocktails, this recipe is lovely in your favorite hot tea: black or green, with a dash of lemon juice. Put some on yogurt, on ice cream, or even on granola and other delicious recipes.
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This spiced honey syrup is a great addition to some cocktails and mocktails. A sweet and spiced flavor.
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4-5 whole cloves
- 2 star anise
- 3-4 whole cardamom pods
- long slice of orange peel
- Combine honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Once combined and starting to warm, add in spices.
- Bring to a simmer, simmer on low for 5 minutes. Take off heat and strain out spices.
- Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
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Serving Size:.75 ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Carbohydrates: 6.9gSugar: 6.9g
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