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Spiced Honey Simple Syrup Recipe

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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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golden spiced honey syrup in a large jar on a wooden table

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.

golden spiced honey syrup in a large jar on a wooden table

Honey syrup is the answer. In this case, we just added spices to make it even different. Some other spiced syrups we have tried are spiced cranberry syrup, or cinnamon syrup.


We also have 2 great cocktail recipes using this spiced honey syrup! Try our Whiskey Lush or our Holiday Whiskey Punch!

spices being poured from blue bowl into copper saucepan

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.

pouring honey from glass measuring cup into a copper saucepan

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.

golden spiced honey syrup in a large jar on a wooden table

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.

spices on top of honey syrup in copper saucepan

Tips & Tricks

straining spiced honey syrup through a fine mesh strainer into large mason jar



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golden spiced honey syrup in a large jar on a wooden table
Yield: 1.25 cups

Spiced Honey Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

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


  1. Combine honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Once combined and starting to warm, add in spices.
  3. Bring to a simmer, simmer on low for 5 minutes. Take off heat and strain out spices.
  4. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
  5. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

.75 ounce

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Carbohydrates: 6.9gSugar: 6.9g

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