Honey Syrup

Honey Syrup is an easy 2 ingredient simple syrup recipe that’s perfect for cocktails, lattes, teas, and drizzling over pancakes or yogurt!

If you love experimenting with homemade syrups, also check out our Vanilla Syrup, Lavender Syrup, and Apple Cider Syrup.

Honey simple syrup in a glass jar with gold pour spout.

Easy Honey Syrup Recipe

Hello and welcome to “recipes that make life easier” with Courtney.

Have you ever found yourself trying to squeeze honey out of those impractically shaped bears or stir honey into an iced coffee without spilling it all over yourself?

Has honey ever made you feel like you’re in one of those black and white montages before an infomercial? WHAT TO DO? THIS HONEY IS RUINING MY LIFE.

Ok, so maybe it’s not quite that dramatic, but it does feel darn near impossible to stir honey into cold drinks or get the last bit of honey out of the container.

Well, the answer to all our honey-related struggles comes in the form of this two ingredient honey syrup. In five minutes, this honey simple syrup is ready to take on any task you have for it: stirred into cocktails or my favorite honey latte, drizzled over pancakes or breakfast banana splits, or soaked into lemon zucchini bread for an extra special treat.

Honey being poured into a glass mason jar.


  • Honey– Any kind of liquid honey will work here– raw, local, clover, wildflower, manuka–whatever you happen to have on hand.
  • Hot Water– Yep, that’s it.

How to Make Honey Syrup

There are two methods you can use to make honey syrup.

  1.  If your honey isn’t too old or thickened, simply place 1 cup of honey in a jar with a sealing lid, add the hot water, and shake until combined.
  2. Got old, crusty, hard honey? Honey syrup to the rescue! Place the honey and water in a sauce pan and heat it over low heat, stirring often, until the honey is softened and incorporated with the water.


Honey syrup is not an exact science. I prefer a ratio of 2 parts honey to 1 part water, but you could do a 1:1 ratio or anything between. I like the 2:1 ratio because it’s thick enough to pour on pancakes, but still thin enough to incorporate into drinks without watering them down.

These measurements do not need to be exact. You can totally eyeball this one! Add some honey to the jar, eye ball the liquid, and shake. No need to dirty more dishes.

Storing Honey Syrup

Honey syrup can be stored in a glass mason jar, but I like to transfer it to one of these lovely glass oil bottles from World Market. A cheap plastic squeeze bottle also works.

Because of it’s antibacterial properties, honey syrup will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for a few weeks. If you want to keep it longer than that, refrigerate it.

Honey simple syrup in a glass container.

My Favorite Honey Bottle Hack

Are you ever left with a little bit of honey in a jar that you simply CANNOT get out? Just pour a few tablespoons of hot water directly into the jar and shake, shake, shake! It should loosen up the remaining honey and allow you to use every last bit of the jar. Instant honey syrup!

Uses for Honey Simple Syrup

I initially developed this honey syrup for use in my favorite Honey Lattes, but since then I’ve found so many more ways to use it!

Honey simple syrup in a glass jar with gold pour spout.

Honey Syrup

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The easiest honey syrup made with just honey and hot water! Great for adding to cocktails, lattes, and teas, or drizzling over pancakes or yogurt!


  • 1 cup liquid honey
  • 1/2 cup hot water


  1. Combine the honey and hot water in a container with a tight fitting lid. Seal then shake until well combined.
  2. If you have really hard or crusty old honey, place the water and honey in a small pot on the stove. Heat over medium heat until honey has softened and is well combined with the water.


Honey can be stored in a container at room temeprature for a few weeks. If you'd like to keep it longer, refrigerate.

Calories are based on 1 tablespoon of honey syrup.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.

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