Years and years ago I bought Sweet ‘n’ Low. In fact, those pink little packets of artificial sweetener were staples in our tea and coffee cupboard, not because we liked the taste, but because we liked sweet tea. Here in California, tea is not usually served already sweetened. You have to sweeten it yourself.
But sugar and honey don’t easily dissolve in cold beverages. Sweet ‘n’ Low does.
Keeping sweetener on hand is certainly convenient, but I like something that’s healthier, and preferably something I can make myself.
Over the years I’ve found ways to make tea sweet without using an artificial sweetener. Last year I started making regular batches of Simple Syrup. This past Spring after I did the Whole 30, I decided that I wanted to reduce my processed sugars and keep moving toward natural sweeteners.
I tried honey in a slushie one night and just got big globs of cold honey goo. I went to bed thinking about honey in cold drinks. How could I sweeten something with it and still have it dissolve. I woke up with the answer.
Honey Syrup is simply a simple syrup made with honey instead of sugar. And it’s easier and quicker to make than Simple Syrup. You can make it in a sauce pan or simply combine very hot water with honey. Easy peasy.
Use this syrup to sweeten homemade smoothies, sodas, teas, and coffee drinks.
Recipe: Honey Syrup
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 cup honey
- Heat the water until very hot.
- Stir in the honey until dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
- Store in a covered jar in the fridge. Chill until ready to use.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
This is part of the DIY Convenience Foods series.