What is Simple Syrup?
A simple syrup is simply granulated sugar dissolved in water. Simple syrups are used to make cocktails and to flavor coffee. You can also add flavors by adding extracts (such as vanilla) or essences (like peppermint oil or even fruit flavors) once the syrup is cooked, making it very versatile! Typically simple syrup is made with cane sugar.
It is important to look deeper when considering sweeteners. I always ask myself this question: Was this sweetener used traditionally or is it a processed food product? My favorite traditional and natural sweeteners are maple syrup, raw honey, coconut or palm sugar, and maple sugar or maple syrup.
How to Make Healthy Simple Syrups
Simple Honey Syrup
- 1 cup raw honey (can sub maple syrup, agave or another Natural liquid sweetener)
- 1 cup water
Combine honey and water in a small saucepan and warm over medium-low heat, stirring until honey dissolves completely. There is no need to bring it to a simmer.
Remove from heat and let the honey syrup cool completely. Pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator. This should keep for a very long time.
Palm or Coconut Sugar Syrup
- 1 cup Palm Sugar (can sub coconut sugar, maple sugar or another natural sweetener of choice)
- 1/3 cup water
Place water in a small saucepan and warm until simmering. Stir in palm sugar until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator. This one should also keep for a while.
Once the syrups are cooled you can add various flavors like vanilla or peppermint. The flavor options are truly endless for making flavored coffees and drinks!