Strawberry Honey Simple Syrup – Gluten-free + Refined Sugar-free

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Strawberry Honey Simple Syrup - Gluten-free + Refined Sugar-free

I am a sucker for summer beverages. I love a good refreshing cocktail, beer, sangria, champagne or prosecco cocktails, agua fresca, etc. Most times it is either the bubblies or the fruit that really attracts me. If you can get them both together in one drink, even better. I love a good, subtly sweet carbonated beverage.

I don’t drink much alcohol these days, I reserve that for special occasions, but I still love having fun with my drinks at home. Although making fruit infused simple syrups is one of my favorite things, I really don’t love consuming refined sugar, even if it is organic and raw, etc. Sure, you can absolutely just let the fresh fruit infuse or you can muddle it right into water, sparkling or flat, without any sweetener. But, there is something about the subtle sweetness from an infused simple syrup, even in the smallest amount, that gets me every time. Obviously I don’t consume traditional HFCS laced soda’s anymore, so I prefer to just make them myself at home.

In an effort to try making a fruity simple syrup without my usual raw organic sugar, I gave some local raw honey a try instead and I am sooo excited about the results. This strawberry honey syrup is thick, perfectly sweet and full of incredible flavors from both the fresh strawberries and the good quality local raw honey.

I would personally suggest always consuming raw honey over the processed stuff. Even though you cook it down in this recipe, raw honey is still the better choice. Raw honey provides a slew of amazing benefits, but regular pasteurized honey is processed with damaging levels of heat stripping it of these beneficial properties through the heating process, making it just as unhealthy as refined sugar. Also, many times store bought pasteurized honey is actually cut with corn syrup. YUCK! I prefer to get my raw honey from a local farmer, either at the farmers market or a local grocery store.

Obviously since we are heating up the raw honey to make this syrup and infuse it with the strawberries you do lose some of the full effects of the raw honey in it’s natural state, but this is still so much better than starting with pasteurized honey. Check out this great post on Three Things We Need to Know about Honey or this post on How To Melt Raw Honey to use as-is to preserve the full benefits.

This week the strawberries from the farmers market were soo incredible, that I bought a ton of them in fears they wouldn’t be around next week. I think that might be a form of hoarding, no? So after eating some straight up, making these parfaits again and adding some to juices and smoothies, I decided to use the rest in this syrup.

I have just been adding about 1 – 2 tablespoons of this to a tall glass of sparkling mineral water, adding some ice and having a deliciously refreshing homemade soda. My soda-loving hubby absolutely adores this drink. This syrup would also be really good drizzled over yogurt, granola, ice cream, etc.

I have a feeling I will be making lots of honey simple syrups this summer, the fruit and herb combinations are endless.

Do you love summertime drinks? What’s your favorite?

Strawberry Honey Simple Syrup - Gluten-free + Refined Sugar-free

 

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Strawberry Honey Simple Syrup – Gluten-free + Refined Sugar-free

  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pint fresh organic strawberries, hulled and roughly sliced or chopped

In a medium-sized saucepan, add water and honey, turn on a medium heat. Let it start to warm up and give it a few stirs until the honey and water mix together and the honey begins to dissolve. Then add the strawberries. You don’t want it to ever come to a complete boil, but let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the strawberries are nice and mushy and broken down.

Turn off the heat and let it all steep for another 10 minutes, then strain out the strawberry mush*. Once the syrup is cooled, pour into a glass bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

To Make Homemade Strawberry Soda – add 1 to 2 tablespoons of this syrup to a tall glass of sparkling mineral water. Stir and top with ice.

*You can certainly mash the strawberries up and just leave them right in the syrup if you wish, as well. I just wanted a nice clear syrup for sodas, etc.

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12 Responses

  1. Alissa N says:

    This looks awesome, I raw honey is great stuff, and strawberries are so good right now! This sounds like such a lovely drink, and a perfect one to serve at a bbq!

  2. Vanessa says:

    This looks solo good! Will definitely try to make it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. YUM!! I can’t wait to try this! We were just talking about making a mint simple syrup with fresh mint from our garden. We wanted to make mink milkshakes with coconut milk ice cream. LOVE the idea of strawberry and honey simple syrup! Thank you for the recipe!!
    -Erin

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  5. Great recipe idea. Just love summer drinks, we make lots of different punches when entertaining.
    Syrup idea is awesome to have onhand, thanks.

  6. Oh this drink looks so delicious!!

  7. Margaret Cuthill says:

    Thanks Beth for sharing this recipe.lt looks easy enough for me to have a crack at 🙂
    Margaret

  8. Jo says:

    What a great idea! When I’m sick I make a ginger lemon honey simple syrup that I dilute into teas and sparkling water whenever I have a cold.

    If you freeze the strawberries beforehand, the cell membranes break down and they release more juice, so you might be able to use less if you freeze them!

  9. Patty says:

    In order to preserve the health benefits of the honey could you just mix the strawberries and water in the pan. Cook them and after they cool add the honey and bottle it? Maybe that would keep the integrity of the honey and still give the great yumminess,
    Thanks

  10. Penny says:

    This will be finding it’s way into your banana mojito as soon as I find a chance to make both! I used to love the strawberry mojito at Red Lobster and now that I’m dairy free, I cannot wait to recreate it at home in a healthier version!

  11. keren says:

    Have been following your blog for a while, and love it. Can you tell us more about the Leaky Gut Protocol you are on, have been researching it and think I may be suffering with this. Thanks again for your lovely blog

  12. hp says:

    I am a bit late in commenting but thank god for your recipe.
    All the syrup recipes I found online only had refined sugar ( some with sugar and honey :S )

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