Use almost any fruit to make a homemade syrup!

A homemade syrup tastes so much better than any artifically flavored syrup you buy in the store. Once you learn how to make a simple syrup you can get creative and make your own homemade cough syrup, pancake syrup or tasty dessert syrups!


This sugar syrup is a simple base to use as a liquid sweetner. This recipe will make about 1 cup of syrup. You will need:

  • 2 parts unrefined or raw sugar (2 cups)
  • 1 part filtered water (1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional-this adds a little flavor and helps preserve the syrup)

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  3. 3.Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick.
  4. Add your strained lemon juice if desired.
  5. Allow to cool completely and thicken, then bottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. How easy is that?


This is my much prefered recipe over a sugar syrup. Honey contains many healthy properties where as sugar contains none.

Use the same ratio as the sugar syrup. Boil the two cups water and while still very warm add 1 cup honey. Mix well and store in the refrigerator up to two weeks.


Vanilla Syrup

Split two vanilla beans lenghtwise and put into glass jar. After preparing the simple syrup pour the HOT syrup over the vanilla beans, cover and let stand for at least 8 hours. Strain and store in a glass jar.

Another option would be to add a couple teaspoons of PURE vanilla extract to your warm syrup and mix well. A sugar syrup will keep in the refrigerator up to one week and a honey syrup will keep up to two weeks.

Simple Spiced Homemade Syrup

This is something you can have fun with! Try these or your own variations...

  • GINGER SYRUP - Following the vanilla syrup recipe just replace the vanilla bean with 1/4 cup chopped, fresh ginger. You could always add the ginger with the vanilla for a ginger/vanilla syrup too!
  • CINNAMON SYRUP - Try 2 -3 cinnamon sticks!
  • CARDAMOM SYRUP - For this you will add 1/4 cup whole cardamom to the water before you start boiling it. Leave the cardamom in the syrup for at least a couple days before straining.

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Fruit makes great pancake or ice cream syrup. Get creative! You will need:

  • 1 cup fresh, preferably organic, fruit OR 1/2 cup dried fruit. You could use cherries, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, elderberries, pineapple or any combination.
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  1. Cook fruit with water until thick. Smash fruit while cooking.
  2. For a thin syrup press through strainer. For a thicker syrup, process cooked syrup in a food processor.
  3. While fruit is still very warm stir in the honey.
  4. Tranfer to glass jar and store in fridge for up to two weeks


Garlic Cold and Flu Syrup

Garlic is a great antiviral, antibacterial, a decogestant and immune booster and combine it with honey which is soothing and antiseptic and you have a syrup to help prevent and combat cold and flu symptoms!

You'll need:

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey

  1. Crush the garlic cloves (no need to peel) and add them to a saucepan with the water. Bring to boil and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. (You should have about 1/2 the liguid you started with.) This is called a decoction.
  2. Add the lemon juice and honey and simmer on very low heat for another 2 minutes.
  3. Allow the syrup to cool slightly and strain into a glass jar or bottle. This syrup will keep for two to three weeks in the fridge.

At the first sign of a cold or flu take 2-3 teaspoons 3 times a day.

Homemade Cough Syrup

You'll need:

  • About 1/4 cup dried thyme or 1/2 cup fresh thyme
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Follow directions as with the garlic syrup. A great cough syrup without the side effects or nasty ingredients!

Here's some other herbs that can combat colds and flu. Don't forget that you can always combine the herbs for more potentcy. Try: Sage, Ginger, Horehound, Peppermint, black Cherry Bark or Elcampane. A pinch of cayenne pepper is also a great addition to any medicinal syrup but add it when you stir in the honey. Don't cook it.

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