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Ever wondered what you can use as cocktail sweeteners aside from simple syrup?
This week we’re taking a look at some other common bar sweeteners – Honey, Agave Nectar and Maple Syrup, and comparing them with the grand-daddy of sweetening, simple syrup!
Simple Syrup vs. Honey, Agave Nectar & Maple Syrup
We have four glasses with exactly the same thing: 1 oz of lemon juice and 1 oz of water. We’re going to compare how much of the three alternative sweeteners it takes to taste as sweet as adding exactly 1 oz of Simple Syrup.
Keep in mind that in our experiment – we used the alternative sweeteners in their unadulterated (non watered-down) form.
How much sweetener did we end up adding to each glass to achieve a similar sweetness level as 1 oz of Simple Syrup?
- Agave Nectar: 15 ml (1/2 oz / 0.507 oz)
- Maple Syrup: 16 ml (~1/2 oz / 0.541 oz)
- Honey: 18 ml (3/5ths oz / 0.608 oz)
I wasn’t, really that surprised that we used less of these sweeteners than simple syrup. I normally water down honey behind the bar to prevent clumping – and I add 10-20%, which will likely bring it in line with Agave Nectar & Maple Syrup’s sweetness levels.
It’s not just Sweetness
Of course, when designing cocktails there is a lot more to consider than sweetness. Each of the sweeteners we used brings its own flavor that can really add its own depth to your drink. When do you typically use alternative sweeteners like honey, agave nectar and Maple syrup? How have you adjusted for sweetness?