I like cocktails... let's just start there.

 But some mornings you awaken to a wicked headache, even though you chased each cocktail with a tall glass of water. All that sugar can't be a good thing, right? That’s where Hudson & Lee’s honey simple syrup saves the day - literally.

About twenty minutes outside of Charlotte Greta McCoy has perfected an all natural simple syrup that saves your waistline as well as your morning hangover. I can't back that up scientifically, but I've been using Hudson and Lee's simple syrups and sharing my happiness with friends and family since the day I stumbled upon them at a festival in Concord, NC.  

Our small family business name comes from the middle names of our two boys. The boys cheer me on, helping me at events, and putting things on the shelf when we are placed in a new business. They’re really excited about it!
— Greta McCoy


Who is Greta McCoy and What is this magical elixir? 

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"When I was pregnant with our first child, we began to look at organic, non-processed foods and other means of making sure I was getting and delivering the best nutrition to our growing child. During that time we quickly understood that processed sugars aren't good for us, of course, we began cutting them out of our diet.

 After the baby was born, my husband and I discussed that we still loved cocktails, not wanting to give them up. I began researching alternatives when I stumbled upon a food blogger who had made her own honey simple syrup for the purpose of making cocktails. I started making my own honey simple syrup for our own cocktails, later sharing with friends for a couple of years. 

All Natural: Bees when making honey they produce enzymes (digestive enzymes). When it enters the body, we know what to do with it and our system can easily break it down. It helps that honey is packed with nutrients, unlike Raw sugar that has no nutrients and does not have enzymes which means our bodies don’t really understand how to digest it. 
— Greta
Hudson & Lee Mojito

Hudson & Lee Mojito

The response from friends and family was so intense, asking what was in the cocktail to get the taste they were enjoying. My initial thought was that we could possibly find something like this on the shelf in stores. After an exhaustive search, no honey simple syrup could be found, and I thought "how come?"

It took us a while because when you add water to honey, you're effectively making mead. So figuring out how to stop the fermentation process was our stumbling block. A method of experimentation and discussing with various colleges ensued. We found there were undoubtedly preservatives we could use to stop the fermentation, but they were not all natural. At that point, we came very close to giving up because it had to be all natural or nothing. 

Finally, we discovered that using a little bit of organic lemon juice combined with a little bit of organic apple cider vinegar stopped the fermentation process. We then had our process tested through Appalachian State University's Fermentation Department receiving a thumbs up on our recipe." 

Greta's correct

We checked it out and found that Honey does infact have a number of health benefits

Here's what HEALTHline.com had to say:

  1. Honey Contains Some Nutrients
  2. High-Quality Honey Is Rich in Antioxidants
  3. Honey Is "Less Bad" Than Sugar for Diabetics
  4. The Antioxidants in It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
  5. Honey Also Helps Improve Cholesterol
  6. Honey Can Lower Triglycerides
  7. The Antioxidants in It Are Linked to Other Beneficial Effects on Heart Health
  8. Honey Promotes Burn and Wound Healing
  9. Honey Can Help Suppress Coughs in Children
  10. It's Delicious and a healthier alternative to sugar


Fresh mint? Muddled limes? Rum, club soda and Hudson & Lee Honey Simple Syrup? Yes, please..I'll have two! A fresh Mojito is perfect in the Spring, Summer, Fall...who are we kidding? Drink Mojitos any season you want, they're delicious!


How to make it - serves 1

  • 12 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 of a Lime, quartered
  • 1.5 Ounces White Rum (1.5 shots)
  • 2 Tablespoons Hudson & Lee Honey Simple Syrup
  • Crushed Ice
  • Splash of Club Soda
  • Mint Sprig and Lime Slice for Garnish

Muddle (or mash) mint leaves and lime quarters in a tall glass, give about 8 firm presses.  Fill glass with crushed ice, then add rum and Hudson & Lee Honey Simple Syrup.  Stir well.  Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a mint sprig and lime slice.  Enjoy!

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- August 23, 2018, Scott Haire