1. Add a spoonful of liquid honey to warm water. Add a
spoonful of honey to a glass of warm water, stirring slowly or not at
all. If the honey has been mixed with certain kinds of sugar syrup, it
will dissolve in the water. Most pure honeys, and unfortunately some
adulterated honeys as well, will stick together and sink as a solid
lump, or remain stuck as a lump on the spoon.
Note that pure or adulterated honey is also sold in creamed (evenly
crystallized) form or solid honeycomb form. These will always be
difficult to dissolve, whether or not the honey is pure.
2. Drop honey on blotting paper or a paper towel. If honey has been diluted with water, it may be absorbed or leave a wet mark on an absorbent material such as blotting paper. Pure honey should not be absorbed, but unfortunately neither will honey diluted with most sugar syrups.