Easy, homemade blackberry simple syrup. This quick drink syrup lets you add flavoring to any type of cocktail, iced tea or lemonade. Made in under 20 minutes, using fresh blackberries, sugar and water.
You can use these simple syrups alone or combine them with other flavors. This blackberry syrup goes exceptionally well with this rosemary simple syrup, for example.
Why this is the best blackberry simple syrup:
- Made in under 20 minutes.
- Made with fresh blackberries. There is no artificial flavoring!
- It’s cheaper than buying store bought syrup.
- It’s so strong! You only need a small spoonful to add in a pure blackberry flavoring to any type of drink.
Best ways to use this syrup:
- Cocktails: This is the best syrup to add to any kind of blackberry cocktail you want to make. It dissolves smoothly, unlike muddling fresh fruit into your drink. It also adds a much stronger flavor than muddled fruit does. For creating your own cocktail recipes, start by adding ½ ounce of syrup per cocktail and increase from there. You can also use this syrup in any recipe that calls for blackberry simple syrup.
- Lemonade: Blackberry lemonade is delicious! Add a spoonful per glass of lemonade, adjusting to taste. This syrup also adds sweetness, so if you are making your own lemonade, you may want to add less sugar to the lemonade than you normally would.
- Tea: Stir this syrup into hot tea, or add it to a chilled tea to make a blackberry iced tea. Blackberry goes well in mint, raspberry or lemon flavored teas.
- Soda: Make sparkling soda water by adding a spoonful to a glass of perrier or other type of bubbly water. This is a great idea for kids!
Store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
You can also freeze the syrup for up to a couple months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using it.
Simple syrup can go bad. Before consuming, check your syrup for signs of mold. If the syrup looks or smells off, discard it.
This blackberry syrup is very sweet, and may be too sweet for most people on its own. To make this syrup suitable for pancakes, halve the amount of sugar added and simmer the syrup for a few extra minutes to thicken it up a little more.
Yes. Thaw the blackberries and drain the extra juice before using them in this recipe.
- Don’t boil the syrup. Aim to maintain a gentle simmer, not a boil. Boiling the syrup can evaporate too much water, making it too thick.
- Let the blackberries fully break down. Mash the blackberries with a fork to break them down, releasing their juices. Once the blackberries start to heat up, this will be easy to do.
- Use the discarded blackberries in yogurt. Save the strained out blackberry pieces and mix them into plain yogurt for an easy breakfast.