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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Blackberry Simple Syrup

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You’ll need just 15 minutes and 4 simple ingredients to make this mouthwatering blackberry simple syrup recipe. Use it in your favorite cocktails (or mocktails), in teas and sodas, in place of maple syrup on pancakes, over vanilla ice cream, and more!

Homemade blackberry simple syrup recipe in a glass jar with fresh herbs and blackberries on the side.

This easy blackberry syrup recipe is a great way to add a bit of sweetness to your classic cocktails or favorite foods.

Using this berry syrup for drinks as a liquid sweetener is a delicious way to upgrade your favorite drinks. Add it to cocktails or mocktails, or simply combine it with some sparkling water for a refreshing pick me up!

I love keeping this on hand because it’s so versatile, is easy to store and keep for quite a while, can be customized in a variety of ways, and is super easy to make.

This fresh blackberry simple syrup is the perfect way to add a boost of flavor to so many dishes! Anything that goes well with juicy blackberries will be great with this recipe.

Try it as a topping for this strawberry smoothie bowl, drizzled over vegan baked oatmeal, or use it instead of syrup for these vegan protein waffles, crock pot french toast casserole or vegan coconut flour pancakes!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • All natural ingredients
  • Perfect balance of flavors
  • Low sugar
  • Great addition to a variety of dishes
  • Low calories
  • Quick and easy recipe
  • Double the recipe for a bigger batch
  • Simple to make variations

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🥘 Ingredients

This blackberry infused simple syrup calls for only 3 simple ingredients plus water! For detailed instructions and nutritional information, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Ingredients for easy blackberry simple syrup recipe against a white background.
  • Water: You’ll be boiling this water so it can come straight from your tap or bottle water, whichever you prefer.
  • Sugar: Sugar adds the sweetness to balance out the tartness of the blackberries. I used regular white sugar, but you could try brown sugar or even coconut sugar for a different flavor.
  • Blackberries: Use fresh organic blackberries or frozen blackberries for this DIY blackberry syrup recipe. 
  • Lemon Juice: Organic lemon juice adds a citrusy kick to this homemade blackberry syrup recipe.

📖 Variations

This versatile recipe can be changed up easily by adding or substituting other fresh flavors.

  • Blackberry Lime Syrup: Give this easy blackberry syrup a twist on flavor by adding lime. This simple swap would just be leaving out the lemon and adding lime juice instead.
  • Mixed Berry Simple Syrup: You can make this recipe with a variety of fresh berries. Try making a mix of raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry syrup. Use whatever variation or mixture of your favorite berries that sounds good to you, or that you may need to use up before they go bad.
  • Blackberry Basil Leaf: Toss in a basil leaf while cooking to add a herbaceous note to your sweet syrup.
  • Blackberry Mint Simple Syrup: Add a mint leaf while cooking to give this a blackberry mint syrup a cool, minty and even more refreshing flavor.

🔪 How To Make Blackberry Simple Syrup

Bring Ingredients To A Boil: Bring the water, sugar, berries and lemon juice to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan.

Blackberries, sugar, water, and lemon being cooked in a large pot.

Reduce Heat: Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.

Blackberries, sugar, water, and lemon being cooked in a large pot.

Mash Berries: Using the back of a spoon, fork, spatula, or potato masher, mash the berries to release the juices.

Blackberries, sugar, water, and lemon being cooked in a large pot.

Strain Seeds: Pour the syrup through a fine mesh sieve or fine mesh strainer to remove all seeds and pulp, discard solids.

Blackberry mixture being strained through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl.

Transfer Syrup: Transfer the tasty blackberry syrup to a sterilized glass jar and let it cool to room temperature.

Blackberry flavor syrup being poured into a jar.

Store: Store in the fridge for up to a month.

Blackberry syrup for drinks stored in a mason jar on a wooden cutting board.

❓Recipe FAQs

WHAT ARE COMMON BLACKBERRY SYRUP USES?

Blackberry drink syrup can be added to any drink to jazz it up. Simple syrup is often added to cocktails, but it works great for club soda, iced tea, hot tea, water, lemonade, and many other drinks. Add it to any of your favorite cocktails like a blackberry mojito, spiked blackberry lemonade, blackberry margarita, blackberry whiskey lemonade, or a blackberry Moscow mule.

WHAT DOES BLACKBERRY SYRUP TASTE LIKE?

This simple recipe tastes just like blackberries, with a little extra sweetness added. With limited ingredients, this fresh blackberry simple syrup will mostly taste like sweet blackberries in liquid form.

HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE BLACKBERRY SYRUP? 

This syrup should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. A glass jar or any container with a tight-fitting lid will work. 

You can also freeze simple syrup to preserve it for longer! I recommend freezing it in ice cube trays that are wrapped and covered. Then, when you want to use some of the syrup, you can just defrost individual portions as needed! To defrost, just thaw in the fridge overnight, and warm gently in the microwave or on the stovetop.

HOW LONG DOES SIMPLE SYRUP WITH FRUIT LAST?

If stored properly, berry simple syrup can last for up to a month in the refrigerator, or up to 3-4 months in the freezer.

WHAT TO ADD TO SIMPLE SYRUP TO PRESERVE IT?

Your simple blackberry syrup will last up to a month if stored correctly. To extend its shelf life even further, I recommend either freezing it, or trying to add a neutral flavored liquor to the syrup to extend its shelf life.

Food companies will often use sodium benzoate and citric acid to preserve syrups and other food products, but I don’t recommend that method for the home cook!

HOW TO SERVE BLACKBERRY FLAVOR SYRUP?

Simply remove your homemade syrup from the refrigerator and add it to any recipe. If adding to a tea, lemonade or soda, you can simply mix the fruit syrup into your glass. If adding to a cocktail, you may want to use a cocktail shaker. You can also drizzle on top of pancakes, ice cream and more.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Fresh blackberries or frozen berries can be used. You can even pick your own during blackberry season!
  • Don’t defrost frozen berries: If you are using frozen berries, you don’t need to defrost them before using.
  • Easily double or even tripe this recipe. You can even divide into jars and give as gifts!
  • Make sure you use a fine-mesh strainer to avoid gritty pieces in your syrup.
  • Heat the water first before you add the sugar. You can heat them together, but it will just take longer.
  • Make sure you let the syrup cool before transferring it to containers for storage.
Easy blackberry simple syrup recipe in a glass jar with fresh herbs and blackberries on the side.

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Homemade blackberry simple syrup recipe in a glass jar with fresh herbs and blackberries on the side.
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Blackberry Simple Syrup

You'll need just 15 minutes and 4 simple ingredients to make this mouthwatering blackberry simple syrup recipe. Use it in your favorite cocktails (or mocktails), in teas and sodas, in place of maple syrup on pancakes, over vanilla ice cream, and more!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 40 tablespoons
Calories: 19kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 oz blackberries fresh or frozen
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • Bring the water, sugar, berries and lemon juice to a boil in a medium pot.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Using the back of a fork, spatula or a potato masher, mash the berries to release the juices.
  • Pour the syrup through a sieve to remove all seeds and pulp.
  • Transfer the syrup to a sterilized glass jar.
  • Store in the fridge for up to a month.

Video

https://youtu.be/el8vrUqHOkk

Notes

  • Fresh or frozen berries can be used. 
  • No need to defrost frozen berries before using.
  • Take care when straining the syrup as the syrup is extremely hot.
  • This recipe can be easly doubled or even tripled.
  • Discard the seeds and pulp.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.01g | Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 0.4mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 5g

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