Do you want to take your cocktails and favorite drinks to the next level? Making blackberry simple syrup is an easy and delicious way to make your drinks sweet, tangy, and memorable. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort, you can craft your own lip-smacking simple syrup in no time. This post will show you how to make blackberry simple syrup so you can bring your drink recipes to life. Grab your ingredients, fire up your stove, and get ready to craft the most flavorful syrup that you can call your own.
How long does homemade infused simple syrup last?
Since this syrup contains berries, it has a shorter shelf life than standard simple syrup. You definitely want to refrigerate it to extend its life. Keeping it in an airtight container or a mason jar will keep it usable for up to 2 weeks. If you feel like you can't finish it in time, pour the raining syrup into ice cube trays or a freezer bag and freeze the syrup. Freezing it will keep it for another 6 months. Once you're ready to use it, add some of those delicious cubes to your next iced tea or lemonade for an extra special blackberry flavored drink.
How thick is the Simple Syrup?
This blackberry simple syrup recipe makes a fairly viscous syrup that can easily be used in drinks. The ratio used is 1:1 (Sugar to water). If you want to make a thicker syrup for another purpose, you would want to use more of a 2:1 ratio (2 parts sugar to 1 part water).
How to make Blackberry Simple Syrup
Grab a small saucepan. If you have one with a pourer use that kind for ease in straining and pouring the syrup into a glass container. Add the water, sugar and blackberries to the saucepan and turn the stovetop to medium heat. Stay close to the saucepan and once it starts to boil, turn it down to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes. The berries will break down during this time. Use a spoon or potato masher to help break them down even more.
Strain & Pour
After 10 minutes, turn the stove off and remove the blackberries from the heat and just allow them to sit and cool for 10-15 minutes. Once it's cool enough to handle, pour it carefully through a fine mesh strainer into your storage container. A glass container is better than plastic containers for freshness and to avoid staining.
Save the Blackberry Pulp!
Do not toss that leftover blackberry pulp/scrap after making the syrup. That is simple delicious on waffles or pancakes if you don't mind the seeds. Even better, enjoy them in crepes. Super delicious!!
What you need for Homemade Blackberry Simple Syrup
- Fresh Blackberries- fresh fruit is always recommended over frozen, especially with making this blackberry simple syrup.
- Granulated Cane Sugar- I use white sugar for this recipe, but if you're in a bind and don't have it, you can use brown sugar, but it will change the flavor. Brown sugar gives simple syrup a more caramel like taste. It will also change the look of the syrup and make it a bit darker in color.
- Water- I use just good old fashioned tap water or filtered water.
- Lemon Juice- A squeeze of fresh lemon juice just to add a little acid, it goes nicely with the taste of blackberries. You can substitute with lime juice if you want too.
Can I use frozen blackberries?
Yes, you can, but I don't recommend frozen berries for the most flavorful blackberry syrup. Fresh berries will just have a better overall taste for the syrup, not as watered down. Also, the frozen berries will change the consistency of the final product, so it might turn out a bit runnier than you'd like for simple syrup.
Ways to use Blackberry Simple Syrup
Just a little goes a long way with simple syrup. If you're not wanting to add too much sweetness to a drink, but want to add splendid color, this tasty blackberry syrup is your hero and a great addition! Just a drizzle to a glass of club soda adds beautiful color and just a bit of sweetness. A drizzle in a little hot tea in place of a regular sweetener will go a long way to give an added delicious sweetness. Add a couple of tablespoons to a jug of lemonade for an amazing and beautiful light purple blackberry lemonade.
Add to Classic Cocktails
Adding just half an ounce to 1 ounce of Blackberry simple syrup to cocktails for amazing elevated flavor and color: blackberry margarita, blackberry mojito, blackberry Moscow mule, blackberry whiskey lemonade, or any other cocktail you want to turn into a flavored blackberry cocktail. Try it with my KY Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail.
Blackberry Simple Syrup (How to Make it-Quick & Easy)
- 12 oz. Fresh Blackberries
- 1 cup granulated white Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- Add water, sugar and blackberries to a small to medium saucepan and turn the stovetop to medium high-heat. (Stay close to the saucepan so it doesn't over-boil)
- Once it gets up to a boil and the sugar dissolves, turn it down to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes. The berries will break down. Use a wooden spoon or potato masher to help break them down even more.
- After 10 minutes simmering, turn the stove off and remove the blackberries from the heat and allow them to sit and cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Once it's cool enough to handle, carefully pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a small mason jar or whatever you want to store the syrup in. (A glass container is better than plastic containers for freshness, plus it won't stain.