Fresh Blackberry Simple Syrup Recipe

Enjoy the taste of summer all year long with this gorgeous blackberry simple syrup! This recipe uses simple ingredients and is so versatile. Use it to transform any beverage or dessert into a special summertime treat!

bottle of homemade simple syrup with blackberries.

Here in Western Washington, we’re spoiled with options for fresh berries. Our roadsides and backyards are full of invasive blackberry brambles, which are a bear to remove. Despite our best efforts to keep these plants in check, they’re just everywhere!

My husband and I like to make the most of this crop by going blackberry picking as often as possible and freezing blackberries for the winter.

This blackberry simple syrup recipe is the perfect way to enjoy the abundance of fresh berries! The syrup has such a deep, gem-like color, and it adds a fresh berry flavor to your favorite cocktails or homemade blackberry lemonade. It’s a show-stopper for any summer BBQs and gatherings, and I always get requests for the recipe!

Why you’ll love this simple blackberry syrup


  • Quick & easy: Add all the ingredients to a pan, heat them up, and strain. Making your own simple syrup is so easy, and this fruity version is such a great addition to many drinks and treats.
  • Just 3 ingredients: You only need berries, water, and sugar to make your own blackberry syrup. Plus, it’s way cheaper to make it at home than to splurge on cocktail syrups at the store.
  • Bold berry flavor: I revamped this recipe to make sure it has an even stronger blackberry flavor so you can make the most delicious sodas, cocktails, and more. 
  • Use fresh or frozen berries: No need to wait until summer; you can make this syrup with frozen or fresh organic blackberries any time of the year. 
pouring blackberry simple syrup into sparkling water for homemade soda.

Equipment

For this homemade blackberry simple syrup recipe, you’ll need:

ingredients to make blackberry simple syrup.

Ingredients

  • Blackberries: Frozen or fresh blackberries will work. This is a great way to use up frozen blackberries from your freezer or to use fresh berries from local farms.
  • Water
  • White sugar: Sugar adds sweetness to balance the tart blackberries. I prefer to use organic cane sugar. 

How to Make Blackberry Simple Syrup

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Set on the stovetop over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the berries to the mixture and simmer (not boil) for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally. You can use a potato masher or wooden spoon to help break down the blackberries.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature before straining.
  4. Place the funnel in your glass jar and set the fine mesh sieve on top. Pour the syrup through the strainer and press any extra syrup out of the berries.
  5. Add to your favorite drinks and enjoy!

How to Store Blackberry Syrup

Store this blackberry syrup in a jar or airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks. 

Tips & Variations

  • Feel free to replace the blackberries with raspberries, dew berries, or other fresh berries.
  • Try adding some fresh citrus to balance the sweetness. This syrup is great with lemon or lime juice!
  • Make a thicker syrup by doubling the amount of sugar.
  • This recipe makes a simple syrup ideal for adding to sodas, cocktails, and teas. It would taste lovely over pancakes but is thinner than a regular pancake syrup.
  • After removing the mixture from the heat, stir in a teaspoon of homemade vanilla extract for a blackberry vanilla syrup.
overhead view of blackberry soda with frozen berries and lemon balm.

What to Do With Blackberry Syrup

One of my favorite ways to use this homemade blackberry syrup recipe is in homemade cocktails, lemonades, and sodas.

  • Use sparkling water or club soda for a homemade blackberry soda
  • Swirl some on your lemonade for blackberry lemonade
  • Make a blackberry margarita, mojito, or more
  • Drizzle over vanilla ice cream or yogurt for a gorgeous color and berry flavor
  • Brush onto cakes to lock in moisture
  • Sweeten homemade iced tea
blackberry vinaigrette dressing in a small white jug.
summer’s abundance

More Blackberry Recipes

Too many blackberries? Try these fun recipes to preserve your harvest! (More coming soon)

FAQs

What does blackberry syrup taste like? 

This recipe uses simple ingredients to keep the flavor of the blackberries as pure as possible. It’s deep and rich with a jammy blackberry flavor.

How long does homemade berry simple syrup last? 

This simple syrup will typically last approximately 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. Since it is made from fresh fruit, it’s important to keep it refrigerated. You can easily scale this recipe to make more or less, and since it’s so quick to make, I recommend making some right before you need it.

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mason jar with homemade blackberry simple syrup.
bottle of homemade blackberry simple syrup.

Easy Blackberry Simple Syrup Recipe {Fresh or Frozen}

Enjoy the taste of summer all year long with this gorgeous blackberry simple syrup! This recipe uses simple ingredients and is so versatile! It's an easy way to transform any beverage or dessert into something special.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Course Appetizer, cocktails
Cuisine American, british, French
Servings 12 ounces
Calories 69 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Set on the stovetop over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the berries to the mixture and simmer (not boil) for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally. You can use a potato masher to help break down the blackberries.
  • Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature before straining.
  • Place the funnel in your glass jar and set the fine mesh sieve on top. Pour the syrup through the strainer and press any extra syrup out of the berries.
  • Add to your favorite drinks and enjoy!

Notes

The yield for this recipe is approximately 1.5 cups (12 ounces). The nutritional facts are based on a 1-ounce serving.
Store your leftover syrup in the fridge for approximately 1-2 weeks.
Feel free to replace the blackberries with other berries.
This syrup tastes great with fresh lemon juice over ice with some sparkling water for a Blackberry Lemonade. It’s also lovely in a variety of cocktails.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounceCalories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.002gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 20mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 26IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword blackberry, simple syrup, syrup
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This post was updated in June 2024 to add new photos and to give the syrup a stronger berry flavor.

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