Quick & Easy Blackberry Simple Syrup Recipe

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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.

blackberry simple syrup in a white pitcher on a marble surface.

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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 picking and freezing juicy blackberries for the winter.

This blackberry simple syrup recipe is the perfect way to take advantage of blackberry season! It’s phenomenal to add to your favorite cocktails or to make your own blackberry lemonade. Make a big batch to serve at a summer party or to share with your sweet neighbors. 

Why you’ll love this tasty blackberry syrup


This simple blackberry syrup is the perfect way to add a pop of sweet fruity flavor to your beverages and desserts! I’ve used this blackberry syrup in everything from iced tea to blackberry whiskey lemonade. It’s also delicious on top of vanilla ice cream!

  • Quick & easy: Add all the ingredients to a pan, heat them up, and strain them. It’s that easy!
  • Tons of fresh flavor: This syrup adds delicious blackberry flavor to any recipe!
  • Use fresh or frozenNo need to wait until summer; you can make this syrup with frozen or fresh organic blackberries any time of the year.

What is blackberry syrup?

Blackberry syrup is a liquid sweetener made by simmering fresh blackberries with cane sugar, and water. Like any simple syrup, you’re basically heating the warm and sugar mixture enough to get the sugar crystals to dissolve. This makes sure you get a smooth, sweet blackberry flavor without any gritty sugar residue.

Once you strain the mixture, you’re left with a rich purple syrup that tastes like blackberries!

blackberry syrup recipe for blackberry lemonade on a marble surface.

Equipment

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

  • Medium saucepan
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Funnel
  • Sterilized glass jar
berry simple syrup for cocktails in a white pitcher.

Ingredients

  • Blackberries: Frozen or fresh berries will work. This is a great way to use up frozen blackberries from your freezer or to use fresh berries from local farms.
  • Water: Since we’re boiling the water, you can use tap or bottled.
  • Cane sugar: Sugar adds sweetness to balance the tart blackberries. I prefer to use organic unbleached sugar. 
  • Organic lemon juice (optional): Lemon juice adds a nice hint of tartness to contrast the sweet blackberry flavor in this easy blackberry syrup recipe.
blackberry cocktail syrup in a glass jar.

How to Make Blackberry Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine blackberries, water, and sugar.
  2. Simmer the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally. You can use a potato masher to help break down the blackberries.
  3. Once the sugar dissolves, remove the mixture from the heat.
  4. Allow it to cool down to room temperature before straining and storing it in a glass jar.
  5. Add to your favorite drinks and enjoy!

Tips & Variations

  • This recipe is really flexible! Use fresh or frozen berries and 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!
  • Use brown sugar. For a rich, deep flavor, replace the white sugar with brown 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.
  • Add a few sprigs of fresh mint to the syrup mixture in the pot for refreshing coolness.

How to Store Blackberry Cocktail Syrup

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

What to Do With Blackberry Syrup

One of my favorite ways to use this homemade blackberry syrup recipe is in cocktails and teas. Add a splash to your club soda or hot tea for a pop of summery flavor. You can also freeze this blackberry syrup into ice cube trays and add them to classic cocktails for a bit of sweetness. Blackberry mojito, blackberry margarita, blackberry moscow mule – the possibilities are endless!

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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 sweet and viscous like maple syrup, but with the fresh fruit flavor of blackberry.

What do you need to make simple syrup?

This simple syrup recipe only requires the four basic ingredients. But feel free to experiment with other flavors! Blackberry goes great with fresh flavors like lime, mint, raspberry, and vanilla!

How long does homemade berry simple syrup last?

This simple syrup will typically last approximately one month in the refrigerator. Since it has cooked blackberries, 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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Blackberry Simple Syrup

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
  • 1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, combine blackberries, water, and sugar.
  • Simmer the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally. You can use a potato masher to help break down the blackberries.
  • Once the sugar dissolves, remove the mixture from the heat.
  • Allow it to cool down to room temperature before straining and storing it in a glass jar.
  • 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 one month. 
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.

How to Scale This Recipe

Since this recipe requires equal portions of all the ingredients, it’s incredibly easy to scale!
Your final amount of syrup will typically be about 2 – 3 times the amount of water added. For example, this recipe with one cup of each ingredient makes about a pint and a half of syrup (3 cups).

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
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