Homemade Blueberry Syrup for Cocktails

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Add a blueberry twist to any drink with this homemade blueberry syrup for cocktails! You only need three simple ingredients to make this blueberry flavored simple syrup. Whether making classic cocktails or your own blueberry lemonade, this sweet blueberry syrup will be your new favorite!

blueberry simple syrup in a glass bottle.

​If you love everything blueberry, you’re in the right place! You’ll love adding this blueberry extract to your baked goods. I love making a big batch of these blueberry crumble bars for special occasions!

​I absolutely love making simple syrups! They are shockingly easy and way cheaper than overpriced bottles of syrup sold at liquor stores. Plus, they’re fun to tweak to make them your own.

Once you get the hang of it, you’ll start making your own gourmet syrups to add to coffee drinks, tea, cocktails, and more!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • Quick & easy: ​Once the sugar dissolves, this syrup is done! Just strain and serve. 
  • Full of sweet blueberry flavor: Since this homemade syrup has lots of blueberry flavor, it’s perfect for adding fresh flavor to many different types of drinks!
  • Beautiful color: Does it get any prettier than this? I love the blue-purple tint and how it transforms an ordinary drink into something stunning.
glass of blueberry lemonade with a lemon peel.

Equipment

You only need a few simple tools to make this blueberry simple syrup recipe:

  • Medium saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Potato masher
  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Narrow funnel
  • Mason jar

Ingredients

  • Blueberries: Use either frozen or fresh blueberries for the color and flavor. It’s important to use fully ripe berries (not too tart and not too soft).
  • Water: The sugar has to dissolve in the water. I just use regular tap water.
  • Sugar: You can use cane or brown sugar for this recipe, but cane sugar lets the different flavors shine through more.
overhead view of blueberry simple syrup on a wooden cutting board with fresh lemon.

How to Make Blueberry Syrup for Cocktails

1. Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan. Smush the berries with a wooden spoon or a masher.

2. Heat over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar crystals dissolve.

3. Allow the sweet syrup to cool to room temperature.

4. Strain out the leftover blueberry chunks by placing a funnel in your glass jar with the sieve on top. Pour the liquid into the jar.

5. Add to your favorite drinks!

Tips & Variations

  • Add more blueberries if desired. The great thing about this recipe is how flexible it is. You use up to 2 cups of blueberries for tons of blueberry syrup.
  • Need more syrup than this easy recipe makes? Whip up a double or triple batch.
  • For a thicker syrup, double the amount of sugar or let the homemade simple syrup cook down longer. Be careful not to boil the sugar, or it can change the texture.

Storage

Although regular simple syrup can be stored at room temperature, it’s best to store fruit-infused syrups in a sealed container in the fridge. It will usually last 2-3 weeks when properly refrigerated.

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How to Use

After you make your own blueberry syrup, you’ll have fun adding it to all kinds of beverages and treats!

  • ​Make a blueberry vodka lemonade
  • Use as a liquid sweetener for a homemade blueberry soda
  • Enjoy over sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Whip up a blueberry margarita
  • Add a splash of blueberry syrup to a blueberry mojito
  • Throw together a blueberry gin fizz or a blueberry daiquiri
  • Serve with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice for a blueberry Moscow mule
view of a blueberry soda made with blueberry simple syrup.

FAQs

What’s the difference between blueberry simple syrup and pancake syrup?

Although it seems like all syrups should be the same, they’re not! Simple syrup is a mixture of sugar and water heated until the sugar dissolves. Blueberry simple syrup takes that plain simple syrup to the next level by adding a fruity twist with a cup of blueberries.

Blueberry pancake syrup, on the other hand, is thicker and more like a thin jam. It has much more fruit and less water and is great for serving over French toast or a bowl of ice cream. They’re both delicious, but this thinner syrup is a delicious addition to cocktail recipes and other beverages. 

What alcohol goes best with blueberry simple syrup?

Since blueberries have a mellow, sweet flavor, it’s best to highlight their fruity flavor with a neutral alcohol like vodka or gin. 

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image of blueberry soda made with blueberry syrup.

Blueberry Simple Syrup

Add a blueberry twist to any drink with this homemade blueberry syrup for cocktails! All you need is 3 simple ingredients and a little time for a sweet, smooth syrup that takes your lemonade or homemade cocktails to the next level!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, cocktails
Cuisine American
Servings 12 ounces
Calories 71 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan. Smush the berries with a wooden spoon or a masher.
  • Heat over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar crystals dissolve.
  • Allow the sweet syrup to cool to room temperature.
  • Strain out the leftover blueberry chunks by placing a funnel in your glass jar with the sieve on top. Pour the liquid into the jar.
  • Add to your favorite drinks!

Notes

The yield for this recipe is approximately 1.5 cups or 12 ounces. The nutritional facts are based on a 1 ounce serving size.
Store leftover blueberry cocktail syrup in a sealed jar in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Use as desired to make homemade sodas, to sweeten cocktails, or to add color and flavor to any beverage.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounceCalories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 10mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.04mg
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