Last Updated on September 17, 2023 by The Noms
An easy, homemade blackberry syrup recipe. This quick syrup lets you add flavoring to cocktails, lemonades or iced tea. Make it in under 20 minutes, using fresh blackberries, sugar and water!
Simple syrup recipes, like this blackberry syrup recipe as well as strawberry simple syrup or lemon simple syrup, are great for mixing into any drink. Simple syrup adds a lot of flavor easily. It’s easy to use these simple syrups alone or combine them with other flavors. This blackberry syrup recipe goes really well with our mint simple syrup, for example.
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Simple syrups in general are so easy to make at home (don’t buy, they are just sugar and water)! But, since the base recipe is so easy, it makes it simple to add a lot of flavor to the recipe with fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices like cinnamon or other ingredients.
Simple syrup is a sugar and water solution that has been simmered until the sugar has dissolved. It can be used as a sweetener in cocktails and other drinks. Simple syrup can be made with different types of sugar, including white sugar, brown sugar, or honey.
Fresh vs Frozen Blackberries
One of the best things about summer is the fresh berries that we get to enjoy. Fresh berries are delightful and can impart so much flavor to recipes like this one.
Using fresh blackberries in this blackberry syrup recipe would be the best choice. But, if you can’t find fresh, frozen is your next best option. Just know it will add more water into the recipe than you may want, so thaw them first before using.
How To Make Blackberry Syrup
With only 4 ingredients needed, this syrup is a quick recipe!
- Add the ingredients to a saucepan – Place the blackberries, sugar, water and salt in a medium saucepan.
- Cook down the blackberries – place the saucepan over medium heat, and stir until the blackberries start to break down. You can use a fork or potato masher to help if needed. The syrup is cooked when the blackberries are broken down and the sugar is dissolved.
- Strain out the blackberries – Strain through a fine-mesh sieve to remove seeds and pulp. Pushing the cooked berries through a sieve or mesh strainer may produce a slightly cloudy syrup, but it will taste the same. We prefer to push it through to get more liquid out of the berries.
- Cool and store – Let the syrup cool before storing it in the fridge in a jar with a lid.
Storing the Blackberry Syrup Recipe
You can use this blackberry syrup recipe fresh and it will store in an airtight container in the fridge, up to 3 weeks. Try not to leave it out, because sugar syrups can go moldy.
Can You Freeze Berry Syrup?
Yes! Simple syrups can be frozen. Make it even easier and pour the syrup into ice cube trays. Once frozen, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag and store for up to 6 months.
What to Make with this Blackberry Syrup Recipe
You can use this blackberry syrup in a variety of different ways. You can simply add it to sparkling water, lemonade or iced tea for a refreshing summer drink. Or, use it to make cocktails, like a Blackberry Margarita or a Blackberry Sazerac.
- Coffee – Add this syrup to cold brew and iced coffee for a berry twist!
- Breakfast Syrup – add this blackberry syrup to pancakes or waffles
- Cocktail Ingredient – add this blackberry syrup recipe to a boozy lemonade, iced tea, gin and tonic or other simple cocktail. Syrup better dissolves in a drink than just muddling fresh fruit in a drink. Start by adding 1/2 ounce of syrup per drink and if you need to add a little more, do so. You can also switch out this blackberry syrup for any simple syrup recipe where you think it will add flavor and color. Try it in a Tom Collins, French 75, or Mojito!
- Hot Tea – this berry syrup is tasty in hot tea. Great with mint, lemon or berry flavored teas.
- Topping – top ice cream or yogurt with some sweet syrup.
- Non Alcoholic Drinks – add it to lemonade, iced tea, sparkling water.
How to Sweeten Blackberry Syrup
You can use other options other than granulated sugar for this recipe. We used regular granulated sugar, but there are other options to sweeten it.
- cane sugar
- brown sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Sugar Free with stevia or splenda
Ingredients for the Blackberry Syrup Recipe
All you need are 4 simple ingredients:
- Sugar – we used granulated, but you can use other alternatives as we listed above.
- Water – nothing special needed
- Salt – we almost always add salt to our simple syrup recipes. It enhances the sweetness and flavor of the syrup. Just a little pinch will do!
- Blackberries – we talked above about fresh vs frozen. Use what you have.
Tips and Tricks
- Add some Complimenting Flavors: This berry syrup can stand up to more flavors, and if you want to add some more flavor to this fresh berry syrup, we suggest a few drops of liquid extract like vanilla, coconut, or almond.
- Berries – this berry syrup can be made with other berries like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries. Or a mix of berries to make a mixed berry simple syrup like in our Halloween cocktail – Bloody Bramble.
- Don’t Boil the Syrup – Get the syrup to simmer, but don’t boil.
- Let the berries break down – Mash the blackberries with a fork or potato masher to break them down, which releases their juices. Once the berries start to warmup, this is an easy step.
- Other Flavor Combo Ideas – herbs: mint/thyme/basil: let them infuse when you pull the syrup off of the heat. Add in some peaches (see our peach simple syrup recipe), or cherries!
Making your own homemade blackberry syrup recipe is easy to do and your end result is delicious with flavors of Summer!
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- Basil Simple Syrup
- Cranberry Simple Syrup
- Thyme Simple Syrup
This Blackberry syrup recipe is full of fresh blackberry flavor. A homemade recipe that is super easy to make and great for drinks and cocktails.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- dash of sea salt
- 5-6 blackberries
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Place over medium high heat and bring to a simmer.
- Take off of heat and cool.
- Strain out berries and seeds.
- Store in airtight container in fridge up to 2 weeks.
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Serving Size:.50 ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Carbohydrates: 13.1gFiber: .3gSugar: 12.8g
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