Our Blackberry Simple Syrup uses fresh or frozen blackberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice to make a quick and easy simple syrup. It's perfect for making cocktails, adding to your favorite homemade sodas, or using it as a dessert topping. It is quick and easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients.
This blackberry simple syrup is great to make during the Summer months when blackberries are in season. To make this year round, we love to swap the fresh blackberries for frozen similar to our Cherry Simple Syrup and Blueberry Simple Syrup recipes.
What is Simple Syrup?
Simple syrup is a versatile and easy-to-make ingredient that can elevate your homemade dishes and beverages. It's a basic mixture of equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves, creating a smooth, sweet liquid.
The beauty of simple syrup lies in its simplicity and adaptability. It's perfect for sweetening cold drinks like lemonades, iced teas, and cocktails, as it blends seamlessly without leaving any undissolved sugar.
Drizzle it over fruit salads, pancakes, or waffles to add a touch of sweetness without overpowering the dish. You can even get creative by infusing it with flavors like vanilla, mint, or lavender to give an extra boost to your recipes.
Blackberry Simple Syrup:
Simple syrup can be made with different types of sugar, including granulated sugar, brown sugar, or honey. For this recipe, we use fresh (or frozen) blackberries along with granulated sugar, water, and a touch of lemon juice to balance out the flavor.
The sweet flavor of the blackberries pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the sugar to create a delicious syrup.
You can use this blackberry syrup in a variety of different ways. Add it to sparkling water or lemonade for a refreshing summer drink.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Blackberries - Fresh or frozen blackberries can be used in this recipe. Blackberries have a naturally tart flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of sugar.
- Sugar - White sugar will make a clear syrup that has a clean flavor that pairs well with many recipes.
- Water - Used to help thin out the syrup so it can be poured on anything.
- Lemon Juice - A touch of lemon juice helps to balance out the sweetness and adds a bit of tartness and brightness to the syrup.
How To Make Blackberry Simple Syrup
This flavored simple syrup recipes is one of my favorites. It's full of flavor and so simple to make!
You’ll find the exact measurements and full instructions in the recipe card near the bottom of the page.
- Add the ingredients to a saucepan: Place the blackberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan.
- Cook down the blackberries: Turn the heat to medium, and stir the mixture until the blackberries start to break down into a pulp. You can use a potato masher to help the process along. The syrup is cooked when the blackberries are broken down and the sugar is dissolved.
- Add lemon juice: Remove saucepan from the heat, and stir in the lemon juice.
- Strain out the blackberries: Strain through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any thick parts and seeds.
Cool and store: Let the syrup cool before storing it in a sanitized jar with a lid. Store in the fridge.
Blackberry Simple Syrup Tips
- If you're using frozen berries to make blackberry simple syrup, add them frozen with the water and sugar.
- Add the lemon juice last as it may change in flavor if cooked in high heat with the sugar and berries.
- You may need to strain the mixture twice to remove the solids from the syrup.
- This syrup is very thin, similar to the consistency of water more so than maple syrup or pancake syrup. For a thicker blackberry syrup, allow the syrup to simmer longer, use only a couple of tablespoons of water.
Simple Syrup Variations
- Add another layer of flavor by using a few drops of liquid extract such as vanilla or cooking the simple syrup with other berries.
- Make a chamomile blackberry syrup by steeping chamomile tea in the water before adding it to the saucepan with the other ingredients.
- This syrup can be made with other berries such as raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. Or you can use a mix of berries to make a mixed berry simple syrup.
Storing and Freezing
Storing: Homemade blackberry simple syrup will last in the fridge for 1 week if stored in an airtight container with a lid.
Freezing: Simple syrup can be frozen if poured into ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag and store for up to 6 months. Let them thaw overnight in the fridge before using.
Can you double this simple syrup recipe?
Absolutely! Doubling this blackberry simple syrup recipe is a breeze, and it's a fantastic way to make the most of those juicy, delicious blackberries.
Make sure to use a pan that's large enough to hold the contents of the simple syrup as it boils.
How do you thicken this simple syrup?
For a thicker syrup, you can simmer it longer or use less water. The blackberries release a good amount of liquid as they cook, so using less water helps.
How do you make this blackberry simple syrup sweeter?
To make this simple syrup sweeter, add extra sugar before cooking the syrup. It will provide extra sweetness and make a slighter thicker syrup.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 16 ounces blackberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Place the blackberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the blackberries break down into a pulp (if necessary, use a potato masher to mash the fruit) and the sugar dissolves.16 ounces blackberries1 cup granulated sugar½ cup water
- Remove from heat, and stir in the lemon juice. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any thick parts.1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Use the syrup over pancakes, desserts, ice cream, or in drinks.
- Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage recommendations.