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Blackberry Simple Syrup

Do you love the sweet flavor of blackberries? If so, then you will love this Blackberry Simple Syrup recipe! This syrup is perfect for making cocktails, adding to your favorite breakfast items, 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.

Spoon being dipped into blackberry simple syrup.

Blackberry Simple Syrup:

Simple syrup is a sugar and water solution that has been boiled until the sugar has dissolved. It is 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.

For this recipe, we use fresh (or frozen) blackberries along with 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. Or use it to make cocktails, like a Blackberry Margarita or a Blackberry Mojito. You can also drizzle it over Buttermilk Pancakes, waffles, or yogurt for a tasty breakfast treat!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It requires only a few simple ingredients.
  • You can use fresh or frozen blackberries to make it any time of the year.
  • Use it in your favorite drinks and cocktails.
  • Or, add it to frostings, desserts, or sweet breakfast dishes.

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

  1. Add the ingredients to a saucepan: Place the blackberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. 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.
  3. Add lemon juice: Remove saucepan from the heat, and stir in the lemon juice.
  4. 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.
Collage showing how to make blackberry simple syrup.

Recipe Tips

  1. If you’re using frozen berries to make blackberry simple syrup, add them frozen with the water and sugar.
  2. Make sure you add the lemon juice last as it may change in flavor if cooked in high heat with the sugar and berries.
  3. Depending on how thick your pulp is, you may need to strain the mixture twice to remove the solids from the syrup.
  4. 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.


  • Add a layer of flavor by using a few drops of liquid extract such as vanilla, almond, or coconut.
  • 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.
Mason jar filled with blackberry 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.

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Mason jar filled with blackberry syrup.

Blackberry Syrup

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

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  • 16 ounces blackberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice freshly squeezed


  • 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 blackberries
    1 cup granulated sugar
    ½ cup water
  • Remove from heat, and stir in the lemon juice. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any thick parts.
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Use the syrup over pancakes, desserts, ice cream, or in drinks.
  • See post for storage options.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce of blackberry syrup. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*For a thicker blackberry syrup, allow the syrup to simmer longer, use only a couple tablespoons of water, or add a cornstarch slurry.


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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