Blackberry Simple Syrup

My parents have massive blackberry patches that grow near their house. We have spent so many summer picking these beautiful berries to store in the freezer so we could have fresh wild berries in the winter. Much of these berries gets processed into jams and jellies; however, I made this blackberry simple syrup to use for baking and cocktails. It turned out such a pretty pink color and it is so refreshingly sweet.

Basic simple syrup is two parts sugar to one part water. I love to add different flavors to add to the flavor and create beautiful colors. I added 1/4 cup of frozen berries to this mix and it has a very light blackberry taste. If you want a stronger blackberry flavor then you might want to double the amount.

You will want to cook this over a low heat as sugar can burn very quickly. Stirring constantly also helps keep the sugar mixture moving so you get an even heat which helps prevent scorching. Once the sugar is dissolved and the mixture has come up to a light boil remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.

This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month in a sterile glass container. I freeze my simple syrup into ice cube trays for longer and easier storage.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 blackberries (fresh or frozen)

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and heat on low.
  2. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture starts to lightly boil.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cook for five minutes.
  4. While the mixture cools line a sieve with cheesecloth and place inside a bowl.
  5. Pour mixture over cheesecloth to remove the blackberry seeds and pieces.
  6. Store tightly in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to one month or freeze for use later.

Add a teaspoon or two to your favorite beverage. This is a great addition to Sangria, Cocktails or your favorite carbonated beverage!

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