Blackberry Simple Syrup: Cooking 101

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This homemade Blackberry Simple Syrup recipe is easy to make with only 3-ingredients using fresh or frozen berries. It is packed with delicious blackberry flavor, perfect for fruity cocktails, lemonade, iced tea, and desserts!

Blackberry syrup in a glass bottle with a swing top lid and fresh berries on a grass napkin.

Blackberry Simple Syrup ingredients:

  • filtered water
  • fresh or frozen blackberries
  • granulated sugar

How to make Blackberry Simple Syrup:

Heat the sugar, water and blackberries in a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat.

Sugar, water and blackberries in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Blackberries, water and sugar simmering in a saucepan.

This was the fun part for me…no laughing, it was fun to watch! Do you see the pink berries? As they heat up, they turn dark…and then flip over! They would be pink again, then turn dark and flip over again. So watch the berries flip and simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and smash with a potato or avocado masher.

A green potato masher smashing the berries in a saucepan.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Blackberry syrup cooling in a saucepan.

and pour through a strainer in to a bowl or measuring cup.

A blue strainer sitting on a large glass measuring cup filled with blackberry syrup.

Press the berries through the strainer with a large spoon to squeeze as much liquid out as possible.

A spoon smashing the blackberries in a strainer.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use. This syrup should last for a couple of months, assuming you don’t use it all up before then.

Blackberry syrup in a glass bottle with a swing top lid and fresh berries  scattered below.

I made this delicious Blackberry Passion Tea Lemonade with my new syrup.

Two mason jars filled with blackberry lemonade with fresh berries on the surface and bottle of syrup in the background.

I love making flavored simple syrups! It is the perfect way to add a bit of sweetness and flavor to your favorite drinks, and they are so simple to make!!

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Blackberry Simple Syrup in a glass bottle.

Blackberry Simple Syrup

This homemade Blackberry Simple Syrup recipe is easy to make with only 3-ingredients using fresh or frozen berries.
4.50 from 2 votes
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Course: Condiment, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackberries, sugar, syrup, easy, recipe, drinks, flavoring
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1.25 cup water
  • .75 cups raw sugar
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries


  • Heat the sugar, blackberries, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, reducing heat if mixture starts to boil.
  • Remove from heat and smash blackberries with a potato masher.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then pour through a mesh strainer into a bowl or cup.
  • Use a large spoon to push as much liquid through the strainer as possible.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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  2. Mmmmm … So easy too! I’m (im)patiently waiting for the Blackberry lemonade now!! 😛

  3. Thanks for the recipe! Sounds perfect with waffles, and then I could add some actual whole berries, though they might be a little sad for their berry friends who gave their life for the syrup. 🙂

  4. I just love your site…but I wish you had a save recipe button that was linked to the ZIP LIST.
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  5. Where did you get that great little bottle you show the syrup in? Can’t wait to try this – the last pint of Blackberries for this year is in the fridge right now. Bummer.

    Thanks for the bottle source.

    1. I bought that bottle at TJ Maxx several years ago, Ann. The name on the bottom is “Borgonovo” from Italy. They have similar bottles on Amazon, but they are a bit more square. I hope that helps. 🙂

  6. What a fantastic idea! My mother was recently told to start drinking more water – which she hates to do. And I have 4 blackberry bushes in the back yard that seem to almost over produce every year. We love the taste of them but hate eating them because of the big seeds in them. This would fix both issues – mom can add some to her water for some flavor and we can have some over ice cream or pancakes (or in milkshakes too for that matter I think lol). What a great way to use up the fruit without cramming my freezer full with them! I did get a bit overambitious though…I didn’t realize just how much fruit I put in each bag so I thawed out two…..turns out that I had to quadruple the batch and ended up with about 9 cups of syrup lol.

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