This homemade blueberry syrup is sweet and delicately flavored.
It is a great way to elevate your blueberry cocktails and mocktails to the next level. This simple syrup recipe can be made using frozen or fresh blueberries.
This blueberry syrup for cocktails is a flavored simple syrup. A simple syrup is exactly what it sounds like - Simple, and it's a syrup.
It's made of a mixture of water and sugar and in this case the addition of fruit. It's a great way to bring some sweet blueberry flavor to homemade drinks.
A simple syrup
The ratio of sugar to water in simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar.
Most often this is measured in volume - 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water. Volume is less consistent than measuring in weight (there is 40g more water than sugar in a cup), but it doesn't make much difference in a recipe like this.
The addition of the blueberry juice and lemon juice in this recipe adds a little more liquid, but as the syrup will cook for 10 minutes or so, some of the excess liquid will be reduced.
Find the simple ingredients for this homemade blueberry syrup in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a rundown of what you will need.
- Fresh or frozen blueberries. Both work perfectly in this recipe, so if you don't have fresh berries, definitely use frozen! They bring just as much flavor.
- White sugar. Granulated white cane sugar. Avoid brown sugar as this will change the flavor. The amount of sugar is large but remember, it's syrup and it's meant to be sweet. You will only use small amounts at a time.
- Lemon juice. A squeeze of lemon juice enhances the delicious blueberry flavor and helps balance the sweetness.
See the recipe card for quantities.
In a small saucepan combine the blueberries and sugar.
Add in water and fresh lemon juice
Place the saucepan over medium heat. Once the first bubbles appear and the mixture starts simmering, lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once it has finished simmering, let it cool to room temperature.
Balance a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and tip in the blueberry mixture. Let it drain completely.
Pour the cooled syup into a clean glass jar or another airtight container.
Top tip - Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it, so you have individual servings!
Flavored simple syrup can be made with all sorts of fruits and flavors!
Ways to use this homemade syrup
- It's amazing when used in a summer cocktail recipe like a blueberry mojito mocktail, blueberry sour or blueberry Moscow mule.
- Pour a little into a glass of champagne.
- Add it to iced tea to give it a blueberry twist.
- Use this sweet syrup in mocktail recipes too, or simply add it to club soda or tonic water.
- It's a bit runny to add to ice cream, but it's great in a snow cone!
- Simple syrup can also be used to brush on cake layers to keep them moist.
- The leftover blueberry chunks from the syrup are very sweet but could be served over french toast or on top of pancakes.
Fresh fruit syrup like this can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
For long-term storage, the syrup can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
- Combine the blueberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice in a small saucepan.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat. Once the first bubbles appear and the mixture starts simmering, lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After simmering, remove the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
- Balance a fine mesh strainer, muslin cloth, or coffee filter over a bowl and tip in the blueberry mixture. Let it drain completely.
- Pour it into a clean glass jar or airtight container.
- The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g