I love to make berry syrups year round, but it seems especially appropriate right now to capture a few bottles using the last of the season's fruits. This quick recipe for blackberry syrup doesn't have any frills — it's just the unadulterated taste of summer in a jar! Add it to anything you can think of, from ice cream to sparkling water to tonight's cocktail.
I have explored quite a few options when it comes to making berry syrups — using various starches as thickeners, substituting corn syrup, agave, or honey for the sugar, and even adding vanilla beans and almond extract for more dimension. But in the end, there is something to be said for simplicity. No chef's tricks here: just fresh berries, sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice are all you really need.
Besides its ease, another thing I love about this blackberry syrup is its versatility. You can pour it on ice cream, drizzle it over waffles, or spoon it around pound cake for a bright burst of color and taste. You can also muddle it with mint, then top it off with vodka (or champagne!) and a splash of soda for the ultimate al fresco cocktail. Or transfer it to a cute container, tie it with twine, and offer the jar as a hostess gift at a friend's next dinner party. Talk about cute and convenient!
So what would you do with this berry syrup? Let me know!
- Any mix of berries can be used, such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
- To make blackberry-maple syrup, reduce the sugar by half and stir in a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup after straining.
(Images: Nealey Dozier)