Once you try this Blueberry Simple Syrup, you'll want to keep a jar of it in your fridge all year round. It makes adding blueberry flavor to cocktails so easy and is also a delicious pancake or ice cream topping!
Instant blueberry margaritas or blueberry lemonade any time your heart desires? Count me in!
All you need is a jar of this blueberry simple syrup. It takes just 3 ingredients, minutes to make, and an hour to chill.
And there are so many different things you can do with it. Of course, my favorite way to enjoy it is as an ingredient in all kinds of cocktails!
❓ What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is essentially just water and sugar heated in a saucepan and thickened into a syrup. Once it cools, it's an essential ingredient in many drinks and cocktails because it makes it so easy to add liquid sweetness.
Simple syrup also makes it easy to add flavoring to drinks. I love blueberry-flavored cocktails, but don't love muddling blueberries into my drinks. So, I simmer the fresh blueberries into a simple syrup and then I have sweet blueberry flavor to add any time I want!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
This is an incredibly easy recipe for a sweet syrup that has so many uses! If you love all things blueberry, you'll want a jar of homemade blueberry syrup in your fridge at all times, so you can add it to everything.
I love making simple syrups, but this is one of my all-time favorites.
This blueberry syrup recipe couldn't be easier and there are just three ingredients in this blueberry simple syrup. All you need is:
- Granulated Sugar
- Fresh Blueberries
🫐 How to make blueberry simple syrup
It couldn't be easier to make this simple syrup! Follow these directions and be sure to check out my video tutorial and you'll see how simple it is!
Start by putting water, sugar, and cup of blueberries into a saucepan and bringing to a boil.
Once mixture is boiling, lower to a simmer and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, until blueberries have burst and mixture has thickened into a syrup.
I think blueberries bursting is one of the prettiest sights!
Now, place a fine mesh sieve over a heat-proof bowl and pour syrup into it to strain blueberries out.
Make sure you press down on the blueberries with a wooden spoon to extract as much liquid as possible.
You can dispose of the blueberry mash, but to be quite honest, it's really, really good and makes a lovely ice cream topping! I may also eat it right out of the strainer sometimes.
You can either keep the blueberry simple syrup in the bowl or pour it into a. mason jar. I like to keep my simple syrups in mason jars since they're easy to cover and store in the fridge.
You'll want to pop the syrup in the fridge for at least an hour so it can chill completely.
Look at that gorgeous color! And trust me, it tastes even better... Just like blueberry pie filling!
👩🍳 How to use
Of course, I use blueberry simple syrup mainly for drink making, but there is so much you can do with it! Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy it:
- Blueberry Cocktails: You can use this syrup in the cocktail recipe of your choice (a few options are below!), but I think it goes especially well with vodka, tequila, and gin. Really, you can use it in so many cold drinks!
- Blueberry Vodka Lemonade (this is one of my most popular recipes here on WANM and the ultimate summer cocktail!)
- Blueberry Milk: Add some syrup to a glass of milk for an instant delicious fresh blueberry milk!
- Mocktails: Simply add a little to some club soda or tonic water for a deliciously sweet treat (just like an Italian soda!). You can even add it to Coke, Sprite, or any of your favorite drinks.
- Tea Flavoring: add a little syrup to hot tea or iced tea for a yummy blueberry tea.
- Pancake, Waffle, or French Toast Topping: Drizzle a little over pancakes or the brunch of your choice instead of maple syrup. You can use it just like you would pancake syrup.
- Oatmeal or Yogurt Topping: This will make a great addition to your healthy breakfasts with some sweet fruity fun.
- Ice Cream Topping: Drizzle over vanilla ice cream for a blueberry pie-like frozen treat.
- Meat Marinade: Simple syrup makes a yummy marinade for all kinds of meat. Blueberry would be especially good with pork.
- Cake Moistener: Lots of people brush simple syrup on cake layers after they cool to make cakes extra moist. Flavored simple syrup will also add flavor to the cake and blueberry would be delicious on a vanilla or lemon cake.
As you can see, once you have a jar of blueberry simple syrup in your fridge, you'll have plenty of options for using it up... Luckily it's easy to make more!
➕ How to make more
This recipe makes about 1 ¾ cups of simple syrup. But if you're planning to use the simple syrup in a big batch cocktail or just know you're going to go through it quickly, you may want to make more of it.
Luckily, it's easy! Simple double the ingredients and use the same method for cooking. If you want 3 ½ cups blueberry simple syrup, you'll need 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar, and 2 cups fresh blueberries.
I recommend storing a large batch in a large mason jar, like a 32 oz one.
💡 Variations on recipe
This blueberry simple syrup is pretty perfect as is, but there is also a lot you can do to it to make the flavor even more dynamic! Here are some ideas for what you can add:
- Lemon: Squeeze some fresh lemon juice or add lemon zest into the syrup for a little fresh zing!
- Vanilla: Add a little vanilla extract or a vanilla bean right after simple syrup is poured into jar.
- Jalapeño: If you like spice, simmer slices of jalapeño (or the spicy pepper of your choice) into the syrup.
- Coconut: For a fun tropical flavor, you can either use coconut extract or even simmer the syrup with shredded coconut before straining it out.
- Fresh herbs: Add fresh herbs, like mint, basil, rosemary, or thyme to the syrup as it's simmering and then remove them before storing.
⏲ How to store
Be sure to store your simple syrup in a airtight container and keep it in the fridge. I like using mason jars to store.
This syrup will stay good in the fridge for about a month... If it lasts that long!
If you want it to last even longer? Pour let the homemade syrup cool and then pour it into ice cube trays and put in the freezer. Now you'll have your own blueberry syrup ice cubes that you can use any time!
🛍 Where to buy
If you aren't in the mood to make your own or you can't find fresh blueberries, you can also purchase blueberry simple syrup from the store. Here are some of the best options:
- Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Syrup
- Maine Blueberry Organic Syrup
- Wäbry Organic Syrup
- Upouria Blueberry Flavored Syrup
- Da Vinci Sugar-Free Blueberry Syrup (with Splenda)
- Torani Blueberry Syrup
Of course, I always think homemade is best! Especially since my recipe is made with just 3 ingredients and no preservatives or artificial flavors.
🍓 More simple syrup flavors
The flavor options for simple syrups are seriously endless and I love experimenting to develop new ones. I have multiple jars in my fridge at all times, which means instant craft cocktail options whenever I desire them!
Here are some of my other favorite flavored simple syrups.
- Pumpkin Spice
- Candy Corn
- Pink Peppercorn
- Holiday Spice
What would you use this blueberry simple syrup for? Do you have an idea for an awesome simple syrup recipe?
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- Put sugar, water, and blueberries in a medium-size saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until blueberries have burst and mixture has thickened.
- Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, being sure to press down on the berries to extract as much juice as possible. Keep syrup in bowl or pour into a mason jar and place in fridge to cool completely before using.
- When stored properly in an airtight container, blueberry syrup should stay fresh for about a month.
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