Simple syrups are a great way to add flavor to cocktails, iced teas, and desserts. They’re also easy to make, and they come in a variety of flavors! This raspberry syrup is an excellent choice for adding a burst of color and flavor to your drinks.
To make this raspberry syrup, simply combine sugar with water and raspberries in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stir frequently to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Once the mixture has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken the syrup. Strain the mixture into a bowl or jar to cool, then refrigerate until it’s completely cold.
Variations & Substitutions
Fresh raspberries are best in this recipe, but you can use frozen ones instead. Just remember that you won’t get quite as much syrup out of frozen raspberries as with fresh berries.
You can also substitute a sugar-free sweetener for this recipe, but the final product will be less flavorful than if you used regular sugar. If using stevia drops, you may need to add a little more water to compensate for the missing sugar volume.
The syrup will last about a week in the fridge. It’s a good idea to store it in an airtight container so it doesn’t dry out, but you can also freeze it for up to 6 months!
Ratios: Traditional simple syrup recipes call for equal parts of sugar and water. You can also use another equal part of raspberries to customize your syrup to fit your tastes.
If your raspberries aren’t very sweet, you can increase the amount of sugar. You can also reduce the amount of water if your raspberries are more tart or bitter.
This will help make sure the syrup is not too sweet or too tart for your tastes. This is especially important if you’re making this recipe for a drink or cocktail.
You can also add a little lemon juice to the syrup if you want a little extra citrus. The juice will help to brighten the flavor and give it a more vibrant color.
It’s a good idea to taste your syrup before serving it so you can adjust the sugar if needed. If your raspberry syrup is too sweet, it will overpower the drink or dessert.
The syrup can be stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to six months. It can also be sprayed on top of ice cream or pancakes to enhance the flavor and appearance.
Alternatively, you can mix this syrup with a bit of club soda or fruit juice to create your own refreshing cocktail! You can even squirt it on top of cheesecake to create a beautiful presentation.
This is a delicious and healthy alternative to shop-bought raspberry syrup, and it makes a great addition to any drink or dessert. It’s also a fun and easy way to preserve your raspberries for longer!