A sweet, fruity simple syrup that has so many great uses.
Do you love the taste of fresh raspberries? Do you wish you could bottle that flavor and keep it forever? We did too! That is why we created this delicious recipe for homemade raspberry syrup. It is the perfect way to add that irresistible, sweet raspberry taste to almost anything. Now, you can savor the flavor of ripe raspberries all year long. The best part is that it is easy to do!
How to Make Raspberry Syrup
Homemade raspberry syrup has a strong, fruity flavor that is perfectly sweet. It is a beautiful consistency, making it ideal for mixing into drinks or pouring over pancakes and French toast. Making raspberry syrup is actually very easy. Anyone will be able to make this raspberry syrup recipe! Here is what you need to do:
- Simmer the water and raspberries together for about 30 minutes. This will get all of the raspberry flavor infused into the water. The raspberries will turn very pale while the water becomes a pretty pink color. Skim off any foam from the top of the simmering water and discard it. This will help keep the syrup clear rather than cloudy.
- Pour the mix through a mesh sieve. To keep the syrup clear, don’t press the justice out of the raspberries. It is tempting to do but it will make the syrup cloudy. Save the raspberries to add to a smoothie instead. They will have a little less flavor but are still full of fiber!
- Place the raspberry liquid back in the pot and add the sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes to thicken the syrup.
- Pour the syrup into an airtight container and let cool. We like to pour it into fancy bottles or mason jars. This way it looks as beautiful on the shelf as it tastes!
Measuring and boiling are the hardest parts of this raspberry syrup recipe and those are two things you can definitely do! This raspberry simple syrup is just as good (if not better) than Starbucks raspberry syrup, Torani raspberry syrup or any of the big brand syrups on the market. That fresh raspberry taste is unmatched!
Raspberry Syrup Variations
We love our raspberry syrup recipe exactly as it is written but it is always fun to play around with recipes and see what you can come up with. There are a few tweaks that you can make to this recipe to make it even tastier or more interesting. Here are a few things we have tried that work well.
- Replace the sugar with erythritol to make sugar free raspberry syrup. The syrup will still have the natural sugars from the raspberries but far less sugar than classic raspberry syrup. It will be just as sweet thanks to the natural erythritol!
- Use almond extract in place of vanilla to make an almond raspberry syrup.
- Use frozen raspberries in place of fresh. You will need to cook the syrup for about 5 more minutes since the frozen berries have more water than fresh. Cooking the raspberry syrup longer will help evaporate that extra water.
- Use raspberries, blueberries and blackberries to make a mixed berry syrup
- Use two cups of water and two cups of orange juice to make the syrup. The orange juice adds a nice, bright flavor. Just keep in mind the syrup will not be clear but a cloudier, light pink color.
If you have any fantastic ideas to make this raspberry simple syrup even tastier, let us know! We are always looking for yummy new ideas.
How to Use Raspberry Simple Syrup
There are so many ways to use homemade raspberry simple syrup. You can pour it over waffles, drizzle a little over ice cream or mix it into your favorite drinks. Of course, our favorite way to use raspberry syrup is to mix it into tasty mocktails, coffees and juices. We are the mocktail recipe experts!
Raspberry syrup has a beautiful consistency that blends right into almost every drink. The syrup adds sweetness and flavor without a gritty texture that sugar can sometimes have. Here is a few of our favorite recipes that are delicious with raspberry simple syrup.
New Moscow- replace the simple syrup in this non alcoholic moscow mule recipe with raspberry syrup. The raspberry syrup adds a fruity flavor that is surprisingly delicious with the ginger beer and mint in the drink.
Pink Whitney Mocktail- Using raspberry syrup in place of simple syrup makes this pink whitney mocktail even more incredible. The syrup compliments the fresh raspberries in the glass, enhancing the raspberry taste wonderfully.
Cucumber Gimlet- Cucumber and raspberry may just be our new favorite combination. Use raspberry simple syrup to make this non alcoholic cucumber gimlet and you will be hooked after just one sip.
Parisian Hot Chocolate- Skip the maple syrup in this recipe and use raspberry syrup instead. Chocolate and raspberry are a wonderful combination and the fruity taste of the raspberry makes this drink even easier to sip.
Raspberry syrup for drinks is an amazing way to flavor your favorite drinks. Let us know if you have any delicious drink recipes that use raspberry syrup. From slushies to iced tea, mocktails to cocoa, raspberry syrup is delicious in everything!
Blue Raspberry Syrup
If you have ever seen a super blue drink, there is a good chance it was made with blue raspberry syrup. Blue raspberry syrup can be tricky to make at home. While you can add blue spirulina or try mixing in some blue curacao syrup into your homemade raspberry syrup, that vibrant blue color is hard to achieve. Our raspberry syrup is already a deep pink so layering blue on top of that already rich color is hard to do.
If you want the bright color of blue raspberry syrup, stick to using the commercial raspberry syrup. The blue raspberry syrup Torani makes is especially tasty and blue! It is a great choice.
Our raspberry syrup recipe is definitely fantastic and versatile. There is so much you can do with raspberry syrup. Give this recipe a try and then mix the raspberry simple syrup into your favorite mocktails, pour it over your waffles or blend it into your favorite iced tea. Raspberry syrup is good year round! Enjoy.
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