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Raspberry Simple Syrup

This sweet and delicious raspberry simple syrup is made with just three ingredients and is simple to prepare. Made with fresh or frozen raspberries, water and sugar, you can whip up a batch of this syrup in minutes. Prepared simple syrup can be used for cocktails, sparkling beverages, lemonade, or as a topping for cakes and ice cream. A delicious way to flavour your next dessert or cocktail.

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What is Raspberry Simple Syrup?

Raspberry simple syrup is a delightfully sweet syrup that can be used to flavour drinks such as cocktails or lemonade or to add flavour to desserts such as cakes and ice cream.

It is made with just three ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to prepare, plus time to cool.

It uses the same basic formula as a regular simple syrup in a ratio of equal parts water and sugar, but it has the addition of sweet, delicious raspberries which gives it a deep red colour and delicious berry flavour.

We love using raspberry simple syrup to sweeten cocktails and mocktails or drizzle on ice cream or frozen yoghurt, desserts, pancakes and waffles.

A splash of raspberry syrup in a glass of ginger ale or Sprite makes a fun, sparkling drink for adults and kids alike.

A bottle will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks when stored in a sealed jar.

The syrup can be made using fresh or frozen berries, so you can make it anytime, even if raspberries are not in season.

Pour it into a pretty bottle to make it a great hostess gift or addition to a cocktail-themed gift basket.

Ingredients

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

There are only three ingredients you need to make this delicious syrup.

  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Raspberries

This syrup uses regular, granulated sugar. The sugar is necessary as it adds sweetness, thickens the syrup, and helps preserve it so you can store it in the refrigerator longer.

You can use fresh or frozen berries for this recipe. This means you can make raspberry syrup any time of year. Even if berries are not in season.

A dish of fresh raspberries, a bowl of sugar, and a measuring cup filled with water.

Step by Step Instructions

Raspberry simple syrup can be made with just a few simple steps.

One – Place the sugar, water, and raspberries into a medium-sized pot.

Two – Stir and mash the berries with a spoon while heating the mixture over medium heat until the sugar is fully dissolved and the berries are softened.

Then remove the pot from the heat. Allow the syrup to cool while remaining in the pot.

A pot with water, sugar and raspberries, before and after cooking.

Pro-Tip: The longer you simmer the syrup, the thicker and more concentrated it will become. For cocktails, it isn’t necessary to simmer it any longer than it takes to dissolve the sugar, but if you want to use it on desserts or waffles, you may want to allow it to reduce a bit more.

Three – Once the syrup is cool, strain it through a fine mesh strainer. Press the berries to release the remaining juice.

Four – Pour the strained syrup into a mason jar or bottle and store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Raspberry simple syrup in a mason jar.

How to Use Raspberry Simple Syrup

Cocktails – Raspberry simple syrup is delicious in cocktails. Instead of regular, unflavoured simple syrup, it can be used in any raspberry drink. It is perfect for cocktails like raspberry martinis, daiquiris, or mojitos.

Sparkling beverages – A tablespoon of raspberry syrup adds flavour and colour to drinks such as club soda, 7-up, and ginger ale. It can also be used to add flavour to lemonade and iced tea. It makes a fun beverage for kids and adults alike.

Dessert topping – Raspberry syrup is delicious as a dessert topping. Use it on top of ice cream or to add moisture and flavour to cakes. It can also be used in milkshakes and smoothies or add flavour to your breakfast by drizzling over pancakes and waffles.

Storage

Prepared syrup can be stored in an airtight jar or bottle in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Flip-top bottles are a great choice as they are airtight, don’t take up much room, and are easy to pour from.

Mason jars also work well. You can even purchase pour spout tops for mason jars, making them easier to pour from.

A bottle of raspberry syrup, a glass of fizzy drink made with syrup, and a dish of fresh raspberries.

Top Tips & FAQS

  • The longer you simmer the syrup, the thicker it will become. For cocktails and drinks, you can remove it from the heat as soon as the sugar is dissolved. For drizzling on dessert, ice cream, or waffles, you may want to allow it to reduce a bit more.
  • Allowing the syrup to cool in the pot before straining the raspberries will extract more flavour.
What is the shelf life of raspberry simple syrup?

Raspberry simple syrup should keep for about two weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can I use frozen berries to make raspberry simple syrup?

Because you are heating and mashing the berries, it is perfectly fine to use frozen or fresh raspberries to make simple syrup.

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Printable Recipe

A bottle of raspberry syrup, a glass of fizzy drink made with syrup, and a dish of fresh raspberries.

Raspberry Simple Syrup

This sweet and delicious raspberry simple syrup is made with just three ingredients and is simple to prepare. A delicious way to flavour your next dessert or cocktail.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Drinks, Sauces and Spreads
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 24 tablespoon
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup raspberries fresh or frozen

Instructions

  • Place the sugar, water, and raspberries into a medium-sized pot.
  • While heating over medium heat, stir the syrup and gently mash the berries, until the sugar is dissolved and the berries have softened and released their juice.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
  • Once cool, pour the syrup through a fine mesh strainer (be sure you have a bowl underneath), and press the berries to release any remaining juice.
  • Pour the strained syrup into jars or bottles and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Notes

The longer you simmer the syrup, the more it will reduce and the more concentrated and thicker it will become.  For cocktails, heating until the sugar is dissolved is fine, but if you want to drizzle it over desserts or pancakes, you can allow it to simmer a little longer. 
This will make approximately one and a half cups of syrup, depending on how long you simmer it.

Nutrition

Estimated Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Simple Syrup
Amount per Serving
Calories
35
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.001
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Bridgette

Monday 26th of June 2023

This was great. I tried it to make some of the cocktails on your site and also used it to flavor lemonade/sweet tea for the kids. Making another batch tomorrow!

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