Raspberry Simple Syrup
Here's a fruity and flavorful raspberry simple syrup that will sweeten up everything from drinks, to breakfasts, and desserts. It's quick and easy to make with just three ingredients, and it will keep in your fridge for up to 2 weeks!
For more homemade fruity syrup recipes, try our rhubarb syrup and cranberry simple syrup.
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This raspberry simple syrup recipe is a delightful way to dress up drinks, pancakes, waffles, and desserts. It's tasty and beautiful, it's easy to make, and it stores well in the fridge.
This syrup is what we make when we see bright red raspberries appearing at farmers' markets and grocery stores mid-summer. We make a big batch as a way of prolonging their short growing season, and so we can enjoy their flavor in a variety of ways.
Use it as a sweetener to make refreshing Italian soda, or for flavoring iced tea or lemonade. It's healthier than soda or store-bought juices and you can adjust the amount you use based on your desired sweetness.
It tastes wonderful drizzled over sweet breakfasts or stirred into oatmeal. You can even brush it between cake layers to keep things moist. Use it to make snow cones, ice cream sundaes, and anything else you can think of!
What is raspberry simple syrup?
Raspberry simple syrup is an upgraded version of regular simple syrup, made with raspberries, sugar, and water. It's a sweet and flavorful syrup with a beautiful red hue that's perfect for adding the essence of raspberries to drinks, cocktails, breakfast, and desserts!
How to make raspberry simple syrup
Infuse all your favorite drinks and treats with a bright pop of flavor and color from this homemade raspberry syrup. It's easy to make and stores well, allowing lots of time to enjoy your fruit syrup. Let's make it!
- Heat the berries, sugar, and water together in a small saucepan.
- Simmer, then remove from the heat. Use a spoon to remove any foam.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, allowing the liquid to drain from the fruit. Be careful not to mash the raspberries or your syrup will become cloudy.
- Transfer it to a clean glass jar or container and then store it in your fridge. Enjoy!
Full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.
Raspberry simple syrup ingredients
You only need three simple ingredients to make this raspberry simple syrup recipe:
- Raspberries – fresh or frozen raspberries both work well, but we love making this recipe when they're in season.
- Sugar – we use granulated sugar because it's clear and dissolves easily.
Store it in a clean, airtight container or sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
We recommend using granulated sugar because it's clear and dissolves easily. You can also use cane sugar but it will result in a darker syrup. Avoid brown sugar because it contains molasses which will give a different consistency to the syrup. You can also use maple syrup or honey, but both will impart their color and flavor on the finished syrup.
Yes, strawberries and blackberries work well in place of raspberries. Other types of berries, like blueberries, need to be mashed to release their flavor.
Yes! Use honey in the same way as white sugar for a naturally sweet version of this raspberry syrup.
Raspberry simple syrup cocktails
Use this raspberry syrup to add a touch of sweetness and fruit flavor to all of your favorite cocktails. It makes really tasty mocktails, too!
Try using raspberry syrup as a shortcut in place of fresh raspberries in this raspberry mimosa or infuse this refreshing rosé sangria with a bit of extra raspberry flavor.
For a fun and refreshing party treat, also try our coconut raspberry mojito jello shooters!
More delicious uses for raspberry syrup
This raspberry syrup is endlessly versatile. We like to keep some in the fridge for everyday use, but it's also a lovely touch on special occasions. Whether it's Mother's Day, a birthday, a wedding, or a baby shower, this fresh fruit syrup adds that special touch.
It looks beautiful served with brunch alongside waffles or pancakes. Add some to your sparkling water, use it to make cocktails, or drizzle it over ice cream for a burst of irresistible berry flavor!
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Raspberry Simple Syrup
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- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- Place the raspberries, sugar, and water into a small pot over high heat.1 cup raspberries, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups water
- Bring the pot to a boil then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and use a spoon to skim off the foam.
- Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. DO NOT push on the raspberries or the syrup will be cloudy. Let it drain without touching it for at least 5 minutes.
- Transfer the raspberry syrup to a clean, glass jar and store it in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.
This was such a quick and easy syrup that does not disappoint! Looking forward to trying this on more and more things; it’s the perfect touch of sweetness!
A delight! So easy! So delish!
I made this simple syrup over the weekend and we served it up with some pancakes for brunch! It was a fun twist than the regular maple syrup we normally serve them with!
Beautiful and perfect in cocktails and lemonade! I’ll keep this on hand this summer.
Can’t wait for raspberries to be in season to try this syrup again! It would make a lovely raspberry iced tea for a warm summer’s evening.
Would this recipe work with blueberries or strawberries?
It definitely will! You’ll need to mash the blueberries a little while they’re cooking, but other than that you can substitute either and just follow the recipe.