This blueberry syrup for drinks can be used for cocktails, like this blueberry spritzer, but it also makes a delicious addition to seltzer water for a refreshing blueberry soda.
Consider adding a splash of blueberry syrup to this lemon thyme mint lemonade for fruity twist on the original.
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How to make blueberry syrup for cocktails
Making this blueberry syrup for drinks is super simple. Many recipes call for just blueberries, water, and sugar, but those feel a bit one-dimensional.
Lemon really brightens up the flavor and makes this syrup “pop”.
To make the blueberry simple syrup – add water and sugar to a one quart saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add the blueberries and lemon, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for roughly 10 minutes, until the blueberries begin to burst. Remove from heat and cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
To keep the syrup crystal clear, do not press on the blueberries – this will make your blueberry syrup cloudy. If that isn’t a concern, go ahead and press to your heart’s content.
I’ll be honest with you, I’ve done both. If I’m in a rush and patience is something I just don’t have that day, I’ll mash the berries.
If I’ve planned ahead, or I really want clear juice, I’ll set the strainer over a container and just go about the day.
Homemade blueberry syrup for drinks
This would also be a tasty additional to your morning oatmeal, yogurt, or pancakes. It can be used for more than just beverages!
It is a tasty addition to seltzer, lemonade, and tea, but it also makes a great addition to vodka when you need an adult beverage. You can use it in so many ways – both kid-friendly and adults-only drinks.
Blueberry syrup flavors
There are endless possibilities when making flavored simple syrup. Try a few new combinations and have fun experimenting!
- Replace lemon zest with lemongrass for a slightly floral citrus flavor
- Replace lemon zest with lime zest
- Add mint for a cooling blueberry syrup
- Add basil for an herbaceous note to the syrup
- Replace lemon zest with ginger for some zing!
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- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 quart fresh blueberries, rinsed
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to make sure all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of zest from lemon.
- Add blueberries and lemon zest to the pot. Simmer for 8 - 10 minutes, until berries begin to burst.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve or colander. Do not press on berries (this will make your syrup cloudy, unless you don't mind).
- Refrigerate for up to one week in an airtight container.
* Use cheesecloth if you do not have a fine mesh strainer.
** Don't toss the blueberries. You can use them in your yogurt for breakfast or folded into a muffin recipe.
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Serving Size:1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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