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Blueberry syrup for drinks

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.

blueberry syrup for drinks in small bottle with blueberries in background

Consider adding a splash of blueberry syrup to this lemon thyme mint lemonade for fruity twist on the original.

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.

blueberry simple syrup for drinks

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.

blueberry simple syrup for drinks in small bottle

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.

blueberry simple syrup for cocktails with drink in background and bowl of blueberries

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.

pouring blueberry syrup for drinks into glass

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

To make a blueberry version of strawberry lemonade or a strawberry Arnold Palmer, swap out the strawberries in the recipe for blueberry simple syrup.

This would also be a tasty additional to your morning oatmeal, yogurt, or pancakes. It can be used for more than just beverages!

blueberry simple syrup for cocktails with drinks in background and bowl of blueberries

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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Blueberry syrup for drinks

Cheryl Bennett
This quick and easy blueberry syrup for drinks can be used for cocktails or kid-friendly recipes.
4.86 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 140 kcal


  • 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.


Serving: 1/4 cupCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 1gSodium: 2mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32g
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  1. Do you think this would work with blackberries? We are currently drowning in fresh blackberries.

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