Bright, sweet, and stunning in it's natural red hue, my simple recipe for Raspberry Simple Syrup is a wonderful addition to your bar. Rather than buying pre-made syrups with artificial ingredients, this all-natural, berry spin on simple syrup is made with just raspberries, sugar, and water for the freshest tasting syrup to add to your cocktails, cakes and kitchen creations!
⭐ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you are a fan of sweet and fruity drinks, then get ready! This this homemade raspberry simple syrup recipe can be used to add a burst of flavor to your go-to cocktails, sparkling sodas, or homemade lemonades. The syrup requires a few simple ingredients to make, and after 5 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of waiting patiently you'll be amping up the flavor of so many favorite treats.
One of the best things about making your own raspberry sugar syrup is the control you have over the ingredients. By making simple syrup at home, you can adjust the sweetness and tartness to your liking, knowing exactly what goes into the final product. Plus, it's a great way to use up fresh raspberries that are in season or you've purchased from the store and might otherwise go to waste and make a raspberry margarita or a raspberry martini!
Whether you're hosting a party or just want to treat yourself to a refreshing drink or soda, homemade raspberry simple syrup is sure to impress with it's bright red hue and fruity flavor. So why not give it a try and see how easy and delicious it can be?
- Water - Use regular tap water or take the flavor up a notch with filtered water.
- Sugar - Granulated sugar is best here. You can use regular white sugar or turbinado sugar, caster sugar, or demerara sugar for a deeper color and flavor profile.
- Raspberries - Fresh raspberries or frozen raspberries will work here. I personally love to use fresh berries when possible, but you can always grab a bag from the freezer section of your grocery store to make this homemade raspberry syrup.
⏲️ Substitutions & Variations
I may be biased, but I think this simply elegant recipe yields the best simple raspberry syrup for coffee, tea, cocktails, and more. That said, there’s always plenty of room to let your imagination run wild! Here are a few optional variations to consider:
- Rich Raspberry Syrup - Use 2 cups of water with 1 cup of sugar for a thicker, rich simple syrup that will last longer in the fridge.
- Sugar-Free Raspberry Syrup - If you are watching your sugar intake, simply swap in your favorite cup-for-cup sugar alternative. Note that storage times may vary for non-sugar-based simple syrups.
- Add More Flavors - Consider creating layers of flavor by steeping your syrup with a vanilla pod or a few drops of maple syrup to add a touch of warmth treat, add orange peels for a citrus vibe, cinnamon sticks, or earl grey tea.
Did you come up with an amazing flavor combination to mix with raspberry? Let me know in the comments below or by tagging me in your social media posts so I can cheer you on!
Making this raspberry simple syrup (or really any infused or flavored simple syrups) is truly a breeze. To make, you'll need a few kitchen tools - here’s what I suggest you grab:
- Saucepan - Every kitchen needs a small saucepan. If possible, splurge a little bit for one with a heavy bottom — it’ll last much longer than cheap versions and will also help to minimize the chance of scorching.
- Mesh Strainer - Placing the fine mesh sieve over the funnel leading into your squeeze bottle or glass jar is the quickest, most direct method for getting rid of any raspberry seeds or excess pulp.
- Squeeze Bottle & Funnel - These are optional, but they are the easiest way I know how to store simple syrup without making a sticky mess of your fridge. The squeeze bottle also makes it easy to measure exactly what you need. You’re also welcome to use a mason jar, delitainer, or any other container with a tight-fitting lid to store in the refrigerator.
- Muddler/Spoon - To gently break down the tart raspberries! A potato masher would work as well - breaking them down slightly helps to ensure the best results for fresh raspberry flavor.
📖 Step by Step Instructions
Homemade simple syrup couldn’t be easier to make, and this raspberry syrup is no different. Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Add your raspberries into a small bowl and muddle/gently press the berries with a back of a spoon or muddle to break down slightly.
Step 2: Infuse. Pour into the simple syrup and continue heating at a medium-high heat simmer (no boil) for 5 minutes before removing from heat and infusing.
Step 3: Strain syrup into an airtight container using a fine mesh strainer and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use.
Step 4: Use it as a perfect addition to cocktail recipes, cold drinks, salad dressing and cake layers to add a bright berry flavor!
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips
Making flavored syrup recipes is quite simple, but I’ve learned a few tricks along the way:
- Steep for at least an hour. The longer you steep, the more rich raspberry flavor you’ll extract from the broken down berries.
- Wrap it up as a charming and thoughtful hostess or housewarming gift to take with you at your next get together!
- Use a squeeze bottle for storage. Your kitchen will stay cleaner for it, which is always a bonus. All the easier to add into your ice cream sundae, lattes, favorite cocktails, or as a liquid sweetener for your homemade sodas!
💭 Recipe FAQs
Yes! Once it has cooled to room temperature, best practices suggest keeping it chilled to prevent spoilage. It should last 1-2 weeks if kept in the fridge in an air tight glass or plastic container alongside other fresh fruit syrup.
This fresh raspberry syrup can be used for making raspberry cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks, sweetening iced tea with lemon juice, soaking cakes, making homemade sno-cones, or serving a drizzle with breakfast foods like french toast, pancakes or waffles.
While some companies might brand their products using the terms interchangeably, no, they are not the same. Purée is made from just one ingredient: raspberries! To turn it into a syrup, you’ll need to add sugar and water.
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Raspberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup (240 g) Water
- 1 cup (200 g) Granulated Sugar
- ½ cup Raspberries, muddled
- Pour your measured water and sugar into a saucepan and heat on medium1 cup Water, 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- Cook, stirring the mixture until your sugar has completely dissolved.
- Add muddled raspberries and continue heating for 30 seconds before removing from heat½ cup Raspberries
- Allow syrup to infuse for half an hour as the simple syrup cools completely
- Strain syrup into an airtight container and store in the fridge