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How to Make Raspberry Simple Syrup for Drinks

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Raspberry syrup is a flavorful way to sweeten a variety of drinks that you want to flavor with one of summer's tastiest fruits. This 3-ingredient simple syrup recipe is beyond easy to make and ready in about 15 minutes.
Jar of homemade raspberry syrup next to a small bowl of raaspberries.

Homemade Raspberry Simple Syrup

Homemade Raspberry Syrup is one of the simple joys in life. It’s easy to make, incredibly versatile, and tastes sweet and fruity in all kinds of drinks.

My favorite ways to enjoy it are in a cool crisp glass of lemonade or iced tea. But this syrup is also perfect for adding raspberry flavored sweetness to cocktails, mocktails, sparkling water, and lemon-lime sodas.

When you see how easy it is to make, I promise you, you’ll never buy the store-bought stuff again.

Not only is it budget-friendly, but you know exactly what you’re mixing into your drinks. In other words, bye-bye preservatives, food dye and “natural” flavoring.

Homemade raspberry syrup in a glass jar next to a small bowl of raspberries and a bubbly pink and white cold drink garnished with fruit.
Homemade raspberry syrup is an easy way to enhance the flavor of tea, lemonade, sparkling water, cocktails and other drinks.

Why You’ll Love this Raspberry Syrup

Beyond simple recipe. This recipe only has 3 ingredients and one of them is water! If you can boil water, then you can make this homemade syrup. This strawberry syrup for drinks is just as easy to make.

Easy way to add summer flavor to your favorite drinks and more. Just add 2-3 tablespoons of this homemade syrup to any ice cold drink and transform it into raspberry flavored.

This simple syrup isn’t just for drinks. Use it to make raspberry whipped cream, moisten cake layers and flavor snow cones.

Double up the sugar in the recipe and you’ve got pancake syrup or a delicious homemade syrup for ice cream.

I also love my raspberry puree recipe as a dessert topping or for blending into drinks like this frozen raspberry lemonade.

Great way to use an abundance of raspberries. Not sure what to do with all those raspberries? Syrup is the answer.

You can even freeze the syrup. Just thaw it when you’re ready to use it or toss a frozen syrup cube into the blender to sweeten fruit smoothies.

A bubbling glass of sparkling water with layer of raspberry syrup at the bottom. The layered clean and pink iced drink is garnished with two fresh raspberries on a cocktail pick.
Raspberry syrup is more than a flavor enhancer for drinks. Use it to make whipped cream, moisten cake and more.

Raspberry Simple Syrup Recipe

This recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups of syrup. To make it you will need a saucepan and a fine mesh strainer.

Ingredients

  • Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Filtered Water
Overhead picture showing the ingredients needed to make homemade raspberry syrup for drinks, including a bowl of fresh raspberries, small pitcher of water and bowl of sugar. The ingredients are on a wooden cutting board next to a white rubber spatula and a few loose raspberries.
Three simple ingredients is all it takes to make a batch of homemade raspberry syrup for drinks.

Raspberries – Fresh or frozen both work.

In summer I definitely go with fresh raspberries when they are in-season and abundant. And if you ever go raspberry picking, this is a great recipe to try out with your bounty.

Just make sure to wash the raspberries before using.

Frozen raspberries are perfectly acceptable too. They’re frozen at peak ripeness so they’re as delicious as fresh berries, with the added benefit of being available year-round.

You will need to thaw the frozen raspberries, if using.

Sugar – Granulated white sugar is all you need, and I bet you already have it in your pantry. White sugar has a neutral flavor, perfect for letting raspberry flavor be the star of the show.

The amount you add, depends on how much raspberry juice concentrate is produced after simmering the berries and water. (More on that later.)

Water – Why mention water, you might ask. Fifty percent of this recipe is water so the taste of it matters.

That’s why I always recommend using filtered water and filtered ice cubes for all my simple syrup and drink recipes.

If you don’t have filtered water at the-ready, this Brita water filter pitcher is a great little investment.

Step-by-Step Instructions

For the best homemade raspberry simple syrup, follow this process: first make raspberry juice concentrate, then sweeten it with an equal amount of sugar.

  1. Bring washed raspberries and water to a boil in a saucepan. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the fruit pulp becomes pale in color. Strain into a large heat-proof measuring cup like these Pyrex. Discard the pulp.
  2. Make note of how much concentrated raspberry juice was produced and stir in an equal amount of sugar. For example, if you have 3/4 cup raspberry juice concentrate, stir in 3/4 cup sugar.
  3. Return the raspberry syrup to the saucepan and boil for 1 minute until sugar is dissolved. Strain a second time (optional) to remove any remaining seeds. Do not scrape any sugar crystals stuck to the inside of pan into finished syrup.
  4. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Detailed recipe and instructions are in recipe card at bottom of post.

First, make concentrated raspberry juice by simmering raspberries in water.

Then, add sugar to the juice and boil the syrup until the sugar is dissolved.

Recipe Notes

  • Do not press on pulp when straining the solids from the concentrated raspberry juice. Bits of fresh fruit mixed in the syrup may cause it to ferment, make the syrup cloudy, and reduce amount of time it’s good for. This is one reason I prefer to make the juice prior to adding the sugar.
  • When the syrup is complete, do not scrape any remaining sugar crystals stuck to the inside of the saucepan into the syrup. Otherwise the syrup may try to re-crystallize.
  • This syrup has an intense raspberry flavor so it stands out in drinks. Feel free to brighten it up with a squeeze of lemon, if desired.
  • Make the syrup ahead of time so it’s chilled and ready to add to iced beverages.
Glass jar half full of raspberry syrup that's a dark pink color. The syrup is next to a bowl of raspberries, bowl of sugar, and two red and white striped straws.
Serve a bottle of raspberry syrup on the side so guests can add as much or as little to their iced tea or lemonade.

Ways to Use Raspberry Syrup in Drinks

Here are few types of drinks you can add raspberry flavor to.

  • Raspberry Iced Tea
  • Iced tea and lemonade
  • Sparkling water and lemon-lime soda
  • Cocktails, mocktails and fruit punch

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Raspberry Simple Syrup

Raspberry Simple Syrup

Yield: 24 servings (1 tablespoon)
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Raspberry syrup is a flavorful way to sweeten a variety of drinks that you want to flavor with one of summer's tastiest fruits. This 3-ingredient simple syrup recipe is beyond easy to make and ready in about 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 1 cup water, filtered (8 ounces)
  • 3/4 - 1 cup sugar (6-8 ounces)

Instructions

  1. Bring washed raspberries and water to a boil in a saucepan. Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes until the raspberry pulp is pale in color. Strain into a large heat-proof measuring cup. Discard the pulp.
  2. Make note of how much concentrated raspberry juice was produced and stir in an equal amount of sugar. For example, if you have 3/4 cup raspberry juice concentrate, stir in 3/4 cup sugar.
  3. Return the raspberry syrup to the saucepan and boil for 1 minute until sugar is dissolved. Strain a second time (optional) to remove any remaining seeds. Do not scrape any sugar crystals stuck to the inside of pan into finished syrup.
  4. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

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