Simple syrup is a pretty common sweetener for cocktails and as the name implies is pretty simple to make. However, sometimes it is nice to add a little extra something to mix with a specific cocktail or to even mix-up a classic like the French 75. Carly and I started chatting about all the different ingredients we could add to the simple syrup including - honey, basil, lemon, blueberry and even beet. I really only had honey and basil out of that list in the refrigerator, and neither one sounded all that wonderful with a French 75, but I did have fresh, juicy blackberries, which we thought would not only be beautiful in a bubbly drink, but also delicious! So, we altered the blueberry recipe using blackberries, and it turned out wonderfully! The recipe and instructions are below, including the finished product!
Blackberry Simple Syrup
Makes about 8.5 oz of syrup
1 cup granulated syrup
1 cup water
1 fresh blackberries
- Sterilize your glass bottle - Run hot water over the bottle to acclimate the glass. Boil a mug of water in the microwave for about two minutes and immediately pour into the glass bottle. Let bottle sit while you make syrup.
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. (Carly and I struggled a bit to get it past a liquid and more of a syrup. We boiled it longer than normal for sure.)
- Strain into a bowl and let cool.
- Pour into glass bottle and store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
* Recipe adapted from here.
Unfortunately, Carly had to leave before the syrup was cooled, so we didn't get to taste the finished product in the French 75, but this Wednesday is girls' monthly dinner club, and I am dying to try it! Don't worry, Friday we will be sharing the classic cocktail recipe as well as other recipes you may want to use a blackberry syrup for, because it is just too pretty and delicious to go to waste!