Cocktails are so popular these days and simple syrup a must have when making them at home. This easy to make Blueberry Simple Syrup is delicious in cocktails and mocktails!
Blueberry Simple Syrup
With cocktails being all the rage these days and B.C. Blueberry season upon us we are getting busy making all kinds of edible blueberry recipes. Then we decided why not make a few blueberry cocktails because summer! Cocktails need a sweet element and this is how our simple syrup came to be.
Inspired by some lovely cocktails and delicious bites at a BC Blueberries Social Media Launch here in Calgary last month, I decided to go big and make a Blueberry Mojito.
A mojito is a traditional Cuban highball, one I enjoyed very much when we traveled to Cuba in 2003. It’s simply a combination of white rum, lime juice, soda water, mint and sugar. Instead of adding granulated sugar in the cocktail which takes awhile to dissolve, we add liquid sugar (simple syrup) instead.
Simple Syrups are added to cocktails as a sweetener allowing you to balance sourness or bitterness in the drink. Since the syrup is a liquid, it dissolves quickly while making the cocktail.
You can buy simple syrups, however it’s much easier and less expensive to make your own. A simple syrup always starts with a ratio of 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water.
Storing Simple Syrup
Now that you’ve made it and a few cocktails, what do you do with the leftover syrup? It can be stored in the refrigerator for two – four weeks.
Go beyond cocktails and add this syrup to ice tea, lemonade or drizzled over ice cream.
You can change up the fruit or berries in this syrup to create new syrups and new cocktails. Just remember the ratio of one part sugar to one part water and you will be good to go!
More Blueberry Recipes to love:
- Blueberry Caprese Salad
- Blueberry Crostini with Thyme and Ricotta
- Cast Iron Grilled Blueberry Focaccia
- Blueberry Guacamole
- Blueberry and Peach Sangria
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- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup blueberries
- Simmer all ingredients together in a pot for about 10-15 minutes. Strain blueberries reserving cooked blueberries for another use. Let cool and pour your simple syrup into a container and keep the refrigerator.