Fresh Berry Syrup for Making Strawberry, Blackberry, and Raspberry Lemonade

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Fruit infused simple syrup is easy to make, and has so much amazing, REAL fruit flavor.  You can use these fresh berry simple syrups to make homemade sodas, the best strawberry lemonade you've ever tasted, Italian cream sodas, or spectacular cocktails.

Make simple syrup infused with fresh berries to make the most amazing cocktails and strawberry lemonade ever.

Our whole family loves making fresh lemonade with lemons from our backyard, but we usually just make basic, plain lemonade.  For the Ultimate Lemonade Stand, I wanted to make some fresh berry syrups that our friends could add to the plain lemonade.

I love berries.  Adore them.  Could eat berries and only berries, happily, every day of my life.   So of course I chose raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries as my fruits to turn into lemonade syrup mix ins.

Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries on a white marble surface.

Recipe for Berry Simple Syrup to Add to Lemonade:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh berries

Raspberries cooked with sugar and water to make raspberry simple syrup

Combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan, and heat on the stove, stirring, just until the sugar crystals have dissolved.  This is called a simple syrup.

Add the fruit to the simple syrup, and ideally, let sit for at least a half an hour to let the flavor of the fruit blend with the simple syrup (I'm assuming because sugar is hygroscopic).  

Collage of fruits being blended with simple syrup

Blend the fruit and simple syrup together to help extract all that fabulous fruit flavor and juice.

Raspberry simple syrup being strained of solids with a mesh strainer.

Strain the fruit pulp out of the blended liquid, using a fine mesh strainer.  I found it easiest to strain it through a regular mesh strainer first to get the larger particles out of the way, and then through my fine mesh strainer a second time.

Strawberry syrup, blackberry syrup, and raspberry syrup on a lemonade stand.

Pour the strained fruit syrup into carafes.  Keep refrigerated when not in use.

Raspberry simple syrup on a lemonade stand.

Our guests loved having the option of adding the berry syrup to the lemonade.

Strawberry simple syrup next to a glass of strawberry lemonade.

Don't forget to provide drink stirrers!  And for the adults, let me just note that this stawberry simple syrup is absolutely divine in a strawberry lemon drop cocktail.

Blackberry syrup in a bottle, labeled with white writing on a real lemon leaf.

So many possibilities for flavors! you can be as whimsical or as sophisticated with the flavors as you'd like!   

Raspberry simple syrup, blackberry simple syrup, and strawberry simple syrup in three carafes on a black chalkboard background.

Peaches come into season here in Phoenix in May, and you can bet that I'll be making some fabulous homemade peach lemonade soon!  

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Are those leaves you wrote on and cloth covering the top of the bottles?

Yes!  I wrote on actual leaves (from my lemon tree) to make the labels.  And there's a plastic cap on top of the bottles, too, but it's just covered with a square of cloth to make it cuter for the party.

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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