Blackberry Soda with Homemade Blackberry Syrup

Blackberry Soda with Homemade Blackberry Syrup | Will Cook For Friends

It’s been drink-y kind of weather lately. You’ve probably noticed, based on the sheer number of beverages appearing on this here blog. Actually, by that logic, it’s been a drink-y kind of year. You remember that first cocktail recipe I posted around Thanksgiving last year? I’ve made almost a dozen more since then. Which is strange, because I’m not a big drinker.

I usually include a non-alcoholic version whenever I write a cocktail recipe, but this time I thought I’d do it the other way around. Because really, on an average Tuesday afternoon, I’m not sipping a rhubarb mojito, or a grilled peach & rosemary prosecco… I’m sipping a soda. A soda that I might, maybe, possibly pour some rum or tequila into when I have friends over on the weekends.

Blackberry Soda with Homemade Blackberry Syrup | Will Cook For Friends

One of my favorite parts of drink-making, whether they be boozy or not, are flavored syrups. Not only are they easy to make, they are also super versatile. For instance, this blackberry syrup is great in sodas or cocktails, but I’m warning you, if you pour it over vanilla ice cream, you might not survive the explosion of deliciousness. You can also drizzle it over yogurt, stir a little into a cup of tea, or pour it straight over crushed ice, snow-cone style. Or, mix it with some juice and pour it into a popsicle mold.

One thing I should probably warn you about, though, is that this stuff stains. I suggest wearing a sturdy apron to protect your clothes when making it, and setting your bowl in the sink when you strain the syrup. Also, if you make popsicles or snow-cones and give them to children, I recommend doing as my mother did when I was a wee one: strip ’em down to their underwear and throw ’em outside, then hose ’em off when their done.

A little unconventional, perhaps, but at least you won’t be stuck scrubbing everything with bleach afterwords.

Blackberry Soda with Homemade Blackberry Syrup | Will Cook For Friends
Blackberry Soda with Homemade Blackberry Syrup | Will Cook For Friends

And, of course, if you want to make these sodas tipsy, you’re more than welcome to do so. I like a little white rum, tequila, or gin if I’m in the right kind of mood, but feel free to play around and use what you like. Just remember to enjoy responsibly — as a friend pointed out the other night, after his third  boozed-up soda, these are dangerously drinkable.

Willpower, m’kay? Willpower.

Blackberry Soda with Homemade Blackberry Syrup | Will Cook For Friends

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Blackberry Soda with Homemade Blackberry Syrup
Recipe type: Drinks
For The Syrup
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries, washed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ lime, juice and zest
For the sodas
  • Sparkling water (or ginger ale, or lemon-lime soda, or other sparkling beverage you want to add flavor to)
  • Fresh blackberries or lime wedges, for garnish
For The Syrup
  1. In a pot over medium heat, add the blackberries, sugar, water, lime juice, and zest. Let cook for 4-6 minutes, or until the blackberries have softened and can be easily squished against the side of the pot with the back of a spoon. Then, do that. Squish the berries with the back of the spoon until all of the berries are broken down. Make sure you're wearing an apron to protect your clothes from potential spatters.
  2. Once the sugar is completely dissolved and the berries are broken down, pour the syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. I suggest setting the bowl in the sink to help mitigate splashes. Oh, and definitely make sure you're wearing an apron for this part. Did I mention this stuff stains? Reserve the berry pulp for mixing into vanilla ice cream (you can thank me later), or spreading on toast.
  3. Let the syrup cool, then transfer to a tightly lidded bottle or jar and store in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks.
For blackberry sodas:
  1. Add 2-4 TBSP blackberry syrup to a glass with ice. Top with sparkling water (about 8-12 oz., or to taste), and stir gently to combine. Garnish with fresh berries or a wedge of lime, and enjoy!
Makes about 1¾ cups syrup
To make these sodas boozy, add about an ounce of white rum, tequila, gin, or other liqueur. Enjoy responsibly.


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8 Responses to Blackberry Soda with Homemade Blackberry Syrup

  1. Karly August 28, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    My goodness, these look amazing! I’d definitely go the tipsy route. ;)

  2. Liz @ Floating Kitchen August 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    This looks so good. I love blackberries and I have lots of them growing all around my house here in Seattle. Can’t wait to make this. It’s always drink-y weather in my opinion!!!

  3. shannon September 3, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    I should tell you this, because i’m not sure if i’ve ever told you: you are one of two go-to drink people that i have. Like, of the entire internet, you are my person. because everything you make i immediately want to drown in. Or drink like a lady: tomato, tomahto. whatever.

    i am minus the gene which allows a person to come up with drinks. when left to my own devices, i make some of the worst drinks EVER that anyone has tasted, so i need you in my life, obviously.

    • Willow September 10, 2014 at 10:36 am #

      Haha, I’m sure that’s not true, you just haven’t found your drink-making sweet spot yet. That said, I’d be happy to come over and mix cocktails with you any day. Starting with a batch of this blackberry syrup. Mmm…

  4. Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day July 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    This looks so refreshing and delicious! I saw this over on TastyBev and had to check it out. Love it!

    • Willow Arlen July 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      Thanks Amy! It’s one of my favorite homemade sodas — I hope you try it!

  5. Teresa August 23, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

    Can I substitute the sugar with stevia or granulated stevia or something like that?

    • Willow Arlen September 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Teresa, my apologies for not seeing your comment sooner. I have not personally tried this recipe using a sugar substitute, but I don’t see why not. Your syrup may not be as thick without actual sugar, and it will likely have a shorter life in the fridge (since sugar is a preservative). This recipe doesn’t make a crazy amount so you probably won’t have any problems with that, but if you’re concerned at all maybe start with a half batch to see how it turns out. I’d be curious to know how it goes if you try it!

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