Forget the store-bought stuff, this homemade Raspberry Simple Syrup recipe is the perfect way to add a bit of sweetness and enhance your cocktail game!
Fair warning: once you start making your own homemade syrup, you may never go back. I find this to be especially true when it comes to the flavoured variety. There's nothing worse than the artificial taste of raspberries. While not all store-bought simple syrups are bad, the use of fresh raspberries create an end result that simply can't be matched. Also, there's no excuse not to try it for yourself: with just a few simple ingredients, you can create this easy raspberry syrup recipe in no time.
Homemade syrup recipes can be used in tons ways. While the first way to incorporate that comes to mind it is in cocktails, but did you know regular simple syrup can be used to keep cakes moist? Brushing a small amount onto your cake layers can be helpful in adding extra moisture. The same applies to cupcakes. If you've slightly over baked them, this method can be of service. Simple syrup can also be added to coffee or tea, which is a fun way to infuse flavours.
One of the downfalls of making homemade raspberry syrup is the shorter shelf life. While it is true that store-bought syrup lasts longer, there are lots of ways to maximize your homemade raspberry simple syrup's life span.
- Use an airtight container. While you may be tempted to use any type of container, I highly suggest going with a sealed glass jar. Long-term storage in a plastic container can affect the flavour of your simple syrup over time. Glass canning jars really are best.
- Clean it well. Be sure to thoroughly wash the container you plan to use for storage. I'd suggest going as far as washing the glass jar with dish soap, then emerging it in a boiling water bath for a few minutes before adding your tasty raspberry syrup.
- Keep it in a cool place. Storing your simple syrup in the refrigerator will help it last longer. Generally, if all three of these steps have been followed, homemade syrup will last up to one month. This allows for lots of time to enjoy your fruit syrup!
Thankfully, there isn't much required to create this easy recipe.
- Small saucepan. You'll need a small or medium saucepan to dissolve the sugars and achieve a syrupy consistency.
- Potato masher. A potato masher or fork is needed to press the berries and release as much liquid as possible.
- Fine mesh sieve. A fine strainer is the best way to separate the contents of the saucepan in order to discard solids (aka raspberry seeds).
- Canning glass jar. A sealable glass jar is preferable to store the syrup.
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Raspberry Simple Syrup
- 1 saucepan
- 1 fine mesh sieve
- 1 glass jar
- 1 cup Raspberries fresh
- 1 cup Granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoon Lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 cup water
- In a small saucepan, combine raspberries, granulate sugar, lemon juice and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat once sugar has dissolved.
- Mash raspberries in syrup mixture to release juices. Allow to cool.
- Strain with the help of a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.
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