Fresh Raspberry Syrup for Drinks

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This homemade raspberry syrup is made with three ingredients: fruit, water and sweetener!  Doesn’t the red from the raspberries look so pretty? No food coloring or preservatives are in this syrup! What a delicious way to enhance the flavor of tea, sparkling water or use to make cocktails!

Homemade Raspberry Syrup to add to drinks! Make Italian soda or creamy soda! The Foodie Affair

I took soda off my shopping list several years ago. The drink used to be a staple in my diet and I would always have it in our refrigerator. I liked the convenience of popping open a flavored beverage, and I thought it was super cool to swap regular cola for diet saving 180 calories per drink!

Then (3-4 years ago) a health conscious co-worker shared with me some research on the health implications that diet soda can cause to our well-being. Basically, the ingredients that are used in low/no sugar soda (saccharin and aspartame) can negatively impact our health (cancer). On the other hand, the FDA states that the cancers reported only affect rats (lean more from the National Cancer Institute). Regardless of which side of the fence you lean towards, I decided to limit my soda intake.

Homemade Raspberry Syrup to add to drinks! Make Italian soda or creamy soda! The Foodie Affair

But I still enjoy a carbonated beverage and I found a healthier way to enjoy it by making a copy-cat Torino syrup. You can use this same recipe with different types of fruits like strawberries or blueberries. Get creative a try a mixed berry syrup! Adding a splash of this syrup to sparkling water is so refreshing and I bet kids will prefer this to soda!

Not only can this add a tasty layer of flavor to drinks (coming up – Italian soda & a cocktail), but it can also be thickened up (by cooking it longer) and poured over pancakes, waffles, French toast or even ice cream! I bet this would be tasty in brownies too!

Homemade Raspberry Syrup to add to drinks! Make Italian soda or creamy soda! The Foodie Affair

Fresh Raspberry Syrup for Drinks
 
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cup water, filtered
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 ounce fresh raspberries, rinsed
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan add water and sugar and cook on medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Add raspberries and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and remove any foam that forms over the raspberries. Simmer for 25 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and strain syrup over a clean bowl. Discard fruit (most of the bright red color will be transferred to the syrup). Clean the saucepan or use another and place the red syrup back in the pan. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Cool and strain into clean jars. Keep in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Homemade Raspberry Syrup to add to drinks! Make Italian soda or creamy soda! The Foodie Affair

Use this syrup to make an Italian Soda. You also might want to try making your own sugar-free syrup! Try try this grenadine syrup!

Homemade Raspberry Syrup to add to drinks! Make Italian soda or creamy soda! The Foodie Affair
Sandra @ The Foodie Affair
 

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34 Comments on Fresh Raspberry Syrup for Drinks

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    January 25, 2016

    What a great recipe! I’m addicted to club soda with lemon, lime or cranberry juice. This syrup look like another wonderful to enjoy my “soda.”

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      January 26, 2016

      We can get real creative with the flavors when we make our own soda beverages!

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    January 25, 2016

    That raspberry syrup does look stunning!

    Thank you for stopping by my page. I hope to make this recipe when I’m back in the states this summer as raspberries are ridiculously expensive in Dubai ($10 for one of those small square boxes).

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      January 26, 2016

      Oh, I wish I could send you some raspberries! They’re 2 for $5 right now in California!

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    Farida says:
    January 25, 2016

    Now I’m thinking how can I use this syrup! lovely, very raspberry,its my favorite fruit 🙂

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      January 26, 2016

      And it’s so easy to make! Hope you try this soon!

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    Sarah says:
    January 25, 2016

    This looks so tasty! I gave up soda too and I bet this would be great in sparkling water or as an Italian soda! Yum!

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      January 26, 2016

      That’s what I have been using it for. So tasty 🙂

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    Brian Jones says:
    January 26, 2016

    What a lovely sounding recipe, I can’t wait for soft fruit season to roll back around, will definitely make this when it does!

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      January 26, 2016

      I forget that I live in an area where fruits are abundant year round! I hope you do give this a try.

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    April says:
    January 26, 2016

    Oh yum! This looks very good. I love making my own fruit syrup. This would make a great punch drink.

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      January 26, 2016

      So have we! I can’t pass them up, especially since they’ve been on sale 🙂

  7. Looks fabulous. We don’t drink soda in our house either, usually water or iced tea. This syrup would be wonderful in iced tea I think!

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      January 26, 2016

      My husband drinks a lot of iced tea and he added some syrup and loved it!

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    January 26, 2016

    I can think of a million ways I would use this raspberry syrup. I think this would be lovely frozen in ice cube trays and added to your favorite beverages like lemonade or just soda water too. Wishing you a super week.

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      January 27, 2016

      That’s a great idea! I think I’ll freeze some syrup to test it out 🙂

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    Christie says:
    January 27, 2016

    I’ve been making a lot of flavored syrups for cocktails lately. I need to add this one to my list. I love that you did not make it quite as sweet. That is the way I prefer it. I see a new cocktail coming Friday night.

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      January 27, 2016

      Perfect for mixing with cocktails! I love it for that!

  10. This would be fun to add to cocktails! And very pretty too!

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      January 27, 2016

      Yes it is! I’ve already test tested a cocktail! Coming soon 🙂

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    January 28, 2016

    I love this! I don’t drink very much soda, but my husband and son do. Though I try to limit how much they drink somewhat by “forgetting” to pick up some at the store, lol. 😉 Love the idea of using a homemade flavored syrup in club soda!

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      January 28, 2016

      LOL – that’s exactly what I did – forgot to buy it and then eventually told the fam I wasn’t buying it anymore! It took awhile, but they’re mostly on board now!

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    Angela says:
    January 29, 2016

    What a great syrup to have on hand! Im thinking up many uses for it! Thanks for sharing!

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    Shelby says:
    January 30, 2016

    Not a big soda drinker either, but with this syrup and some carbonated water, I could make a go for a homemade one!

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    February 1, 2016

    This looks awesome, Sandra! I have to try it…I can think of a bunch of ways to use it! Saving it for raspberry season! 🙂

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