This homemade fresh raspberry syrup for drinks is made with three ingredients: fruit, water and sweetener!
Add to sparking water to enhance the flavor of drinks or make a delicious cocktail! This can also be used as a snow cone syrup!
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!
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.
The convenience of popping open a flavored beverage is no doubt nice. In addition, 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.
Let me give you a cliff-note synopsis. Swapping granulated sugar in beverages for saccharin and aspartame, artificial sweeteners can negatively impact our health (cancer).
On the other hand, the FDA states that the cancers reported only affect rats (learn more from the National Cancer Institute).
Regardless of which side of the fence you lean towards, I decided to limit my soda intake.
Raspberry Syrup For Drinks!
But I still enjoy a carbonated beverage and I found a healthier way to enjoy it by making a copy-cat Torino syrup.
Use this same recipe with different types of fruits like strawberries, blueberries or blackberries. Get creative a try a mixed berry syrup!
Not only can this add a tasty layer of flavor to drinks like this Italian soda & a cocktail, but you might also consider adding it to the following beverages:
For non-alcoholic drinks use in the following:
Just a couple of tablespoons will change the whole profile of a drink when enhancing it with raspberry syrup.
- Add in iced tea
- Serve with lemonade
- Mix in sparkling water
- Add in hot coffee
- Hot cocoa is delicious with raspberry syrup
Raspberry Syrup In Cocktails:
This fresh syrup is delicious in cocktail. The simpler the better. Be sure to try the following:
- Make a Raspberry Bellini
- Add with vodka and sparkling water
- Make a Raspberry Lime Rickey
- Berry Kissable Cocktail
Raspberry Sauce For Foods
Thicken the syrup up (by cooking it longer) and make a sauce for pancakes, waffles, French toast or even as an ice cream topping!
I bet this would be tasty in brownies too!
Raspberry Syrup – FAQs
Can you use frozen raspberries in place of fresh?
Yes, frozen raspberries can be replaced with fresh berries (although I prefer fresh). Simple thaw them prior to using and pick up unsweetened berries. This will allow you to adjust the sweetness to your preference.
Can raspberry syrup be frozen?
For best results freeze the syrup in a an airtight freezer container. First, ensure the syrup is at room temperature, then allow enough space in the container for the liquid to expand. This can be kept frozen for a couple of months. To use, let defrost in the refrigerator prior to enjoying a second time.
Is raspberry syrup vegan?
As long as the sweetener used in the syrup is not made with honey or sugar cane, then this syrup can easily be suitable for vegan diets. Some popular sweeteners are agave, maple syrup, stevia, xylitol or monk fruit in the raw.
Can raspberry syrup be made without sugar?
To make this syrup sugar free, sweeten the syrup with stevia, erythritol or a mix of the two.
Fresh Raspberry Syrup for Drinks
Easy homemade raspberry syrup made with fresh fruit. Enjoy in drinks like soda or cocktails.
- 2 cup water, filtered
- 1 cup granulated sugar or sugar alternative for sugar free option
- 12 ounce fresh raspberries, rinsed
In a small saucepan add water and sugar and cook on medium-high heat until sweetener 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.
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.
For a sugar free syrup, replace granulated sugar with a sugar alternative like erythritol, stevia, Truvia or monk fruit.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g
Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.
Love making your own syrups? Try making your own sugar-free grenadine syrup!
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YUM! This is a fun way to add a beautiful color and flavor to Valentine’s Day cocktails!! The flavor is terrific.
Do you simmer with the lid on or off? Does this make a difference to the end product?
I simmer with the lid off. You can simmer with the lid on, but it may boil over with the heat trapped in the pan. Ultimately, the syrup will taste the same.
I just want to let you know that while I was trying to read the raspberry syrup recipe, three different pop ups blocked my view. One was a video on how to make a different dish, one was a newsletter request, one was a “block or allow” notification request. I thought you’d want to know as it might deter new readers.
Hi Leanne! Thank you for letting me know. I am aware of the first two pop-ups, but not the third. I will check into that. Thank you for writing. Sandra
Can this syrup be frozen?
Hi Sheila! I haven’t tried it, but I bet it will be fine if you do!
Love this to mix with tonic. I took soda off my shopping list a few years ago too. I don’t miss soda, but I do miss having something besides water all the time!
Yum I love this! I don’t drink soda, but love sparkling water and this is the perfect addition! Such a pretty color 🙂
Michaela - An Affair from the Heart
Raspberries are my FAVORITE!! This sounds fantastic!
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
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! 🙂
justine @ Full Belly Sisters
Gorgeous and simple—that’s my kind of recipe!
Not a big soda drinker either, but with this syrup and some carbonated water, I could make a go for a homemade one!
What a great syrup to have on hand! Im thinking up many uses for it! Thanks for sharing!
Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet
This syrup looks amazing! I love raspberries!
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama
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!
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!
This would be fun to add to cocktails! And very pretty too!
Yes it is! I’ve already test tested a cocktail! Coming soon 🙂
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.
Perfect for mixing with cocktails! I love it for that!
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.
That’s a great idea! I think I’ll freeze some syrup to test it out 🙂
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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!
My husband drinks a lot of iced tea and he added some syrup and loved it!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
We’ve been eating raspberries like crazy around here lately! This syrup is such a great idea!!
So have we! I can’t pass them up, especially since they’ve been on sale 🙂
Oh yum! This looks very good. I love making my own fruit syrup. This would make a great punch drink.
Now that’s a GREAT idea for my next gathering!
What a lovely sounding recipe, I can’t wait for soft fruit season to roll back around, will definitely make this when it does!
I forget that I live in an area where fruits are abundant year round! I hope you do give this a try.
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!
That’s what I have been using it for. So tasty 🙂
Now I’m thinking how can I use this syrup! lovely, very raspberry,its my favorite fruit 🙂
And it’s so easy to make! Hope you try this soon!
Ginger and Scotch
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).
Oh, I wish I could send you some raspberries! They’re 2 for $5 right now in California!
Rachel @ Simple Seasonal
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.”
We can get real creative with the flavors when we make our own soda beverages!