Blackberry Simple Syrup

Hello, Modest Lifers.

Earlier in the month we picked blackberries and I had far more than we could eat before they went bad. I made some blackberry simple syrup and I froze some of the black berries, we will still have fresh picked blackberries later in the year when I get around to making a blackberry cobbler.

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I was in the process of planning Drew’s 30th birthday party and I decided to make some blackberry sweet tea to bring a little southern flavor to the party, I am a southern girl after all. So I pulled out a pot and my blackberries and I got to work. The whole process takes about an 40 minutes not including the cooling time.

What you will need:

  • Blackberries
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Mason Jars and Lids
  • Pot
  • Large spoon

Ingredients:

2 cups of blackberries

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of water

Directions:

Bring water to a near boil and reduce heat. It is important not to let the water come to a rolling boil or you will lose some of your water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved, this won’t take long because the water is hot. Add blackberries and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. I like a strongly flavored syrup, so I press my berries and simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Press the berries again and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain and mash berries into a mason jar. You want to get all the juice that you can into the jar which shouldn’t be very hard since your berries should be falling apart by now. Seal your jar and store in the refrigerator.

 

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You want to do your straining and mashing in the sink or in a large bowl for easy clean-up.

This is technically a rich syrup because it has more sugar than water. Rich syrups can be stored in the refrigerator up to 6 months, however I recommend making only what you can use in a months time because if not stored properly a syrup with fruit added will mold. Now that we have covered all of that, go make yourself some good ol’ southern blackberry sweet tea.

Blackberry Sweet Tea

11 cups of water

5 tea bags Luzianne

Blackberry Simple Syrup

2-3 cups of sugar

Directions:

Bring 11 cups of water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add 5 tea bags, let steep. The box said something like 3 minutes but, I let mine steep until the tea cooled enough to drink and then squeezed the bags and threw them away. Add 2 cups of sugar and stir until dissolved, it won’t be very sweet but it will allow you to use less of the simple syrup. Add blackberry simple syrup to taste if you want a sweeter tea you may need to use more sugar, the simple syrup in this instance is more for the blackberry flavor than sweetening. Transfer to pitcher and let chill in refrigerator. Once it’s cold pour yourself a glass and ENJOY.

 

 

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