Timber 2 Table - Blackberry-Lemon Simple Syrup for Blackberry Old Fashioned Cocktail

This blackberry-lemon simple syrup is the perfect addition to your next cocktail

Blackberry-Lemon Simple Syrup for Blackberry Old Fashioned Cocktail

10 Min

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time



Anytime I find myself with a few blackberries that might be a bit past their prime, I like to use them to make a simple syrup. This one combines blackberries with lemon for a refreshing sweet and tart combination. Since the fruit gets mashed to make the syrup, it doesn't matter if it happens to be a bit to soft for eating by itself.

Use the simple syrup to make this refreshing Blackberry Old Fashioned cocktail.

What can you do with a blackberry simple syrup? Use it to make a refreshingly fruity Old Fashioned cocktail that is perfect for warm summer evenings. This recipe makes just over a quart of simple syrup. I put it in mason jars and store it in the refrigerator. It makes a great gift for cocktail loving friends.

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2 cups blackberries

3 whole lemons, sliced

3 cups water

3 cups sugar

Blackberry Old Fashioned

2 ounces Evan Williams Outdoorsman Bourbon

1 ounce Blackberry-Lemon Simple Syrup

3-5 dashes of Angostura Bitters

1 large ice cube

Whole blackberries for garnish

Cooking Instructions

Add the water, sugar, blackberries, and lemon to a medium saucepan.

Add the sliced lemon and blackberries to a saucepan.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Use a wooden spoon to smash the berries. Stir frequently as the syrup simmers for 7 to 10 minutes.

Add the water and sugar to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil.

Pour the mixture through a wire mesh strainer to filter out blackberry seeds and lemon slices. Use the back of a wooden spoon to push the liquid through the strainer.

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh to remove seeds and pulp.

Pour into jars and allow to cool. Then screw on jar lids and refrigerate.

Add the simple syrup to jars and store them in the refrigerator.

To make the Blackberry-Lemon Old Fashioned, add a large cube of ice to a Realtree Whiskey Glass. Add the bitters. Pour in two ounces of bourbon, followed by one ounce of blackberry-lemon simple syrup. Stir to combine and chill. Garnish with a whole blackberry or two on a cocktail pick.