But a mom's got to have a few surprises. A trick up her sleeve that she can bring out on a rainy day when the kids get a bit squirrely or on a sunny summer afternoon when everyone's having a bit of fun. This simple syrup is one of my tricks.
Blackberry Simple Syrup
Makes about 1 1/2 cups syrup.
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This is called simple syrup because it's so darn simple. I've given you a few variations that I've tried here, but experiment with it freely. Beyond the sodas and mixed drinks, I can see this syrup livening up a glass of lemonade to sip on a hot summer day. And of course, you could substitute the blackberries for raspberries or blueberries.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup blackberries
In a medium sauce pot, stir together the sugar, water and berries. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Let simmer until the sugar has dissolved and the berries softened. Remove from heat. Let the mixture sit until cooled. Strain the syrup into a jar, pressing as much as you can out of the blackberries.
For the blackberry soda: Pour two tablespoons of syrup into a glass. Add a few ice cubes. Top with sparkling water or club soda. Serve immediately.
For blackberry margaritas: Follow this fantastic recipe from the Galley Gourmet to make 8 drinks to share with your friends..
1 recipe blackberry syrup
1 cup agave blanco tequila
3/4 cup Cointreau or triple sec
3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
handful of blackberries
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender. Pour into glasses that have been rimmed with a mixture of salt and sugar (use 3/4 tsp coarse salt and 1/2 tbs sugar) and top with a wedge of lime.
For blackberry mojitos: Follow your favorite recipe, using a few blackberries muddled with the mint and substituting the blackberry syrup for the plain simple syrup.