Simple Blueberry Basil Syrup Recipe

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How to make blueberry basil simple syrup

Crafted from cane sugar and aromatic basil, this delightful blueberry basil simple syrup has a fresh flavor profile. Drizzle it over ice cream, pour it onto pancakes, or mix it into your favorite beverage for a delightful twist.

A few weeks ago we drove south to visit my parents and grandparents. They have a wonderful place in the country, and my Grandaddy is always sure to offer us plants and food from his garden when we visit.

We brought back some blueberries from his bushes. While I’ve enjoyed adding them to smoothies over the past few weeks, I felt a craving for something different. I experimented by combining the blueberries with basil from my garden. The outcome? Delicious!

How to make blueberry basil simple syrup for ice cream and cocktails with fresh blueberries and basil
Fresh blueberries and basil

Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • Blueberries
  • Water
  • Cane sugar
  • Basil leaves
  • Lemon juice

Ingredients for blueberry basil simple syrup

How to Make Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup

  1. In a large pot, combine blueberries, basil, water, lemon juice, and sugar.
  2. Place the pot over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid, and continue to simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Using a strainer, pour the berry and basil mixture into a bowl, pressing the berries to extract more juice.
  5. Refrigerate any leftover syrup for up to 1 week.
A pot of blueberries and fresh basil
Blueberry basil simple syrup before it is strained

The syrup is pleasantly sweet the fresh, with an aftertaste of basil. Serve warm over ice cream, drizzle over a grilled cheese, layer on pancakes, or create a drink with sparkling water and ice!

Simple blueberry basil syrup recipe

Frequently Asked Questions about Making Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup 

What can I use blueberry basil simple syrup for?

Blueberry basil simple syrup can be used in various ways. You can drizzle it over desserts like ice cream or pancakes, mix it into cocktails or mocktails, or use it as a flavoring for yogurt or oatmeal.

Do I have to use basil, or can I substitute it with another herb?

Basil adds a unique slightly savory flavor to the syrup, but you can experiment with other herbs like mint or thyme if you prefer.

Can I adjust the sweetness of the syrup?

Yes! You can adjust the sweetness of the syrup by adding more or less cane sugar according to your taste preferences.

How to make blueberry basil simple syrup for ice cream and cocktails with fresh blueberries and basil
Blueberry basil simple syrup recipe for ice cream and cocktails with fresh blueberries and basil
Yield: 1 cup

Blueberry Simple Syrup with Basil

Blueberry Simple Syrup with Basil

This homemade blueberry syrup with basil is made with cane sugar and fresh basil. Fresh, delicious, and easy to make. Serve the basil syrup over ice cream, on pancakes, or mixed in a drink.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 10-15 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


    1. In a large pot mix together blueberries, basil, water, lemon juice and sugar.

    2. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

    3. Reduce to a simmer with lid, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes.

    4. Pour berry/basil mixture through a strainer into a bowl, mashing berries to get more juice.


 Refrigerate leftover syrup for up to 1 week.

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  1. There are so many delicious ways I could use this syrup! It looks yummy on ice cream, but it would also be great for drizzling over angel food cake or maybe even using in a cocktail!

  2. O I love blueberry basil! I make an amazing blueberry basil hummus when I have some nice fresh berries and basil on hand!

  3. I would have never thought of mixing the two, but it sounds like it would make the most delicious combo. My husband and I are ice cream lovers AND have a basil plant. I think this recipe will definitely be used this summer.

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