Blueberry Vanilla Bean Syrup

August 11, 2013

One of my favorite things in life is a bubbly drink. At the core of me, I absolutely love carbonation.

Unfortunately, most sodas have all kinds of junk in them. Mostly bad junk that I can’t pronounce and don’t really want to put in my body on a regular basis.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Make your own syrups.

I’ve been a proponent of making syrups for quite some time. It’s super easy and you can be really creative with the combinations. Like today’s Blueberry Vanilla Bean Syrup. Add it to sparkling water and you’ve got yourself a sweet, bubbly treat.

Blueberry Vanilla Bean Syrup

1 pint blueberries, rinsed
1/4 vanilla bean
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Start by scraping the vanilla bean seeds into a medium saucepan. Next, add all of the ingredients, including the scrapped vanilla bean.

Heat the mixture at medium low heat, stirring occasionally. You’ll notice the berries break down pretty quickly. Cook the mixture for 20-30 minutes. The longer you cook it, the thicker the syrup.

Carefully run the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, pressing to release all of the juices. Refrigerate in an airtight container.

Use in drinks, on pancakes, you name it!


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