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Very Berry Syrup

We all know what today is. It's Cinco de Mayo. I won't even mince words. Let's get our margarita drink on something awful. Let's make some bad decisions and mull them over aspirin by the water cooler tomorrow.


  • 1 1/4 cup of strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup of blueberries or small berry of choice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • splash of vanilla extract


  • On high, blend the berries and water until the berries are pureed.
  • In a medium saucepan combine pureed berries, sugar, and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, and the liquid is somewhat translucent, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain the liquid into a medium bowl. Squeeze the pureed fruit to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the fruit or use it for jam.
  • Add the strained liquid to your saucepan and simmer over very low heat for another 10 minutes or so. The mixture should be slightly thick and syrupy and will thicken more as it cools.
  • Makes about 1 cup of concentrated syrup.