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Everyone who has ever been skiing in Tyrol knows it, ski water. An important ingredient of the pink drink is raspberry syrup. Due to its distinctive taste, raspberry syrup is often mixed with other drinks and is increasingly present for mixing at parties, for example.

Since raspberry syrup has been produced for many years and the number of different varieties continues to increase due to trends such as organic products, it can happen that you quickly lose track and buy just any raspberry syrup at random. So that you don’t do that, we have created this guide for you together with our recommendations.




Summary

  • Raspberry syrup usually consists mainly of sugar and water. Often, other fruit juices are also mixed in, which slightly change the colour and taste.
  • There are sugar-free types of raspberry syrup that still contain small amounts of fructose, but no additional sugar has been added.
  • Since raspberry syrup is mixed for drinking, there are extra liquid varieties that are easier to mix by reducing the fruit content.

The best Raspberry Syrup: Our Picks

In this section, we have compiled a list of products that we would like to recommend to you. They should make your choice easier by giving you an overview of the different varieties so that you can find the one that suits you best.

Buying and evaluation criteria for raspberry syrup

So that you know how to evaluate raspberry syrup from different manufacturers for your next purchase, we have listed the most important buying criteria for you here.

We will now look at these criteria in more detail so that you know what to look for.

Raspberry content

An important difference in raspberry syrup is the proportion of raspberries. The more raspberry juice the syrup contains, the fewer flavourings it contains and the thicker it usually is.

In the case of bar syrup, syrup intended for mixing cocktails at the bar, the fruit content is particularly low. In return, the water content is increased in such syrup, which makes the raspberry syrup less viscous and thus faster and easier to mix.

If you want particularly thin raspberry syrup, because it is easy to mix, you should therefore go for raspberry syrup with a lower raspberry content.

Sugar content

Sugar traditionally makes up the largest proportion of raspberry syrup. Sugar still tops the list of ingredients in many types of raspberry syrup. But now there are also raspberry syrups that advertise 0% sugar.

Since there is raspberry juice in the syrup, it contains fructose, even though it calls itself “sugar-free”. However, berries have a low fructose content, so such raspberry syrup is considered suitable for diabetics. The big disadvantage of a “sugar-free” syrup, however, is the numerous sweeteners that are used instead.

Adding other fruits

A common practice with raspberry syrup is to add other fruits such as grape juice, apple juice, elderberry juice or black carrot juice.

These are used to change the flavour and in the case of elderberries, for example, also to affect the colour. The use of such fruits is often only indicated in the list of ingredients, even if they contain more than 8%. The name and label do not indicate this.

This only happens when the raspberry syrup is sold as a mixed syrup. But even with mixed syrup, it is important to check which fruits are in the syrup. For example, a raspberry-lemon syrup can consist of 10% raspberry juice, 4% lemon juice but also 10% apple juice.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about raspberry syrup answered in detail

Below, we aim to answer the most frequently asked questions about raspberry syrup so you know everything you need to know to choose your next raspberry syrup.

What is raspberry syrup?

Originally, raspberry syrup is reduced raspberry juice, with water and sugar added to soften the strong flavour. Nowadays, raspberry syrup consists mainly of sugar and water. During production, a sugar syrup is mixed with raspberry juice.

Raspberry syrup with a particularly low fruit content is used for mixing cocktails, as it is more liquid and therefore easier to mix. (Image source: Riccardo Andolfo / Unsplash)

Raspberry syrup is often not used on its own. As an ingredient in cooking or baking, or as part of a drink mix. You can also mix raspberry syrup with water and drink it.

What types of raspberry syrup are there?

Raspberry syrup can be divided into different types according to various criteria. Classic raspberry syrup has a high sugar content and a fruit content of about 20-25%.

In contrast, there are syrup varieties that have a significantly higher or lower fruit content. The lower the fruit juice content, the more liquid the syrup usually is.

A raspberry syrup for baking or making ice cream can be much more viscous and less sweet than a raspberry syrup for mixing drinks.

A bar raspberry syrup is accordingly particularly sweet and thin-bodied in order to mix well with the alcohol and drown out the alcoholic taste.

Another way of distinguishing is the sugar content, which divides raspberry syrup into 2 groups. Raspberry syrup without sugar and raspberry syrup whose main ingredient is sugar. Raspberry syrup without sugar is tolerated by diabetics despite the fructose in the raspberry juice, but it has a lot of sweeteners.

What goes well with raspberry syrup?

One of the best-known mixed drinks with raspberry syrup is ski water. Raspberry syrup is also used in various long drinks and cocktails. The strong sweet taste is well suited for mixing with other strong flavours, such as alcoholic drinks.

If you want to mix your own cocktail, whether professionally with a cocktail set or without, we recommend more neutral-tasting drinks such as vodka, sparkling wine or prosecco.

As raspberry syrup has a very dominant flavour, it should be used as the main flavour or only in very small quantities. It is well suited as a base for sweet soft drinks.

A soft drink with raspberry juice and lemon is a classic example. If you have a water bubbler, you can mix your soft drink with carbon dioxide to round off the tangy taste.

Conclusion

Raspberry syrup is a good way to bring the raspberry flavour into many different drinks. The sweetness makes it particularly suitable for soft drinks. The syrup is also a treat in baking or on ice cream. For diabetics, there is raspberry syrup without added sugar.

When buying raspberry syrup, the intended use plays an important role. If the syrup is to be used more in the kitchen, a thicker syrup with a higher fruit content may be suitable, while a more liquid one with a lower fruit content is more suitable for mixing. If you want to do both with it, then you are well advised to use something in between.

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