Apple-Plum Fruit Syrup

This sweet and fruity syrup can be used to make fruit flavored drinks. It’s very sweet and delicious, and you can infuse it with any fruit you want to. My recipe uses apples and plums, but pineapples, pears, peaches, strawberries and grapes work equally as well.

Sweet and delicious fruit syrup is a simple combination of rock sugar and fruit that is let to age until the sugar melts and is thoroughly infused with fruit flavor.  It can be used to flavor teas or drinks, as a dessert topping, or mixed into other drinks to add a sweet fruity flavor.  In Japan we use “ice sugar”, which as the name implies, are the size of small ice cubes.  The same sugar is also fermented with fruit and clear alcohol to make flavored liquors such as “umeshu” (plum liquor).

Apple-Plum Fruit Syrup

Make sure to experiment with other fruits as well to make a variety of syrups.  After the syrup is finished, you can remove the fruit and store the syrup in the refrigerator.

10 Minutes 2 1/2 Cups
PREP 10 Minutes
YIELD 2 1/2 Cups


  • 2 Red or Golden Delicious Apples, cored
  • 3 red Plums
  • 420 grams of ice sugar (large rock sugar)
  • 3 drops of liquid red food coloring (optional)


  • Prepare the fruit: Slice each cored apple and plum into eight equal pieces.  Layer the sugar and the fruit in a large glass container that can be sealed.

  • Seal: Seal the jar and sit at room temperature for 4-5 days, until the sugar is completely melted.  Each day shake the bottle to ensure the ingredients are well combined.
Fruit and Sugar after 24 hours
  • Refrigerate: Refrigerate the sealed jar for one week. Unseal the jar and remove the fruit.  Add red food coloring if desired.
  • Serve: The syrup can be used to make fruit tea or added to carbonated water to make your own soft drink. Unused syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for three months.


  • Unused syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three months.
  • The red food coloring is optional.  The syrup will have an orange tinge if the coloring is not used.
  • There are many ways to use fruit syrups.  Be creative and enjoy!

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