5 Steps on How to Make The Ribena / Blackcurrant Syrup

Ribena has been one of children's all-time favorites for generations, especially in the United Kingdom. This syrup, which is usually diluted in water, is a popular refreshment that all the family will enjoy. Though you can buy it in most shops, you may want to choose a healthier version with no additives.

As you may know, Ribena is basically a syrup made with blackcurrant, so to make this recipe at home, we'll follow similar steps as those we use to make regular syrup.

If you want to learn how to make ribena juice from the fruit, take a look at this OneHowTo recipe and enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 portions of How to Make Ribena Juice from the Fruit:

things you will need to carry out the procedure
  • 500g Blackcurrants/Ribena
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 300ml water Saucepan
  • Bowl
  • Sieve
  • Sterilized jars
  • Spatula

Blackcurrant is an excellent berry that not only tastes well, it has several health benefits such as being great to treat colds and fevers as well as being one of the best remedies against the symptoms of PMS.

Taking blackcurrant juice will also help in reducing the pain in people with arthritis and boost your immune system, so make sure you enjoy all of the benefits of your homemade blackcurrant juice!


Once you have cleaned your blackcurrants properly and made sure there are no loose twigs or leaves, the first step to make Ribena juice from the fruit is to pour the blackcurrants and the water in a bowl or dish that will fit over a saucepan to do a bain marie. Once the blackcurrants have softened, gently squash them with a fork or similar while they simmer for around an hour to let the juice out.


Once the blackcurrants have turned into juice, use a sieve or similar utensil to make sure only the juice is extracted. Make sure you get one pint of blackcurrant juice to adjust to the sugar measurements. Repeat the procedure if you need more juice.


The next step will be to add the pint of blackcurrant juice to a saucepan with the 300g of sugar. Cook the mixture on low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Make sure you keep stirring every now and them to make sure the sugar doesn't solidify on the saucepan's sides.


Pour the blackcurrant syrup in previously sterilized jars or bottles and let the mixture cool down completely. Once it's cold, you can put the top on safely and store it in the fridge for as long as two months if you like.

To use it, dilute a spoonful of your homemade Ribena juice in a glass of water. Now you can enjoy your own blackcurrant syrup beverage at home!

A completed blackcurrant syrup & beverage

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