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Balsamic Berry Sauce

Fresh summer mixed berry sauce with balsamic vinegar for ice cream, cheesecake, pancakes, desserts and so much more.

Closeup of spoonful of sauce.

We moved from Chicago about 23 years ago, leaving behind family and great friends.  Two such friends were Carol and her husband Gary.  My husband was friends with them for a long time and when we married I got to know them both.

You know how that is, he got to know my friends and I got to know his crowd.  Carol unexpectedly passed away this past January.  I wanted to share a few recipes from Carol in her honor.

Balsamic berry sauce over ice cream, sauce in bottle in background.

Carol loved to cook and entertain.  She was a natural.  It was effortless for her, she never stressed and the evening was always such a delight -- great food, great conversation and great company.  I thought she was one of the best cooks I'd ever met and I often asked how she made all the dishes she put together.

Mixed berried in yellow colander.

I, too, liked to entertain but was always too nervous to ask them over and cook for them so we always went out to eat.  She told me once that people are afraid to have her over because they are intimidated by her and think she won't like the food.  She always said it's not the food, it's being with good friends and sharing a meal together.  She liked to be the guest too!

Berries and ingredients in bowl of food processor.

Once when we were over for dinner, Carol made a berry sauce that we had over ice cream for dessert.  It was so good and I kept asking how she made it.  Several weeks later, we were out for dinner with Carol and Gary and I asked about that berry sauce again.  She grabbed an appetizer card off the table and jotted down the ingredients, and her phone number if I had any questions.

Balsamic berry sauce in white bowl with spoon.

Well I still have that recipe card from the restaurant table for Polenta con FunghiI pulled it out the other day to make for the Fourth of July weekend.  I had some difficulty reading her writing but it all came back to me.

I can still remember her telling me how to make this delicious balsamic berry sauce so many years ago at a little Italian restaurant in Chicago.  We had it over cheesecake and my daughter had some spooned over ice cream in a waffle cone cup.  Made me smile and think of her.  Enjoy.  Kelly🍴🐦

Berry sauce over ice cream.

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UPDATED: Originally published in July, 2015 and recently updated in June, 2020, with no changes to original recipe, just spruced things up a bit with new photos and minor copy changes.

Closeup of spoonful of sauce.

Balsamic Berry Sauce

Fresh summer mixed berry sauce with balsamic vinegar for ice cream, desserts, pancakes, and so much more.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 80kcal


  • 1 quart mixed berries (see note below) (I used 2 heaping cups strawberries, 1 cup blueberries and 1 cup raspberries)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½-1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or more to taste (I used 3 tablespoons)


  • Put washed and hulled berries in bowl of food processor. Add remaining ingredients and puree to desired consistency. I pureed it smooth but you can leave it a little chunky if you like.
  • Chill. Serve over ice cream, cheesecake, pound cake or good Greek yogurt.

Recipe Notes

  • I used the following package sizes: 16-oz. strawberries, 6-oz. blueberries, 6-oz. raspberries.
  • You can also use blackberries.
  • Store covered in refrigerator.
  • Serve over ice cream, cheesecake, pancakes, waffles, yogurt... with scones, muffins. Whatever sounds good!


Calories: 80kcal Carbohydrates: 19g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 3mg Potassium: 73mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 14g Vitamin A: 54IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 12mg Iron: 1mg
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Monday 11th of July 2022

This is great and so easy! Can you freeze it?


Friday 3rd of July 2020

It's berry, berry good!