Strawberry Simple Syrup

This 3-ingredient homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup comes in handy when you want to add a burst of sweet, juicy strawberry flavor to iced drinks, cocktails, smoothies, strawberry shortcakes, and just about any drinks and treats you like enhanced with strawberry flavor.

strawberry simple syrup in a glas jar on a countertop with strawberries

This simple syrup is made with fresh strawberries, sugar, and water and is the perfect way to make just about anything strawberry-flavored!

You should learn how to make strawberry simple because:

  • Only 3 ingredients (water, strawberries, and sugar).
  • Great way to extend the shelf-life of fresh strawberries.
  • Strawberry-flavored iced teas, lemonades, cocktails, and mocktails are everyone’s favorite!
  • For strawberry shortcake!
  • AMAZING with pancakes, waffles, ice cream, yogurt, and much more.

With these step-by-step instructions, you’ll have strawberry syrup ready in minutes. So pick out your strawberries, and let’s do it!


๐Ÿ“ Ingredients

A few notes about what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Strawberries – You can use fresh or frozen strawberries. If strawberries aren’t in season, go with frozen as you can guarantee they were picked at their prime. No need to thaw. Frozen berries will take another minute or two to cook down and get juicy.
  • Water โ€“ As sugar dissolves, the water thickens into a sweet syrup. If possible, use filtered or distilled water for the purest flavor and to reduce the risk of bacterial growth during storage.
  • Sugar โ€“ Granulated sugar or caster sugar work best, as the granules are tiny and dissolve quickly.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Recommended tools: For this DIY syrup, youโ€™ll need a small saucepan and a glass jar or bottle for storage. You’ll also need a fine-mesh sieve to strain the strawberries.

bowls of fresh strawberries, granulated sugar, and water on a white table for strawberry syrup

๐Ÿฅฃ How to make (step-by-step photos)

1๏ธโƒฃ Step One: Dissolve sugar

Combine water, strawberries, and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves and the strawberries begin to break down and release their juices


2๏ธโƒฃ Step Two: Press strawberries

Once the liquid thickens into a sticky syrup, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve. To press out more juice and flavor, use a cocktail muddler to muddle the pulp, and then strain again. Finally, add the juice to the syrup.


3๏ธโƒฃ Step Three: Cool and store

Let cool, then pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle and keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. To freeze, freeze the syrup in ice cube trays. Then, store the cubes in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to six months.

a white saucepan with water, sugar, and strawberries to make strawberry syrup

โ” Questions + quick tips

Can you make strawberry syrup with extract instead of fresh strawberries?

Technically, yes, but there’s a big difference between the fresh strawberry flavor and artificial strawberries. For every cup of simple syrup made with a 1:1 sugar to water ratio, add 1 teaspoon of raspberry extract.

How do you make keto strawberry syrup?

To make a sugar-free version, replace regular sugar with an allulose granulated sweetener. You can also use monk fruit or erythritol with 1/8th teaspoon of xantham gum to help thicken into a syrup. Check out this keto simple syrupย guide for more info.

Can I buy strawberry simple?

DIY syrup infusions are encouraged. As for store-bought syrup, “Monin,” โ€œTorani,โ€ & โ€œRosesโ€ are also good brand name options.

๐ŸŒฟ Variations

Want to spruce up this syrup? Here are a few ways to make strawberry syrup even better.

  • Enhance with fresh herbs: Add sprigs of fresh basil, mint, or rosemary to the saucepan for added botanical flavor.
  • Dessert flavors and spice: Add strawberry juice to vanilla simple syrup for an extra sweet, cream-like flavor. Add star anise, cinnamon, or nutmeg to the saucepan for a touch of warming flavor.
  • Brown sugar: You can also make this with brown sugar. The added molasses will create a syrup with a richer, caramelized flavor.
strawberry-infused syrup in a glass jar on a white countertop

๐Ÿน Ways to use it

Let’s start with cooking uses. Add a splash of strawberry syrup to all of your favorites:

  • Emulsify into salad dressings for sweet berry flavor.
  • A topping for muffins, pancakes, waffles, crepes, yogurt, and oatmeal.
  • Enhance desserts. Drizzle over strawberry cheesecake, shortcake, pie, sundaes, etc.

Now for the drinks! Add a drizzle to your favorite drinks:

  • Stir into sparkling water, club soda, lemonade, and iced tea.
  • Add to strawberry almond milk for extra strawberry flavor.

It’s also great in cocktails. See below for easy recipes with strawberry simple syrup.

  • Strawberry Margaritas โ€“ Shake 1.5 ounces of tequila, a splash of strawberry syrup, and freshly squeezed lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Then, strain into a tall salt-rimmed glass of fresh ice.
  • Strawberry Martinis โ€“ Add 2 ounces of strawberry vodka, 1 ounce of strawberry syrup, a splash of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
  • Mimosas โ€“ Sweeten up champagne or prosecco with strawberry syrup.

๐ŸงŠ How to store

Before storing, let simple cool completely to room temperature. Also, be sure to use sanitized jars to prevent bacteria growth.

  1. Refrigerator Storage: After cooling, store in the fridge for up 2 weeks.
  2. Freezer Storage: Freeze in small plastic containers or ice cube trays for up to 6 months.
homemade strawberry simple in a glass jar on a table with fresh strawberries

๐Ÿ‰ More fresh fruit simple syrup recipes

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Strawberry Simple Syrup

A Blissful Sip
If you love strawberries, you'll find lots of ways to use this homemade strawberry simple syrup. It's perfect for adding juicy strawberry flavor to lemonade, mocktails, cocktails, baked goods, sundaes, and more.
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Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Course Simple Syrups
Cuisine American
Servings 16 tablespoons
Calories 51 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Small Saucepan
  • 1 fine mesh sieve
  • 1 glass jar or bottle
  • 1 cocktail muddler

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup water filtered or distilled
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions
 

  • Combine water, sliced strawberries, and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat (about 5 minutes).
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the sugar dissolves and the strawberries begin to break down and release their juices (about 5 minutes).
  • Once the liquid thickens into a sticky syrup, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve, reserving the strawberry juice.
  • To press out more juice and flavor, use a cocktail muddler to muddle the pulp, and then strain once more. Add the extra juice to the syrup.
  • Let cool, then pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle and keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks
  • To freeze, freeze the syrup in ice cube trays. Then, store the cubes in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to six months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 51kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 14mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
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