It's the peak of strawberry season, and what better way to celebrate than with a homemade strawberry syrup recipe! This sweet syrup is a great way to add a burst of luscious, fruity flavor to your favorite drinks and desserts. Get ready to impress your taste buds with this fun and easy recipe that will have you savoring the taste of summer all year long!
⭐ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Have you ever wanted to easily add fruity, juicy flavor to your craft cocktails, stack of pancakes or cake layers? Then you’ll love this simple strawberry syrup recipe! Not only is it easy to make with just 3 ingredients, but it’s a perfect fit for classic cocktails like a strawberry margarita added to an angel food cake, or a strawberry lemonade. It's can also add a bit of sweetness to marinades, glazes, passion fruit ice cream and more.
In this post you'll learn why this syrup filled with fresh flavors is a must-try ingredient, different ways to use it after it goes through a gentle boil, and how to infuse it with unique flavors. So, let's dive in and explore the sweet world of strawberry simple syrup!,
Want to experiment with more of your own simple syrup infusions? Check out these 15+ Flavored Simple Syrup Recipes for more fun creations!
❓ What is simple syrup
The basic creation of simple syrup is to simmer equal parts sugar and water together. After the sugar dissolves, the mixture becomes thick and viscous. It’s a sweet ingredient that can add balance and a delicious way to add flavor to your favorite strawberry cocktails, hot tea, mocktails, whipped cream, cakes, and more! Alternate berry syrups to try can be made with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries!
To make strawberry simple syrup, you'll need just a few simple ingredients that are likely already in your pantry or fridge. Here's what you'll need if you're heading to the grocery store:
- Water - Use regular tap water or take the flavor up a notch with filtered water.
- Sugar - Granulated sugar is best here for strawberry syrup. You can use regular white sugar or turbinado sugar, caster sugar, or demerara sugar for a deeper color and flavor profile.
- Fresh Strawberries - You're welcome to use fresh or frozen strawberries, depending on what you have on hand for this easy recipe! Using fresh strawberries will give you a brighter and more intense pure flavor in your fresh strawberry syrup, whereas frozen strawberries will work as well and are a great option if you're making this syrup when strawberries are not in season.
Making this strawberry simple syrup recipe (or really any plain simple syrup) is a snap. All you need are basic kitchen tools before making cocktail recipes with a cocktail shaker. Here’s what I suggest you grab for making this homemade syrup for your favorite drinks
- Saucepan - Every kitchen needs a small saucepan. If possible, splurge a little bit for one with a heavy bottom — it’ll last much longer than cheap versions and will also help to minimize the chance of scorching.
- Mesh Strainer - You’re welcome to fish out the strawberries using a slotted spoon if you prefer, but placing the mesh strainer over the funnel leading into your squeeze bottle is the quickest, most direct method I’ve tried.
- Squeeze Bottle & Funnel - These are optional, but they are the easiest way I know how to store simple syrup without making a sticky mess of your fridge. The squeeze bottle also makes it easy to measure exactly what you need. You’re also welcome to use a mason jar, delitainer, or any other container with a tight-fitting lid.
📖 Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Make the simple syrup. Simmer the equal parts water and sugar together in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Step 2: Infuse with muddled strawberries. Toss in the muddled strawberries and continue heating for about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Strain the hot syrup with a fine mesh sieve or fine mesh strainer and enjoy! You can strain the solids from the syrup once the syrup cools.
Step 4: Use the tasty strawberry syrup right away or allow it to cool to room temperature and bottle it for later.
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips
- Steep for at least an hour. The longer you steep, the more rich flavor you’ll extract from the broken down berries and get a sweet strawberry flavor.
- Wrap it up as a charming and thoughtful hostess or housewarming gift to take with you at your next get together with the makings of a strawberry mojito!
- Use a squeeze bottle for storage. Your kitchen will stay cleaner for it, which is always a bonus. All the easier to add into your ice cream sundae, strawberry lemonade, favorite cocktails, or as a liquid sweetener for your homemade italian soda!
- Add other flavors like cinnamon, vanilla, fresh herbs like rosemary or spices like cardamom!
- Try using organic demerara sugar instead of cane sugar to mix the flavors up!
❓ How to use this fruity simple syrup
The best way to use strawberry syrup made with juicy fresh berries is in your favorite beverages or cocktails. Up your cocktail game by adding infused simple syrup in my Tequila Honey Bee Margarita or add a little to these Coconut Pineapple Margaritas instead.
You can use this syrup anywhere you need an extra boost of flavor, such as:
- In passion fruit mojitos, martinis, and gin gimlets and iced tea.
- Pour into an ice cream base for extra flavor
- A great addition to stir into creative mocktail recipes or added to sparkling water for a strawberry soday.
- Drizzle over waffles, pancakes, savory crepes, and french toast instead of maple syrup.
- In marinades or sauces for grilled meat and vegetables.
- In glazes for fruit salads, dinner rolls, and savory quick breads.
💭 Recipe FAQs
Simply transfer it into a clean glass jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid and store it in the refrigerator for up to a month. Make sure the airtight container is clean and dry before pouring in the syrup to prevent any mold or bacteria growth.
If properly refrigerated, this homemade syrup should last for at least a month in the fridge.
A great way to prolong the lifespan of your syrup is to add a splash of vodka or other clear spirits to the mixture. The alcohol acts as a preservative, slowing down the spoilage process and helping the syrup last for up to six months in the fridge. Just keep in mind that the addition of liquor may alter the taste of your syrup, so adjust the amount accordingly!
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Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup (240 g) Water
- 1 cup (200 g) Granulated Sugar
- ½ cup (72 g) Strawberries, sliced into small pieces
- Pour your measured water and sugar into a saucepan and heat on medium1 cup Water, 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- Cook, stirring the mixture until your sugar has completely dissolved.
- Add slices strawberries and continue simmering for about 5 minutes before removing from heat½ cup Strawberries
- Allow syrup to infuse for half an hour as the simple syrup cools completely
- Strain syrup into an airtight container and store in the fridge