This homemade strawberry simple syrup recipe will be your new go-to for all of your favorite drinks! It is made with 4 simple ingredients, including fresh strawberries, lemon juice, white sugar and water, and is an excellent way to use up any left over strawberries that are about to expire.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Versatile. This simple syrup is a great addition to so many things. Whether its in a strawberry latte, on top of a fresh stack of pancakes, drizzled on ice cream, or in some strawberry mojitos, this syrup can be used in anything! Be sure to check out my section below for all the ways you can use it!
Simple process. This strawberry sugar syrup is an easy recipe made with four simple ingredients in four simple steps. Prep it in less than 25 minutes, and have it for days to come!
Easy to customize. While this fresh strawberry syrup calls for granulated sugar, you can easily swap it our for your favorite sugar alternative if you prefer to make sugar-free strawberry syrup. I have tested it with both monk fruit or stevia and both work well.
Great for gifting! Give this to friends and family during the peak of strawberry season so they can enjoy the fresh fruit in so many ways. Nothing says "happy summer" like having your own strawberry syrup! If you are a fan of making your own simple syrup try my grapefruit simple syrup, apple spice simple syrup and pumpkin spice simple syrup.
INGREDIENT NOTES AND SUBSITUTIONS
Fresh Strawberries. Fresh strawberries work best for this recipe. They will provide the purest flavor and break down the best when heated. If you are in a pinch, frozen strawberries will also work. Allow them to fully thaw first then drain any excess water.
Sugar. I used white, granulated sugar for this recipe. I find that it works the best when making homemade simple syrup. Also, I have tried it with sugar alternatives, both granulated stevia and granulated monk fruit. I do not recommend substituting with liquid sweetener or brown sugar because it will change the texture and taste.
Fresh Lemon Juice. Fresh lemon juice provides the best, purest flavor. Store-bought lemon juice tends to be watered down so I do not recommend it. You will only need half of a lemon for this recipe.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1. Cut the fresh berries. Destem the strawberries then cut them into halves or fourths.
Step 2. Make the syrup. Add the water, sugar and cut strawberries into a medium or small saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium heat and continue to mix until sugar dissolves. If you are using a gas stove, heat on low heat, as the burners tend to run hotter. Do not allow it to come to a boil unless you prefer a thicker syrup.
Step 3. Allow to steep. Allow the delicious strawberry syrup mixture to steep for 10 to 15 minutes in the sauce pan.
Step 4. Strain. Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer into a mason jar or any other heat resistant airtight container. You can throw out the strawberry pieces or make strawberry puree by blending it with an immersion blender. Use the puree on top of pancakes or in cold drinks!
Store this syrup in an air tight container in a cool dry place for up to ten days. It can also be stored in the fridge if your kitchen or pantry run warm. Give it a good shake if you notice the sugar separating from the water at all. This is more likely to happen in the refrigerator.
TIME SAVING HACKS
Make this recipe during meal prep and enjoy it all week. You can also double or triple the recipe and make a bigger batch!
This simple syrup recipe will last up to ten days in a room temperature, dry place.
This strawberry syrup is made with fresh strawberries, fresh lemon juice, sugar and water. You can also use granulated monkfruit or stevia.
Yes. Allow the strawberries to completely thaw them remove any excess water before using them. I usually place them in a strainer while they defrost then on top of a paper towel to absorb the water.
USES FOR THIS SIMPLE SYRUP
- Coffee, Iced Tea + Lattes. This syrup is the perfect addition to lattes and coffee - all you have to do is add ½ tbsp up to 2 tbsps depending on your preference. I personally love using it in my matcha latte! You can also add it to my dairy free cold foam.
- Cocktails. Use this delicious homemade strawberry syrup recipe in your favorite classic cocktails! I I love using it in my virgin strawberry mojito, my cucumber moscow mule, and watermelon rum cocktail.
- Seltzers, Sodas + Juices. Add 1 tbsp to club soda to make it taste like homemade strawberry Italian sodas or it to tonic water to add it to a kick! You can also add it to lemonade to make a strawberry lemonade!
- Strawberry Milk. Mix 1 tbsp of simple syrup with 3 tbsp of plant based milk to make your own strawberry dairy free milk.
- Pancakes, French Toast + Waffles. If you are a fan of adding maple syrup to your pancakes or waffles, swap this syrup for it! The sweet strawberry flavor will level up the experience and make the breakfast dish scream "summer."
- Chia Pudding + Overnight Oats - Make your breakfast on-the-go breakfast taste just like fall by mixing 1 tbsp of this syrup into the mixture before placing it in the fridge overnight. I love doing this with my simple overnight oats.
- Milkshakes + Smoothies. This is a wonderful addition to a vanilla or chocolate milkshake or a fresh fruit smoothie!
- Use fresh fruit. Fresh strawberries and fresh lemon juice work will provide the purest flavor.
- Do not boil the mixture. Be careful not to boil the strawberry sugar mixture. Watch it closely and use a low heat to make sure it does not boil. If it does boil, the syrup will still taste good, but it will be thicker.
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How To Make Homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup for Drinks
- 1 cup strawberries*, cut in half or in fourths approx 6-7 strawberries
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice approx ⅓ of a lemon
- Cut the strawberries into halves or fourths.
- Add the lemon juice, water, strawberries and sugar into a small to medium sauce pan. Heat over medium to low heat, stirring often until the sugar dissolves completely. Do not allow it to boil.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, allow the mixture to steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain the liquid mixture through a mesh strainer into a heat resistant container. You can throw out the strawberries or blend them to make a puree for your drink. This simple syrup will last up to ten days in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.