Whip up your own Strawberry Simple Syrup right at home in under 15 minutes! It's a simple and quick syrup that brings a fruity and colorful twist to cocktails, coffees, teas, lemonades, and more.
In order to make homemade cocktails and coffees, being able to make your own simple syrup is a must!
Transform a basic cocktail by adding this strawberry simple syrup to margaritas, mojitos, or even a simple vodka soda.
Or try it in your morning coffee. Think a Strawberries and Cream inspired latte... it's better than it sounds. Trust.
It's easy to make and adds sweetness and flavor to a wide variety of different drinks!
Making this strawberry-infused simple syrup is a breeze— all you need are three basic ingredients: strawberries, sugar, and water.
Organic Cane Sugar and Water: Simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar that is simmered until dissolved into a syrup. I use organic cane sugar.
Strawberries: Our simple syrup is flavored with strawberries. Fresh is best.
Vanilla: Optional but I use vanilla paste for additional flavor. I recommend a pinch of salt as well to help balance the flavors.
See recipe card for quantities.
This strawberry simple syrup comes together very easily with a pan, spatula, and a fine mesh strainer.
The strainer serves the purpose of separating the strawberries, preventing the need to put pressure on them, which could otherwise result in the simple syrup turning cloudy.
How to Make This Recipe
Create this Strawberry Simple Syrup at home in less than 15 minutes!
This easy syrup adds a fruity taste and colorful appearance to cocktails, coffees, teas, lemonades, and beyond.
The full written recipe can be found in the recipe card below.
Step 1: Quarter the strawberries and add to a medium-sized pan.
Step 2: Stir in the water, sugar, and vanilla.
Step 3: Bring the mixture to a slight boil then immediately reduce to a simmer over medium for 8-10 minutes. Please note that it's a simple syrup so it shouldn’t be thick like caramel but will thicken slightly as it cools.
Step 4: Position a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl or measuring cup, and carefully pour the syrup through it.
Note: Avoid using a spoon to press or mash the strawberries; instead, allow the syrup to naturally strain through the mesh to maintain clarity and prevent cloudiness.
Substitutions & Variations
Strawberries: You can replace the strawberries with raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries.
Ginger: Simmering fresh ginger would be great if you're serving this in a cocktail.
Lemon: A small squeeze of lemon can add some brightness.
Herbs: Depending on what you are using it for but basil or mint would be delicious paired with strawberries.
Feel free to get creative.
While my homemade strawberry syrup was initially crafted to complement this Strawberry Latte, its versatility extends beyond coffee and cocktails.
Try it in the following:
Add to coffee: Stir some strawberry syrup into your morning coffee or latte to make a strawberries and cream inspired drink. This is my favorite way to use it!
Flavoring for water: Add it to sparkling water to make a strawberry soda.
Add to cocktails: Use it in your favorite cocktails for a fruity twist. It works well in drinks like strawberry margaritas, mojitos, or a vodka soda.
Iced tea and lemonade: Add it to iced tea or lemonade to flavor it!
Drizzle over sweets: This would be delicious drizzled over baked goods, pancakes, or waffles.
Store: Allow the strawberry simple syrup to cool completely then store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Freeze: You can freeze this strawberry syrup for up to two months. Allow it to thaw in the fridge or add it directly to the stovetop and melt.
Tips & Tricks
Enhance the flavor of the syrup by incorporating lemon. All you'd need is a tiny squeeze of fresh lemon juice once it has been strained to add an additional burst of flavor.
I use this syrup mostly for coffees so I omit this but if you're adding this to a cocktail, it would be a great addition!
Make it thicker by simmering longer or adding a cornstarch slurry- it will create a thicker syrup that's great for pouring over pancakes or waffles.
Use fresh strawberries. Frozen strawberries will work but make sure to thaw them so you don't introduce to much water. Fresh strawberries are best.
Avoid using a spoon to press or mash the strawberries. Allow the syrup to naturally strain through the mesh to maintain clarity and prevent cloudiness.
Frequently Asked Questions
If stored properly, this strawberry simple syrup can last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Yes, this simple syrup must be stored in the fridge.
Strawberry syrup only needs the following: strawberries, sugar, and water. I add vanilla extract and a pinch of salt for additional flavor.
Yes, but it will add addition liquid so be sure to thaw them prior to adding them.
Add them to cocktails, spread them on toast as a jam, or use on top of pancakes.
More Simple Syrup Recipes
Looking for other recipes to add to drinks like this? Try these:
Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup Organic Cane Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 2 cups Strawberries quartered
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Paste or extract
- Pinch of Salt
- Wash, dry, and quarter the strawberries. You will need about 2 cups.
- Combine the organic cane sugar, water, quartered strawberries, and vanilla to a saucepan and stir together.
- Bring the mixture to a slight boil then immediately reduce to a simmer over medium for 8-10 minutes. Please note that it's a simple syrup so it shouldn’t be thick like caramel but will thicken slightly as it cools.
- Position a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl or measuring cup, and carefully pour the syrup through it. Avoid using a spoon to press or mash the strawberries; instead, allow the syrup to naturally strain through the mesh to maintain clarity and prevent cloudiness.
- Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature and use in cocktails, coffees, and more!
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