Homemade strawberry syrup for drinks is so versatile, delicious, and easy to make. It’s only 3 ingredients and can be used in cocktails, mocktails, and even homemade strawberry milk!
Strawberry season in Michigan is short-lived, but glorious. There’s nothing like the amazing flavor of berries that have been allowed to ripen in the field and picked fresh from the plant.
Kiddo and I head to a local farm every June to pick at least 15 pounds of strawberries. Some of those berries are turned into freezer jam, some get frozen, and several cups get turned into a big batch of homemade strawberry syrup.
Strawberry syrup can be mixed with club soda for delicious mocktails or added to spirits for cocktails. Kiddo loves it stirred into milk for homemade strawberry milk aka “pink milk.”
How to Make Strawberry Syrup
Combine the strawberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Bring the mixture to a bubble, reduce the heat to low, and allow the mixture to cook until the berries are soft. About 10 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. (About an hour.)
Using a potato masher, crush the berries in the pot.
Pour strawberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl.
Discard the berry remnants in the strainer.
Cool the syrup completely. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Use Strawberry Simple Syrup in…
- Strawberry Milk - Stir 2-3 tablespoons of syrup into 8 oz of milk. Stir, sip and enjoy!
- Strawberry Italian Soda - Mix 1 oz of syrup into 6 oz club soda, add ice, sip and enjoy!
- Strawberry Lemonade (Cocktail and Mocktail)
- Strawberry Rosé Cocktail
- Strawberry Basil Mocktail
FAQs and Tips for Strawberry Simple Syrup
Just three simple ingredients make up strawberry syrup - water, strawberries and sugar.
Besides the ingredients, this syrup requires a small saucepan, a potato masher, a bowl, and a fine mesh strainer.
Yes! Frozen berries work great in this recipe. No need to thaw them, just add them into the pot while frozen.
Honey is a delicious substitution for sugar in this recipe. I use that swap in my Strawberry Elderflower Cocktail, which is made with a strawberry honey syrup.
Not at all! There’s no pectin or gelatin in syrup to thicken it up. This is a thin strawberry syrup designed to be mixed into drinks, not used on pancakes or toast.
When kept in the refrigerator, this simple syrup will last for at least 2 weeks.
Yes! Mix 2-3 tablespoons of syrup into 8 oz of milk, sip and enjoy!