Moment of transparency: I feel really passionate about strawberries, so it was only proper that I share this strawberry simple syrup recipe.
Delicious strawberry simple syrup to use in all your favorite mixed drinks
Truth be told, nothing says summer to me like fresh strawberries. My family and I love to go strawberry picking. We’re even in our third year of having our own strawberry plants in our garden.
I also have fond memories as a young girl picking strawberries with my grandmother. It was our thing. Check out a mason jar version of my grandmother’s strawberry pie recipe here! (Psst… it’s no-bake too!)
What You Need for Strawberry Simple Syrup
While you can opt in for a store-bought batch of strawberries, consider visiting a local strawberry farm and picking them fresh. If you’ve never gone strawberry picking, I HIGHLY recommend it. There’s nothing like picking your own berries. They are completely different than what you get at the store.
This recipe calls for granulated sugar because once heated to a certain temperature, it begins to form a syrup-like texture. The longer it’s boiled, the thicker the syrup will be so stick with the time frame mentioned in the recipe below.
This is added to the recipe to give it a little tang and cut the sweetness down a bit.
You’ll only need about a cup of water to help with dissolving the sugar and giving a liquid base for the strawberries.
How to Make Strawberry Simple Syrup
Once you’ve gathered the four ingredients, you’re all set to get started. First, make sure to wash your strawberries, remove the tops, and cut them into small pieces.
Afterward, dissolve the sugar in a cup of water in a medium saucepan. The temperature should be on a medium-low heat. Swirl occasionally.
Over a 10-minute or so time frame, the strawberries will begin to disintegrate. At this point, let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then, strain the mixture through a mesh sleeve into a glass jar or bottle.
The strawberry simple syrup can then be stored in the refrigerator until it has cooled. When you’re ready to add it to your beverage, mix 1 1/2 fl oz with every 5 fl oz of soda water. The syrup will store for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
Beverages to Make with Strawberry Simple Syrup
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Now that you’ll have your own strawberry-flavored simple syrup on hand, it’s only proper that we talk about different types of beverages you can make with it!
My family and I are heavy carbonated water drinkers, so having this syrup on hand gives our drinks a bit of variety. We have a SodaStream which makes it super easy to make your own “bubbly,” as we call it in my house.
You can also make a batch of strawberry lemonade. Simply mix some of the syrup with lemon juice and sparkling water and there you have it! A nice summery strawberry-flavored drink to sip on while enjoying the hot weather.
This strawberry simple syrup can also be used in cocktails and other drinks at a 1:1 replacement for plain simple syrup.
- 12oz fresh strawberries
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Wash strawberries. Remove tops and slice into small pieces.
- In a medium saucepan, dissolve sugar with water over medium low heat, swirling occasionally.
- Add strawberries and lemon juice.
- Cook at a simmer for about 10 minutes until strawberries are mostly disintegrated.
- Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
- Strain through a mesh sieve. Store in glass jar or bottle in the fridge until cold.
- To serve, mix about 1 ½ fl oz syrup with about 5 fl oz soda water.
- Syrup stores for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Make a strawberry lemonade: Mix 1 ½ oz syrup with 1 fl ozlemon juice and 4 fl oz sparkling or regular water.
Can also be used in cocktails and other drinks in a 1:1 replacement for simple syrup.
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