Strawberry Simple Syrup
This 3-ingredient Strawberry Simple Syrup is incredibly easy to make, and will elevate any homemade drink or cocktail. I like to use it in this Strawberry Iced Tea, in homemade Lemonade, and more. You can try other kinds of fruit too!
Simple syrup is one of the most foundational elements in cocktails and drinks, but I almost always throw some type of fruit in there instead of having it plain.
A fresh fruit simple syrup can take a cocktail or drink up so many levels!
Strawberries are one of my go-to fruits to add to simple syrup, since they’re always available, and the flavor goes with so many things.
I don’t usually use it all up right away, which is fine because you can freeze simple syrup for up to two months.
Can you make simple syrup with other fruits?
Yes, you can do raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, and rhubarb. You can also infuse it with ingredients like spicy chiles or ginger. There are tons of possibilities!
How to Make Strawberry Simple Syrup:
To start, remove the stems and slice some fresh strawberries. You can also use frozen strawberries if you prefer.
Place the sliced strawberries into a saucepan, then add equal parts sugar and water:
Simmer this mixture for about 20 minutes, until the strawberries have softened and the liquid looks deeply red, like this:
Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer, and make sure not to press down on the leftover strawberries, or it will make the syrup cloudy.
You can save these strawberries for stirring into plain yogurt. It’s even better than the sweet fruits they normally put into store-bought yogurt!
Pour the simple syrup into a container to chill, either in an ice bath if you’re in a hurry, or in the fridge for an hour or two.
There may be a little foam on top, and if you’d like you can skim it off, but I find it mostly goes away after a couple hours in the fridge anyway, so I don’t bother.
Use this Strawberry Simple Syrup for drinks like Strawberry Iced Tea, and other cocktails and drinks. Enjoy!
Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 8 oz strawberries, stems removed and sliced (1.5 cups, measured)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Combine the strawberries, water, and sugar in a saucepan set over medium high heat.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes, until the liquid is deeply red and the strawberry are soft.
- Strain the strawberries out from the simple syrup, making sure not to press down on the strawberries. Otherwise your syrup will be cloudy.
- Chill the strawberry simple syrup in the fridge for an hour or two until cold*, then enjoy!