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This strawberry simple syrup is a delightful homemade addition to any drink recipe. You can also pour this ruby liquid gold over your favorite breakfast dish, like pancakes or french toast. It takes minutes to make and lasts for weeks in the fridge!
This simple syrup with strawberries is a great way to use up strawberries you have in the fridge, or another way you can take advantage of that delicious, local strawberry season. By infusing the strawberries into the sugar and water you'll give an instant summer kick to your drinks or dishes.
This homemade strawberry syrup is the perfect way to add sweet strawberry flavor to all your summer recipes!
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar boiled together to create a sweet syrup.
You can infuse many different flavors into a simple syrup, like strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberries, peach, ginger, hibiscus, rosemary, basil, mint – and the list goes on!
You can use simple syrup in cocktails, sweet treats or use it to pour over your breakfast – yum!
Strawberry simple syrup ingredient notes
You only need three basic ingredients to make strawberry simple syrup!
- Strawberries – both fresh strawberries and frozen strawberries work well in this recipe.
- Sugar – we use granulated sugar, but a sugar alternative like honey, agave, or stevia will also do the trick.
- Water – just plain tap water is all you need!
How to make homemade strawberry simple syrup
This simple strawberry syrup recipe comes together in minutes and you only need three ingredients: water, sugar, and chopped strawberries.
- Add your ingredients to a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce the heat, and let it simmer. This is when the berries will infuse into the syrup to make a gooey sweet mix.
- Let it cool to room temperature and then strain it through a fine-mesh sieve and skim off any foam from the top.
- Use right away or store your strawberry simple syrup in a clean, glass jar in your fridge.
Ideas for using strawberry simple syrup
No matter how you choose to use simple syrup with strawberries, you won't regret it! Here are some excellent options:
- Try these strawberry mojitos where the strawberry simple syrup reigns supreme.
- Simmer the simple syrup until it's a thicker consistency to make for the perfect pour over your pancakes, waffles, or french toast. Try it on our whole wheat pancakes!
- Drizzle this strawberry simple syrup over yogurt to really up your parfait
- Use it as a topping for baked goods, like cake, tarts, or lemon loaf.
- For tasty mocktails, pour some into ice-filled glasses and then top it with soda water.
- Make strawberry lemonade or strawberry iced tea.
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes! Frozen strawberries work great, especially when strawberries are out of season.
Can I use this syrup on pancakes?
Yes, but you'll want to simmer it a little longer to reduce it until it's a thicker syrup.
Can I freeze simple syrup?
Yes, it lasts up to three months in the freezer.
How long does simple syrup last in the fridge?
Simple syrup is great to keep on hand as it lasts for up to one month in the refrigerator.
Can I use sugar in a cocktail instead of simple syrup?
Granulated sugar doesn't dissolve into cold liquid, which is why we go the extra step and make simple syrup.
What's the best way to store simple syrup?
Any airtight container, like a mason jar, is the perfect storage option for simple syrup.
Can I use another sweetener?
You sure can! We often make simple syrup with honey. Agave is another great option, although it makes a darker-colored syrup. You can even use erythritol or stevia!
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Add the strawberries, sugar, and water to a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.1 cup chopped strawberries, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup water
- Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool. Strain it through a fine-mesh sieve then skim off any foam from the top of the syrup.
- Either use the syrup right away or store it in a clean, glass jar in your fridge for up to a month.
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