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Strawberry Simple Syrup – Sustainable Cooks


Learn how easy it is to make your own Strawberry Simple Syrup for desserts, cocktails, tea, and lemonade. You’ll love the amazing flavor of strawberry syrup for drinks and more.

a glass bottle with strawberry simple syrup with fresh strawberries and a glass behind it.

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Enjoy this delightful strawberry simple syrup in your favorite drinks or desserts. It’s so simple to make and tastes absolutely incredible!

Ingredients and Variations

a bowl of strawberries on a white and wooden board

You only need three simple ingredients for this recipe – sugar, water, and strawberries. You can use white or raw sugar, just keep in mind that the darker color of the raw sugar will result in a syrup that is darker/browner.

This is the perfect opportunity to use amazingly fresh in-season berries or perhaps you still have a few bags from freezing strawberries rattling around in your freezer from last year? Clear out that space and use that fruit to make this delicious strawberry syrup for drinks.

If your berries are looking a bit sad, you can macerate them ahead of time to brighten the flavor. Check out our post on macerating strawberries.

If you’d like to add herbs like rosemary or thyme, add them to the berries while they’re simmering in the saucepan. Strain them out when everything has finished cooking.

Splenda and non-sugar substances will work to sweeten the syrup but will keep the final consistency very thin and watery.

4 photos showing the process of making strawberry syrup for drinks

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Pushing the cooked berries through a sieve may result in a slightly cloudy syrup, but it’s still perfectly safe to eat and will taste the same. I prefer to push it through to get more product out of the berries. Waste not, want not!
  • Most simple syrup recipes call for a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar. I only use 1/3 cup of sugar in this recipe to allow the natural sweetness of the berries to shine through. You can use more, but I encourage you to start with 1/3 cup and adjust to taste.
  • Your simple syrup will last for up to three weeks in the fridge. Do not store at room temperature.
  • Freeze excess strawberry syrup so that you always have some on hand. Use ice cube trays or small Souper Cubes and transfer frozen cubes to a freezer bag (reusable if possible).
  • To use: start with 1-2 tsp per serving and adjust to taste.

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a glass of sparkling water and strawberry syrup for drinks with a green straw and sliced strawberries

Strawberry Simple Syrup

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time35 mins

Total Time40 mins

Learn how easy it is to make your own strawberry simple syrup for desserts, cocktails, tea, and lemonade. You’ll love the amazing flavor of strawberry syrup for drinks and more.

  • Remove the tops of the strawberries and dice berries.

    2 cups strawberries

  • Combine water and diced berries in a saucepan.

    2 cups strawberries, 1/2 cup water

  • Bring to a boil and keep at a rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring often.

  • Reduce to a simmer and cook on low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the cooked berries through the strainer.

  • Pour the strained liquid back into the pan add sugar and water. Cook on low for 10 minutes.

    1/3 cup sugar, 3/4 cup water

  • Cool slightly, taste, and add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter flavor.

Faster Cooking Option*:

  1. Combine water, strawberries, and sugar. Bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes. 
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and cool.

*This option is faster but I think cooking the berries first without sugar allows the natural sweetness to become concentrated, resulting in less sugar being needed overall.
Notes:

  1. You can use more sugar, but I encourage you to start with 1/3 cup and adjust to taste.
  2. The syrup will last for up to three weeks in the fridge. Do not store at room temperature.
  3. To use: start with 1-2 tsp per serving and adjust to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Strawberry Simple Syrup

Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)

Calories 6
Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Fat 1g2%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 1g

Sodium 1mg0%

Potassium 7mg0%

Carbohydrates 1g0%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 1IU0%

Vitamin C 3mg4%

Calcium 1mg0%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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