Incredibly fragrant and versatile strawberry simple syrup made with real fruit. This syrup is 100% natural and can be used for drinks, milk teas, on pancakes, cakes and much more!
The best thing about summer is having fresh seasonal fruit, especially my all-time favourite – strawberries! Incredibly fragrant and naturally sweet, strawberries are great for desserts and refreshing drinks.
Strawberry syrup can be store-bought for convenience, but it can never compare to the real, homemade version. Made from scratch, strawberry simple syrup is much more fragrant, entirely natural, and delicious.
And the best part about this recipe? It’s so easy to make and it only needs 3 ingredients: strawberries, sugar, and water.
This syrup is perfect for making Strawberry Milk Tea at home. Check out more delicious strawberry recipes made with fresh fruit: Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Cones, Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake, and Strawberry Cheesecake Cake.
Why this recipe is amazing
- 100% natural: all ingredients used in this recipe are entirely natural, making the syrup healthier than store-bought version.
- Only 3 ingredients: you only need strawberries, sugar and water to make delicious strawberry syrup for drinks.
- Delicious and fragrant: this syrup is very fragrant, with a delicious smell and taste of fresh strawberry. It also tastes far superior to store-bought syrup, which can sometimes leave an artificial aftertaste.
- Very versatile: There are countless uses for this strawberry simple syrup. You can use it in drinks, cocktails, milk tea, on pancakes, cakes and much more.
- Easy to make: It only takes around 20 minutes from start to finish to make this recipe.
Uses & Ideas
This recipe is great because it can be used in countless ways. Here are some of my favourites:
- Iced Tea – This strawberry simple syrup is ideal with most cold teas: peach tea, green tea, Jasmine tea or fruit infusion. Just add a few teaspoons of syrup into the cold tea, then top with ice.
- Milk Tea & Bubble Tea – This syrup is the base for Strawberry Milk Tea, one of the best bubble tea flavours. You can also use it as a replacement for brown sugar syrup in all other bubble tea recipes.
- Cocktails – Use this strawberry simple syrup for drinks such as strawberry mojito, strawberry daiquiri, or strawberry martini.
- Pancakes & Waffles – Drizzle as much syrup as your heart desires on top of pancakes, crepes, or waffles. Not only is it the best sweetener, but it also adds a great strawberry flavour. Top with extra fresh strawberries!
- Cupcakes & Cakes – Soak cake layers with strawberry syrup to keep them moist and extra delicious. My recipes for Strawberry Cheesecake Cake and Strawberry Crunch Cupcakes are the perfect example for using strawberry syrup.
- Cheesecakes – Use strawberry syrup on top of cheesecakes for an extra summery flavour. This syrup works on both baked and no-bake cheesecakes. Check out this decadent Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake and Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Cones that use this syrup.
All you need for this easy recipe are 3 ingredients that can be found in most kitchens:
- Strawberries – I recommend using fresh, organic strawberries for the best flavour. It’s okay if some of the strawberries are a bit squashed or mushy, so don’t throw those away! You can also use frozen strawberries, but you will need to reduce the quantity of added water.
- Sugar – Plain, granulated sugar works best for this recipe. You can also replace it with light brown sugar, although this will make the syrup look slightly browner in colour. I do not recommend using sweeteners like erythritol or xylitol for this recipe, as they will not thicken the syrup as well as sugar.
- Water – use filtered (or bottled) water for best results. Water is added to make the syrup more liquid and easier to pour.
How to make strawberry simple syrup
I guarantee that once you make this recipe, you’ll come back to it and make it again. It’s not only delicious, but also so easy to make. Here’s how:
- Hull and chop the strawberries, then place all ingredients into a saucepan.
- Cook over medium-high heat until boiling.
- Once the water starts boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until all strawberries look very soft.
- Use a sieve to remove the strawberry flesh, then cook the liquid until it reaches the right consistency.
Pro tip: strawberry simple syrup for drinks should be runny, but still have some thickness to it. It should feel like maple syrup
Success Tips & Tricks
- Fresh fruit: for best results fresh, organic strawberries are your best bet. They have oodles of flavour and fragrance. If some of the strawberries are a little mushy, go ahead and use them for this recipe.
- Adjust thickness: for drinks you want the syrup to feel like maple syrup, so simmer it for about 10 minutes. For pancakes you might want a thicker syrup, so simmer for an extra 5 minutes on low heat.
- Don’t add extra sugar: adding more sugar when the syrup is already cooking can make it grainy. Sugar can easily crystallise if added at a later stage.
- A hint of lemon: I recommend adding some lemon peel in the syrup whilst it’s cooking. This will give it a lovely citrus zing and reduce the sweetness.
- Sweetness level: This syrup feels a little sweeter than honey, so make sure you taste test before adding a lot to your drink. I recommend using 2-3 tablespoons for a medium glass.
- Adjust water for frozen fruit: Frozen strawberries produce a lot of liquid once thawed. After thawing, separate the fruit from the liquid and ensure it’s the same amount of liquid as the recipe. Top up with water if needed.
- Keep the strawberry flesh: After preparing the strawberry syrup, don’t discard the fruit flesh. It’s delicious added in yoghurt or as cheesecake topping.
How to store
Homemade strawberry simple syrup will last for at least 2-3 weeks in the fridge. To store, place it in a closed glass jar or bottle and refrigerate. After a few weeks, always smell it before consuming and discard if it smells weird.
Syrup is also great for freezing and will hold for 3-4 months in the freezer. I recommend freezing it in ice cube moulds for ease.
Frequently asked questions
Strawberry syrup lasts for 2-3 weeks in the fridge and up to 3-4 months in the freezer. See section above for storing information.
Reducing the sugar in this recipe can make the syrup too runny. Instead, add less syrup into your recipe to adjust the sweetness level. I do not recommend using artificial sweeteners for simple syrup, as it will not yield the same consistency as sugar.
If this syrup is too runny, let it simmer on low heat until it reaches the right consistency. You can also use corn starch if you will be using the syrup for pancakes or cheesecakes. For drinks, however, I do not recommend adding corn starch.
Yes, this strawberry syrup is entirely vegan and 100% natural.
Strawberry puree and strawberry syrup are two different things. Strawberry puree is less liquid and is typically made only from the fruit flesh. Puree can be made just by blending the fruit and can also be made sugar free. Strawberry syrup is much runnier and does not contain fruit flesh, as it is discarded after cooking. Syrup has much more sugar than puree and is typically sweeter.
Yes, you can make syrup out of strawberry jam. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water into 1 cup of jam, then cook over low heat until it reaches boiling point. Adjust water if needed to reach desired consistency.
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Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped (300 grams)
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar (140 grams)
- ⅓ cup water (70 grams)
- Wash, hull and chop the strawberries into small pieces.
- Place the chopped strawberries, sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Give everything a mix to combine, then cook over medium-heat fire.
- Once the mixture starts boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. The strawberries should look very soft at this point.
- Use a sieve to remove the fruit flesh, then pour the liquid syrup back into the saucepan. Store the strawberry flesh and use in yoghurt.
- Cook the syrup over low heat for another 5 minutes or until it has the consistency of maple syrup.
- Let cool down completely, then store in a glass jar or bottle.
- Nutritional value is estimative only and is calculated per serving. This recipe makes approximately 1 cup of syrup or 8 servings.
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