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Strawberry Simple Syrup

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This Strawberry Simple Syrup is the perfect way to sweeten coffee, tea, lemonade, cocktails, mocktails, you name it. It’s made with just three ingredients and comes together on the stove in just a few minutes! Fresh, fruity, and delicious!

Close up view of strawberry syrup in a bottle.

Strawberry Syrup Recipe

Strawberry season is here…and this recipe for homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup is the perfect way to take advantage of those fresh, juicy berries at the market! 

This recipe couldn’t be easier and is the perfect way to brighten up so many different beverages! You can also even create a thicker syrup and use it on your favorite desserts, pastries, or breakfast foods. The possibilities are endless! 

What is Strawberry Syrup Made Of?

This strawberry simple syrup recipe is made with just three super simple ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Strawberries: I usually use fresh strawberries, but frozen will work too if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Sugar: I recommend tasting your batch of strawberries beforehand so you can adjust the sugar content as necessary. Some strawberries are sweeter than others.
  • Water: You can use less water for a thicker syrup or thin it out more with additional water.
Ingredients needed for strawberry syrup.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Scroll to the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and full instructions.

This strawberry simple syrup definitely stays true to its name! It’s ready in just a few quick steps! 

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and strawberries. Cook over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the strawberries are softened. As the strawberries begin to soften, mash them until they’ve turned to a pulp.
Softened strawberries and sugar in a pan.
Cooked strawberries in a metal pan.
  1. Bring the mixture to a simmer and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes. Watch carefully.
  2. Place a fine mesh sieve over a heat-safe container and strain the mixture to remove the solid pieces.
  3. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Cooked strawberries in a mesh strainer.
Strawberry simple syrup in a measuring cup.

Tips for this Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe

  • The longer you let the strawberries steep, the stronger the strawberry flavor and the darker the color of the syrup will be. I like a stronger fruity flavor so I usually let it simmer a little longer, but do what works best for you.
  • Watch the syrup carefully. It will boil over quickly, even at a simmer.
  • If you want to create a more traditional style syrup, let the syrup simmer for longer to thicken up more. You can also just start with less water. The thicker syrup can be used on pancakes, waffles, biscuits, or whatever you might normally use maple syrup on.
  • Cool the syrup completely before using it. This is particularly important for iced drinks. If you need to chill the syrup faster, you can place the container in ice water. 
  • Looking for another flavor variation? You can use this recipe for other fruit flavors too! Try it with peaches, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, blackberries, or even rhubarb!
  • If you want to add even more flavor, you can infuse it with mint, lavender, or even chilis for a spicy kick.

How to Serve Strawberry Simple Syrup

Curet of strawberry simple syrup next to fresh berries.

How Long Does Fruit Simple Syrup Last?

Refrigerator: Leftover simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for up to a week.

Freezer: You can also store simple syrup in the freezer for longer storage. Simply pour it into ice cube trays, place in the freezer until fully frozen, then transfer to a large bag or container and store until you’re ready to use.

Is Strawberry Puree the Same as Syrup?

Nope! Strawberry puree is simply blended up strawberries. Strawberry syrup on the other hand is made with strawberries that are cooked with sugar and water, then strained to form a smooth syrup. 

How Do You Thicken Strawberry Syrup?

If you prefer a thicker syrup, you have a couple of options:

  • Use less water. You can easily just start with less water when you’re combining all of your ingredients to create a thicker texture.
  • Simmer longer. Simmering longer will definitely allow the syrup to thicken up. It will also create a stronger flavor, so keep that in mind when deciding how you would like to thicken your syrup.

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Fresh strawberries around strawberry simple syrup.

Strawberry Simple Syrup

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 32 Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 cups strawberries, fresh, hulled
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, *See note
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Place the strawberries, sugar, and water in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir to combine and allow the sugar to dissolve and the strawberries to soften, about 20 to 30 minutes.
    8 cups strawberries
    2 cups granulated sugar
    1 cup water
  • Use a wooden spoon or potato masher to mash the strawberries as they begin to soften. Continue mashing the strawberries until they’ve turned to a pulp.
  • Bring to a low simmer while watching carefully. The mixture will expand in volume quite a bit. Continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes then remove from heat.
  • Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into a heat safe container.
  • Allow the syrup to cool before transferring to the refrigerator.
  • See post for tips, FAQs, and storage options.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
 
*Taste the strawberries ahead of time and adjust the sugar if necessary. Some strawberries are sweeter than others.
 
*This syrup will boil over very quickly, even at a simmer, so don’t leave it unattended.
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