The basis for many great cocktails is a little simple syrup. Making your own is easy and allows you to get creative with flavors and sweetness. Our Strawberry Simple Syrup is a key ingredient in our Strawberry Margaritas and Strawberry Daiquiris.
It takes 3 ingredients and about 25 minutes to make strawberry simple syrup so buy some extra strawberries when they are in season.
The full ingredient list and measurements are listed in the printable recipe below.
- Sugar: This recipe uses white granulated sugar. You can substitute brown sugar for a rich, caramel-like syrup that is great in an Old Fashioned.
- Strawberries: You will need fresh strawberries. If all you can find is frozen, you can allow them to come to room temperature before making the simple syrup.
How to Make Strawberry Simple Syrup
Here are the quick step-by-step instructions with visuals; you can find the full instructions with the exact ingredients in the recipe card below.
Pro-tip: It is worth the extra time to make your own strawberry simple syrup. It stores in the refrigerator for 2 weeks and the leftover strawberries are great on top of pancakes or waffles.
- Remove the stems from the strawberries and cut them in half or in quarters. Combine the strawberries, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Let the strawberries simmer until the sugar has dissolved and the strawberries are tender (approximately 20 minutes.) Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool completely.
- Once cool, strain the strawberry and liquid through a fine-mesh strainer making sure to squeeze any excess juice from the strawberries. Transfer the simple syrup into a bottle or jar, using a funnel if needed.
- The cooked strawberries are great as a topping for ice cream, pancakes, and waffles so don’t toss them! You can store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Recipe Tips and Notes
- The strawberry simple syrup can be stored in an airtight bottle or jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- If you can’t find fresh strawberries you can use frozen for the simple syrup. Allow them to come to room temperature prior to cooking in the water and sugar.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! You can use any type of berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries) or other fruit like peaches or nectarines.
The berries are sweet like preserves so we save them for toppings on waffles, pancakes, crepes, or even ice cream.
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Strawberry Simple Syrup
- Medium Saucepan (2.5 Quarts)
- Fine Mesh Strainer
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups strawberries, halved
- Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let the strawberries simmer until the sugar has dissolved and the strawberries are tender approximately 20 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool completely.
- Once cool strain the through a fine-mesh strainer making sure to squeeze any excess juice from the strawberries. Transfer the simple syrup into a bottle or jar, using a funnel if needed.
- Use the simple syrup in your favorite cocktail or drink. Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.