Srawberry Simple Syrup is so easy to make! It can be used to make a tasty homemade lemonade or cocktail or to sweeten iced tea! Also, a great use for berries that are going past their prime.
Have you ever made simple syrup before? It is literally just sugar and water boiled together until the sugar has dissolved. Making Strawberry Simple Syrup is just as easy, just add strawberries!
Simple syrup can be used to sweeten many things, including homemade lemonade (recipe coming soon!), cocktails, and iced tea. The benefit is that the sugar is already dissolved and therefore doesn't sink to the bottom of your cold drink. Bakers even brush simple syrup on cake layers to keep cakes moist and add sweetness. Infusing strawberries into the syrup adds a whole new layer of flavor!
About the Ingredients
- Use fresh or frozen strawberries! It works the same either way. This simple syrup is a perfect way to use up some uneaten, fresh strawberries before they go bad!
- This recipe calls for regular granulated, white sugar, but I also found an article with a complete guide to alternative and low calorie sweeteners!
How to Make Strawberry Simple Syrup
There's never been a truer statement than this: if you can boil water, you can make this recipe!
- Place granulated sugar, water, and fresh or frozen strawberries in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Simmer until the the sugar has dissolved and the strawberries have softened, about 5 minutes.
- Pour the syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove the strawberries.
Voila! Strawberry Simple Syrup! All the flavor and color from the strawberries will be infused into the syrup. You're left with a bright red, sweet liquid. It's quite fun!
Pro tip: When straining, don't push the strawberries through the strainer or the simple syrup will become cloudy.
How to Store Simple Syrup
- Store Strawberry Simple Syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
- You can freeze it if you need it to last longer, although it may not freeze solid due to the sugar content.
- If it becomes cloudy or moldy, it has gone bad and needs to be discarded.
Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, approx. 8 ounces
- Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Pour through fine mesh strainer to remove strawberries. (Do not push the liquid out of the strawberries or the syrup will become cloudy.)
- Cool and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Oohhh! I’m going to make some to add to iced tea!
You can also leave out the strawberries for a plain syrup!