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Strawberry Syrup for Cocktails

Use this strawberry syrup for cocktails, pancakes, and so much more! With three simple ingredients and only 10 minutes, you can whip up this sweet and fruity syrup to mix into your cocktails, mocktails, or sparkling water. You can easily freeze or refrigerate this make-ahead ingredient next time you have fresh strawberries on hand. Get ready – your cocktails are about to get an extra boost of fruity goodness

strawberry simple syrup being poured into a cocktail garnished with an orange slice

Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Syrup for Cocktails

Simple syrup in cocktails is like sugar in cookies – it’s a foundational ingredient! Why not make it a little more fun and fruity?! 

It’s so easy to make this quick syrup, and you only need three ingredients. Soon you’ll be able to mix up strawberry cocktails like nobody’s business. Try a strawberry gin mojito, a frozen strawberry margarita, or a blood orange strawberry spritz with some of this syrup for an even more amplified strawberry flavor! 

Ingredients

strawberries, sugar, and water

Simple ingredients create simple syrup! You only need three things to make this sweet fruity elixir. 

  • Strawberry
  • Water
  • Granulated Sugar

Strawberry Syrup Flavor Add-Ins

mint leaves, rosemary, lemons, etc. to add-in to simple syrup

You can also add optional ingredients to your strawberry syrup to amplify the flavor profile! Try some of these options:

  • Mint Leaves
  • Lemon Peels (or zest!)
  • Rosemary
  • Whatever herbs float your boat!
  • Maybe a little citrus!

How To Make Strawberry Simple Syrup

add water and sugar into the pot

Step 1: Cook

In a small pot, add strawberries, water, and granulated sugar. Stir these ingredients together over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved into the water. Then, reduce the heat to low and mash the strawberries together with a spatula. Cook the mixture for an additional 8-10 minutes, but be sure to not overcook or the syrup will become too thick. 

stir the water and sugar together and add strawberries to the pot
strawberries in the pot being stirred with a wooden spoon

Step 2: Strain

Strain the syrup with a fine mesh sieve into an airtight container. Enjoy! 

straining the syrup with a fine mesh sieve into a glass pitcher

Uses for Strawberry Syrup

Simple syrup can be used to sweeten so many different things. Whether you’re using strawberry syrup for cocktail recipes, breakfast, or dessert, I have a bunch of ideas for you!

a small glass pitcher of strawberry simple syrup

FAQs

How long does fruit-infused simple syrup last? 

Once you allow the simple syrup to cool to room temperature, it’ll last about 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container. You can also freeze it!

Can you freeze simple syrup? 

Yes, strawberry simple syrup will freeze well for up to 3 months. Just allow the syrup to cool, put it in a container, and freeze! You could also freeze it in an ice cube tray (then transfer it to a freezer ziploc or container) so that you can thaw small portions at a time. Allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge before using. 

What liquor goes well with strawberries? 

Strawberry goes well with so many different things – it’s one of the most versatile berries, in my opinion. When it comes to alcohol, you have a few options. You can go for a sweet prosecco, white wine, or rosé to amplify the sweetness of the strawberries. You could also contrast the sweetness with a dry champagne or red wine! It also goes great with plain liquor like vodka, rum, gin, or tequila. Just be mindful of what kind of flavor palate you’re going for. 

Should you stir when making simple syrup?

You should absolutely stir the simple syrup mixture pretty vigorously and continuously until the sugar is dissolved. Once it’s dissolved, however, you want to leave the mixture alone to simmer and thicken. 

Can you make simple syrup with other fruits? 

You sure can! You can make simple syrup with blueberries (any berry, really), lemon, peaches, rosemary, mint, rose, lavender, ginger, vanilla, etc. Whatever floats your boat!

Strawberry Cocktails to Try

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strawberry simple syrup being poured into a cocktail garnished with an orange slice

Strawberry Syrup for Cocktails

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Use this strawberry syrup for cocktails, pancakes, and so much more! With three simple ingredients and only 10 minutes, you can whip up this sweet and fruity syrup to mix into your cocktails, mocktails, or sparkling water. You can easily freeze or refrigerate this make-ahead ingredient next time you have fresh strawberries on hand. Get ready – your cocktails are about to get an extra boost of fruity goodness


Ingredients

Scale

1 pint strawberries, halved

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

Optional flavor additions: fresh mint leaves, peel of one lemon, etc.


Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pot add strawberries, water and granulated sugar. Mix together and heat on medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to low and mash the strawberries together with a spatula. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes. Do not overcook or the syrup will become very thick.
  1. Strain syrup with a fine mesh sieve into an airtight container. 

Notes

Storage: Will keep in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Keywords: strawberry syrup for cocktail recipes, strawberry simple syrup, strawberry syrup for milk, strawberry cocktails, strawberry simple syrup

1 Comment

  1. Lynne Denham-Larholt
    March 1, 2024 / 7:14 pm

    Fantastic in vodka over ice with fresh strawberries slice of lemon too …..delicious

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