Strawberry Simple Syrup is a homemade sweetener made with just three ingredients, sugar, water, and fresh strawberries. It can add a sweet and fruity flavor to a variety of recipes from beverages to desserts to salads. If you can boil water, you can make simple syrup!

Bottle of Strawberry Simple Syrup Surrounded by Strawberries.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Strawberries: I prefer using fresh strawberries, diced, in the simple syrup. But, to make this recipe even easier, use frozen strawberries!

Raw Strawberries and Sugar Before Making Strawberry Simple Syrup.

Water: In general, it’s a 1:1 ratio of water and sugar in simple syrup recipes. If you add more sugar than water, the syrup will be sweeter. And, on the other hand, for a little less sweetness, use more water than sugar.

Sugar: Granulated sugar, which you probably have on hand, is used when making simple syrup.

Making a Simple Strawberry Sauce in a Pot.

How To Use Strawberry Simple Syrup

There are a variety of ways to use strawberry simple syrup. Here are a few of my favorite (most delicious) ways:

  • Cocktails and Mocktails: Add a burst of strawberry flavor to your cocktails and mocktails. Use it in drinks like strawberry margaritas, mojitos, daiquiris, or lemonade (State Fair Strawberry Lemonade, anyone?). It’s a great idea to have some on hand for all the summer drinks you will be sipping…
  • Water & Tea: Add a splash of strawberry simple syrup to plain water, sparkling water, or a glass of iced tea for a refreshing flavored beverage.
  • Desserts: Drizzle over cakes, cupcakes, or cheesecakes.
  • Ice Cream: Create a strawberry sundae with a bowl of ice cream topped with fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and strawberry syrup.
  • Pancakes & Waffles
  • Salad Dressings
  • Fruit Salad
Straining Strawberry Mixture into Bottle to Make Strawberry Simple Syrup.

How To Store Strawberry Simple Syrup

Once the syrup has been made, let it cool completely before storing it. When ready, store it in a clean sealed container or bottle in the refrigerator. I like a bottle that can be poured easily and tightly closed. It will last up to 2-3 weeks.

Bottle of Strawberry Simple Syrup Surrounded by Strawberries.

Strawberry Simple Syrup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Strawberry Simple Syrup is a homemade sweetener made with just three ingredients, sugar, water, and fresh strawberries. It can add a sweet and fruity flavor to a variety of recipes from beverages to desserts to salads.


  • 8 ounces (1 ¾ cups) whole strawberries, washed, hulled, diced
  • 1 cup (250 g) water
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar


  • To a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the diced strawberries, water, and granulated sugar.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer gently for about 20 minutes. Avoid crushing the strawberries as it can make the syrup appear cloudy.
  • While simmering, occasionally skim off any foam that may form on the surface. This will help ensure a clearer syrup.
  • After 20 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Set a fine mesh strainer over an airtight container or jar. Pour the strawberry mixture through the strainer, allowing the liquid to separate from the solids. Discard the strawberries.
  • Let the strained syrup cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, cover the container with a lid and refrigerate the strawberry syrup until it becomes cold and fully chilled. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:


I love that you can make this at home! Put in drinks or even on ice cream! So fresh and delicious!


I liked how easy this sweetener was to make, and it tastes so much better than the store-bought syrup. If you love strawberry flavor added to drinks and desserts, you will want this around to use more than you think you will!


This is super easy to make and tastes so fresh with the strawberries!


This is a simple recipe with lovely results! This would be perfect for lemonade or ice cream!


The fresh strawberries make it better! So simple, and so tasty. Perfect for drinks, desserts and more!


Super easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought! I would put this in my lemonade but this is perfect for people who love cocktails too!

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