Do you love strawberries? Make this easy Strawberry Simple Syrup with only 3-ingredients. It’s perfect for a variety of cocktails, strawberry lemonade, and strawberry iced tea.

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Inside: See how to make strawberry simple syrup.

There’s nothing like strawberry pickin’ time. I can’t think of a better way to kick-off sweet summertime. This year we had mild temperatures so picking berries was rather pleasant.

And the berries at our favorite farm were so plentiful. We had our baskets filled in no time. Good weather, lots of berries, win-win!

I love making all things strawberries, but this year my main focus was on jam. We were running close to being out because I skipped making it last year.

After making a couple of batches of jam, I still ended up having berries left. I decided I could put some strawberry simple syrup to good use this summer, making different beverages to sip on when hangin’ out on the back porch.

What is Strawberry Simple Syrup?

Strawberry simple syrup is a simple syrup infused with strawberries. It’s that simple. Simple sugars are often the base for all kinds of cocktails and cocktails, but they can also be brushed on cake layers to sweeten and add moisture to a cake.

It’s a delicious way to add a sweet strawberry flavor to your favorite drinks. Strawberry lemonade, strawberry iced tea, and strawberry margaritas come to my mind. But the possibilities are endless.

How Do You Make Strawberry Simple Syrup?

With three simple ingredients – only two if water doesn’t count as an ingredient.

  • Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Water

Are you ready? I’m not sure you can handle this. ;)

  1. Put water, sugar, and rinsed strawberries (stems removed) in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer 5- 10 minutes – the berries should be soft and faded.
  3. Pour the syrup and berries through a fine-mesh sieve/strainer. I like to add a cheesecloth (folded a couple of times) to a strainer.

That’s it! Your strawberry simple syrup is now a beautiful ruby red color and is infused with deliciously sweet strawberry flavor. And you’re going to love it!

NOTE: Be sure and let your strawberry syrup drip through the sieve – don’t mash the berries because if you do, you will end up with cloudy syrup, and that would be sad. The cheesecloth also makes for quick cleanup – simply pick the whole thing up and toss.

If you’d rather not toss the berries, stir them into yogurt or ice cream. They won’t be as colorful and may not be as flavorful, but they are still perfectly fine to eat. You could also add them to a smoothie.

Here are some helpful kitchen items for this recipe:

Homemade strawberry syrup in a quilted jelly jar with fresh strawberries scattered about.

What Is Strawberry Simple Syrup Good With?

  • Cocktails + mocktails
  • Lemonade + iced tea
  • Carbonated water for a strawberry spritzer
  • Drizzled on pound cake
  • Stirred into yogurt, fruit, and granola
  • Ice cream sundaes
  • On pancakes, waffles, and French toast
  • Drizzled over strawberry shortcakes

As you can see, you can pretty much use it on whatever you want since the possibilities are endless.

How Long Does Strawberry Simple Syrup Last?

Strawberry simple syrup will last in the fridge for up to a month. I always make enough to freeze so that I have extra on hand. It will easily last for several months in the freezer. If the sugar crystallizes, heat the syrup just enough for the sugar to dissolve again and then let it cool before using it.

Simple syrup in a jelly jar with the lid on and a fresh strawberry on top.

Fresh or Frozen

Homemade strawberry simple syrup is a great way to use up fresh strawberries that are past their prime, but guess what? You can also use frozen berries. This way, you can have this yummy simple syrup year-round. The recipe is the same either way you go.

Can you make simple syrup with other fruits?

You sure can! You can use peaches, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb, lime, mint, and spiced apple, to name a few. Simple syrup can also be infused with savory ingredients like basil, and chiles. Here are a few more recipes for simple syrup you might enjoy.

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Jelly jar filled with homemade strawberry simple syrup with fresh strawberries scattered about.

Strawberry Simple Syrup

Make this easy Strawberry Simple Syrup with only 3-ingredients. It's perfect for a variety of cocktails, strawberry lemonade, and strawberry iced tea.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks, Syrup
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 54 kcal


  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Add ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour syrup through a fine-mesh strainer being careful not to mash strawberries. I also line the sieve with cheesecloth in to ensure no particles get through.
  • Cool and transfer to a glass jar. Refrigerate for up to 1 month, or freeze for several months.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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