Strawberry Simple Syrup

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Made with fresh fruit, this Strawberry Simple Syrup recipe is perfect for cocktails but is also a great addition to lemonade and iced tea.

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Strawberry Simple Syrup in a clear carafe next to a basket of strawberries

What is Simple Syrup?

Simple syrup is a simple sweetener recipe that combines equal parts granulated sugar and water. It is boiled to dissolve the sugar and then stored in the refrigerator for a variety of uses.

What Ingredients do I need to make a Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe?

Three ingredients are all you need for this super easy recipe. 

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Water
Strawberry simple syrup in a jar next to a basket of strawberries.

How do you make Strawberry Syrup?

Making this strawberry simple syrup recipe couldn’t be easier. You combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir them to combine.

Bring the mixture to a boil and stir so the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat off once the sugar has melted. Allow the simple syrup mixture to cool before removing the strawberries and straining the liquid.

How Can I use Strawberry Simple Syrup?

For beverages, you can use it in lemonade or strawberry iced tea. Both are perfect to cool off on a hot summer day and travel well if heading to the beach.

You can also use strawberry simple syrup in a variety of cocktails including a strawberry margarita on the rocks, a strawberry prosecco cocktail, or a spritzer.

Another great way to use a flavored simple syrup, though not drink-related, is to brush on cake layers to keep them from drying out. You do this before adding the frosting. Try it on a yellow cake with strawberry buttercream.

Strawberry simple syrup in a small carafe next to a basket of strawberries.

What is the point of simple syrup?

As I mentioned above, there are many ways to use simple syrups, especially if you make a variety of flavors. 

But the real point of simple syrup is that it disperses the sweetener evenly throughout the beverage. Any beverage, hot or cold, but especially cold because sugar doesn’t dissolve as easily in cold temperatures.

Because of this easy dispersion, it’s perfect for all sorts of drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. It’s super easy to make, as you can see, with just 2 ingredients plus an additional flavor, like the strawberry here.

You can also drizzle strawberry simple syrup over desserts such as strawberry shortcakes.

What makes homemade simple syrup different than store-bought liquid sweeteners?

Homemade simple syrup is made with real granulated white sugar. The store-bought versions are usually made with sugar substitutes which can alter the flavor of your beverage.

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How do you store simple syrup?

This strawberry simple syrup needs to be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Mason jars are a good choice.

How long will simple syrup keep?

Plain simple syrup will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks. Flavored simple syrup such as this strawberry flavor will keep, again in an airtight container in the fridge, for 1 to 2 weeks.

Strawberry Simple Syrup

Strawberry Simple Syrup can be used in many different ways.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • cups strawberries, hulled and sliced


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and sliced strawberries. Bring mixture to a boil and gently stir to dissolve the sugar. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook for 8 – 10 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove strawberries from the liquid. Discard the strawberries. Strain the liquid into a glass jar with a lid. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

Use this fresh strawberry simple syrup within two weeks.

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