If you like your cocktails undeniably strawberry, consider this recipe a must-make! This Homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup is packed with strawberry flavor and comes equipped with freshly squeezed lime making it the perfect cocktail base for any strawberry cocktail.
Whether you’re making a cocktail classic like mojitos, daiquiris, margaritas, or something on the craftier side like our strawberry-basil champagne spritzer, this is the mix you want in hand!
It’s perfect for spring, summer, or anytime your craving strawberry flavor. This flavored simple syrup comes together quickly and easily, and can also be used in non-alcoholic beverages like iced tea or even strawberry lemonade!
As far as simple syrups go, this one is on the thinner side. It’s made to be more of a drink filler than a syrupy mix. It only takes 10 minutes to whip up and requires only four ingredients. Keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks for cocktails on a whim!
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HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP
- Combine Ingredients – Add chopped strawberries, sugar, salt, and water to a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Boil – Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Stir, and as soon as the granulated sugar has dissolved, remove it from the heat.
- Steep – Set the mixture aside to steep and cool completely. Once the pan is lukewarm/cool to the touch, the strawberries have finished steeping. This should take about an hour or so.
- Strain – Place a fine-mesh strainer or sieve over a large bowl or measuring pitcher and pour the contents of the pan over it. Strain and discard the strawberries or save them for another use.
- Add Lime Juice– If using this Strawberry Simple Syrup as a cocktail base, go ahead and add your fresh lime juice now! Squeeze in the fresh lime juice, and stir. Transfer the mix to an airtight container to refrigerate until ready to use.
STRAWBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP INGREDIENTS
- Fresh Strawberries | To prepare your strawberries for the simple syrup, remove the stems and slice them in half! This recipe is perfect for using up near-gone berries lingering in the fridge. The riper, the better! Got frozen strawberries? Try our Frozen Strawberry Margarita!
- Granulated Sugar and Water | This strawberry syrup recipe’s sugar-to-water ratio looks a bit different than most simple syrup recipes. I’ve found that the 1:1 ratio comes across as a bit too sweet for modern cocktail recipe bases, and a 1:2 ratio is actually much more enjoyable for today’s palate. For this recipe, you’ll need 1 cup of granulated sugar and 2 cups of water.
- Salt | Salt is not something you typically see in a simple syrup, but you’ll find it makes a massive difference in flavor. Salt is used to enhance the flavor of other ingredients. If you want your Strawberry Simple Syrup to shine, adding a 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the mix will make a world of difference!
- Lime Juice (Optional) | Freshly squeezed lime juice is optional, but it makes this syrup cocktail-ready! Cocktails like margaritas, daiquiris, and mojitos all require fresh lime, so why not build it into your cocktail base? If you’re making this simple syrup for a Homemade Strawberry Lemonade, sub in freshly squeezed lemon juice instead!
CAN I USE OTHER FRUITS FOR THIS RECIPE?
You can adapt this Strawberry Simple Syrup recipe to make many different types of fruity simple syrups! Feel free to sub in:
FOUR COCKTAILS TO MAKE WITH STRAWBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP
This syrup is extremely versatile and can be used in many different applications to add an oomph of sweet summertime flavor to just about any cocktail! Here are a few of our favorites:
This is an elegant and beautiful vodka cocktail featuring the perfect combination of strawberry and basil! It gets an extra special topping of brut champagne and is so perfect for celebrating special occasions!
- 1 ounce of citrus vodka
- 1/2 ounce of orange liqueur
- 1 to 2 ounces of strawberry simple syrup
- 2 to 3 ounces of brut champagne
- 2 tablespoons of basil leaves
- Add the vodka, orange liqueur, simple syrup, and champagne to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Smack the basil leaves between your hands to release the oils, add to the shaker, and seal.
- Shake vigorously for 30 to 45 seconds, and set aside.
- Have ready a champagne flute or an 8-ounce glass. Fill with ice and pour the contents of the shaker over the ice and top it off with champagne. Garnish with a sprig of basil, if desired, serve, and enjoy!
Now you can stay home and enjoy one of your favorite Tex-Mex classics! This strawberry margarita is great for patio hangs and summertime BBQs!
- 1 1/2 ounce of tequila
- 1/2 ounce of orange liqueur
- 4 ounces of strawberry simple syrup
- Juice of half a lime
- Add the tequila, orange liqueur, strawberry syrup, and lime juice to a measuring pitcher or a shaker and stir.
- Have ready a rocks glass filled with ice and pour the mix on top. Serve with a lime wedge and enjoy!
If you’re a gin fan, this cocktail is a must-try! It tastes like a sparkly gin lemonade and should be enjoyed anytime the weather is warm and friends are near.
- 1 1/2 ounce of gin
- 2 ounces of strawberry simple syrup
- Juice of half a lemon
- Orange-flavored sparkling water
- In a small measuring pitcher or shaker, add the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Stir and set aside.
- Fill a 16-ounce highball glass with ice, and pour the gin mix over the ice.
- Top with sparkling water, serve, and enjoy!
This strawberry daiquiri is served in the classic form — martini style! It’s is insanely delicious, but also a strong one, so you may want to sip slowly.
- 2 1/2 ounces of white rum
- 5 ounces of strawberry simple syrup
- Add the rum and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and seal.
- Shake vigorously for 30 to 45 seconds, and pour into an 8-ounce margarita or martini glass.
HOW TO STORE STRAWBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP
You can keep this Strawberry Simple Syrup leftover refrigerated for up to two weeks. If you’d like to use it beyond this point, freeze it!
To freeze simple syrup, transfer it to a freezer-safe, zip-top bag, seal, and freeze for up to two months!
If you’re able to plan ahead, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight on top of a rimmed baking sheet (or something to catch any spills just in case of a leak). If you need it to thaw quickly, place the bag in warm water for 15 to 45 minutes. Thaw time will be dependent on how much syrup is in the bag!
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This Homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe is packed with strawberry flavor and comes equipped with a freshly squeezed lime making it the perfect cocktail base for any strawberry cocktail. Makes about 3 cups.
- 1 (16-ounce) package strawberries, stems removed and halved (you should have about 2 cups)
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
Add the strawberries, water, granulated sugar, and salt to a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally and allow the water to come to a boil.
As soon as the sugar dissolved, remove it from the heat and allow it to steep, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl or measuring pitcher and strain the strawberries. Discard the berries or save them for another use.
Stir in the lime juice, transfer to a storage container, and refrigerate until ready to use.