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How to Make Strawberry Syrup

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Today I am showing you how to make Strawberry Syrup using fresh strawberries, zesty lime juice, pure cane sugar and a touch of water. This no-cook strawberry syrup is perfect to brighten and bring sunshine to cocktails, mocktails, ice cream and more!

This is such a simple and easy recipe for Fresh Strawberry Syrup, that anyone can make! No cooking, or straining required in this recipe, a blender is all you need! Be sure to read all the way to the end to see how to use this amazing syrup.

A few other flavor infused syrups that might interest you are Hibiscus Simple Syrup, Cranberry Simple Syrup and of course the basic Simple Syrup recipe.

A mason jar of fresh strawberry syrup on a cutting board with strawberries and lime by the syrup.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Springtime deserves the freshest of fruit! That’s why I love this super simple recipe for Strawberry Syrup, plus it is ready in just a few minutes using your blender. See the frequently asked questions for how to reduce sugar and lime juice if desired.

Fresh Strawberry Syrup Ingredients L-R Fresh Strawberries, Lime juice, all-natural cane sugar, water.
  • Granulated Sugar | Blending sugar with the strawberries it was gives this a syrup-y texture without cooking. I use organic all-natural cane sugar in all of my recipes, but you can use regular white sugar too.
  • Fresh Strawberries | Fresh is definitely best in this case, but if you are in a pinch, use the same amount of frozen.
  • Lime Juice | Fresh squeezed (my favorite citrus squeezer) is best, however a good quality bottled 100% lime juice will work as well!

Kathleen’s Pro Lime Tip | To get the most juice from your limes, pop lime in microwave for 10 seconds then gently roll on counter before cutting OR plop lime in warmer water for 2-3 minutes.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Seriously, how simple is this fresh strawberry syrup! Do not believe me yet, well read on for the simple step-by-step instructions:

Strawberry Syrup process shot, adding sugar to strawberries in blender, pouring in lime juice.
  • Place strawberries, sugar, lime juice and water in a blender and process until smooth and sugar has dissolved.
  • It’ll take about 2 minutes using all-natural cane sugar, could take a little less time using white sugar.
Process shot for Strawberry Syrup recipe adding water and blending in blender.

Storage Tips

If not using right away, pour the strawberry syrup recipe into an airtight container (I like using mason jars) and store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

Pouring strawberry syrup into Mason Jar for storage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to store simple syrup in the fridge?

For homemade simple syrup recipes, I highly recommend you store them in the fridge, as the chilling process greatly slows down the bacterial process that can happen, this is especially true for fruit based simple syrups.

Can I freeze fresh strawberry syrup?

Yes! Freeze in airtight container and thaw in refrigerator overnight or on counter until liquid again. You may have to give it a good shake to mix everything together again.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes! When I made this fresh strawberry syrup for cocktails on Easter, I knew I would need a lot, I doubled everything except the lime juice, I kept that at 1/2 a cup as citrus can overpower the recipe easily.

Do I need to use that much lime juice?

I love the strawberry lime explosion that happens, but if making this recipe for strawberry syrup for use on pancakes, yogurt and such, I would suggest using just 2-3 tablespoons of lime juice, or even less.

Can I make without sugar or reduce sugar?

Yes, double the strawberries and omit or reduce sugar to a few tablespoons, the syrup won’t be quite as thick, but should still be fabulous. You will want to do this if you reduce the lime juice.

Fresh Strawberry Syrup in jar with three strawberries nearby, sitting on bed of greens.

Can I use frozen strawberries?

Yes, while fresh is always better, I realize sometimes you may not have that option, replace with frozen strawberries cup for cup. Check out my friend Chellie’s post on how to freeze fresh strawberries!

5 Ways to use Strawberry Syrup

  1. Craft Cocktails | I made this recipe to use in my Strawberry Gin Cocktail; but you could use it in place of other recipes that call for a simple syrup, try it in place of Hibiscus or Cranberry in these delicious drinks for a summertime flavor! Hibiscus Dark & Stormy, Hibiscus Mojito, Hibiscus Margarita, Cranberry Lemon Drop, or this Cranberry Bourbon Sour. Check out all of my cocktails!
  2. Mocktails or Spritzers | Use in place of cranberry syrup in this luscious spritzer, a couple of ounces splashed into club soda, ginger ale, or a lemon-lime soda makes an fantastic non-alcoholic beverage.
  3. Dessert Sauce | Pour over vanilla ice cream or on this scrumptious strawberry shortcake. But don’t keep it to just vanilla desserts, this would also be fabulous on chocolate ice cream, chocolate strawberry shortcake, or even this amazing chocolate bread pudding.
  4. Yogurt Parfaits | This sauce with be a bright and vibrant addition to layer in a healthy yogurt parfait! Maybe even give it a go using homemade Greek yogurt!
  5. Breakfast Syrup | Use to pour over pancakes, waffles, try on this easy Dutch Oven Pancake, or even over this overnight French Toast.

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Yield: 1 3/4 cups

Fresh Strawberry Syrup

A mason jar of fresh strawberry syrup on a cutting board with strawberries and lime by the syrup.

Today I am showing you how to make Strawberry Syrup using fresh strawberries, fresh lime juice, pure cane sugar and a touch of water. This no-cook strawberry syrup is perfect to brighten and bring a bit of sunshine to cocktails, mocktails, ice cream and more!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup fresh strawberries, washed and rough chopped (up to 2 cups if desired)
  • 0-1 cup all-natural cane sugar (see notes) | may use white sugar too
  • 2 teaspoons to 1/2 cup lime juice* (about 3 large limes)
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Place strawberries, sugar, lime juice and water in a blender and process until smooth and sugar has dissolved.
  2. It'll take about 2 minutes using all-natural cane sugar, could take a little less time using white sugar. Mixture should be smooth and syrup like.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use in airtight container. Store in fridge up to 3 weeks.

Notes

If not quite as limey of flavor is desired, may cut down considerably on the lime juice, as little as two teaspoons, if you choose to do that, I would also cut back on the sugar, to a few tablespoons up to 1/2 a cup. Adjust according to taste.

TIP | to get the most juice out of your lime, microwave for 10 seconds, then gently roll on counter beefore slicing and juicing.

Frozen Strawberries may be used though they will not be a fresh or bright tasting as fresh.

Can I reduce or omit the sugar?

Yes! I would only add a couple of teaspoons of lime juice so you don't overpower the sweetness of the strawberries. For using in drinks, it won't give you the same balance as with sugar, but it's a matter of taste.

  • Craft Cocktails | use it in place of other recipes that call for a simple syrup, Check out all of my cocktails!
  • Mocktails or Spritzers | Use in place of cranberry syrup in this luscious spritzer, a couple of ounces splashed into club soda, ginger ale, or a lemon-lime soda makes an fantastic non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Dessert Sauce | Pour over vanilla ice cream or on this scrumptious strawberry shortcake. But don't keep it to just vanilla desserts, this would also be fabulous on chocolate ice cream, chocolate strawberry shortcake, or even this amazing chocolate bread pudding.
  • Yogurt Parfaits | This sauce with be a bright and vibrant addition to layer in a healthy yogurt parfait! Maybe even give it a go using homemade Greek yogurt!
  • Breakfast Syrup | Use to pour over pancakes, waffles, try on this easy Dutch Oven Pancake, or even over this overnight French Toast.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    7

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 0g

    The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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    Amy Nash

    Tuesday 27th of April 2021

    This was easy and so delicious! We drizzled it over some plain cheesecake!

    Kathleen

    Tuesday 27th of April 2021

    Sounds dreamy!!

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