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Easy Strawberry Simple Syrup For Drinks (Paleo option)

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Ever wondered how to make Strawberry Syrup for drinks? It’s so easy! This is a great way to make all of your favorite drinks with a strawberry twist. From strawberry lemonade and Italian sodas to margaritas and lattes, this simple recipe will be in your pantry all strawberry season!

Jug pouring strawberry simple syrup into a glass.

❀️ Why you will love this recipe

  • Easy: All you have to do to make this easy recipe is boil the strawberries with the sugar, remove the strawberry pieces, add a little lemon juice and vanilla extract, stir, and cool. So simple!
  • Quick: It’s ready in less than 30 minutes (other than cooling down).
  • Simple ingredients: All I used for this recipe was strawberries, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.
  • Healthy options: I like to use honey instead of regular table sugar for a paleo option with a little extra nutrition. You can also check out my sugar-free strawberry syrup recipe for a low-carb version.
  • Use up strawberries: In the peak of strawberry season, we have so many strawberries in our house! Thankfully my kid eats them like there’s no tomorrow, but when they’re starting to turn a little, I love making this delicious strawberry syrup recipe. This is such an easy way to use up extra fruit!
  • Great for kids: Depending on what kind of sugar you use, this can be quite a healthy option for kids! Opt for healthier sugar like honey if possible.
  • So many uses: This sweet strawberry flavor is delicious in anything from strawberry milk and lemonade to drizzling a little syrup on porridge instead of maple syrup. You can even use it as a sweet and fruity pancake syrup. Click here for more options!

πŸ—οΈ Key Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Strawberries: For this sweet syrup recipe, I used fresh strawberries. You can also use other fresh berries or fresh fruit like raspberries, blueberries, or peaches.
  • Sweetener or sugar: You can use either regular white sugar, or brown sugar, but I like to use honey as it’s a little healthier and tastes great in this fresh strawberry syrup.
  • Lemon juice: A squeeze of fresh lemon at the end is so delicious! It really makes all of the other flavors sing. Lime juice also tastes amazing in this simple strawberry syrup recipe.
  • Vanilla extract: This brings out the sweetness even more and adds a little bit of warmth to the taste.
  • Xanthan gum (optional): If you like a thicker syrup, add a little xanthan gum to thicken it up. It will keep the syrup nice and clear without affecting the taste.
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πŸ₯£ How to make Homemade Strawberry Syrup Recipe

1. Begin by chopping up the strawberries. They shouldn’t be too small, just in quarters or sixths.

2. In a medium saucepan add the strawberries, water, and sugar, and bring them to a boil over medium heat.

Pouring honey into a pot with strawberries and water.

3. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes.

Strawberries boiling in a pot of water.

4. Remove the pot from the heat.

5. Strain the strawberries with a fine mesh sieve over another pot, or use a slotted spoon to scoop out the strawberry fruit pulp.

Slotted spoon removing strawberries from water.

6. Mix in a squeeze of fresh lemon and vanilla extract, and allow it to cool completely to room temperature before storing or serving.

A jug of strawberry syrup on a table with strawberries and a white cloth.

πŸ«™ Storage Instructions

Store in an airtight container like a mason jar for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

πŸͺ„ Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Water:sugar ratio: Just like regular simple syrup, the ratio for this homemade fruit syrup is equal parts water and sugar.
  • Need to use this syrup, like, now? Help it to cool quicker by placing the pot in an ice bath and stirring it until it has cooled.
  • Carefully strain the fruit: Do not press down on the fruit when you are straining it. This will cause the syrup to turn cloudy. It’ll still be edible but won’t be clear.
  • Thicker syrup: If you want to make the fresh syrup even thicker, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum over the strawberry syrup, turn the heat on, bring it to a boil, and whisk until the xanthan gum has dissolved.

πŸ“ Different ways to use this strawberry simple syrup recipe

  • Iced tea for strawberry iced tea
  • Strawberry lemonade
  • Strawberry latte
  • Strawberry margarita
  • Mixed with club soda for a sparkling strawberry drink
  • Strawberry milk

Top tip: freeze the strawberry syrup in an ice cube tray and add the cubes to drinks to keep them cold without watering down the flavor.

❓ Looking for a sugar-free version?

Try my Keto Strawberry Syrup recipe! You can choose between 3 different healthy sweeteners to curb your low-carb sweet tooth!

A glass of strawberry milk next to a jug of strawberry simple syrup for drinks on a table with strawberries and a white cloth.

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Jug pouring strawberry simple syrup into a glass.

Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe (for drinks)

Yield: about 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ever wondered how to make Strawberry Syrup for drinks? It's so easy! This is a great way to make all of your favorite drinks with a strawberry twist. From strawberry lemonade and Italian sodas to margaritas and lattes, this simple recipe will be in your pantry all strawberry season!

Ingredients

  • 8 medium strawberries, stems removed and sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Begin by chopping up the strawberries. They shouldn't be too small, just in quarters or sixths.
  2. In a medium saucepan add the strawberries, water, and sugar or honey, and bring them to a boil over medium heat. Pouring honey into a pot with strawberries and water.
  3. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes. Strawberries boiling in a pot of water.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Strain the strawberries with a fine mesh sieve over another pot, or use a slotted spoon to scoop out the strawberry fruit pulp. Do not press down on the strawberries. This will turn the syrup cloudy. Slotted spoon removing strawberries from water.
  6. Mix in the vanilla extract and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and allow it to cool completely to room temperature before storing or serving.

Notes

  • Water:sugar ratio: Just like regular simple syrup, the ratio for this homemade fruit syrup is equal parts water and sugar. It's easy to adjust the amounts to make more or less as needed.
  • Need to use this syrup, like, now? Help it to cool quicker by placing the pot in an ice bath and stirring it until it has cooled.
  • Thicker syrup: If you want to make the fresh syrup even thicker, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum over the strawberry syrup, turn the heat on, bring it to a boil, and whisk until the xanthan gum has dissolved.
  • Storage instructions

    Store in an airtight container like a mason jar for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 0g

    Nutrition information and calculations will vary with the use of different brands or ingredients. These figures are estimates. Please get in touch if you have questions!

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