Easy Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe

This Easy Strawberry Simple Syrup is a 3-ingredient recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to make! This sweet and fragrant syrup is perfect for adding to cocktails, mocktails, desserts, and more.

We are entering into prime fresh strawberry picking season and I could not be more excited! This is the time of year when the berries are at their peak of sweetness and juiciness. So, of course, I had to make a batch of simple syrup with them.

If you are looking for a way to use the fresh berries that you picked during the peak of strawberry season then this is the recipe for you!

You may want to try my popular Elderberry Syrup using dried berries.

Homemade strawberry simple syrup in a clear small pitcher with fresh berries on the side.


If you’re like me, you prefer things that are simple. I’m not a fan of clutter or complications. Which is why I love simple syrup. It’s easy to make and takes only a few ingredients. Plus, it can be used in all sorts of recipes – cocktails, lattes, iced tea, etc. AND this can be made sugar-free! So if you’re looking for an easy way to add some sweetness to your drinks, give this simple strawberry syrup recipe a try!

  • It only takes 3 simple ingredients to make this delicious syrup.
  • The strawberries add a beautiful sweet and fragrant flavor to the syrup.
  • Made without preservatives or red dye 40 an additive made from petroleum used to bright up foods that are red in color.
  • Making your own syrups at home is easy and much less expensive than buying them at the store.
  • This syrup is a great way to add a sweet strawberry flavor to a wide variety of cocktails and mocktails, as well as desserts, smoothies, and more!
Ingredients to make strawberry simple syrup


Making this fresh strawberry syrup is so easy, and to get the best results you will only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this recipe.

  • saucepan
  • measuring cup
  • fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
  • wooden spoon


This simple syrup couldn’t be easier to make! Follow these steps below and you will have a finished syrup will have a vibrant red color from the strawberries and a sweet and fruity flavor.

  • water, filtered
  • granulated sugar or sugar alternative for sugar-free option
  • fresh strawberries


Making this sweet syrup only takes a few easy steps. When you follow these simple steps you will be ready to start enjoying this syrup in no time!


Clean the strawberries and remove the green stems. Cut any bruised sections off of the strawberries.


In a small saucepan add water and sugar and cook on medium-high heat until sweetener dissolves.


Add the strawberries and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to simmer and remove any foam that forms over the strawberries. Simmer up to 25 minutes.

Note that this is how you incorporate the natural flavor and color from the strawberries. The longer you simmer, the more color and flavor will be extracted.

Strawberries simmering in simple syrup in a small saucepan.


Remove from heat and strain syrup over a clean bowl. Discard fruit (most of the bright red color will be transferred to the syrup) or eat the fruit.

Alternatively, for fruit in the syrup, break fruit with a fork or potato masher without straining.


Place the red syrup back in the pan. Simmer up to an additional 15 minutes. Cool and strain into clean jar.

This step will thicken the syrup. You can simmer for just a couple of minutes or the full 15 minutes.

Homemade fruit flavored syrup in a small pitcher.


This homemade strawberry syrup has so many uses. Here is my favorite way to use this sweet flavoring.

  • your favorite drinks – like cocktails: add a splash to prosecco for a festive beverage.
  • flavor water – sparkling water with strawberry simple syrup makes the beverage special. Fun summer drink for kids.
  • teas
  • ice cream topping
  • cakes and cupcakes – fold into the batter or frosting.
  • muffins
  • scones
  • fruit salad
  • on top of pancakes or waffles
  • in smoothies or yogurt bowls – make your own parfaits.
  • drizzled over fresh fruit
  • strawberry milk
  • add to lemonade for strawberry lemonade

No matter how you use this syrup you are sure to love it! Do you have other great ideas for using this simple syrup? Share your favorite ways in the comments below!

Sparkling water with strawberry syrup with ice being poured in the glass.


Are you looking for ways to change up this delicious simple syrup recipe? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • This syrup is delicious with your favorite fruit. Try using raspberries, blueberries, or even diced peaches. Make sure that you use fresh fruit or fresh berries for this recipe.
  • You can also use any liquid sweetener in this recipe such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar.
  • Also, feel free to add some fresh herbs like mint or basil. This will give the simple syrup an even more pronounced flavor.
  • Frozen strawberries can be used in place of fresh. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight for similar time frames. Frozen strawberries will need to simmer longer.
  • For a sugar-free option, you can use any sugar alternative such as monk fruit sweetener or stevia.
  • Citrus is a delicious addition to this syrup. Try adding the zest of one lemon, lime, or orange.


This strawberry simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

You can also store this syrup in a freezer-safe container for up three months.


Making simple syrup is super easy but there are a few things you can do to make sure your syrup turns out perfectly every time.

  • Instead of discarding the fruit, you can serve it over pancakes, waffles, french toast, or use it in smoothies. The color will be mostly gone, but the fruit is still delicious.
  • If you want to infuse your syrup with herbs, add them in during the last 5 minutes of simmering.
  • Don’t forget to strain your syrup twice. This will remove any bits of fruit or herbs and give you a clear syrup.
  • This syrup is very sweet, so be sure to add it a little at a time to your recipes.
  • Before adding this syrup to the fridge, make sure to allow it to come to room temperature first
Small pitcher with strawberry syrup with a beverage in the back.


Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How long does fruit infused simple syrup last?

It can last up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.

What is the ratio for simple syrup?

The ratio for simple syrup is 1:1 one part water and one part sugar.

What is the liquid poured on cakes?

It is called simple syrup and it is used to keep cakes moist.

Can you overcook simple syrup?

Yes, you should never let it boil and cook for too long. If the syrup starts to thicken and turn golden, it has been overcooked and can no longer be used in recipes. Follow the cook times listed closely for result results.


This Easy Strawberry Simple Syrup is a must-have recipe for summertime. So go ahead and make it today and enjoy the sweet, fragrant flavor of strawberries all season long! It’s called SIMPLE for a reason!

Simple syrup made with strawberries in a small clear pitcher.

Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe (3-ingredients)

Simple syrup infused with fresh strawberries. Enjoy in beverages and desserts for a simple way to add flavor to your dishes and drinks.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Simple syrup, Strawberry Simple Syrup, Strawberry Syrup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 29kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 cup water filtered
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 16 ounces strawberries


  • Clean strawberries and remove stems. If strawberries are large you can cut in half.
  • Add water and sugar to a small saucepan. Heat on medium-high and cook until the sweetener dissolves. This will take about 5 minutes.
  • Add the clean strawberries to the simple syrup and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to simmer and remove any foam that forms over the strawberries. Simmer for up to 25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain syrup with a sieve or cheese cloth over a clean bowl. Discard fruit.
  • Place the red syrup back in the pan. Simmer for up to an additional 15 minutes or untiled desired syrup texture. Cool and strain into clean jar a second time. .


For a syrup with the fruit, break fruit wit a fork or potato masher at step 3.
For a sugar free option, use a granulated sweetener like monk fruit, erythritol, allulose or a combination of your favorite varieties.
To preserve the syrup you can add 1 tablespoon of vodka after the simple syrup has cooled.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 7g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

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  1. This strawberry simple syrup is AMAZING!! I made it first to put in mojitos, but now I am finding myself putting it in all sorts of recipes!! it is fantastic THANK YOU!