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Homemade Strawberry Syrup

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Make this easy Homemade Strawberry Syrup for a nostalgic glass of pink milk or the best strawberry milkshakes ever!

syrup with food coloring added

Homemade Strawberry Syrup takes ordinary desserts to new heights of yum. It’s perfect for topping desserts like ice cream or New York Cheesecake. With minimal ingredients, you can easily whip up this syrup for special occasions or a regular day.

Fruit syrup vs fruit coulis

cooked syrup

This recipe is basically a fruit coulis. Coulis is a thin purée of sweetened fruit sauce served as an accompaniment to many desserts. The syrup is a thicker sauce but made with the same base recipe. It’s often thickened with more sugar or cornstarch.

How to use strawberry syrup

strawberry milk

Strawberry syrup can be used for almost any dessert you’d like to amp up. But a few of my favorite ways include:

  • Strawberry milk: Add 3-4 tablespoons of strawberry syrup to 8 ounces of very cold milk (your choice) and stir.
  • Strawberry milkshakes: For the ultimate strawberry shake, add 1 cup of vanilla or strawberry ice cream, 1/4 cup of milk (more as needed), plus 1/4 cup of syrup to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Strawberry cupcake batter: Find the recipe for my Strawberry Cupcakes HERE.
  • Pancakes: You can also use the syrup with my favorite Classic Pancake Recipe.

What you need to make strawberry syrup

frozen strawberries defrosted

Strawberries– Fresh or frozen. I typically will make fruit syrup with frozen fruit because of convenience. Fresh works beautifully when in season. Be sure to defrost and drain if using frozen.
Sugar
Strawberry extract
Cornstarch
Water
Red food coloring– Dye is not necessary but I like to add it for a deeper color when I use the syrup in other recipes.
Saucepan
Blender

How to store fruit syrup

bottle of strawberry syrup vertical

Store the syrup in the fridge in a jar with lid for up to a week. I used a cute glass maple syrup bottle. You can find similar ones on amazon HERE (affil link). You may also freeze the syrup in a freezer-safe bag for a few weeks.

More delicious strawberry recipes!

Strawberry Refrigerator Jam
Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake
Strawberry Cupcakes

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Homemade Strawberry Syrup

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Make this easy Homemade Strawberry Syrup for a nostalgic glass of pink milk or the best strawberry milkshakes ever!
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 c strawberries
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 c water
  • 1 tbsp strawberry extract
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 tsp red food coloring optional

Instructions

  • Blend the strawberries, sugar, and water in a blender until smooth. Pour the purée into a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring the pot to a rolling boil over low to medium heat for 5 minutes for the sugar to melt. Stir consistently so that it doesn’t scorch.
  • Whisk together the cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of water. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cornstarch mixture, strawberry extract, and red food coloring if using. Allow the syrup to cool before storing or serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry, syrup
Servings: 40 tablespoons
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Ty

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