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Quick and Easy Strawberry Simple Syrup


This delicious homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup recipe is something you should make right now.

It’s full of fresh strawberry flavor and it’s the perfect way to sweeten easy cocktails and mocktails.

This recipe shows you how to create a flavored syrup that will make your mouth water!

Strawberry simple syrup in mason jar on a table.

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Strawberry Simple Syrup is so easy

So let’s get this out into the open: I’m lazy. But I like delicious things.

I don’t like to spend time in the kitchen and I always look for ways to cut out steps from a recipe.

I went for a really long time without making simple syrups for cocktails and other flavored drinks.

I hated that you had to prep ingredients, simmer and steep the syrup and then strain.

But there is truly no better way to get that bold, fresh taste of whatever ingredient you are simmering down.

And this Strawberry Simple Syrup recipe is so easy. Yes, it does take a bit of time, but it’s not hands-on time.

Even if you are lazy, like me, this flavored syrup is worth the effort.

It’s also the base for my favorite Strawberry Basil Margarita which you’re going to need to make as well.

How to store simple syrup

Store your simple syrup in an airtight container in the fridge. I like to put it in a Ball jar for ease of use.

And doesn’t everyone have 27 random Ball jars laying around? No? Just me?

But anything will work as long as it’s air tight and kept cold.

How long does simple syrup last

A basic simple syrup (just sugar and water) can stay fresh in the fridge for around 4 weeks.

Flavored simple syrups last for a week or two, max.

Ingredients for strawberry syrup for cocktails on a cutting board.

How to make Strawberry Simple Syrup

A simple syrup is pretty straight forward. It’s just equal parts water and sugar (or honey or another sweetener) that is simmered down to create a sweet syrup.

I don’t love overly sweet drinks, though. So when I make a simple syrup, I always cut back on the sugar.

I used 3/4 cups sugar to 1 cup water for this strawberry syrup. Next time I will cut it back to 1/4 cups sugar (which is what I do for lavender simple syrup).

This is based on personal preference. So do what feels right to you!

Scroll to the end of the post for a printable recipe card with complete measurements and detailed instructions.


  • water
  • sugar
  • fresh strawberries
Sauce pan next to a bowl of fresh strawberries, sugar and water.

Flavored syrups are the best way to add more flavor to cocktails.

While I usually try to get away with just muddling fresh fruits (because, lazy), the flavor is much more intense with a homemade fruit syrup.


Sauce pan with sugar and water next to a bowl of sliced fresh strawberries.

Prepare the strawberries. Simply cut off the stems and rough slice or chop.

Add the water and sugar to a saucepan. Then add the fruit.

Sliced strawberries in a sauce pan to make a simple syrup.

Bring the sugar, water and fruit to a boil making sure to stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved.

Simmer for about 5 minutes. Then let cool for about an hour.

Cheese cloth in a jar to strain strawberry syrup.

Use a strainer or cheesecloth to strain out the fruit pieces from the syrup.

Do not press down on the strawberries or your syrup may end up cloudy.

Cover it and keep it in the fridge.

Strawberry syrup in mason jar on a cutting board next to fresh strawberries.

This delicious Strawberry Cocktail Syrup is a great way to use up overripe strawberries.

And while it’s crazy delicious in cocktails, it can also be used to flavor milk shakes, ice cream floats, and mixed with club soda to create a homemade soda.

The flavor is bold and tastes like fresh strawberries. It’s so tasty! And incredibly easy. Even for lazy people.

Just making one cocktail and need simple syrup? Make this Cheater Simple Syrup.

And make this yummy Vanilla Cinnamon Simple Syrup to add even more delicious, complex flavor to cocktails.

Supplies to make this recipe

More cocktails to try

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  • Aperol Spritz – An Aperol Spritz is one of my go-to summer cocktails. With a bitter orange flavor and sparkling wine it’s super fun to drink.
  • Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini – I love wine cocktails and this Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini is one that you’ll crave!

Printable recipe

Strawberry Simple syrup in mason jar with fresh strawberries on a cutting board.

Strawberry Simple Syrup

This quick and easy Strawberry Simple Syrup is perfect for flavored cocktails! The fresh strawberry flavor really shines through while the sugar sweetens up mocktails and other drink recipes.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Calories: 51kcal
Servings: 12 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 sliced strawberries


  • Combine sugar, water and strawberries in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly so sugar dissolves.
  • Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cool the syrup, then strain through a sieve or cheesecloth.
  • Store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.


Don’t squeeze the strawberries in the cheesecloth or it could cause the syrup to get cloudy.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 13g
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