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Want to make fancy cocktails at home? All you need is this super easy recipe for strawberry cocktail syrup!
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Why you'll love this recipe for strawberry cocktail syrup
Strawberry cocktail syrup is simply a “simple syrup” infused with strawberries.
This recipe thickens the flavor with brown sugar, adding a caramelized texture and flavor to the syrup, making it perfect for oriental recipes (such as bubble teas and asian milks). But it’s also a great addition to cocktails and baking recipes. Or just add it anywhere you feel that a nice sugary, fruity drizzle could be used.
About the ingredients (with labeled photo)
You’re going to need a few simple (and by simple, I do mean simple) ingredients. Nothing insane or crazy here.
- Granulated sugar: granulated sugar or white sugar makes up the base of this simple syrup. White sugar sweetens and thickens.
- Brown sugar: Adds a nice depth of flavor to the simple syrup. Brown sugar is simply white sugar with molasses present. This obviously deepens the flavor and makes it a little more interesting.
- Strawberries: You can use fresh or frozen. In this case I am using frozen. Just be sure to thaw them or rinse them to release any extra moisture.
- Water: To make the simple syrup, without it you’d just end up with a really stiff caramel. Make sure to use filtered water for the best flavor.
- Lemon peels are optional: I like to throw in a lemon peel for some extra flavor but you don’t have to do this unless you have an extra one laying around.
- Fresh or frozen strawberries: fresh strawberries are best here, but for this recipe I used frozen. I gave them a rinse in hot water (to rinse off any extra ice from the freezer and bring them to a thawed temperature).
- Brown sugar: If you don’t have brown sugar just replace it with white sugar.
- Lemon peels: feel free to add one or two to this mixture for a little extra zing. Maybe one or two lemon peels but don’t go adding a whole cup or anything.
How to make this recipe with labeled photos
Here’s how this recipe is going to go:
- Get a nice sauce pan, a stainless one is best. That's a matter of preference, though.
- Combine all ingredients (granulated sugar, brown sugar, strawberries, and water) in a saucepan.
- Bring it to a simmer.
- Turn down the heat.
- Strain and store it in a jar after it cools off.
Um…right. So easy? Isn't it? You can do this!
Making restaurant-quality cocktails doesn’t have to be as rigid and as exclusive as the Catholic Church (and this is coming from a convert to the Catholic Church, okay?).
Expert tips and tricks
You can store this in the fridge in an airtight container for a month. Seriously, a month of strawberry-infused cocktails! How fun. And airtight containers sounds rigid, kinda like we just talked about and I hate rigid, just use a mason jar. Get a case of them and have them on hand for salad dressings and anything else you might need them for.
Special kitchen tools
- Fine mesh strainer: You’ll want to use a fine mesh strainer to filter the strawberries from the simple syrup after you’ve cooled it.
- Mason jar for easy storage: I like to have a package of mason jars at all times. They’re great for storing dressing, simple syrups, leftover soups, etc.
How to use it
Use it for cocktails. Strawberry milk for your kids (just add a spoonful or two to a cup of milk). Flavoring pancakes. Maybe for bubble tea. The sky's the limit, here! Anything that could use a little sweetness and strawberry flavor!
WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE STRAWBERRIES OTHER THAN DISCARD THEM?
Put them into muffins, smoothies, pancake mix, or on top of pancakes.
WHAT COCKTAILS CAN I USE STRAWBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP IN?
In any basic cocktail, you can replace the simple syrup or age for strawberry simple syrup. Use this in place of simple syrup or age in a margarita and you’ve elevated a basic margarita to a strawberry margarita!
CAN I FREEZE THIS?
Yes, freeze it in an ice cube tray for the best results!
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Strawberry Cocktail Syrup
- 1 fine mesh strainer
- 1 mason jar or other glass jar
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup diced strawberries thawed if frozen
- 1 cup water
- Optional: lemon peels
- In a saucepan over medium heat, simmer all of the ingredients together.
- Put the lid on the pan and turn the heat down to low. Stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain into a glass jar with a fine mesh strainer.
- When cooled, screw the lid on tightly and save in the fridge for up to one month. Enjoy using this strawberry syrup in cocktails!