Since we have soooo much time on our hands I have been taking that opportunity to experiment in the kitchen. Some experiments have not worked out and will never see the light of day but some worked out like this Strawberry Simple Syrup! This syrup is sweet, delicious and only requires 3 INGREDIENTS!!! You can also switch out the fruit and make it whatever your preference is. I’ve made raspberry and will be trying blueberry and pineapple real soon. Let’s make it!!!
- 1 to 1 & 1/2 pounds of strawberries cut into bite size pieces
- 1 cup of water
- 1 to 1 & 1/2 cups of sugar (depending on your preference of sweetness)
- You’ll also need a mesh strainer. You can get these from the dollar store.
Directions: Place cut strawberries in large pot (make sure it’s a big enough pot because the mixture will boil over and the clean up is not fun. Ask me how I know) and add sugar and water. Stir til combined. Turn on heat to med high until mixture begins boiling. Turn heat to medium & boil for 15-20 minutes. Turn on low and let simmer an additional 10-15 minutes. Turn off and let mixture cool enough for you to handle. Strain mixture thru strainer. Mash pulp in order to get all the juice. Set pulp aside for strawberry lemonade recipe. Transfer to container and let cool. Mixture will thicken as it cools.
You can use this syrup on pancakes and waffles, ice cream, in smoothies and in drinks. I am sharing 2 drink recipes below.
Semi-homemade Strawberry Lemonade: (2 quart recipe)
- 2 can of frozen lemonade concentrate (This is found in the freezer section of the grocery store)
- 1/2 cup of strawberry syrup
- Pulp from strawberries
- 2-3 lemons (1-2 for juice and 1 to slice in drink)
- 1/2 cup of sugar (optional)
Directions: Pour lemonade concentrate in a 2 quart pitcher. Add pulp and sugar if using. Add 4-6 cans (use the can from the lemonade concentrate) of water (I would taste for flavor after the 4th can of water). Mix in strawberry syrup and the juice of 1 to 2 lemons. Add one sliced lemon for decoration. Pour over ice but 8 would not add ice directly to this mixture in order not to water it down.
- Orange juice
- Pineapple juice (I sometimes mix the orange and pineapple juice as two equal parts to a separate pitcher for the kids to enjoy)
- Sparkling Rose’ (my preference) or Champagne or Prosecco
- Strawberry Syrup
Directions: Add orange and pineapple juice halfway to a champagne flute. Add whichever alcohol you are using. Top with the strawberry syrup. It will sink to the bottom and look similar to a sunrise. This is a great drink to impress your brunch guests and we thoroughly enjoyed it on Easter Sunday! Check out our Easter Brunch Prep & Vlog YouTube below.
I hope you try this syrup. It is super easy to whip up while you are making breakfast one morning. You can also use frozen fruit if fresh isn’t available. I can already tell this will become a staple in our household! If you try it please tag me on IG @severalpeoplesmama