Strawberry simple syrup is a sweet way to make the most of summer strawberries! Try this vibrant red simple syrup in cocktails, as a cake soak, or as a glaze for fresh fruit. With optional ginger for a bit of spice.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Fresh strawberries: you can use frozen when out of season, but fresh is best. Try to find very ripe and sweet berries.
- Fresh ginger: dried ginger won't work - just omit if you don't have fresh.
Step 1: add the berries, water, sugar, and ginger to a saucepan.
Step 2: bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer.
Step 3: cool the syrup, then strain through a fine sieve.
Step 4: decant into a glass bottle or jar for storage.
- Sterilize the bottle: this will ensure the syrup lasts as long as possible. It can be done by simply running the bottle through a hot dishwasher cycle.
- Don't shorten cooking time: you want to get all the flavour out of those strawberries, and a longer simmer will ensure that.
- Freeze it: a cube of strawberry syrup makes for a fancy glass of lemonade or can be added to plain water - great for picky kids in the summer!
Spooning off the foam is optional, but will make for a nicer syrup.
Pressing on the berries to extract the most syrup possible is great for quantity, but can make the end result a little cloudier. Either method works but it depends on what you want the syrup to look like.
Instead of tossing the cooked strawberries from the syrup use them to top ice cream, waffles, or stir them into your morning yogurt.
How to Store Strawberry Syrup
Storage: it will keep for up to a month in the fridge in a clean jar.
Freezing: simple syrup freezes well! Try freezing it in ice cube trays for lightly sweetened cold drinks and cocktails this summer. Transfer the cubes to an airtight container and store for 1-2 months.
What is strawberry syrup made of?
A basic strawberry syrup will be made with strawberries, sugar, and water. You can add extras like ginger, lemon zest, or vanilla.
What is the difference between strawberry puree and syrup?
Strawberry puree is simply blended strawberries, sometimes with a sweetener added. Strawberry syrup is a cooked strawberry, sugar, and water mixture with the berries strained out after cooking.
Do you have to boil simple syrup?
While you don't actually have to heat simple syrup at all, if you're adding extras like strawberries, you will have to cook it. A quick boil followed by a longer simmer will do the trick.
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Strawberry Simple Syrup with Ginger
- Cooking pot
- Fine mesh sieve
- Measuring cups or a digital kitchen scale
- Bottles Sterilized
- 1 ½ cups strawberries hulled and quartered
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and minced
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Place the strawberries, ginger, sugar, and water in a medium-large pot. Bring to a rolling boil on high heat (which takes about 12-14 minutes) then reduce the heat to medium. As the mixture simmers it should be frothy with lively bubbles but not boiling over. Continue to simmer for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and spoon off any excess foam that may be present.
- Set aside on a rack to cool for at least one hour. Using a fine meshed sieve, strain out the solids from the syrup.
- Funnel the syrup into a sterilized bottle, or pour it into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Strawberry syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.