Feel like a kid again with a tall glass of strawberry milk. This recipe takes a simple syrup made from strawberries and sugar and combines it with cold milk to create a delicious dairy beverage that is thinner than a strawberry smoothie, but packed with strawberry flavor.
Homemade Strawberry Milk Vs. Store-Bought
This fresh, fruity drink is perfect for whose who are looking to get more vitamins, minerals and calcium in their diet. If you’re making it for your kids, it’s a good alternative to store-bought syrups that contain unwanted ingredients.
This recipe uses real, fresh strawberries and only two other basic ingredients. When you make a homemade syrup for the milk, you don’t need to add the preservatives and other chemical ingredients.
Some commercial strawberry syrups and strawberry milks contain ingredients like glucose-fructose, high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate, modified corn starch, potassium sorbate, mono and diglycerides, flavor and color. I don’t even see strawberries on that list…
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need
This recipe keeps it simple with only 3 ingredients:
- fresh strawberries (you can also try this recipe with frozen strawberries but it may take longer to cook the syrup)
You will also need a saucepan and fine mesh strainer.
How to Make Strawberry Milk
- Make the syrup. In a small pot, heat the strawberries, sugar and water over medium heat. Simmer until very soft (around 10 minutes).
- Strain and discard strawberries. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer*. This will give you a clear strawberry syrup. Discard the strawberries from the strainer.
- Add syrup to milk. Add 3-4 tablespoons of the strawberry syrup to each glass of cold milk (or to taste) and stir.
- Serve. Serve! Store any leftover syrup in the refrigerator.
Tips & Tweaks
- Once you’ve learned how to make strawberry milk, you can get a little creative with the recipe. For a vegan twist, replace the cow’s milk with coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, pumpkin milk or another dairy-free product.
- Make it an adult beverage by spiking it with some vodka or white rum.
- You can serve it hot or cold and use the leftover strawberry syrup for another sweet treat that you would like to add strawberry flavor to.
- This drink is best served fresh, so don’t pour the syrup into the milk until you’re ready to drink it.
- If you’re planning ahead, you can make a batch of homemade syrup and store it in the fridge, then mix the beverages whenever you’re ready.
- The syrup in this recipe is clear, but you could purée the strawberry mixture in a blender instead of straining it, to get a thicker syrup with more texture and fiber.
Other Ways to Use up the Syrup
After you’ve made strawberry milk, you can use the leftover strawberry syrup in a number of other ways.
- Add it to smoothies. For example, pour it in a blender with a banana, dates and/or other types of fruit to make a nutritious fruit smoothie.
- Spoon it over a strawberry sundae.
- Pour it over pancakes.
- Make fruit punch.
- Bake a strawberry cake.
- Serve up delicious strawberry milkshakes for you and your family members.
- Try adding fresh strawberry slices to make a sweet strawberry glaze for your cakes and pastries.
- You can even add it to drinks like lemonade, iced tea and homemade cocktails.
- For a unique summer treat, make shaved ice at home and pour the strawberry syrup on top.
This recipe makes about 3/4 cup strawberry syrup. If you have any leftover, it can be stored in an airtight container (like a squeeze bottle) in the refrigerator and use it in the ways listed above or for more strawberry milk.
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Strawberry Milk Recipe
- 1 cup strawberries - cleaned and chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups milk - whole milk is best
- In a small pot, heat the strawberries, sugar and water over medium heat. Simmer until very soft (around 10 minutes).
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer*. This will give you a clear strawberry syrup. Discard the strawberries from the strainer.
- Add 3-4 tablespoons of the strawberry syrup to each glass of cold milk (or to taste) and stir.
- Serve! Store any leftover syrup in the refrigerator.
- This recipe also works with frozen strawberries.
- Makes approximately ¾ cup strawberry sauce.
- *You could purée the strawberry mixture in a blender instead of straining it, to get a thicker syrup with more texture.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.
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