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.
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.
You can serve it hot or cold and use the leftover strawberry syrup for another sweet treat.
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)
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.
Pour it in a blender with a banana, dates or other types of fruit to make a nutritious fruit smoothie. 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.
After you’ve made strawberry milk, you can use the leftover strawberry syrup in a number of other recipes. Add it to smoothies, spoon it over ice cream, pour it over pancakes, make fruit punch, bake a strawberry cake or 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.
- 1 cup strawberries - cleaned and chopped
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ 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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