You’ll love this easy homemade strawberry milk! It’s made with fresh strawberries and your favorite milk. No artificial flavorings here!
The subtle, delicate sweet flavors make this strawberry milk delightful. Enjoy it cold as a refreshing summer drink, or warm for a cozy winter beverage.
It’s super easy and quick to make, and it’s definitely make-ahead friendly.
Plain milk can be a little boring, so why not make homemade strawberry milk?! This easy strawberry milk is made from scratch with fresh strawberries.
During the summer time, I like to enjoy this strawberry cold for a refreshing touch. Kids will love it! During the colder months, I love it warm for those cozy feels.
We’ve been making this recipe a lot over here. It’s perfect as an afternoon drink for the summer. We’ve also been making lots of milkshakes, as well as berry smoothies and this easy pineapple banana smoothie.
Why I love making strawberry milk at home:
- Made with fresh strawberries!
- Super easy and quick! Takes just 10 to 15 minutes to make the strawberry mixture.
- Make-ahead friendly.
Made from Scratch with Fresh Strawberries
This recipe uses fresh strawberries to make a simple 3-ingredient strawberry syrup (fresh strawberries, sugar, and water), which is then mixed with your favorite milk. It’s very easy and takes just 10 to 15 minutes to make.
There are no artificial flavorings or sweeteners here. It’s all natural! The strawberry syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week or so.
You only need 4 basic ingredients to make strawberry milk at home. As always, the ingredient quantities and details can be found in the recipe card down below, but I wanted to share a few ingredient notes here.
- Fresh strawberries, diced for the syrup. I’d recommend using fresh strawberries rather than frozen for a bright red color.
- Granulated sugar: to make a sweet syrup. Don’t use brown sugar, as it could give the syrup a molasses-y type texture.
- Water to make the syrup
- Milk: I like using whole or 2 percent milk, but feel free to use your favorite milk.
Step 1 | Cook down the strawberries
In a saucepan, combine the diced strawberries with granulated sugar and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low boil. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes (uncovered), stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. The syrup will be pretty thin.
Step 2 | Strain strawberries to make a syrup
Strain strawberries over a fine mesh strainer into a bowl or something like a glass measuring cup with a spout. Then transfer the syrup into a mason jar and let cool completely. Discard the strawberry puree or use it for another recipe as you wish.
Tip: If desired, you can also add the cooked down strawberries. I do it all the time! You’ll need a thicker straw to drink it though.
Step 3 | Combine syrup with milk
Add the amount of syrup you’d like to a glass. Then add your favorite milk to it and mix until evenly combined. You can enjoy it cold or hot!
Use Your Favorite Milk
I love using whole or 2 percent milk for this recipe, but feel free to use the milk of your choice as long as it is unsweetened (the syrup is already sweet enough).
You can also adjust the proportions between the milk and strawberry syrup to taste.
Other Fruity Beverages You May Like
These are my favorite drinks to enjoy at home:
Yes, although I’d recommend using fresh strawberries for a brighter red color.
Up to you! It’s great hot or cold. The syrup dissolves very well in cold and hot liquids.
It’s supposed to be pretty thin, just slightly thickened.
Definitely! I’d recommend making the syrup up to 1 week in advance. Store in the refrigerator in a mason jar sealed container. When ready to serve, combine the syrup and milk.
It depends. If you want smooth strawberry milk, then strain it. However, you can also serve it with the cooked down strawberries, although you may need a thicker straw.
Tips for Success
- For bright red colors, use fresh strawberries to make the syrup. If you can’t find fresh, frozen strawberries will work too.
- Serve it hot or cold, with your favorite milk. Try not to use sweetened milk since the syrup is already sweet.
- This recipe makes about 1.5 to 2 cups of syrup, which can be used for about 6.
- 2 cups diced fresh strawberries
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- Your favorite milk (unsweetened), to taste - I like to use whole or 2 percent milk
- In a saucepan, combine diced strawberries, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low boil and cook it down for about 10 to 15 minutes (uncovered), stirring, until slightly thickened. It will be pretty thin.
- Strain the strawberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve, pressing it down with a spoon, to make a smooth syrup. Discard strawberries. Let the syrup cool down completely. Note: If desired, don’t strain the mixture – you can add the cooked down strawberries to your milk too, but you’ll need a thicker straw.
- To serve, mix milk with the prepared syrup to taste. The amount of milk really depends on your preference. If you want it sweeter, use less milk and more syrup. Enjoy hot or cold!
- To strain or not to strain? It’s up to you! I do both. Feel free to add the strawberries to the milk too – just use a thicker straw.
- For brighter red colors, use fresh strawberries. If you can’t find fresh strawberries, frozen will work too.
- Consistency: The syrup should look pretty thin, only slightly thickened.
- Do not use brown sugar, as it can make the syrup have the consistency of molasses. Use granulated sugar for best results.
- Enjoy this strawberry milk hot or cold. If serving it hot, there’s no need to wait for the syrup to cool down first.
- Make ahead and storage: Refrigerate the syrup in a sealed container for up to 1 week. When ready to serve, mix milk with strawberry syrup to taste.
- Fresh strawberries: If needed, use frozen strawberries, but I’d recommend using fresh.
- Do not use brown sugar. Use granulated sugar to get the right consistency.
- Add-ons: Top your strawberry milk with whipped cream and funfetti!