This Strawberry Milk is creamy and delicious! Made with real strawberries, sugar, milk, and a little bit of water, you’re only a few steps away from this refreshing sweet treat!
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A cold glass of strawberry milk is one of the most refreshing things! The sweet, fruity flavor mixed with fresh, cold milk is so delicious and can be enjoyed any time of year.
This easy recipe shows you how to make a homemade strawberry syrup that can be added to any milk of your choice (feeling crazy? Try chocolate!).
Making your own homemade strawberry milk is so great as it has no artificial flavors, unlike flavored milk made with store-bought syrups.
This syrup will stay fresh for a week, so you can enjoy amazing strawberry milk all week long!
Strawberry milk is a popular drink in our home. We also love making this Healthy Strawberry Smoothie, and our Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade, and sometimes mix it up with this healthy but decadent Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie!
- Strawberries: fresh strawberries are easily available in strawberry season, but you can use frozen strawberries if you can’t get a hold of fresh ones — they taste just as good!
- Sugar: white granulated sugar is best but you could also use another sweetener or even honey.
- Milk: I tend to use regular milk for milkshakes, but you can use your favorite choice of milk, including non-dairy milk. Coconut milk and almond milk will go well with the strawberry flavor.
- Water: for the base of the strawberry syrup. This helps to thin it out slightly!
How to Make Strawberry Milk
This strawberry milk is so quick and easy to make! Full instructions are included in the recipe card below.
- Cook ingredients in a pan. Make the strawberry syrup by cooking the strawberries, water and sugar in a pan on medium heat.
- Mash strawberries. Cook and stir until bubbly, mashing the strawberries as you cook.
- Strain syrup. Pour the syrup mixture through a mesh strainer to remove chunks. Refrigerate to cool completely.
- Add to milk. Add strawberry syrup to milk, in the amount listed or to taste!
Strawberry Milk FAQs
While store-bought strawberry milk will vary from brand to brand with ingredients, and probably include preservatives, this homemade recipe is made with simple ingredients. While this recipe does contain sugar, it’s made with fresh strawberries that are high in Vitamin C and milk which is high in protein.
This recipe makes a strawberry syrup that is then added to milk to make strawberry milk. Strawberry syrup will last in the refrigerator for up to 1 week stored in an airtight container.
You can also freezer strawberry syrup up to 6 months — try freezing it in an ice cube tray for easy thawing! Simply add to your milk and stir.
Blend the strawberries before adding them to the pot, so that there are still some chunks left. Use a food processor or immersion blender for this.
Add the pureed strawberries to the pot, along with the sugar and make a strawberry puree instead of syrup by not straining the mixture once it is thickened.
Put some of the puree into a glass, smearing it on the outside of the glass in a swirl all the way to the top, before slowly adding in your milk, then lightly stir, and serve.
Tips and Notes
- Cool it quicker. If you want to cool the syrup down quicker so you can use it sooner, cool it in the freezer rather than the fridge. Put the freshly made strawberry syrup in the freezer for 20 minutes, stirring every 5, until completely cool.
- Use other fruit. This syrup method will work with any types of berries, or even a combination of berries. Substitute the strawberries for other frozen or fresh berries like raspberries, blueberries for different fruity milk flavors!
Strawberry Milk Variations
- Substitute the Sugar: If you want less or no sugar in your drink, use a sweetener, maple syrup, or agave nectar instead of sugar.
- Top with Whipped Cream: Top your strawberry milk drink with whipped cream for an extra special treat!
- Use different milk: Use 2%, whole milk, or a plant-based milk of your choice.
- Make it Creamier: Add a scoop of strawberry or vanilla ice cream to your milk before adding the syrup to make it thicker and creamier – you may need to use a blender to make it smooth. Alternatively, you can substitute some of the milk for heavy cream.
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- 4 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 4-8 cups milk*
- In a medium saucepan, combine strawberries, water and sugar on medium heat.
- Cook and stir until bubbly, strawberries have softened and sugar has dissolved. Mash strawberries as you cook.
- Pour strawberry sauce through a fine mesh sieve to remove chunks and seeds and place in the refrigerator to cool completely.**
- Combine ¼-½ cup strawberry sauce with one cup milk or to taste.
- The leftover strawberry sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Storage: Leftover strawberry syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- **Cooling: If you want to cool the syrup down quickly so you can use it sooner, cool it in the freezer rather than the fridge. Put the freshly made strawberry syrup in the freezer for 20 minutes, stirring every 5, until completely cool.
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