Forget store-bought strawberry syrup and make this from scratch, homemade Strawberry Milk with juicy fresh strawberries and no artificial colors, flavors, or dyes!

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Forget store-bought strawberry syrup and make this from scratch, homemade Strawberry Milk with juicy fresh strawberries and no artificial colors, flavors, or dyes!

You will love this Strawberry Milk Recipe

When I was a kid, I was sort of obsessed with strawberry milk. I remember going to ski school at Solitude ski resort in Utah and getting goodie-bags to take home that were always filled with the best stuff, including packets of Nesquik strawberry milk powder.

Those packets were my FAVORITE and the only time of the year when I got to have pink milk (that honestly had 0% real strawberry in it, lol).

Well, then, and whenever we had strawberries and cream for dessert.

If you've never had strawberries and cream like this, just cut up fresh strawberries, sprinkle with a little sugar, then drizzle cream over them (or sometimes just fill the bowl with milk and eat the sweetened strawberries and milk like you might eat a bowl of cereal.) 

This seemed super normal to me growing up but now I'm wondering if anybody else ever does/did this? By the end, the bowl of milk was stained pink and flavored from the macerated strawberry juices and sugar and I would slurp it down straight from the bowl. YUM.

So when I was researching foods that Delaware is known for as part of my American Eats series, I kept coming across strawberries and milk being strongly associated with Delaware and knew I needed to do something with them.

After all, strawberries are Delaware's state fruit and milk is Delaware's state beverage (since 1983!). Strawberry milk was an obvious choice for a taste of Delaware!

An image of a glass of fresh strawberry milk with strawberries on the side.
An image of a glass of homemade strawberry milk.

This is the pinkest, funnest way to start your day. Or it makes a delicious and easy after-school (or work) snack for the kiddos or yourself (if you are a kid at heart, like me).

I'm thinking strawberry milk needs to be on deck for Valentine's Day, Easter, baby girl baby showers, birthday parties, and basically any other spring or summer occasion in between. It's so yummy and fun!

And super easy to make ahead and have on hand for whenever you get those strawberry milk cravings. It's also a great way to get your kids to drink their milk!

Strawberry Milk Drink Ingredients

  • Strawberries - You will want the strawberries washed, hulled, and sliced.
  • Granulated sugar - just plain white sugar to sweeten the strawberry syrup.
  • Water - to cook and soften the strawberries in.
  • Milk - Add the strawberry syrup to milk for a delicious drink. Use whole milk for an even creamier experience.
An image of a simple strawberry syrup next to a glass of strawberry milk.

How to make Strawberry Milk

You can this homemade strawberry milk recipe from either fresh or frozen strawberries. And if you are dairy-free, you could absolutely use the strawberry syrup in almond milk or coconut milk. First, clean and hull your strawberries (if using fresh) and slice or chop them up a bit. I just did all of this with a paring knife and quartered my berries.

An image of a bowl of washed and hulled strawberries.

Add the chopped strawberries, sugar, and just a little water into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until the strawberries are soft and have released all of the juices - about 10-15 minutes.

An image of the step-by-step process of making strawberry syrup for strawberry milk by combining fresh strawberries, sugar, and water in a pan to simmer.
An image of simmer strawberries and sugar ready to be poured through a fine mesh strainer to make strawberry syrup for homemade strawberry milk.

Pour everything through a fine mesh strainer. Press the solids against the strainer using the back of a spatula or spoon to get as much syrup from the strawberries as possible, then discard the solids.

Transfer the strawberry syrup to a jar or container and chill the syrup in the fridge until cold.

An image of the liquid that results from simmering strawberries and sugar together to make a strawberry syrup.

How to use Strawberry Syrup for Milk

When you are ready to make a glass of fresh strawberry milk, just add 3-4 tablespoons of the strawberry syrup to 1 cup of milk and stir! I think it's best with whole milk - it's much creamier and richer tasting - but use whatever you like.

An image of a bowl of strawberries next to a jar of strawberry syrup and a glass of strawberry milk.

Tips for this Strawberry Milk Drink

  • You could even use the syrup to flavor club soda or seltzer water.
  • The color of the syrup in the pictures is 100% natural but when you swirl it into milk, it results in a pale pink milk. If you really wanted a strong pink color, you would need to add a little food coloring (affiliate link).

How to store Homemade Strawberry Milk

The strawberry syrup will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Unless you use it all first, which is the more likely scenario. Just store it in an airtight container. I got my cute little jar from the Target dollar section around Christmas or Valentine's Day couple years ago (can't remember for sure when but they have cute little red lids with holes for plastic straws and I gave them to my kids but use them all the time myself, lol).

An image of a jar of homemade strawberry syrup from scratch to be used for flavoring drinks.

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How to make Strawberry Milk

5 from 1 vote
Amy Nash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Forget store-bought strawberry syrup and make this from scratch, homemade Strawberry Milk with juicy fresh strawberries and no artificial colors, flavors, or dyes!


  • 3 cups strawberries washed, hulled, and sliced
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • milk


  • Bring strawberries, sugar, and water to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until berries are soft and have released their juices.
  • Pour the berries and juice through fine mesh strainer over a bowl, pressing out as much juice as possible and discarding solids. Transfer the resulting syrup to a container and chill thoroughly in the fridge until cold. 
  • Add 3-4 tablespoons of strawberry syrup to 1 cup of milk for each serving.  Stir well, then enjoy!


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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