Homemade Strawberry Milk is a rich, creamy concoction that perfectly combines homemade strawberry syrup and whole milk for a flavor explosion. Loaded with real strawberry taste, this delightful beverage is the perfect way to relive childhood memories or create new ones.
Easy Homemade Strawberry Milk
There is something so nostalgic about strawberry milk. Refreshing and fruity, it brings me back to my childhood summer days. 🥛 As warmer months approach, I am starting to crave this kiddo favorite. So, of course, I had to come up with my own version.
It turns out that making strawberry milk is actually super easy to make. Just think, in only 15 minutes, you will have a creamy, fruity beverage that is absolutely overflowing with big strawberry flavor from homemade strawberry syrup. It’s the perfect sweet treat for summer.
Why Make Your Own Strawberry Milk?
Homemade strawberry milk tastes better and is better for you than the stuff you can find in stores. Store-bought versions are more often than not filled with preservatives, excess sugar, and mystery additives. Do your body a favor and make it at home. Whether it’s for a midday snack or a sweet dessert, this strawberry milk is a must-try recipe!
What You’ll Need
You’ll only need 5 ingredients to make strawberry milk. It doesn’t get much better than that.
- Strawberries: All of the strawberry flavor comes from the strawberries themselves so be sure to select sweet, ripe strawberries. I prefer fresh but you can use frozen berries in a pinch. If you go the frozen route, you do not need to thaw the berries first. I do suggest tacking 1 to 2 minutes onto the cook time, however.
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Whole milk: I used whole milk here, but you could easily use 2% or fat-free milk. Dairy-free? No problem. I have tried this recipe with several different kinds of milk, and it works just as well. I suggest full-fat, creamy milk alternatives such as oat milk or cashew milk. Be sure the product you choose is unsweetened.
How to Make Homemade Strawberry Milk
It doesn’t take much to make this delicious homemade strawberry milk. All you have to do is whip up a quick strawberry syrup and mix it with milk. Here’s an overview of how to do it:
- Make the syrup. Bring the strawberries, sugar, water, and vanilla extract to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Strain the sauce. Set a fine-sieved strainer over a 32-ounce mason jar. Pour the strawberry mixture into the sieve and strain the syrup into the jar.
- Mix. Add the milk to the mason jar. Mix until the syrup is fully incorporated into the milk.
Other Uses For the Strawberry Syrup
Feel free to make a double batch of the strawberry syrup and, instead of mixing it with milk, use it on or with your desserts and breakfast. Here are some ways to use this strawberry syrup:
- Ice cream. Pour a bit of strawberry syrup over vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry ice cream. Want to make your own ice cream? Try my Birthday Cake Ice Cream Recipe or this 2-Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream Recipe.
- Cake. This sweet syrup is phenomenal when drizzled over a cake. Try it with my Two-Ingredient Mini Lemon Cakes, Chocolate Olive Oil Cake, Strawberry Shortcake Cake, or this decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake.
- Breakfast. Douse your favorite sweet breakfast goods with strawberry syrup. I love it over my Fluffy Almond Flour Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes, these Cream Cheese Waffles, these Baked French Toast, or my 2 Ingredient Crepes.
- When you have had your fill of strawberry milk, close the lid of the mason jar (or transfer the beverage to another airtight container) and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
More Strawberry Recipes
‘Tis the season for strawberries. Let’s celebrate by putting these delicious little fruits into some seriously tasty recipes.
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
- Strawberry Pomegranate Mojito
- Homemade Strawberry Jam
- Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake
- Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad with Balsamic Glaze Recipe
- Strawberry Shortcake Cake
- 2 cups hulled and cubed strawberries
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 cups whole milk
- Add the strawberries, sugar, water, and vanilla extract to a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to medium-heat and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Set a fine-sieved strainer over a 32-ounce mason jar. Pour the strawberry mixture into the strainer and let the syrup strain into the jar. It should yield about 1/3 cup. Let it cool for a bit.
- Add the milk to the mason jar and mix with a spoon until the milk turns a consistent shade of pink. Taste and adjust the sweetness if needed.
- Serve or refrigerate immediately.
- Use Fresh Strawberries: Fresh, ripe, sweet strawberries will give you the best flavor. You can use frozen strawberries, but the taste may not be as vibrant.
- Sweeten to Taste: Depending on how sweet your strawberries are, you might need to adjust the amount of sugar in your syrup. Taste as you go and adjust accordingly.
- Strain the Syrup: Don’t skip this step. After making your strawberry syrup, strain it to remove any seeds and pulp.
- Cool the Syrup: Before mixing it with milk, make sure your strawberry syrup has cooled a bit. Adding hot syrup to cold milk could cause it to curdle.
- Whole Milk is Best: While you can use any type of milk, whole milk will give your strawberry milk a rich and creamy flavor. For a dairy-free alternative, you can use almond or oat milk.
- Storage: Homemade strawberry milk is best consumed fresh, but you can store it in the fridge for a couple of days. Give it a good stir before drinking.
- Garnish: Garnish your strawberry milk with a fresh strawberry or a dollop of whipped cream.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.