Strawberry Syrup

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About This Syrup

You haven’t tasted strawberries until you try this syrup. It has an incredibly bright and sweet berry flavor and a thick consistency that mixes well in cocktails.

I made this syrup for the first time to use in a drink called The Garden Rose. The original recipe called for muddling strawberries in the shaker, but I opted to make a syrup instead for more strawberry flavor, better texture, and less mess. Find instructions and recommended tools to make it at home below.

Syrup Ingredients

To make this simple syrup, you’ll need the following ingredients:

White Sugar: All simple syrups are essentially made with sugar and liquid and then dressed up with other ingredients. For this one, I used white sugar.

Water: This turns the syrup into a liquid. I prefer to use filtered water for ours.

Strawberries: These are sliced and blended to give the syrup its tart strawberry flavor.

Gum Arabic Powder: This is a thickener that will give your syrup a more pleasing mouthfeel. I have yet to find this in-store and usually buy it online.

How to Make This Syrup

When making syrups like this one, most recipes will likely tell you to make them on the stovetop, but I prefer to prepare ours using the sous vide method, which was first introduced to me when reading Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails. I’ve found that syrups made in a saucepan are often too thick and sticky to use in cocktails, especially ones that use fruit juices, so I now use an immersion circulator instead. It does take quite a bit longer to make syrups this way, but the vast improvement in taste and texture that method lends makes it 100% worth the extra time.

To make your syrup using the sous vide method, you’ll first need to buy a few tools, including an immersion circulator, a large pot, large freezer bags, a fine mesh strainer, and storage pouches with pouring spouts. Once you have those, you’ll be able to make your syrup exactly the same way I did by following our recipe, which will yield about sixteen ounces you can then immediately use in cocktails or freeze for later.

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time2 hrs 15 minsRating

Ingredients
 200 g Strawberries
 200 g White Sugar
 200 ml Filtered Water
 25 g Gum Arabic Powder

Method
1

Fill a large pot with water, place immersion circulator inside, and set to 135°F.

2

Add white sugar to a blender.

3

Slowly pour in filtered water while blending until sugar is dissolved.

4

Add strawberries and gum Arabic powder and blend for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly combined.

5

Add strawberry mixture to a sealable plastic bag.

6

Once water in immersion circulator has preheated, seal the bag and place it in the water while leaving the top exposed to air, then let cook for 2 hours.

7

Once cooked, place bag into an ice bath to shock the solution, then let cool.

8

Strain syrup through a fine mesh filter 1-2 times and transfer into container.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 200 g Strawberries
 200 g White Sugar
 200 ml Filtered Water
 25 g Gum Arabic Powder

Directions

Method
1

Fill a large pot with water, place immersion circulator inside, and set to 135°F.

2

Add white sugar to a blender.

3

Slowly pour in filtered water while blending until sugar is dissolved.

4

Add strawberries and gum Arabic powder and blend for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly combined.

5

Add strawberry mixture to a sealable plastic bag.

6

Once water in immersion circulator has preheated, seal the bag and place it in the water while leaving the top exposed to air, then let cook for 2 hours.

7

Once cooked, place bag into an ice bath to shock the solution, then let cool.

8

Strain syrup through a fine mesh filter 1-2 times and transfer into container.

Strawberry Syrup

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More Simple Syrup Recipes

If you like this simple syrup, here are a few others we make and use in our cocktails that you may enjoy:

 Blueberry Syrup: A sous vide syrup made with fresh blueberries, white sugar, water, gum Arabic powder, and citric acid

 Ginger Syrup: A sous vide syrup made with fresh ginger, white sugar, water, and gum Arabic powder

 Cranberry Syrup: A sous vide syrup made with fresh cranberries, cane sugar, water, and citric acid

 Salted Sage Syrup: A stovetop syrup made with fresh sage, sea salt, white sugar, and water

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