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Homemade Strawberry Milk (Easy Recipe)

When life hands you strawberries, make strawberry milk!

This four-ingredient, rose-tinted, sweet strawberry drink takes you back to childhood.

But don’t get it twisted. This berry-packed drink is for kids and adults alike! 

Strawberry milk on a glass and bottle.
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Strawberry Milk

The secret to good strawberry milk is good strawberry syrup. And I am not talking about Nesquik! Oh, no. 

This strawberry milk is so incredible, thanks to the fresh strawberry syrup from scratch. You can use fresh or frozen berries, so you can enjoy it year-round.

And the best part? It’s ready in about 15 minutes.

It’s perfect for breakfast as a peppy pick-me-up or a cozy evening treat. Every sip wraps your mouth in a delicious berry blanket. 

Also, you don’t need any fancy equipment. A saucepan, a sieve, and your hands are all you need to dive into this berry adventure. 

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or fancy trying it for the first time, this strawberry milk is a must!

Strawberry milk ingredients on a white table including fresh strawberries, milk, sugar and whipped cream.


Here are the ingredients you need to make this delicious strawberry milk: 

  • Whole Milk- A creamy, perfect base for this recipe. You can use a dairy-free alternative too. 
  • Fresh Strawberries- Nature’s sweet little rubies! These juicy gems are the heart and soul of this milk. 
  • Granulated Sugar- To add much-needed sweetness.
  • Water- Just a splash balances the sweetness and brightens the berry flavors.
  • Whipped Cream- The cherry (or strawberry) on top! 
Fresh strawberries beside strawberry milk served on glasses.

How to Make Strawberry Milk

Ready to whip up some strawberry milk? 

Just follow these simple steps: 

1. Chill the milk. The best strawberry milk is icy cold, so make sure the milk is chilled.

2. Cook the berries and sugar. The syrup needs to simmer with water until thickened and the sugar dissolves.

3. Strain away the seeds. This isn’t a smoothie. We want this milk seed-free, so strain it well.

4. Mix the milk. Add about 2-3 spoonfuls of cooled syrup to the milk. Then stir until blended.

5. Enjoy! Add a dollop of whipped cream on top, and you’re in business.

Tips for the Best Strawberry Milk

Strawberry milk is pretty easy. But there are a few things you can do to make it better.

Here’s how you make the best strawberry milk possible: 

  • Make it extra creamy. Mix the strawberry syrup with half and half, or stir in some heavy cream. Absolute indulgence awaits!
  • No fine mesh strainer? No worries. Reach for a clean cheesecloth or your go-to strainer. Some seeds or fruit bits may sneak through. But they’ll settle at the bottom. 
  • Try it with different berries! You can use this method with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or even cherries. 
  • Get the perfect pink color. Your strawberry milk will have a delicate pink hue. But, if you’re serving eager kids or kids-at-heart, a drop or two of red food coloring will up the vibrancy.
  • You can use fresh or frozen berries. Whatever you choose, ensure the strawberries are top-notch. Ripe fresh strawberries work wonders, but frozen ones do the trick when out of season.
Two glasses and a jar of strawberry milk.

Add-Ins and Variations

Want to switch things up? It’s easier than you think to jazz up homemade strawberry milk.

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Try these fun variations: 

  • Vanilla: A splash of vanilla extract will elevate the berry flavor, making it sing!
  • Rosewater: A hint of rosewater not only perfumes the milk but also pairs wonderfully with strawberries. 
  • Boba: Transform this into a fun strawberry “milk tea” experience (sans tea) by introducing some playful boba.
  • Chia: Add chia seeds to create a strawberry-chia-jam texture. It’s not only delightful but also amps up the protein and nutrients.
  • Whipped cream: Consider topping your milk with whipped cream. Coconut whipped cream is a dreamy alternative for non-dairy folks.
  • Ice cream: Add a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream atop your drink. Divine!
  • Keto: You can easily swap in a keto-friendly sweetener and opt for coconut or almond milk.
  • Vegan: Swap in your favorite dairy-free milk to make it vegan.

Make Ahead and Storage Tips

Want to enjoy your strawberry milk later? No problem!

To Store: Keep leftover strawberry milk in an airtight container and pop it in the fridge. It will stay delicious for a solid 3-4 days.

To Make-Head: Make the strawberry syrup, let it chill, then pop it in an airtight container in the fridge. Add it to milk when you want strawberry milk.

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Homemade Strawberry Milk (Easy Recipe)

Course: DrinksCuisine: American


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Strawberry milk is a delicious, fruity drink, full of flavor and nostalgia. And it is so easy to make! You only need 4 simple ingredients and 10 minutes.


  • 2 cups whole milk, chilled

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Whipped cream for topping


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, stir the strawberries, sugar, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The strawberries should be soft, and the liquid should be syrupy.
  • Remove the pot from the heat.
  • Carefully strain the strawberry syrup into a bowl or glass jar through a fine-mesh sieve. Use a spatula to press the fruit and extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
  • Let the syrup cool.
  • Divide chilled milk between 2 glasses and add 2-3 tablespoons of the cold strawberry syrup to each glass.
  • Stir until well blended, top with whipped cream, and serve immediately.


  • The strawberry syrup can be made 1-2 days in advance and stored in the fridge until ready.
  • The longer you simmer the syrup, the thicker it will become. Take it off the heat when it looks like real maple syrup.
  • For a thicker, milkshake-style drink, use less milk and blend the milk and strawberry syrup.
Strawberry Milk

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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