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This simple homemade strawberry basil simple syrup is the perfect addition to cocktails, lemonades, or even spooned into iced tea. You’ll love how easy it is to make your own homemade flavored simple syrup!

It’s finally summertime! Do you know what that means? Fresh, beautiful strawberries bursting with sweetness are ripe and ready to be picked. 

This strawberry basil simple syrup is perfect for cool, refreshing cocktails, like my strawberry basil gin rickey. It’s my go-to for summer parties!

You could also use this syrup in fresh lemonades, or iced tea. It takes all of your favorite icy cold drinks and turns up the volume on flavor!

Trust me, you’ll be reaching for this strawberry basil simple syrup all summer long.

Ingredients for strawberry basil simple syrup

  • Water – We need water to help loosen the consistency of the syrup, and so the sugar doesn’t burn.
  • Sugar – This is where our syrup will get all of its sweetness! I use white sugar, but you could use light brown sugar as well. 
  • Strawberries – These sweet and tangy berries are bursting with flavor. I use fresh, but feel free to use frozen. 
  • Basil – Basil is herbaceous and sweet, and pairs perfectly with strawberries. It will give the syrup a faintly floral and savory taste.

How to make strawberry basil simple syrup

Step 1:

First, make sure you have a clean jar, or squeeze bottle, to put your finished syrup in. 

A funnel is a great tool that makes pouring the syrup into containers easy and mess-free. 

Step 2: 

In a small pot over medium heat, combine the sugar, water, sliced strawberries, and basil leaves.

You can stir this a little bit, just to combine the water and the sugar, but you do not need to stir this the entire time.

Step 3:

Bring the mixture to a simmer, and cook until the strawberries have broken down and are mushy, and the syrup has thickened. This should take around 15 minutes.

Step 4:

Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool completely. 

To speed up the process, you could put the pot in a large bowl of ice water, and stir vigorously for 5 minutes. This will cool the mixture quickly! 

(Optional step):

If you’d like your syrup to be free from strawberry seeds, feel free to pass it through a fine-mesh strainer now. Otherwise, continue on to Step 5.

Step 5: 

Remove the basil leaves (if you haven’t already strained them out from our previous optional step) and pour your mixture into your container of choice!

Can I use frozen berries?


Frozen produce is picked at the peak of freshness, and using frozen strawberries would be acceptable here because they will be simmering/breaking down, so their shape/appearance is not important. 

Using dried herbs

This recipe would not do well with dried herbs. 

We’re looking for that green, fresh flavor that fresh herbs have to offer. 

Dried basil also has a slightly different flavor profile, is more intense, and is not a 1:1 ratio to fresh. 

Storage for strawberry basil simple syrup 

This syrup stored easily in a clean jar with a lid, or in a squeeze bottle, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

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Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup

Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup

Yield: 1 cup

This simple homemade strawberry basil simple syrup is the perfect addition to cocktails, lemonades, or even spooned into iced tea. You'll love how easy it is to make your own homemade flavored simple syrup!


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 10 basil leaves


  1. To a medium-sized saucepot add granulated sugar, water, sliced strawberries, and basil leaves. Stir to gently combine.
  2. Set over medium heat.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook until the strawberries are mushy and the syrup has thickened, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let it cool down. 
  5. Over a fine mesh strainer, strain the simple syrup, add to an airtight container or jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 0g

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