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Fresh Strawberry Milk

This is nothing like the store-bought strawberry milk you had as a kid. Fresh Strawberry Milk is made with a homemade strawberry syrup and the milk or dairy alternative of your choice and is packed with strawberry flavor!

Head-on view of two glasses of pink strawberry milk with sprinkles on the rims on a marble tray with sprinkles and strawberries all around and recipe title at top

(This recipe for Fresh Strawberry Milk was originally published in June 2013, but has been updated with new photos and content in 2019).

Happy Monday! Wait, is that a thing? I guess it all depends. I’m pretty sure pink milk and sprinkles make any day, hour, or second happy, so that’s why I’m choosing to post this on a Monday. I’m correct about that, right? Perhaps you think pink milk is child’s play, but if it helps you get through the day then I don’t think age should matter. Delicious is delicious and rainbow sprinkles are fair play at any age. In fact, sometimes I wish it would be acceptable to carry around rainbow sprinkles in my purse and bring them out whenever the occasion called for it. Like during a particularly long meeting. Or a morning commute where your train has to “stand by” at every stop. I’d legit pull them out of my pockets and throw them in the air. And then I’d probably get in trouble because sprinkles are really tough to clean up. And have you ever spilled rainbow sprinkles and then accidentally dribbled water on them? Because, let me tell you, whatever surface they’re on? Will never be the same again. But worth it. In my ever so humble, sprinkle-loving opinion.

I’ll admit I’m not a big milk drinker at this point in my adult life. But sometimes I crave an ice cold glass. And flavored is just more fun. Chocolate milk is delicious, but this time, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful strawberries in my refrigerator and make a homemade strawberry milk. With fresh strawberries. And lots of rainbow sprinkles. This fresh strawberry milk is sure to make kids really happy. First of all, it’s pink! Second of all, it’s strawberry flavored. Third of all, the glass is rimmed in rainbow sprinkles (if you opt to do this step, which you should). And parents will love it because the strawberry syrup isn’t packed with preservatives and is made up of four simple ingredients: strawberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice.

FRESH STRAWBERRY MILK RECIPE

There’s nothing difficult about this homemade strawberry milk You simply need to make the strawberry syrup, chill it, and mix it with the milk of your choice.

Place the strawberries, sugar, and water in a medium size saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil.

Overhead view of strawberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan being brought to a boil to make homemade strawberry syrup

Lower heat a bit to medium-low and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens into a syrup, about 10 minutes.

Strain liquid into a heatproof bowl or mason jar, pressing with the back of a wooden spoon to extract as much juice as possible. Discard solids…. or use them for something amazing like ice cream toppings. Add lemon juice. Chill strawberry syrup.

Head-on view of a mason jar filled with red homemade strawberry syrup

For a little extra fun… especially on a Monday, rim your glasses with rainbow sprinkles. I brushed a little of the strawberry syrup on the glass to make them stick.

Pour a cup of milk into a glass and mix in strawberry syrup until combined. I used 3-4 Tbsp of strawberry syrup for cup of milk. But you can add more or less, determined by taste. Also note that you can use any kind of milk or dairy alternative for this fresh strawberry milk. Skim, soy, coconut, almond… Whatever you like best!

Head-on closeup view of a glass of pink strawberry milk with sprinkles on the rim with a second glass in the background and sprinkles and strawberries scattered around

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so excited about milk. Seriously though, this strawberry syrup was one of the best things I’ve had in a long time. And it made the milk absolutely heavenly.

I didn’t really grow up with strawberry milk (Yoohoo was not allowed in my house!), but I’ve had it a time or two and I can tell you that this tastes much, much better.Β  Because it actually tastes like real strawberries. Because it’s made from real strawberries. It’s not really rocket science, is it?

Overhead view of two glasses of pink strawberry milk on a marble tray with rainbow sprinkles and strawberries all around

As an adult, I probably wouldn’t add milk into my daily diet, but for a special treat, I’m all over this homemade strawberry milk. And yes, my 6-year-old self would wonder how on Earth my adult self was calling milk a treat. My, how time changes.

But I’m obviously still a big fan of rainbow sprinkles. Some things never change.

Head-on view of two glasses of pink strawberry milk with sprinkles on the rims on a marble tray with sprinkles and strawberries all around

It may be Monday, but I’m hoping pink milk with sprinkles will urge you to think happy thoughts.

Also, be proud I made a drink and didn’t add vodka, gin, rum, scotch, Kahlua, etc. to it. Not even a trace of wine. And on a Monday, too. I’m telling you; this strawberry milk is that delicious! But still, I’ll probably need a glass of wine tonight as I watch The Bachelorette (yes, I’m still watching, feeling only minimal amounts of shame). As glorious as pink milk and sprinkles are, bad reality television calls for wine.

What food or drink can make your Monday better?

If you love fresh strawberries as much as I do, be sure to check out my White Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream. If you prefer a strawberry drink that involves a little alcohol, make my Strawberry Banana Daiquiris. I’m also all about this Strawberry Slush from Food Banjo!

Fresh Strawberry Milk
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Chill Time
1 hr
Total Time
25 mins
 

This is nothing like the store-bought strawberry milk you had as a kid. Fresh Strawberry Milk is made with a homemade strawberry syrup and the milk or dairy alternative of your choice and is packed with strawberry flavor!

Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Flavored Milk, Pink Drinks, Strawberry Drinks
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • 2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cups skim milk (or milk or dairy alternative of your choice)
  • Sprinkles for glass rim (optional... but not really!)
Instructions
  1. Place the strawberries, sugar, and water in a medium size saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil.

  2. Lower heat a bit to medium-low and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens into a syrup, about 10 minutes.

  3. Strain liquid into a heat-proof bowl or jar, pressing with the back of a wooden spoon to extract as much juice as possible. Discard solids (or save them for something amazing like ice cream toppings). Add lemon juice. Put in fridge to chill.

  4. Place sprinkles on a small plate. Brush a little strawberry on rims of glasses and and place glasses upside down on plate to coat rims in sprinkles.

  5. Pour milk into glasses and mix in 3-4 Tbsp strawberry syrup until combined. Taste and add more syrup if desired.

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26 Responses to "Fresh Strawberry Milk"

  1. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef says:

    my husband used to love strawberry milk as a kid, but i’ve never tried it. sounds interesting!

  2. Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    I used to drink strawberry milk from a mix constantly as a kid. I loved it! I bet this fresh version would blow my mind!

  3. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    How pretty is this? It would make every morning seem like a party!

  4. Pam says:

    Bookmarked! I will be making these for my kids this week! They will be thrilled.

  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says:

    I’m definitely a milk person and an anything-pink person. I used to love strawberry milk as a kid and somehow forgot it. Now I want a glass, too!

  6. Bree {Skinny Mommy} says:

    My boys would LOVE this-the rim is so cute!

  7. Michelle Collins says:

    I looooved strawberry milk growing up – but we always had the overly processed Quik stuff. This looks like a much better version!

  8. Jessica - The Novice Chef says:

    I love the sprinkled rim! So adorable!!

  9. CookiePie says:

    Love love love – and the sprinkles are so cute!!

  10. Betty says:

    I don’t drink milk much either, but I bet this would be just as tasty with coconut or almond milk. Love the sprinkles! πŸ™‚

  11. Juliana says:

    This sounds and looks delicious and I sure love the sprinkles…awesome!
    Have a great week πŸ™‚

  12. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says:

    This is a really welcomed departure from the goopy syrup you get in a giant plastic jug! I love the idea of making this fresh, from scratch. Plus it looks fantastic!

  13. Odetta says:

    Does pink milk and sprinkles work for Tuesday too? Pretty!!!

  14. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig says:

    Sprinkles make everything perfect and this is just adorable.

  15. Monique says:

    I’d drink it solely on its pretty pink color!
    I just got a beautiful basket of strawberries in my CSA… want! with almond milk!

  16. Gia Grossman says:

    Those sprinkles are gorgeous and I would probably enjoy this even more than any kid I know! Slurp!

  17. Lawyer Loves Lunch says:

    Oh man, this is SO much better than the strawberry syrup from the jar (which I will confess to enjoying, on occasion) πŸ˜‰ This is like the fancier, much better for you version that you can have everyday πŸ™‚

    PS: Love the sprinkle rim!

  18. Velva says:

    I do believe I could enjoy a glass of strawberry milk during the mid-afternoon for a pick me-up. This looks very inviting.

    Velva

  19. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says:

    This is my daughter’s kind of milk!

  20. Barbara says:

    That couldn’t be prettier or easier or more delicious! Love the sprinkles.

  21. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    Your strawberry milk will brighten anyone’s day. L)

  22. Daniela says:

    Just discovered your blog and enjoyed the recipes and pictures a lot.
    This strawberry milk looks like such a happy drink-with a fun decoration and vitamin loaded. Just my kind of summer treat πŸ™‚

  23. Kitchen Belleicious says:

    oh simply yum! love that its fresh strawberry flavor and not commercial

  24. Emily @ A Cambridge Story says:

    What a fun idea – would be great to do with kids in lieu of the Yoo-hoo stuff!

  25. Shannon says:

    omg, homemade must be so much better!!! yum πŸ™‚

  26. Sharon says:

    Oh my goodness! Your photos of this tempting β€œPink” drink are absolutely beautiful & look more than delicious..I can’t wait to try with my Grandsons!! πŸ₯πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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