Homemade Strawberry Milk

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Growing up I was always a sucker for strawberry milk.  Don’t get me wrong I loved chocolate milk too, but there was just something about strawberry.  Probably the pretty pink color.  I’ve always been a girly girl at heart.  Pretty things make me super happy.

These days I don’t buy containers of strawberry or chocolate milk at the cafeteria for lunch.  But, I do still enjoy a big glass of chocolate milk sometimes at night – kinda like a pseudo dessert.

{Side note – does anyone else remember the bags of milk at school?  My elementary school switched to bags – yes bags – for a short period of time.  Worst decision ever on their part – you can easily imagine the gigantic mess this made.}

Homemade Strawberry Milk | cookiemonstercooking.com

So anyway, a few weeks ago it hit me – homemade strawberry milk.  I was convinced it would blow the fake stuff from my childhood out of the water.  And man oh man, it does not disappoint.  Strawberry milk with real strawberries!  I mean, c’mon.  You just can’t go wrong with that.

I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you until now.  Because you know, pink = Valentine’s Day.

Homemade Strawberry Milk | cookiemonstercooking.com

So make a big glass, stick a pink straw in it and then blow bubbles like you’re five years old again.  It’s fun stuff I tell you.

Homemade Strawberry Milk
Yield: about 1 ¼ cups of strawberry syrup
  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • milk, for serving
  1. Add the strawberries to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Strain the strawberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds (using a wooden spoon to help push it through). Set aside.
  2. Add the water and both kinds of sugar to a small saucepan. Set the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves. Add in the strained strawberry puree and salt. Allow the mixture to come to a gentle simmer. Turn down the heat just a bit and continue to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently (don’t wander away as the mixture will rise up and spill over very quickly if you’re not stirring frequently!). Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Let cool completely and then store the syrup in the refrigerator. The mixture will thicken slightly as it cools. To serve, add a few tablespoons (or to taste) of the strawberry syrup to a glass of milk and stir until combined.

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  1. I love strawberry milk! This looks so delicious, Ashley :)

  2. Such a good idea! I haven’t had strawberry milk in years, but I can still remember exactly how it tastes

  3. I don’t recall bags of milk at school…
    I’m loving this pretty pink drink. :)

  4. Wonderful recipe.. bookmarked!

  5. Your recipe brings back wonderful childhood memories. My mum made something similar for us growing up. Thanks for sharing, lovely blog and photos!:)

  6. OMG Stop it. This is epic, Ashley! I adored strawberry milk growing up and I never think to pick up the syrup since I feel bad with all the sugar. But using fresh strawberries?! LOVE IT.

  7. What a great recipe this is… you have amazing ideas!!

  8. This strawberry milk sounds delicious! I never made it homemade before, but this recipe makes me want to try! Thanks for sharing!

  9. You just brought me memories of my childhood with the strawberry milk…looks delicious Ashely!
    Have a wonderful week :D

  10. I used to love strawberry milk as a child, maybe I should revisit it! This looks delicious.

  11. Strawberry milk is the best! I’m sure that the fake stuff I had growing up can’t even compare to your homemade version!

  12. Strawberry milk was my FAVORITE all through elementary school. I tried it recently and couldn’t handle the sweetness and the fake taste. I feared strawberry milk ruined, but with this homemade recipe, I can relive my fond strawberry milk memories and recapture the magic! Such a fun idea Ashley.

  13. I’ve never been much of a milk drinker and I don’t think I’ve ever even tried strawberry milk. But this looks so good, I’m thinking I need to give strawberry milk a chance! :)

  14. I can’t wait to get my hands on some fresh strawberries so as to try this! A DIY version sounds unbelievably delish, and the flavor must be unbeatable! Not to mention a lot healthier too. What a winner!
    Love the pictures too Ashley. Those strawberries look gorgeous ;–)
    Have a fantastic day!

  15. This looks so pretty and sounds delicious – what a combo! I’ve never been a fan of drinking milk solo, but flavored milk is a different story. And what is with milk in bags? Thankfully we never had to deal with those (and their inevitable mess) in my school. Love that this isn’t the powdered stuff and is made with natural ingredients. I think some strawberry milk is in my future! :)

  16. I am not going to lie, I kinda hate milk. It freaks me out but I do have fond memories of drinking pink milk growing up at school. I think I went for it because of its girly-ness to! Making it homemade is genius!!

  17. Oh my gosh – I am SO down with some strawberry milk! It was my favorite too – way better than chocolate. I can just imagine making this and blowing bubbles like I’m 5. I love it! Pinned!

  18. Yay! I love strawberry milk. Not only because I love girly pink things, but also because I am obsessed with anything strawberry. So glad that you shared this recipe, Ashley! I’ve never made homemade strawberry milk so I can’t wait to try it.

  19. You and I must have had similar childhoods because I likewise LOVED strawberry milk (the Quik variety) But I love that you made this homemade!! I am going to have to make this for me and my kiddos!!

  20. How sweet! I haven’t had strawberry milk since I was a little girl and now I have a serious hankering to make some! Thank you for sharing!

  21. I adore strawberry milk too! Although I have never had it homemade. Just might plan on making this, this weekend…and mix it with chocolate to get a chocolate covered strawberry! I use to do that all the time when I was in college…to die for!

  22. This is so pretty, my kids would love this! Those containers of strawberry milk give me the heebie jeebies so I’ve never even thought of making a homemade version!

  23. can you believe i never heard of strawberry milk until a few years ago? i guess my school just never served it. my husband was a fan and so we bought the syrup once…grossest thing ever! but homemade i can see being amazing! so pretty!

  24. I used to love strawberry milk as a kid! Boy does this recipe bring back memories! I bet the strawberry mixture would taste amazing in almond or coconut milk! :-)

  25. Jo @ the contented baker says:

    Ah!! ‘Pink’ milk, this would go down a treat in my house!!! Never thought about making it from scratch before. I saw some beautiful strawberries in the supermarket today so I might have to give this one a go. Good job Ashley :-)

  26. I don’t think my school ever had milk bags but it does sound like a horrible idea!
    I was always a chocolate girl but I agree that the strawberry was much prettier. It just tasted like imitation strawberry flavor…blech. Your grown up version looks sooooo much better. Yum!

  27. Ok I HATE milk, like despise it and can’t even smell it, but STRAWBERRY milk I think I could get down with!

  28. Wow such a good idea to make your own flavoured milk, much better than using the powdered stuff which i’m pretty sure has zero strawberry in! I never had milk bags at school but they do sell it in bags at my supermarket now (saving packaging- helping environment etc).

  29. So pretty! I bet the brown sugar adds a lovely extra dimension to this. We used to get given milk at school in the UK, too, but it was in little glass bottles and often WARM after being left next to the heater for too long!

  30. BAGS of milk!? What was wrong with cartons or bottles? haha. I never really had strawberry milk growing up, but always loved chocolate milk. I think I like strawberries more now, so I should probably try it! Love that you made a homemade version!

  31. I love making my own strawberry milk, I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  32. Gorgeous pictures as always! I was just curious, is that a vinyl backdrop or an actual table you are using?

  33. That strawberry milk looks so good (and this is coming from a chocolate milk kind of girl)! I can’t believe you ever had milk in a *bag* at school! That just sounds weird! School milk is always a little off-putting. Your homemade version is a million times better.

  34. Admittedly, I never cared much for strawberry milk as a child, but I’d only tried that powdered stuff, and how can powdered strawberry anything taste good? This sounds fresh and sweet, and it’s worth giving strawberry milk another try. Plus, the bubble blowing sounds so fun!

  35. Lucky you having fresh quality strawberries at this time of year….the milk must be very tasty!

  36. YUM! I haven’t had strawberry milk in forever, but it’s so good and I bet homemade is 10x better. Love that you figured this out!

  37. Milk in bags? That is craziness! Haha I’m sure it made quite the mess! The custodians probably loved it.

    I’ve honestly never had strawberry milk. Love how you made it with real strawberries though! Once they come in season over here in NY, I’m trying it! Making my strawberry milk debut!

    • It was ridiculous – they were these clear plastic bags and you had to puncture it with a straw to drink it. Such a mess for the poor lunch ladies!

  38. Seriously this recipe is reading my mind! The hubs and I wanted strawberry milk so bad last night for some reason haha. We settled on Nesquik strawberry mix, but this looks and sounds so much better! And blowing bubbles = a must!

  39. I adored strawberry milk growing up too but haven’t had any in a long time. That definitely needs to change cuz your homemade version sounds so good! I would totally bring out my inner five year old self and blow bubbles in a pink straw too – fun times and perfect for Valentine’s Day :)

  40. This is just so totally YUM! I would have to sub lactaid for milk – but I do love strawberry milk too! I am so glad milk bags didn’t make it to Abu Dhabi where I grew up! Though I wouldn’t mind drinking this milk through a bag or pouch or cupped hands!

  41. This milk sounds dreamy! Love it!

  42. I’ve actually never tried strawberry milk because the idea of store-bought types always grossed me out but your homemade one looks awesome! I would totally use the syrup in other places too…oatmeal, ice cream. :) Beautiful photos too Ashley! Pinned.

  43. Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe says:

    True fact – I’ve never liked milk on its own but I go literally crazy for chocolate milk and strawberry milk. I love both of them, chocolate milk is my favorite during the winter months, the strawberry one is simply perfect for summer!
    But…I have to admit I’ve never tried to make strawberry milk myself at home…maybe it’s time to try?!

    xo, Elisa

  44. Sounds very good! I can’t wait for strawberries to show up around here! :) ela

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