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two glass jars with strawberry crush

Strawberry Crush

Recipe to make Strawberry crush using fresh strawberries at home. Great to make cocktails and mocktails. Can be stored for up to 1 month.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Soaking Time:: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 40 mins
Course: drink
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 20 servings


  • 1.5 lbs (~750 grams) Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Citric Acid*
  • 2 cups Water


  • Thoroughly wash the strawberries and dry them. Cut the tops off and depending on the size of the berries, either halve or quarter them.
  • Place the chopped berries in a large bowl. Add the sugar and mix well. Cover and put the bowl in the fridge overnight.
  • Next day take the bowl out of the fridge. Using a slotted spoon remove the strawberries out of the sugar syrup and place them in a food processor or blender. Blend into a smooth puree.
  • Transfer the strawberry infused sugar syrup to a medium size saucepan. Add water and mix well. Put the pan on medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in citric acid, mix well to incorporate. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool completely, about 45 minutes ~1 hour.
  • Once the sugar syrup is completely cool, add the strawberry puree and mix well to combine. Strawberry crush is now ready to use.
  • Pour the crush into clean glass or plastic jars and store in the refrigerator.

To make Strawberry Juice:

  • To make juice, combine 1 part strawberry concentrate with 1~1½ parts water. So for 1 cup of concentrate, add about 1~1½ cups of chilled water or soda. Mix well and enjoy!!



  • Keep in mind that this strawberry concentrate recipe needs a little bit of pre-planning because the strawberries need to macerate overnight in sugar. So plan accordingly.
  • Make sure to store the strawberry juice concentrate in clean glass containers.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon or lime juice instead of citric acid.
  • Since the recipe does not have any preservatives, it will keep well in the refrigerator for only a 1 month.
  • Here are some strawberry crush uses:
    • as a sauce for desserts like on this vegan bread pudding
    • make popsicles
    • make smoothies
    • use as a base for cocktails or mocktails
  • Sky is the limit on how you can use this concentrate. Get creative and use wherever you need a quick fresh fruit taste.


Serving: 3tablespoons | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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