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Strawberry Milk

Strawberry Milk

I've always had a deep love for milk. As early as I can remember, I viewed milk as a special treat. It didn't matter that it was always in the fridge or that I drank it at every single meal—it was still special. It was almost like getting dessert before the end of dinner.

When I was in my teens, I could go through a quarter of a gallon in a day. Milk was my water. I was, for all intents and purposes, a milk addict. 2% was my drug of choice. It wasn't until I discovered these dreadful little things called calories did I realize that maybe drinking so much milk wasn't doing myself any favors. About the same time, I realized I could eat more cookies if I drank less milk; a trade off I could definitely consent to.

Strawberry Milk

My sister was just the opposite. You couldn't get her to drink a glass of milk even if you threatened her with no dessert. We told her she wouldn't grow up big and strong. We told her she would never grow tall. We told her these things and she still refused; she meant business. My sister was so drastic that she would refuse to have milk with her cookies. Believe it or not, she would dunk her Oreos in water instead (which she still will do, much to the chagrin of those watching).

Even with so much milk in the house, flavored milks weren't a part of my childhood. Occasionally my mother would buy chocolate milk to serve for dessert, but those occasions were few and far between. It wasn't until I was older and buying my own groceries that I noticed them in the stores. I was always tempted to try them, but with so much sugar, preservatives, and the lack of real fruit, I couldn't bring myself to do it. It wasn't until I saw a post from The Kitchn on making your own strawberry milk did it occur to me that I could make my own. The results were definitely worth sharing with you.

Strawberry Milk

This strawberry milk is subtly refreshing. The milk is lightly sweetened (there is just a hint of sugar), but you could add more sugar to adjust to your own tastes. The strawberries stand out in this drink, making it a perfect substitute for the store bought version. Drink this chilled for breakfast or dessert.

Strawberry Milk
Adapted from The Kitchn

1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk (I used 2%, but I imagine you could substitute soy or almond milk)

In a medium saucepan, boil the strawberries, sugar, water, and vanilla extract for 10-12 minutes, or until the strawberries release all their juices and the mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat and run the mixture through a fine mesh sieve (save the cooked strawberries to put on yogurt, ice cream, or pancakes). Refrigerate the syrup until cool.

Stir together the syrup and milk (if too sweet, you could add 1/2 cup more milk to dilute the flavor) and serve in chilled glasses. Enjoy!

Reader Comments (17)

Cool! I never would've thought of making homemade strawberry milk, and I cannot wait to try this recipe! Now I can make both chocolate milk and strawberry milk, since my parents don't buy either very often. Thanks!
04.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaya Marie
I will definitely try this out at home with my children. We've done chocolate and vanilla but I've never read about a homemade strawberry milk. I love the color too! Thanks!
04.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Marie
i love this! I tried to make my own strawberry milk using just strawberries, milk and a blender... i dont recommend that route :|
04.22.2011 | Unregistered Commenterblogbytina!
I love milk too! Except, I never really liked it plain, i always loved strawberry milk. It never occurred to me to make it! I'm definitely trying this out!
04.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee
mmm i love milk as well! lol i can't believe your sister dipped her cookies in makes me laugh! strawberry milk is a great childhood memory for me! i especially liked it warm :) my dad still drinks it regularly using nestle syrup that i keep away from mostly nowadays, but this recipe looks and sounds great so i might have to bring "pink milk" back into my life again... :)
04.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSkylar
What a great idea! This sounds delicious. :)
04.22.2011 | Unregistered Commentersara
Mmm, sounds like such a sweet delicious drink. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your strawberry milk up.
omg same i LOVE milk and my sister will never drink it! even though she's younger than me and taller than me haha oh well. thanks so much for posting this recipe, can't wait to try it! i love your photography too! :)
04.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLou
I love making homemade versions of store-bought treats with all natural ingredients like this. It's such a gorgeous pale pink and sounds delicious.
04.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
I've never seen anyone attempt/make homemade strawberry milk! Great idea - it sounds delicious.
The number one source of calcium. I've been fascinated with milk since childhood and I love the taste!
Or as we used to call it when we were little "pink milk!" Great post :)
04.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
I made this with regular milk, and I made it with coconut milk for my son. he loved it both ways, but i liked to coconut milk version even better. So tasty and refreshing straight out of the fridge. thanks for the recipe, this will be something i start to make often, especially once the strawberries get really cheap :)
04.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Is the vanilla used, vanilla extract? or no..
05.24.2011 | Unregistered Commenterrina
Rina-- Right, it is vanilla extract. Thanks for pointing that out! The recipe is fixed.
05.24.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I totally LOL'd at the water comment! I am the same way! I was particularly against milk as a child. Only in cereal. I would dip cookies in water or kool-aid and everyone would cringe or squeal! :P Now I have grown to be okay with milk in certain circumstances. It must have ice in it, must not taste strange at ALL, not even a tiny bit off, and I will only drink it with very sweet things. Nothing tart, like fruit pies. My husband thinks I am all sorts of strange!
07.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley O.
Ashley O.-- It sounds like you and my sister would get along just fine. :)
07.17.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau

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