I was not a fan of chocolate milk as a child, but I was a huge fan of strawberry milk. I – like so many other kids – generously scooped Strawberry Nesquick into tall glasses of milk any time I had the opportunity. I loved strawberries, sweet things and that pink color, so that strawberry-flavored mix had it all as far as I was concerned. As I look back, the one thing it didn’t have was actual strawberries, because it is made with sugar and artificial flavorings. After making my homemade strawberry sugar, I knew that I had a better and more natural way to make Homemade Strawberry Milk!
This milk really captures that sweet strawberry flavor that I loved as a kid. Thanks to the powdered freeze dried strawberries that I used in the sugar, the milk also had a naturally pink color that made it obvious what flavor it was. It still had the consistency of milk – so, although it was sweet, it was not thick like a milkshake – and that was exactly what I wanted. The only real difference between this and other strawberry milk products is that you do need to warm up the milk to get the sugar to dissolve in it, just as it is more easy to dissolve sugar in hot tea than in iced tea. I solved this problem by dissolving the sugar in about 2-3 ounces of the milk in a small, microwave-safe bowl, then adding it to cold milk.
This recipe is for one glass of strawberry milk, but you could easily make a bigger batch that would serve a couple of kids and keep it in your refrigerator. There might be some small pieces of freeze dried strawberries in your milk after the sugar is dissolved, so feel free to strain the mixture before serving for milk that is completely smooth.
Homemade Strawberry Milk
3 tbsp homemade strawberry sugar (or to taste)
8-oz cold milk
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar and 2 ounces of milk. Dissolve in the microwave by heating mixture up for about 20 seconds. Combine with cold milk and stir. If desired, strain milk through a fine strainer to remove any remaining specks of freeze dried strawberries.