Strawberry and Mint 'Limonadesiroop'

In the Netherlands, households with children usually have a bottle of ‘limonadesiroop’ (literally ‘lemonade syrup’) in the fridge. These thick, fruit-flavored syrups are usually mixed with water to make a refreshing drink. Often they’re stirred through milk or yogurt. 

For more Dutch recipes with strawberries, check out issue 29 of Dutch the magazine.

Makes 2 ½ cups fruit syrup


  • 3½ cups strawberries, hulled
  • 20 mint leaves
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Roughly chop the strawberries, put them with the rest of the ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil.
  • Stir well, reduce heat to a simmer and gently cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Allow the mixture to cool in the pan.
  • Strain into a bowl, making sure to squeeze as much syrup out of the fruit as possible.
  • Using a funnel, transfer to a glass bottle.
  • Refrigerate before serving.
  • To serve, mix 1 part syrup with 4 parts water.

Also makes a delicious cocktail when mixed with Prosecco. The leftover fruit pulp is delicious with pancakes or over ice cream.

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Recipe by: Paola Westbeek