There's something about pink drinks. To me, they just look more special than anything else: a pink drink promises sweet, fresh flavor. Strawberry milk is certainly no exception.
I first made this recipe from Pastry Affair three or so years ago, and it was so good that I've been wanting to make it ever since, but kept either forgetting or not having something that went into making it. Finally, today, I had everything, so I whipped up a batch of strawberry syrup.
The process is fun and easy, it makes your house (or apartment!) smell absolutely divine, and the end result is exceedingly satisfying. So much so that I felt the need to pass it on again!
1 cup strawberries, sliced (frozen or fresh are fine, I used fresh)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used French Vanilla coffee syrup since that's all I had)
Boil all four ingredients for about 10 minutes. Don't be alarmed when it gets super juicy and foamy! This is when your living space starts to smell like heaven. I took pictures as it cooked so you know what it looks like... I always like pictures of things like that because when I cook I tend to be paranoid.
When those ten or so minutes are up, strain with a fine mesh sieve into something that can handle hot liquids (I used a normal bowl). You can use the strawberries as a topping for something else if you'd like (Pastry Affair suggests ice cream). Place the syrup in the fridge until cool.
When ready, spoon about three teaspoons of syrup into a medium glass of milk (that's just what I used; adjust it to your taste!), stir well, and enjoy!