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Reduced-Sugar Eper Szörp / Hungarian Strawberry Soda

  • Author: Matthew Smedal
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 day (mostly resting)
  • Yield: About 2 cups (500 ml) 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Hungarian


I’m not sure there is anything in Hungary that people refer to as “Szörp For Adults,” but after creating a recipe for it I can tell you: It makes for a delicious mocktail. Strawberries, rosemary, lemon juice… what are you waiting for?


  • 1 pound strawberries (1/2 kilogram)
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary


  1. Pour the sugar into a bowl and squeeze the lemon juice over it. Stir together to encourage the lemon juice to dissolve the sugar. Let this sit while you hull the strawberries and either crush them with a fork or blitz them in a blender or food processor (the latter might not be traditional, but sure is fast!).
  2. Put the rosemary sprigs into the bowl with the sugar and lemon juice. Put the smushed berried in a sieve or a colander lined with cheesecloth and place over your bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the juices from the berries drain onto the sugar and lemon juice.

  3. After an hour or so press the rest of the juices through the sieve and discard the pulp. Stir the mixture, breaking up any sugar lumps. Cover the bowl and let it rest in the fridge for one day, stirring when you think of it, to encourage the sugar to fully dissolve.


    After a day, remove the rosemary, pour the syrup into a 2-cup (500ml) jar, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.


TO SERVE: Start with a ratio of 4-parts sparkling water to 1-part Szörp For Adults, and adjust to suit your taste. I like add cut up strawberries and a small sprig of rosemary. It makes for a delicious mocktail.

Keywords: mocktails,