Iced Strawberry Latte (Strawberry Coffee)

This iced strawberry latte is perfectly balanced with sweet strawberry syrup, bold espresso and creamy milk! It’s also easily customizable, quick to whip up and makes for a refreshing treat on a warm day!

If strawberry coffee seems a little unconventional at first, I’m right there with you. But strawberries and cream are a classic pairing, and strawberries with chocolate is a match made in heaven. So really… why not strawberries and coffee?

The natural sweetness of the strawberries balances the richness of the milk and slight bitterness of the espresso. With its sweet burst of freshness and subtle fruity notes, this iced strawberry latte just might be the most refreshing coffee drink I’ve ever had!

strawberry latte in a glass with cold frothed milk

Strawberry Latte Ingredients

One of our favorite parts about this strawberry coffee recipe is that it takes only five ingredients, one of which is water! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Water
  • Espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • Milk (plant based is fine!)

And when it comes to equipment, you really don’t need anything special. I’ve made espresso for this strawberry latte using an espresso machine, nespresso and moka stovetop espresso maker. They all work great! If you don’t have a way to make espresso, a regular old mug of strong brewed coffee will also work.

strawberries, sugar and water to make strawberry syrup

The Strawberry Syrup

Preparing the Strawberries

I’ve tested this iced strawberry latte recipe with both fresh and frozen strawberries. While either will work, I find that syrup using fresh strawberries is slightly more flavorful.

Start by choosing bright red, plump strawberries. If your strawberries are slightly soft or a few days past their prime, they’ll still work well in the syrup. Just make sure to avoid any overly mushy berries. To prep the strawberries, rinse them and slice off the green tops. Then cut the strawberries into quarters. 

Making the Syrup

The syrup for strawberry coffee can be made in three easy steps:

  1. Place the strawberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the strawberries soften and the mixture slightly thickens.
  3. Strain out the strawberries and allow the syrup to cool. You can set the strawberries aside to use in your strawberry latte.

Brewing the Espresso

When choosing coffee beans for my espresso, I tend to go with a medium or dark roast for a bold contrast to the fresh strawberries and creamy milk. Darker roasted beans also tend to be less acidic, which makes for a smoother latte. You can use your favorite espresso maker or even a nespresso machine.

And if you don’t have a way to make espresso, a cup of strong brewed coffee is an excellent substitute. Keep in mind that you may need to add a bit more than called for in the recipe to get a perfectly balanced strawberry coffee.

Milk: Whole or Plant-Based

I’ve made my iced strawberry latte with whole milk, coconut, almond and soy milk. All worked really well, but I prefer whole milk simply because it froths best. The strawberry latte with coconut milk was my second favorite version. The combination of fresh fruit and coconut gives the latte an almost tropical makeover that’s super refreshing on a warm morning!

I use my nespresso aeroccino to make cold-frothed milk for my strawberry latte, but a steam wand or frothing wand would also work well. Frothing the milk is an optional step, so feel free to skip it completely.

milk, strawberry syrup and espresso to make strawberry coffee

Making the Perfect Strawberry Latte at Home

Now that your strawberry syrup is ready and your espresso brewed, it’s time to make your iced strawberry latte! You can add the ingredients in an order you like. But for the perfect presentation, I prefer the following:

  1. Add the strawberry syrup to the bottom of the glass. You can also add some of the strawberry pieces from the syrup if desired.
  2. Top with lots of ice.
  3. Add the milk (I use frothed milk).
  4. Pour in the espresso, stir and enjoy!

And if you really want to level up your breakfast game, serve your strawberry coffee with these insanely delicious Brioche Cinnamon Rolls or our favorite Sweet Jam-Filled Buns.

frothed milk in a glass with strawberry syrup

Strawberry Latte: FAQs

Do I need any special equipment to make a strawberry latte?

Nope! If you don’t have an espresso maker, a cup of strong brewed coffee will also work. And while I prefer cold-frothed milk using my nespresso aeroccino, it’s not at all necessary. Plain milk is also great here!

Can I use frozen strawberries for the syrup?

Frozen strawberries are a convenient and easy option for strawberry syrup! Just keep in mind that you may need to add a few extra minutes when reducing the strawberries.

How do I store the strawberry syrup?

Store the strawberry syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. You’ll want to use any leftover strawberries from the syrup within a few days.

Can I make a warm strawberry coffee?

Yes! Skip the ice and use frothed milk or steamed milk and hot espresso.

strawberry latte in a glass with ice

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creamy iced coffee with frothy milk and strawberry syrup

Iced Strawberry Latte (Strawberry Coffee)

  • Author: Brittney
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3


Indulge in the refreshing combination of strawberries and coffee with our perfectly balanced iced strawberry latte!


Strawberry Syrup

  • strawberries, quartered 1 c (140 g)
  • (fresh or frozen)
  • granulated sugar ¼ c (50 g)
  • water ½ c (120 ml)

Iced Strawberry Latte

  • strawberry syrup 3 tbsp (45 ml)
  • ice as needed
  • milk* ½ c (120 ml)
  • espresso, slightly cooled ¼ c (60 ml)
  • (2 shots)


Strawberry Syrup

  1. Combine the quartered strawberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a light boil over medium heat. Reduce heat slightly and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The strawberries will soften and release their juices and the mixture will reduce slightly.
  3. Pour the strawberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve. You can discard the strawberries or set aside to put in your coffee.
  4. Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature before using and store in an airtight container in the fridge. There will be enough syrup for 3-4 lattes.

Iced Strawberry Latte

  1. Pour the strawberry syrup into a glass. You can also add leftover strawberry pieces if using.
  2. Top with ice and pour in the milk (frothed if desired), followed by the espresso.
  3. Stir to combine and enjoy!


Milk: I prefer whole milk for a super creamy latte, but you can easily substitute any plant-based milk instead. And while I use my nespresso aeroccino to make cold-frothed milk for this recipe, it’s not necessary and plain milk will work just fine.

Storing: The strawberry syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for several weeks.

  • Category: drinks
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: global

Keywords: strawberry latte, strawberry coffee

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