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 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
- 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.
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:
- Place the strawberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the strawberries soften and the mixture slightly thickens.
- 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.
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:
- Add the strawberry syrup to the bottom of the glass. You can also add some of the strawberry pieces from the syrup if desired.
- Top with lots of ice.
- Add the milk (I use frothed milk).
- Pour in the espresso, stir and enjoy!
Strawberry Latte: FAQs
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!
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.
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.
For more strawberry-filled treats, make sure to check out these recipes!
- Simple Strawberry Crumble
- Strawberry Pound Cake
- Simple Strawberry Mousse Cake
- Strawberry Marshmallows
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