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!

This iced strawberry latte might just be the most refreshing coffee drink I’ve ever had! The natural sweetness of the strawberries perfectly balances the richness of the milk and slight bitterness of the espresso.

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?

strawberry latte in a glass with cold frothed milk

Recipe ingredients

One of our favorite parts about this strawberry latte recipe is that it takes only four ingredients and some water!

  • 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.
  • Granulated sugar: This is combined with the strawberries to make the syrup.
  • Espresso. You can also use strong brewed coffee.
  • Milk: I prefer whole milk or oat milk as they froth the best.

Equipment: 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.

Step by step instructions

quartered strawberries in small saucepan

Step 1: Prep the strawberries. Rinse the strawberries and slice off the green tops. Then cut the strawberries into quarters. 

bowl of strawberry syrup and dish with strained strawberry pieces

Step 2: Make the strawberry syrup. Place the strawberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan and cook until the strawberries soften and the mixture thickens. Strain the mixture.

Two shots of espresso.

Step 3: Brew the espresso. 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.

Frothed milk in small cream pitcher.

Step 4: Froth the milk. 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.

strawberry latte in a glass with ice

Step 5: Make your strawberry latte! You can add the ingredients in any 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!

Expert tips and tricks

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.

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.

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

Recipe variations

  • Switch up the milk: I’ve made my iced strawberry latte with whole milk, coconut, oat and soy milk. All worked really well, but I prefer whole milk and oat milk simply because they froth best. The strawberry latte with coconut milk was my third favorite version. The combination of fresh fruit and coconut gives the latte an almost tropical makeover that’s super refreshing on a warm morning!
  • Serve it warm. This strawberry latte is just as delicious with hot espresso and steamed milk!
  • Adjust the sweetness. Feel free to add extra strawberry syrup to up the sweetness level. Or pour in a bit of your favorite coffee 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.

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creamy iced coffee with frothy milk and strawberry syrup

Iced Strawberry Latte (Strawberry Coffee)

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  • Author: Brittney
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Category: drinks
    • Method: stovetop
    • Cuisine: global


Strawberry Syrup

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

Iced Strawberry Latte

  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) strawberry syrup
  • ice as needed
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk*
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) espresso, slightly cooled (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.  I recommend oat milk because it froths the best of plant-based milks. 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.

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