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?
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
Step 1: Prep the strawberries. Rinse the strawberries and slice off the green tops. Then cut the strawberries into quarters.
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.
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.
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:
- 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!
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.
- 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
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.
Looking for the perfect breakfast to serve with your iced strawberry latte? Check out these recipes!
- Brioche Cinnamon Rolls + Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
- Jumbo Blueberry Muffins With Streusel Topping
- Apple Fritters with Pecans
- Buchty – Sweet Filled Buns
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