Sweet and refreshing with a boost of energy, this Strawberry Latte Recipe is loaded with strawberry flavor. With no special equipment needed, you can whip up this amazing drink anytime you need a cold iced coffee. Perfect anytime, especially Valentine’s Day and summer!
❤️ Why you will love this recipe
- Easy recipe: Whether or not you need to make syrup or use store-bought, this recipe is super easy! You don’t even need a coffee maker for this coffee-based drink!
- Quick: It takes 5 minutes to make if you have the ingredients on hand, or 30 if you need to make the strawberry syrup.
- Refreshing drink: This strawberry coffee recipe is the perfect drink on a hot day. Icy cool, sweet, and coffee to boost your energy levels when the heat makes you feel sluggish.
- Simple ingredients: Strawberry syrup, coffee, and milk. That’s all!
- Fun to look at: When you make this drink it has 3 distinct layers: red, white, and brown. When you mix it, it turns ombre. It’s so pretty!
🗝️ Key Ingredients & Substitutions
- Espresso: One or two espresso shots are ideal for this iced strawberry latte recipe. If you don’t have a fancy espresso machine you can make very strong espresso coffee instead by using half of the water you would normally use to make coffee. You can also make French Press Espresso (this is what I did). Although these latter two versions are not true espresso (espresso needs pressure), it’s strong enough to get the job done. In a pinch, you can use a teaspoon of instant coffee and 1/2 cup of hot water.
- Milk: Any kind of milk of choice! I usually use non-dairy milks like almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or soy milk but skim or whole milk would also taste delicious. Pro tip: I love frothing milk for this recipe. Cold milk (or “barista” milk) froths really well and makes it taste like super creamy milk. I used a handheld milk frother. They’re affordable and handy for many fancy drinks!
- Strawberry Syrup: You can use either store-bought strawberry syrup or follow my easy instructions to make it yourself. It tastes so much better with real strawberries!
- Ice: As this is an iced latte drink, you’ll need some ice to keep it nice and cold. You can use regular ice cubes, coffee ice cubes, or milk ice cubes.
Homemade strawberry syrup (optional, store-bought is fine too!):
- Fresh strawberries: I used medium-sized strawberries, stems removed, and cut into quarters or sixths. I don’t recommend using thawed frozen strawberries as they’ll be mushy and will turn the syrup cloudy.
- Honey or sugar: Either honey or sugar is great in this delicious recipe. They both create the right “syrupy” texture.
- Water: You can use filtered water or regular tap water if it’s clean.
- Lemon juice and vanilla extract: These two ingredients are optional but I like to add them to really bring all of the strawberry’s sweet and tangy notes out.
👀 Looking for a keto version?
If you’d like to make sugar-free strawberry syrup for a keto version, check out my Sugar-Free Strawberry Syrup recipe. It has 3 different sugar substitute options: erythritol, xylitol, and allulose.
🥣 How to make this Homemade Iced Strawberry Latte Recipe
How to make Strawberry Syrup (optional)
1. Begin by making the strawberry syrup. Cut the strawberries and add them to a medium saucepan along with the water and honey or sugar.
2. Bring it to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer.
3. Simmer the strawberry mixture for 20 minutes.
4. Strain the strawberries with a fine mesh metal sieve or a slotted spoon into another pot or jar, taking care not to press down on the strawberries. This will turn the syrup cloudy. Top tip: Blend the discarded strawberries to make a fresh strawberry puree! Great on ice cream, toast, or pancakes.
5. Allow the syrup to cool completely before using. If you need it to cool quickly, pop the pot into an ice bath (be careful not to submerge it completely).
How to make a strawberry latte
1. Make 2 espresso shots or 1/4 cup of strong brewed coffee.
2. Add ice to a tall glass (I used a latte glass).
3. Add in the strawberry syrup first.
4. Next, froth the milk if desired, and then pour the milk in with some milk froth. Leave enough space at the top for your coffee.
5. Pour in 1 or 2 espresso coffee shots.
6. Top with extra milk if desired and garnish with a half-sliced strawberry over the rim of the glass.
You can store this delicious drink in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Remove any ice before placing it in the fridge so that it doesn’t get watered down.
🤔 Other toppings and ideas
- Whipped cream
- Dairy-free whipped cream
- A dash of heavy cream
- A drizzle of maple syrup
- A drizzle of melted dark, milk, or white chocolate
- Chocolate dusting (cocoa powder)
🍓 More ways to use strawberry syrup:
- Homemade strawberry milk (or “pink drink” as we called it growing up)
- Strawberry Iced Tea
- Strawberry sauce for pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or yogurt.
😋 More drink recipes you will love
- Greek Frappe Recipe
- Butterfly Pea Latte
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Milk
- Oat Milk Hot Chocolate
- Sumac Tea
- Apple Pie Smoothie
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Iced Strawberry Latte Recipe
- 1-2 shots espresso or 1/8-1/4 cup (30-60ml strong coffee) *see note #1
- 2 tablespoons strawberry syrup homemade or store-bought
- 3/4 cup 175ml milk of choice (plus more to top up as needed)
Homemade Strawberry Syrup (optional, see note #3 for a sugar-free option)
- 8 medium strawberries stems removed and sliced (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar or honey
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- Make 2 espresso shots or 1/4 cup of strong brewed coffee.
- Add ice to a tall glass.
- Add in the strawberry syrup first.
- Next, froth the milk if desired, and then pour the milk in with some milk froth. Leave enough space at the top for your coffee.
- Pour in 1 or 2 coffee shots.
- Top with extra milk if desired and garnish with a half-sliced strawberry over the rim of the glass.
- Stir the latte to combine all of the ingredients, and enjoy!
Homemade Strawberry Syrup (optional)
- Begin by chopping up the strawberries. They shouldn't be too small, just in quarters or sixths.
- In a medium saucepan add the strawberries, water, and sugar or honey, and bring them to a boil over medium heat.
- Lower the heat and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat.
- Strain the strawberries with a fine mesh sieve over another pot, or use a slotted spoon to scoop out the strawberry fruit pulp. Do not press down on the strawberries. This will turn the syrup cloudy.
- Mix in the vanilla extract and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and allow it to cool completely to room temperature.
- Coffee: One or two espresso shots are ideal for this iced strawberry latte recipe. If you don't have a fancy espresso machine you can make very strong coffee instead by using half of the water you would normally use to make coffee. You can also make French Press Espresso (this is what I did). Although these latter two versions are not true espresso (espresso needs pressure), it's strong enough to get the job done. In a pinch, you can use a teaspoon of instant coffee and 1/2 cup of hot water.
- Ice: You can use regular ice cubes, coffee ice cubes, or milk ice cubes.
- Sugar-Free Strawberry Syrup: My Sugar-Free Strawberry Syrup works perfectly in this recipe.
- Strawberry latte: You can store this delicious drink in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Remove any ice before placing it in the fridge so that it doesn't get watered down.
- Strawberry Syrup: Store this syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.