This Iced Strawberry Latte is an amazing drink bursting with real strawberries and homemade strawberry syrup. A coffee recipe that's the perfect way to celebrate strawberry season, and it's easy to make at home.
If you love a fun iced latte, why not try one with fresh strawberries? It's a delicious drink to cool off with on hot days. We love making this latte recipe in a glass container so you can see the gorgeous separate layers.
If you're looking for more delicious coffee recipes, be sure to check out this honey lavender latte, this white chocolate iced mocha, and this hot miel! Enjoy this recipe with some white chocolate covered strawberries!
❤️Why you'll love this
- Simple ingredients. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients to bring it together. Made with simple ingredients you can find at most grocery stores.
- No special equipment needed. While an espresso machine is our preferred method of preparing coffee, you can make strong brewed coffee as well, using any method you prefer.
- Packed with flavor. Light, fruity, and full of summer flavor. You'll love this delicious recipe!
- Easy to customize. This recipe can be made to suit your sweetness preference, and dairy free or vegan if you prefer!
- Can be made sugar free! It's easy to swap out the sugar with a sugar-free substitute to make this recipe low carb and keto friendly.
Here are the ingredients you will need for this latte recipe. You can find the full quantities and nutritional information in the recipe card.
- Fresh espresso shot(s) - We generally opt for a double shot cuz we're huge fans of caffeine, but feel free to use just one if you prefer. We use our espresso machine, but you could also use strong brewed coffee.
- Strawberry chunks - Fresh or frozen, although we highly recommend using fresh in peak strawberry season. We cut up strawberries and place them in the glass, but we also use strawberries to make the strawberry sauce that flavors the drink.
- Ice cubes - For an iced latte.
- Milk of choice
- Optional - Top with whipped cream, or whip milk with strawberry syrup to make a strawberry cold foam.
Make the strawberry syrup
Add strawberries and water to a small saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes until strawberries have softened considerably.
Using a metal sieve, strain out the water from the strawberries. Don't press on the strawberries to release more juice! We know it's tempting, but it will make your syrup cloudy.
Next, add the strawberry water back to the saucepan, and over medium-low heat, heat it and add in the sugar. Stir to dissolve completely.
Once dissolved, to a container and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Make the latte
Add ice to a jar with strawberries, and pour in the espresso.
Add milk & strawberry syrup.
If desired, add frothed milk mixed with more strawberry syrup to the top. Garnish with a strawberry. Enjoy!
If you follow a different diet type, don't worry! We have a few suggestions.
- Keto friendly - Looking to cut out sugar? No problem! Simply use allulose in place of white sugar. You will need about 1 & ⅓ cups of allulose to every 1 cup of white sugar, as allulose is slightly less sweet than sugar.
- Dairy free or vegan - Instead of whole milk, try using your favorite nut milk.
- Substitute allulose for honey, agave, or maple syrup - Want to add some more flavor with natural sweeteners? Feel free to dissolve maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar in with your strawberry syrup!
Here's a few ways to alter the drink.
- Dessert style - Sweet tooth? Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream to make an affogato style treat.
- Decaffeinated - Craving this before bed or just don't want caffeine? You can definitely make this with decaf coffee if you prefer.
- Less or more sweet - You can always add as much or as little strawberry syrup as you want to suit your personal preference!
- Add in more berries - Who says you have to stop at just strawberries? Feel free to use your favorite berries, like raspberries, blueberries, and even cherries!
- Try it hot- Still craving the strawberry flavor in cooler months? You can easily just skip the ice, and warm your milk to enjoy this latte hot!
Luckily, this recipe is pretty standard and you actually don't need any special equipment to make it! Here are some different tools you can use.
- Espresso machine - Okay, so this is 100% our preferred method, so you can get the best shots of delicious espresso, and perfectly steamed milk. We just recently took the leap however, so don't worry if you don't have one. Many people use a Nespresso machine & love them, but we don't have one ourselves.
- Hand frother - You still love using this handy tool with milk to create a nice foamy milk for our coffee. These tools are affordable and work great!
- Pour over or french press - Are both perfectly good options for making high quality, delicious coffee drinks at home. For either of these methods, you will want to use about 4 ounces of strong brewed coffee to substitute for 2 ounces of espresso.
- You can also use a mason jar with a lid to make a foamy strawberry milk topping. Simply combine milk and strawberry syrup
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We don't recommend fully preparing this drink ahead of time, but you can make the strawberry syrup up to 2 weeks in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can also pre-mix strawberry milk with the syrup and milk in advance and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days prior.
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Strawberry simple syrup
- 1 pound strawberries, quartered
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1.5 - 2 ounces homemade strawberry simple syrup (or to taste)
- 4 ounces whole milk (or any milk of choice, heavy cream, or half and half)
- 2 ounces espresso (can be substituted for strong brewed coffee)
Make the strawberry simple syrup
- To make the strawberry simple syrup, combine strawberries and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the strawberries are drained of color.
- Strain the strawberry water using a metal sieve into a separate container. DO NOT press down on the berries, although it is tempting to do so, this will make your strawberry syrup cloudy.
- Once the syrup is drained, add back to the saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the sugar and continue stirring to dissolve. Once completely dissolved, remove from heat and store in an airtight container. Allow to cool completely before adding to iced coffee.
Assemble the latte
- Add ice and strawberry chunks to a glass. Pour in espresso, followed by milk, and strawberry syrup.
- If desired, froth cold milk or cream with more strawberry syrup to create a strawberry cold foam to top. Garnish with a strawberry. Enjoy right away!
- We don't recommend making this drink in advance. The simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also premix the strawberry syrup and milk and store in the fridge up to 5 days in advance.
- Looking to cut out sugar? No problem! Simply use allulose in place of white sugar. You will need about 1 & ⅓ cups of allulose to every 1 cup of white sugar, as allulose is slightly less sweet than sugar.