If you were making a list of ideal summer drinks, iced strawberry lattes would have to be near the top. Velvety milk, bold espresso, and a not-too-sweet homemade strawberry syrup come together in this perfectly balanced, refreshing drink. Serve it over ice to see the beautiful layers before you start enjoying your treat!
Scroll down to learn about our new favorite drink, the iced strawberry latte, and find the detailed, easy recipe. You’ll be amazed by the flavors!
What’s in an Iced Strawberry Latte?
1. Homemade Strawberry Syrup
Since this is a strawberry latte, the strawberry flavor is central to the drink. There are a few ways you add strawberries to a latte, like using strawberry milk or adding strawberry extract. But our favorite way is to make a quick homemade strawberry syrup! All you need are strawberries, water, and sugar — and the leftover syrup is delicious on ice cream or in your morning cup of coffee.
Espresso is the second major ingredient, balancing the sweetness of the strawberry syrup and the creaminess of the milk. Use your favorite fresh coffee beans and a good quality espresso maker for the best results. We like portable models like the Wacaco Minipresso, but full espresso machines will produce the most barista-worthy espresso!
The third part of a strawberry latte is, of course, the milk. You can use any kind of milk, including non-dairy options like soy or coconut milk. And if you’re making an iced latte, like we are here, there’s no need to heat or steam the milk! You can pour it straight from the refrigerator into your glass. Ready to start brewing?
Iced Strawberry Latte
- Small saucepan
- Espresso machine or coffee maker
- Tall glass
- 1 cup quartered strawberries fresh or frozen
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 shots espresso or ½ cup strong coffee
- 8 ounces milk any kind
- 1 tablespoon strawberry syrup
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Fresh strawberries optional garnish
Make the Strawberry Syrup
- Combine the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring regularly. Let the mixture boil for 10 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the syrup simmer for 5 more minutes. Then remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool.
- Strain out the strawberries and transfer the mixture to an airtight container.
Make the Strawberry Latte
- Pull two shots of espresso or make ½ cup of strong brewed coffee. Let the coffee cool while you work on the next step.
- Fill your latte glass with ice and then add a tablespoon of your strawberry syrup.
- Pour cold milk on top of the syrup and add the espresso or strong coffee last. Top with a few fresh strawberries if you’d like. Take a moment to admire the beautiful colored layers before you stir your iced strawberry latte!
Now that you’ve seen the easy recipe, it’s time to start making your iced strawberry latte! Whip up a tasty syrup using fresh strawberries and sugar, and then add creamy milk and complex, slightly bitter espresso. We hope you love this refreshing drink as much as we do.
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