Summer is the perfect time for iced coffee. A cold glass of this refreshing drink is not only a great way to cool off, but it also can inspire creativity. Use this coffee recipe to get the most out of your morning.
If you’re looking for a delicious, low-calorie coffee drink for summer, try this iced strawberry latte recipe. You’ll love the fruity taste and beautiful strawberry texture. Make it just the way you like it with some whipped cream and a shot of syrup.
What is an iced strawberry latte?
Coffee aficionados might choose their beans based on the roast or their coffee maker based on its speed, but a truly passionate coffee drinker bases their choice of beverage on the weather.
For those who live in areas where warm weather is the norm, nothing beats a summertime iced coffee. And nothing beats the taste of a perfectly prepared iced strawberry latte.
An iced strawberry latte is a coffee-based drink that consists of strawberry sauce, milk of choice, strong espresso coffee, whipped cream, and ice cubes for that refreshing touch.
It’s a coffee recipe that will not only keep you energized but cool you down on a hot day and boost your energy levels.
You can make this drink with different ingredients, depending on your flavor preference. Let me tell you a bit more about the ingredients and how you can switch it up:
What ingredients are used in this coffee?
To make this drink perfect for the summer, I’ve built the recipe around just a few ingredients, which leaves you with more time to enjoy it while sitting out in the sun.
Have a look below for all the ingredients you’ll need:
- Whole milk
- Espresso coffee
- Strawberry sauce
- Whipped cream
- Ice cubes
As you can see from the small ingredients list above, you don’t need many ingredients to make this amazing drink at home.
And my favorite part about making coffee at home is that you can switch out the ingredients I’ve mentioned above and use the ones you prefer.
You can switch the whole milk for a lower fat kind or use a milk alternative that you like. I’ve tested this recipe with almond milk, and it tasted amazing.
The strawberry sauce can be store-bought if you want to save some time. But if you want a homemade version, you can find the recipe for it further down.
Homemade strawberry sauce is easy to prepare, and you can make a big batch at once that you can use for a few more recipes.
This iced latte is cooled with ice cubes, but you can also use coffee ice cubes if you want an even stronger-tasting iced coffee.
When using regular ice cubes, you’ll slightly dilute your iced coffee over time because the ice starts melting.
If you use coffee ice cubes instead, you’ll still dilute your iced coffee, but this will leave you with even more coffee instead! If you’re interested in trying it, you can check out the full recipe.
This recipe’s whipped cream is optional, but it gives the latte a slightly sweeter and rich taste. If you love sweetened coffee, then you’ll love the addition of some whipped cream.
What is the best espresso to use?
Espresso coffee is one of those coffees that tastes rich and delicious and is perfect for drinking straight or using in recipes like these.
Because espresso coffee makes up a big part of this recipe, you want the coffee to be great in quality.
There’s a lot of ways to prepare espresso at home, have a look below for a few options:
- You can brew coffee with an AeroPress or Moka pot
- You can brew coffee with an espresso machine
- Or, you can use your Nespresso or Keurig machine
The AeroPress and Moka pot make great espresso-like coffee that works really well for this recipe.
If you have an espresso machine at home, then you’ll want to use it for this recipe as well.
You can also use your Nespresso or Keurig machine and brew espresso with the machine. I suggest choosing an espresso pod that is strong in flavor, so your iced strawberry latte will be nice and balanced.
As for the amount to use, you can choose to use a single espresso shot if you prefer a sweeter coffee.
If you’re a fan of strong-tasting coffee, then I suggest using two espresso shots instead.
You can also use brewed coffee if you don’t want to use espresso as the basis for this drink.
If you prefer to use brewed coffee, then I do suggest double brewing the coffee. This will enhance the robust flavors, as this works best for this iced latte recipe.
Now that you know about all the ingredients to use and what coffee is best used, let’s jump into the recipe:
- 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of whole milk
- Two espresso shots
- 2 tbsp (30 grams) of strawberry sauce
- Optionally: a serving of whipped cream
- Ice cubes
- Start by brewing the espresso shots. You can use any of the brewing techniques I've listed above. I used an AeroPress for my espressos.
- Once the espresso coffee is brewed, cool them by adding a few ice cubes. You can also prepare them ahead of time and chill them overnight in the fridge.
- In a tall glass, add the strawberry sauce.
- Add a handful of ice cubes to the glass. I like to add enough ice cubes so that the glass is filled halfway.
- Slowly pour the milk into the glass.
- Pour the espresso coffee on top of the milk.
- Optionally, you can add a serving of whipped cream on top and add a drizzle of strawberry sauce.
You've now made an iced strawberry latte!
It's best enjoyed right after making the drink. Serve it with a straw if you want to combine all the flavors.
If you want a sweeter-tasting iced strawberry latte, you can use a single espresso shot or add a bit more strawberry sauce.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5.2gUnsaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 6.5gSugar: 6.4gProtein: 3.9g
What is the best strawberry sauce to use?
Strawberry sauce or strawberry purée is the perfect addition to coffee. The natural sweetness that strawberries have works so well with the stronger notes of coffee.
Strawberry sauce is easy to make at home, and you can prepare it in advance if you’re expecting company.
If you want to check out my easy guide to the strawberry sauce, you can find more information here. Over there, I’ll guide you through step-by-step on how to make it at home, and it’s really fun to make!
You can also use store-bought strawberry sauce for this recipe. Make sure it’s of good quality and doesn’t have an overall sweet taste to it.
The strawberry sauce can be a bit sweet, but you don’t want it to be overpowering, as you won’t taste the rest of the drink this way.
This iced strawberry latte recipe is one that you can enjoy year-round — it’s so easy to make, and you can find the ingredients in most grocery stores.
I like this recipe so much that I’ve been drinking a lot of this coffee. It’s such a refreshing start to the day.
If you’re trying this recipe with your own variations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. You can also check out a few more coffee recipes below if you like to drink iced lattes.
Do you like flavored iced lattes? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!