We’re in the middle of summer, and it’s the perfect time for an iced coffee. There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cold brew made from scratch with no additives, preservatives, or syrups.
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with my own unique spin on cold brew coffee. That’s how this recipe for the strawberry cold brew was developed.
This strawberry cold brew recipe is fantastic and easy to make that you’ll be enjoying this for the days to come. Let’s get started!
What is a strawberry cold brew?
You might have guessed it already, but a strawberry cold brew is a delicious coffee drink that consists of cold brew and strawberries! You’ll also add a bit of cold foam for a unique touch.
Cold brew and strawberries are the perfect combination to keep you refreshed and energized on these warm days.
Cold brew is stronger than regular iced coffees and more flavorful because it takes longer to extract all of the flavors from the coffee beans.
Today’s article is going to teach you how to make your own strawberry cold brew at home, so let’s dive right into it:
What ingredients are used in this cold brew?
I wanted this recipe to be easy to make, so it doesn’t require so many ingredients while still tasting amazing. You’ll need the following ingredients to get started:
- Cold brew coffee
- Strawberries for strawberry purée
- 2% fat milk for cold foam
- Ice cubes
The most important part of this recipe is the cold brew coffee. As it makes up for such a big part of this drink, you want this to be perfect. Read along to find out which cold brew I recommend using.
Then for the next amazing component of this cold brew drink is the strawberries. With the strawberries, you’ll make a strawberry purée that is perfect in sweetness.
For the strawberries, you can use fresh berries if you’re lucky enough to have access to them; otherwise, frozen will do just fine! The only difference is that you have to let the berries thaw before adding them in.
Down below, I’ve listed a recipe for homemade strawberry purée. If you prefer using store-bought strawberry purée instead, feel free to do so.
As for the 2% fat milk, you’ll make a lovely cold foam from it. The cold foam is the topping of this drink and will give your cold brew a delicious foamy texture.
I’ll discuss all these components below, so you’ll have all the information to make this recipe at home.
What cold brew coffee is best used?
Regular cold brew coffee isn’t too strong in flavor like a cold brew concentrate is. But it cuts perfectly through the sweetness of the strawberry purée.
Because the strawberry purée and cold foam make up for half the drink, you want the cold brew coffee to be relatively strong.
If you have a mellow cold brew coffee, you might find that this recipe turns out too sweet.
I’ve based the recipe around a regular sweetness. While testing, I found that two tablespoons of strawberry purée give this drink the perfect sweetness.
The amount of strawberry flavor that it gives you is phenomenal while not being too overpowering.
Tip: If you haven’t made cold brew coffee before, you can check out the recipe for it here.
What is cold foam, and why do I need it?
Cold foam is a textured foam made from low-fat milk. Low-fat milk makes for the best and most long-lasting cold foam.
You will use the cold foam to top this strawberry cold brew coffee. Because there’s already a bit of sweetness from the strawberries, the cold foam is there to add a bit of depth and texture.
Most cold foams last pretty long, depending on the milk you use. For this recipe, you can stir it through the coffee or leave it at the top for that amazing foam layer.
You can make cold foam using various techniques including, milk frother, blender, and many more. If you want more information on how to make it, you can check it out here.
Now, let me guide you through the recipe below. After that, I’ve listed an easy recipe for homemade strawberry purée.
- 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of cold brew coffee
- 1/4 cup (0.06 l) of 2% fat milk
- 2 tbsp (30 grams) of strawberry pureé
- Ice cubes
Now that you've prepared the homemade strawberry pureé and have a batch of cold brew coffee ready to go, it's time to assemble this drink:
- Start by cold foaming the 2% fat milk. I used a milk frother for this. Have a look above for more ways to make cold foam.
- In a tall glass, add the strawberry pureé. If you want to add a sweetener to your coffee, you can add it now.
- Add a few ice cubes to the glass. I like to fill the glass to about halfway.
- Pour in the cold brew coffee. Optionally, you can give this a quick stir for optimal flavor distribution.
- Top this with the cold foam.
- You can now start enjoying your strawberry cold brew coffee!
You can switch out the 2% fat milk for nonfat milk or use a milk alternative that you like. It's all up to you.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 1.2gSaturated Fat: 0.7gUnsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 2.8gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
The nutritional information is based on this recipe. If you want to use different ingredients, the number of calories may change.
How to make homemade strawberry purée
Ready to get your hands smelling like strawberries?
You can make strawberry purée within minutes. You can use two techniques that require almost no effort, which is excellent.
You can make strawberry purée by adding fresh (or frozen) strawberries to a blender and mixing it until smooth.
However, the more delicious technique requires a bit more time, but it will be well worth it.
To make strawberry purée, you’ll need the following ingredients and equipment:
- 1 cup (250 grams) of fresh or frozen (thaw them before using) strawberries
- Optionally: a bit of sugar
- Small saucepan
You can sweeten your strawberry purée if you want to have a sweeter version. However, I highly recommend trying it without any sweetener first.
You can always add a bit of simple syrup to your cold brew before drinking it. You can follow the steps below to make a batch of homemade strawberry purée:
- Start by coring the strawberries if you’re using fresh ones. You can skip this step if you’re using frozen strawberries.
- Cut the strawberries into quarters. This way, your purée will be done faster.
- Add the strawberries to a small saucepan. If you want to add some sugar, you can add it now.
- Add a splash of water to the strawberries to help speed the process along.
- Place the saucepan on the stove on medium heat.
- Now, while continuously stirring, heat the strawberries until they fall apart.
- This took me about 10 minutes in total. Depending on how much you make, the time can change.
- Once your strawberries are soft to the touch, remove them from the heat.
- Add them to a blender or use a handheld mixer.
- Mix the strawberries until smooth purée forms.
- You’ve now made yourself a nice batch of strawberry purée!
I suggest cooling the purée before using it for this cold brew recipe. It’s best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
If you plan on making a bunch of these cold brew coffees, you can always make a bit more strawberry purée, as this doesn’t require much more effort.
5 recipe variations tips to make your own unique strawberry cold brew
No recipe is great without any of your own modifications, correct?
Here are a few tips that I have for you to add your own unique twist to this recipe:
- For the 2% fat milk, you can try almond or soy.
- Add a little bit of creamer to make it more like iced coffee.
- Add a little bit of salt to your drink to give it that extra punch of flavor!
- Add a mint leaf for a refreshing, unique flavor.
- Lastly, you can also add in some orange extract for a citrusy twist.
Sounds amazing, right?
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below if you have any other great variations!
This delicious coffee drink will keep you feeling refreshed and energized all day long. It is perfect for these warm days, so give it a try this season!
Most people want to make their own cold brew at home because it’s cheaper than going out every time they need one. Plus, making your own can be very satisfying too.
And, as you can see above, you can also experiment by adding different ingredients and spices to the recipe; it will be up to you!
So now I leave it to you; it’s time to get into the kitchen and make your own cold brew.
Do you like drinking cold brew coffee? 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!