Korean Strawberry Milk

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This homemade Cafe-Style 3-ingredient Korean Strawberry Milk is a delicious and refreshing drink made using fresh or frozen strawberries, sugar, and milk. Follow my easy recipe to make this beverage at home.

As strawberries are in season, try some of my other favorite strawberry recipes: Whipped Strawberry Butter, Strawberry Cobbler, Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie, and Instant Pot Strawberry Jam.

Korean strawberry milk served in a glass.
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To be honest, I have still not grasped the hype about the K-drama. Many people rave about them, but I have yet to join the bandwagon, though I may someday soon.

On the contrary, I have been trying many Korean dishes and have loved them. I have bought multiple tubs of their chili paste Gochujang and used it to make salads, chicken wings, fried rice, etc.

This Korean-style strawberry milk is my latest addition to the Korean recipes.

About Korean Strawberry Milk

Korean Strawberry Milk, also known as strawberry latte, is a popular summer beverage served in Korean cafes.

This refreshing drink screams summer and is chunky, fruity, and mildly sweet.

Making this cafe-style strawberry milk at home is super easy. You can make it from scratch using fresh or frozen strawberries, sugar, and the milk of your choice.

Making Korean-style strawberry milk at home has many benefits

  1. It tastes much better than the bought version.
  2. Homemade milk is made using best quality ingredients.
  3. It has no artificial flavorings, colors, or preservatives.
  4. It is much more economical.

The best part is that it can be customized according to your requirements. You can make it vegan using coconut, almond, or soy milk. You can also make it healthier by reducing the amount of sugar or using honey or maple syrup.

Ingredients

Korean strawberry milk ingredients.

Strawberries – This drink can be made using fresh or frozen strawberries.

When strawberries are in season and cheap in summer, I freeze them in bulk and use them throughout the year. If you want to know how to freeze strawberries, check out my post.

Milk – Use chilled whole milk for a creamy texture. To make it vegan, replace dairy milk with plant-based milk, such as almond, soy, coconut, or oat milk.

Sugar – Adjust the sugar to your liking. For a healthy alternative, you can substitute white sugar with brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

How To Make Korean Style Strawberry Milk

Make Strawberry Puree

Rinse 200 g of strawberries and chop off their top leafy part.

Note – If using frozen strawberries, then thaw them to room temperature.

Add the strawberries to a blender and blend to make a smooth puree.

Strawberries added to a blender.
Smooth puree made.

Make Strawberry Syrup

Add the following ingredients to a pan and cook on medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring frequently.

  • strawberry puree
  • ¼ cup of white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped strawberries
Strawberry puree, chopped strawberries and sugar added to a pan.

Reduce the heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.

Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture come to room temperature.

Ready strawberry syrup.

Refrigerate the strawberry syrup for 1-2 hours until it is chilled.

Assemble The Strawberry Milk

Take two 500 ml glasses and divide the cooled strawberry syrup between each glass. 

Strawberry syrup added to a glass.

Swirl it up and around the glass to make a pattern. 

Swirling the syrup in the glass.
Ready glass.

Add 2 tablespoon of chopped strawberries to each glass.

Now pour 1 cup of chilled milk into each glass and serve immediately with a stirrer. 

Stir well before sipping.

Note – You can top the drink with whipped cream or ice cream and add a few ice cubes to the glasses.

Ready Korean strawberry milk.

Pro Tips By Neha

This milk can be made without cooking the strawberries. You can directly add them to the glass and mash well using a masher. But I feel that making strawberry syrup makes the milk more flavorful and rich.

If you like your milk sweeter, add more sugar to the syrup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is strawberry milk good after a workout?

This milk is a great base for adding powdered supplements. Add a scoop of the supplement you are taking, such as whey protein or collagen, and drink it pre- or post-workout.

Will strawberries curdle the milk?

The acid in the strawberries can cause the milk to curdle. However, the process will not happen immediately, especially if the milk and the strawberry syrup are chilled. Do not add this syrup to hot milk, and never mix the syrup with milk to serve later. Instead, mix the required syrup in individual glasses of chilled milk and serve immediately.

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This homemade Cafe Style 3-ingredient Korean Strawberry Milk is a delicious and refreshing drink made using fresh or frozen strawberries, sugar, and milk. Make this beverage at home using my easy recipe (vegetarian, gluten-free, can be easily made vegan).
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Korean Strawberry Milk Recipe

This homemade Cafe Style 3-ingredient Korean Style Strawberry Milk is a delicious and refreshing drink made using fresh or frozen strawberries, sugar, and milk. Make this beverage at home using my easy recipe.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients 

  • 200 grams whole strawberries (fresh or frozen, rinsed)
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • 100 grams chopped fresh strawberries (cut into 1 cm pieces, divided)
  • 2 cups chilled milk (whole milk or vegan milk like soy milk, coconut milk etc)
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Instructions 

Make Strawberry Puree

  • Rinse strawberries and chop off their top leafy part.
  • Note – If using frozen strawberries, then thaw them to room temperature.
  • Add the strawberries to a blender and blend to make a smooth puree.

Make Strawberry Syrup

  • Add the strawberry puree, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of chopped strawberries to a pan and cook on medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture come down to room temperature.
  • Refrigerate the strawberry syrup for 1-2 hours until it is chilled.

Assemble The Strawberry Milk

  • Take 2 16-ounce (500 ml) glasses and divide the cooled strawberry syrup between each glass. 
  • Swirl it up and around the glass to make a pattern. 
  • Add 2 tablespoon of chopped strawberries to each glass.
  • Now pour 1 cup of chilled milk of your choice into each glass and serve immediately with a stirrer. 
  • Stir well before sipping.
  • Note – You can top the drink with some whipped cream or ice cream. You can also add a few ice cubes to the glasses.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

This milk can be made without cooking the strawberries. You can directly add them to the glass and mash well using a masher. But I feel that making strawberry syrup makes the milk more flavorful and rich.
If you like your milk sweeter, add more sugar to the syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 94mg, Potassium: 594mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 44g, Vitamin A: 413IU, Vitamin C: 88mg, Calcium: 324mg, Iron: 1mg
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