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Homemade Korean Strawberry Milk

by Jamie

Homemade Korean strawberry milk is made with fresh chunks of strawberries & homemade strawberry syrup made of pureed strawberries. A favorite Korean drink made with fresh strawberries!

homemade Korean strawberry milk in two glasses with strawberries

If you haven’t tried Korean strawberry milk before, you have to try it! This is a simple and easy to follow recipe for homemade Korean strawberry milk with fresh strawberries. Nothing artificial in here! Made with a simple strawberry puree and chunks of fresh strawberries for texture, you’ll never want to go back to the store bought stuff. Use any kind of milk, non-dairy works too. I used homemade coconut milk for this Korean style vegan strawberry coconut milk.

homemade Korean strawberry milk in a glass with strawberry garnish

What is Korean Strawberry Milk?

Korean strawberry milk is a popular drink in Korea served during the summertime in many cafes. Korean strawberry milk is different from regular strawberry milk because it’s made entirely of real strawberries. Nothing artificial here and no strangely processed strawberry syrup either.

The main defining characteristic of Korean strawberry milk is the fresh chunks of strawberries found inside for a bit of texture. These pieces of fresh strawberries add a lot of fresh strawberry flavor that I find missing in other strawberry milks. The strawberry syrup is made with fresh or frozen strawberries that’s then gently heated until it’s brought to a boil. This thickens up the strawberry puree just a bit so it’s sweet and syrupy but not too thick like a jam.

Next is the milk. You can use any kind of milk for this homemade strawberry milk though in Korea dairy milk is traditionally used. Add it in gently so that you can see the separation of strawberries and the milk. In Korea it’s served separately so you need to give it a good stir before drinking. In my case, I used homemade coconut milk for this recipe and it was fantastic! It made for an amazing vegan strawberry coconut milk!

homemade Korean strawberry milk in two glasses surrounded by strawberries

I first had Korean strawberry milk while I was in Korea a few years ago. Once I tried it I had to go back for it everyday. Interestingly, it can go by two different names, strawberry latte or strawberry milk. I noticed some cafes served strawberry latte so I ordered it thinking there would be some caffeine in it but it was strawberry milk with a bit more froth and whipped cream on top. Sometimes it’s even served with a scoop of ice cream on top. This was a few years ago so things may have changed, but from what I can remember they were the same.

homemade Korean strawberry milk in two glasses with straws surrounded by strawberries

For my homemade Korean strawberry milk, I decided to use fresh made coconut milk. The flavors were so wonderful together! If you want to try homemade coconut milk, try out my recipe below:

homemade coconut milk in a mason jar with coconut shells

Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe

How to Make Homemade Korean Strawberry Milk:

strawberry puree in a glass bowl surrounded by strawberries

Start by making the strawberry syrup:

  • Blend fresh or frozen strawberries until you get a strawberry puree.
  • Add the puree with sugar and fresh strawberry pieces to a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 1 minute and turn off the heat. Let this cool.
  • In a small pot, add the strawberry puree, sugar, and a third of the cut strawberry pieces. Heat until it comes to a boil. Let it boil for 1 minute, turn off the heat, and let it cool on the counter or chill in the refrigerator. (Note: You can opt to skip the boiling step but I recommend you consume this the day of making it. The puree will also be more thin and watery but will have more fresh strawberry flavor as it’s not heated.)

strawberry pieces, strawberry puree, and sugar in a glass bowl surrounded by strawberries

Assemble the homemade strawberry milk:

  • Add the cooled strawberry syrup to a tall glass. Swirl it up and around the glass to make a pattern.
  • Next, add the fresh strawberry pieces to your glass.
  • Finally, gently add in your milk of choice. Swirl it around to get a cool effect. Note: you can froth your milk before adding it to get a more luscious texture.

strawberry puree in a glass held in hand

Additional Toppings for Homemade Korean Strawberry Milk:

Some of these are non-traditional toppings that you wouldn’t find in Korean strawberry milk but would still taste amazing.

  • whipped cream
  • ice cream
  • caramel syrup
  • chocolate syrup
  • matcha syrup

Non-Dairy Alternatives:

Note: When using non-dairy milks, I recommend going with one that’s not too watery, such as soy, cashew, or hemp milk. It will get you the closest consistency to Korean strawberry milk since it’s not too watery and on the thicker side. Strawberry coconut milk has a good consistency if you use lite coconut milk.

homemade Korean strawberry milk in two glasses with strawberries

Make sure the milk and syrup are chilled before combining together and serve immediately. You can keep the cooked strawberry syrup in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container. The syrup can also be used on any desserts or drinks if you have leftovers.

If you want some foam on top, froth your milk before adding it or top with some whipped cream. Enjoy!

homemade Korean strawberry milk in a glass with a glass straw

I hope you make this homemade Korean strawberry milk! Please share, rate, and comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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homemade Korean strawberry milk in two glasses with strawberries

Homemade Korean Strawberry Milk

Homemade Korean strawberry milk is made with fresh chunks of strawberries & homemade strawberry syrup made of pureed strawberries. A favorite Korean drink made with fresh strawberries!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 16 ounce drinks
Calories: 242kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups strawberries fresh or frozen can be used
  • ¼ cup sugar use less if you prefer your drinks less sweet
  • ¾ cup fresh strawberries cut into pieces, about 1 cm or 1/3 inch
  • 2 cups any milk of choice (recommend coconut milk) I used coconut milk

Instructions

  • Puree the 1¼ cups of strawberries using a blender, food processor, or masher. If using frozen strawberries, you can thaw them a bit in the microwave or use a high speed blender. 
  • In a small pot, add the strawberry puree, sugar, and a third of the cut strawberry pieces. Heat until it comes to a boil. Let it boil for 1 minute, turn off the heat, and let it cool on the counter or chill in the refrigerator. 
    (Note: You can opt to skip the boiling step but I recommend you consume this the day of making it. The puree will also be more thin and watery but will have more fresh strawberry flavor as it's not heated.)
  • Take two 16 ounce glasses and add half of the cooled strawberry puree and half of the remaining cut strawberry pieces into each glass. Swirl it up and around the glass to make a pattern. Next pour half of your milk of choice into each glass and serve immediately. Optional: top with whipped cream.

Notes

  • The cooked strawberry puree can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Serve immediately once the puree and strawberry pieces are combined with the milk. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 574mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 501IU | Vitamin C: 85mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 1mg
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14 comments

sheenam @ thetwincookingproject July 29, 2019 - 3:10 am

Jamie, this looks amazing!

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Jamie
Jamie July 29, 2019 - 12:01 pm

Thank you Sheenam! Hope you enjoy it! 😀

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Sue July 26, 2019 - 8:37 pm

5 stars
Wow this is sooooo pretty and refreshing looking ~ why have I never heard of this??

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Jamie
Jamie July 27, 2019 - 8:16 pm

Thank you Sue! I hope you give this a try, you’ll love the fresh strawberry flavor! 😀

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Irina July 26, 2019 - 7:06 pm

5 stars
Oh, WOW! This Strawberry milk looks fancy, but the recipe is so simple to make. Your recipe is a keeper!

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Jamie
Jamie July 27, 2019 - 8:15 pm

Yes this is definitely easy to make and looks great for company. Thank you so much! 🙂

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Lisa October 10, 2019 - 7:40 pm

This looks amazing…but…I really don’t like strawberries. Do you think of I subbed raspberries it would hold up?

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Jamie
Jamie October 10, 2019 - 11:28 pm

Hi Lisa! Absolutely you can use raspberries. If you don’t want the seeds, I suggest you strain it out, or you could blend it in a high speed blender to blend up the seeds. If you want the swirl effect, it’s best to get the raspberry puree on the thicker side so it sticks to the sides of the glass. You can heat it up until it’s a thick consistency. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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Lisa Bryan July 26, 2019 - 6:44 pm

5 stars
I remember drinking the strawberry Nestle Quick as a kid….but it doesn’t even compare to this. Fresh strawberries win hands down!

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Jamie
Jamie July 27, 2019 - 8:14 pm

Thank you Lisa! Yes I remember drinking strawberry Nestle as a kid too. 😀 So glad you like this!

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Patty at Spoonabilities July 26, 2019 - 3:34 pm

5 stars
I have never tried Korean Strawberry Milk. This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

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Jamie
Jamie July 27, 2019 - 8:12 pm

Thank you Patty! Yes please give it a try, you’ll love it!

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Andrea Metlika July 26, 2019 - 2:45 pm

5 stars
Not only is this super cool looking , it sounds so delicious.

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Jamie
Jamie July 26, 2019 - 3:14 pm

Thanks Andrea! I hope you enjoy it!

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