Looking for an easy refreshing drink? Try this Korean Strawberry Milk. It's a sweet treat to serve at Valentine's Day, or when strawberry season is in full swing!
One of the things my teenage daughter and I like to do together is visit new bakeries and cafes. We've discovered some great local Japanese bakeries, Korean cafes, and Taiwanese bubble tea spots over the years.
One of the drinks that is popular in Korea isn't as easy to find closer to home. That's Korean Strawberry Milk, full of fresh strawberry flavor. I've enjoyed it once in a cafe that is no longer open, and I haven't been able to find it closer to home since.
Luckily, this refreshing cool drink is easy to make at home!
❤️ What makes Korean strawberry milk so special?
Korean Strawberry Milk is a popular drink found in cafes throughout South Korea. They're so popular that they can be expensive -- as much as $6 or $7 per bottle!
This homemade strawberry milk uses all fresh, simple ingredients and real strawberries. No artificial flavors here like you might find in regular strawberry milk!
Korean strawberries are a little sweeter than strawberries from other parts of the world, making this drink an extra special treat. But, you can still use strawberries from wherever you live to make this delicious beverage!
It's an easy recipe that uses just 3 ingredients and is ready in 15 minutes!
🍓 Ingredient notes
Strawberries - You can use fresh or frozen strawberries.
Sugar - You will need granulated sugar for the strawberry mixture.
Milk - To keep this dairy free, I use coconut milk. I also love the richness that coconut milk adds to this refreshing drink! But you can use regular dairy milk or your favorite non-dairy milk alternative to suit your personal preference.
✅ Step-by-step instructions
1. Cut the strawberries into small pieces, removing the stems if you are using fresh strawberries.
2. Place 1 and ¼ cup of the strawberry chunks into the blender and blend until pureed.
3. Place the pureed strawberries into a saucepan or small Dutch oven over medium-low heat to make a homemade strawberry syrup.
4. Add the sugar.
5. Stir and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool down to room temperature.
6. Have two tall glasses on hand. Once the strawberry mixture is cooled completely, pour half into each glass.
7. Sprinkle some of the remaining fresh chunks of strawberries over each.
8. Pour half of the cold milk into each glass. Top with remaining chopped strawberries and stir. If you want more, you can top off each drink with more milk or more chopped strawberries.
9. Stir and serve your homemade Korean strawberry milk!
❓ Recipe FAQs
If you'd like, you can add a small amount of vanilla or balsamic vinegar to add a depth of flavor to the milk. Just a small amount goes a long way, so be careful not to add too much!
For some brightness and freshness, try adding a couple of finely chopped mint leaves to the strawberry puree.
Korean strawberry milk is best enjoyed fresh, right after it's made. However, you can pour some into a glass bottle, jar, or other airtight container and refrigerate it for 24 hours to 2 days.
🔪 Kitchen tools and equipment
To make this fresh strawberry milk recipe, you just need a few basic kitchen tools:
Blender - You'll need a blender to puree some of the strawberries.
🍰 What to serve with Korean Strawberry Milk
A glass of Korean strawberry milk is an absolutely delicious treat on its own. But it's also a great drink to enjoy with a decadent slice of White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake, some adorable Valentine's Day Madeleines, or deliciously tart Blackberry Scones.
More Valentine's Day recipes
- Strawberry Crinkle Cookies
- Valentine's Day Popcorn Mix
- Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting
- Valentine's Day OREO Pops
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Korean Strawberry Milk
- 2 cups strawberries, chopped and divided
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups low-fat coconut milk
- In a blender, puree 1-¼ cup strawberries.
- Add the pureed strawberries to a saucepot or dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the sugar to the strawberry puree and stir constantly. Bring the mixture to a low boil, remove from the heat and let cool.
- While the strawberry mix cools, prepare two tall glasses. Add half of the cooled strawberry puree mixture. Sprinkle some of the remaining chopped strawberries. Then pour the coconut milk evenly into each glass. Top with any remaining chopped strawberries and stir to combine. Enjoy immediately.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.