Looking for an easy refreshing drink? Try this Korean Strawberry Milk. It's a sweet treat to brighten up any day, or to serve at Valentine's Day!
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. 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!
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What makes Korean strawberry milk so special?
Korean Strawberry Milk is a popular drink found in cafes throughout Korea. They're so popular that they can be expensive -- as much as $6 or $7 per bottle!
It's different from regular strawberry milk in that it uses all fresh ingredients - nothing artificial. No artificial flavors here!
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 yummy drink!
Kitchen tools and equipment
For this recipe, you just need a few basic kitchen tools:
Blender - You'll need a blender to puree some of the strawberries.
Key ingredients to make Korean Strawberry Milk
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.
How to make Korean strawberry milk
Cut the strawberries, removing the stems if you are using fresh strawberries.
Place 1 and ¼ cup of the chopped strawberries into the blender and blend until pureed.
Place the pureed strawberries into a saucepan or small Dutch oven over medium-low heat.
Add the sugar.
Stir and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool down.
Have two tall glasses on hand. Once the strawberry mixture is cooled completely, pour half into each glass.
Sprinkle some of the remaining chopped strawberries over each.
Pour half of the 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.
Stir and serve!
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 jar with an airtight lid and refrigerate it for 24 hours to 2 days.
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 slice of cake, some scones, or with tea sandwiches.
More Valentine's Day recipes
- Strawberry Crinkle Cookies
- Valentine's Day Popcorn Mix
- Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- Valentine's Day Madeleines
- Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting
- Valentine's Day OREO Pops
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.