Berry Milk

Berry Milk

Did you ever drink flavored milk growing up? We’re getting back into it as adults. It’s delicious when you want something cold and creamy but lighter than a milkshake. So, as the final post in our month of berry desserts, we’re sharing a recipe for strawberry or blueberry milk. Here’s how to do it…

Berry Milk

You’ll need:

1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries or blueberries
3 to 6 tbsp mild honey, agave or maple syrup
1 tbsp water
Splash of vanilla extract (optional)
Milk of choice

Combine your choice of strawberries or blueberries, 3 tablespoons sweetener and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the berries are soft and the juices have thickened, about 10-15 minutes.

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and press on the solids to remove as much syrup as possible. Stir in the vanilla extract, and add more sweetener if desired. Cool completely then chill thoroughly.

Stir 1/4 cup fruit mixture with 1 cup milk and serve.

Berry Milk

P.S. More recipes, including strawberries with cream and homemade chocolate ice cream.

(Photos and recipe by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for helping with this series.)

  1. Kimberly says...

    Can you use dairy free milk? I am allergic to milk fats

  2. Verena says...

    That looks delicious! I feel a bit silly not knowing that and maybe it’s a european thing, but mixing fruit and some sort of milk in a blender would be my definition of a milkshake and usually is what you’d get in a restaurant here in Berlin (at least I think so). I’m curious, what’s the difference between fruit milk and a milkshake for you?

    • Christine says...

      Here I think a milkshake typically means it has ice cream in it ?

    • Rikke says...

      In Denmark, milk/juice and frozen fruits are smoothies. If you add ice Cream, then it is milk shake :-)

  3. Beautiful photos! We did a strawberry milk recipe on the blog a few weeks ago! In fact if you love this you can make a syrup and add to your milk whenever you feel like it. Ours was inspired by rural england, here is the link if you’d like to check it out –

  4. elizabeth says...

    Great idea. To save time, I blend milk with fresh berries, a bit of vanilla and honey to taste in a blender. Works just as well and my 4 year old loves it.

  5. Ever since I discovered that fruit milk is a thing (thank you, Japanese anime!) I’ve always wanted to try it, and now I can make it myself! Thank you very much!
    And yes, I was a fan of Nestle Quik’s strawberry powder when I was a teen.

  6. I was just thinking the other day how making homemade pink milk would be a good alternative! This recipe looks good and I feel like the variations are endless… raspberry, blackberry, peach, strawberry-rhubarb!

  7. Ahhh this is the cutest milk I have ever seen! (odd sentence to type hahah ;) )

  8. Wow! These are gorgeous, and a must try for sure. We are loving blueberries right now.. might have to give that a blend!

  9. Hi Joanna,

    I love those little tumblers! Where did you get them from? Please & thank you!

  10. Marsha says...

    We used to make flavored milk in a jelly/jam jar when it was empty except for a little sweetness left stuck here and there. Pour the milk in, close lid, shake vigorously, voila!

    It was delicious and was a good way to get all the goodness of all the remaining jelly. It made the jelly jar easier to clean too (I was the dishwasher, so hey! every little bit helps)

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Such an awesome idea, Marsha!

      Stella xx

    • That is a great idea – I’m going to do that with the next jam jar that needs emptying :)

  11. Lea says...

    I would make this for the color alone, gorgeous!

  12. This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe. And who knew milk could look so pretty.

  13. Such and awesome and simple idea! Love it!

  14. Kara says...

    I’m from Rhode Island and grew up drinking coffee milk. It’s milk with a coffee flavored syrup added. Although it’s coffee flavored it’s for kids and adults. I live in Connecticut now but get bottles of coffee syrup from grocery stores when I go back to RI.

    • india says...

      I think you need to visit South Australia. We’re the only place in the world where a milk drink out sells coca cola (or so I’m told)!! And that milk drink is iced coffee!! Not exactly the fancy stuff you can get from a cafe with ice cream etc, but kind of what you described just already made up and sitting right along side the chocolate milk in the supermarket, petrol station, corner store etc. Farmers Union Iced Coffee, can’t get better than that haha (there are other brands but none are as good as the original).

    • Charli says...

      Interesting! My mom used to give me coffee milk as a child but it was about a 1/3 cup coffee, sugar, and the rest of the cup filled with milk. I’d drink it with her in the morning. Love the syrup idea!

  15. Ohhh my, look at those colours! So cute, I can imagine having a jug of that on the picknick table…

    And I’m going to remember the boiling the berries first – that will make a nice change from the usual smoothies.

  16. Samantha says...

    Where I live (Dominican Rep.) milk drinks are very common, but it’s usually fruit blended with the milk. There’s morisoñando (literally translated as “die dreaming”), which is orange juice mixed with regular or evaporated milk and sugar. It can also be made with lemonade or passion fruit juice. And there’s the typical “batida”, which is fruits blended with regular or evaporated milk and ice. People love evaporated milk here for richer drinks and sauces.

  17. So pretty… I have a pack of blueberries that are in dire need of eating and a large jug of milk ;)

    Amy |

  18. Pink milk! That makes me think of Charlie and Lola! :)

    • Trish O says...

      Just what I was thinking. It is my favorite and best :)

  19. yael steren says...

    I did! I used the Nestle Quick Strawberry – though I think I remember I used to eat it straight out of the box! Lol! So excited you shared this today. I tried improvising and making myself an iced coffee drink and it was a big fail so now I have a recipe to try that will actually work!!! xx yael

  20. Lauren E. says...

    I’m sure these are delicious, but all I can think about when I see that pink milk is the cartons of strawberry milk from public school when I was a kid! Not exactly the culinary treat described above :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha you’re so right!

  21. Tara says...

    You can also just throw some strawberries and milk into a blender if you don’t want all the hassle! I believe Dinner A Love Story has a “recipe” for this. A little easier if you want to have it at breakfast without all the cooking and cooling!

  22. Oh, trying this with almond milk ASAP!

  23. Kaitlin says...

    Yum! And I highly recommend saving the stuff you strain out of the berry mixture and spooning it into plain yogurt for a morning treat!

    • Samantha says...

      That sounds like a great idea. You could add it to oatmeal, or spread it on toast too :)

  24. This is so interesting! I’ve never tried flavored milk so I’m looking forward to trying this!


  25. In Taiwan there are fruit milk flavors of all kinds, including strawberry eg. honeydew, guava, mango. My favorite is papaya milk :D Lots of smoothie stands sell freshly blended ones and you get to see all the fruit they put into the milk.

    • Samantha says...

      Papaya “milk” is super common in the Dominican Republic! People make it at home usually, blending the papaya with evaporated milk :)

  26. Purple milk!!! That would be adorable for a kids birthday party for a little one whose fave color is purple.

  27. These are the prettiest glasses of milk I’ve ever seen! The colors are just beautiful and it’s a brilliant idea. My friend’s son has been hooked on the strawberry milk made from the questionable powder mix and has been wanting an healthy alternative. I will send this her way. Thanks so much for sharing.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea