Heavenly Iced Ginger Coffee – Refreshing Summer Delight

Coffee is a universal love language. It has the power to transform our mood, uplift our spirit, and bring people together. As a barista, I have come across different types of coffee drinkers, but one thing that unites them all is their love for a good iced coffee.

If you are looking for a new way to enjoy your favorite caffeinated beverage, then you are in the right place. Today, I will be sharing with you my recipe for iced ginger coffee. This recipe is perfect for those hot summer days when you need a refreshing pick-me-up.

Ginger is known for its many health benefits, including reducing inflammation, easing nausea, and improving digestion. Combining it with cold brew coffee creates a unique flavor profile that will tickle your taste buds.

In this recipe, we will be using some common ingredients like coffee and boiling water, along with some not-so-common ingredients like fresh ginger and ginger ale. But don’t worry if you don’t have ginger ale on hand – I will also be sharing some substitutions and variations that you can try.

So let’s get started on this journey of creating a delicious iced ginger coffee that will become your new go-to drink for summer days spent lounging by the pool or hanging out with friends at the park.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Iced Ginger Coffee
Iced Ginger Coffee

Are you in the mood for something sweet with a hint of spice? Do you love coffee but want to switch up your usual order? Then you’ll love this Iced Ginger Coffee recipe! This drink is the perfect balance of ginger and coffee flavors, making it a refreshing and unique option that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

One of the reasons why you’ll love this recipe is because of its versatility. Whether you prefer cold brew or hot, instant or brewed coffee, this recipe can be adapted to fit your preferences. You can also adjust the sweetness level to your liking by using sugar or Splenda sugar substitute. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try adding some cinnamon or cardamom for an extra kick.

Another reason to love this recipe is its health benefits. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe an upset stomach. Using skim milk instead of whole milk also makes this drink less heavy and more calorie-friendly. Not to mention, replacing soft drinks with ginger ale as a mixer is a healthier alternative as well.

But perhaps the best reason to love this recipe is its ability to provide an indulgent treat without breaking the bank. You can easily make this drink at home with just a few ingredients, including brewed coffee, ginger ale, and fresh ginger. This means you don’t have to spend money at expensive cafes or settle for subpar imitation drinks when you want something new.

Overall, there are countless reasons why you’ll love this Iced Ginger Coffee recipe. From its adaptability to its health benefits and cost-effectiveness, it’s a drink that hits all the right spots. So why not give it a try and see what all the fuss is about? Your taste buds (and wallet) will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Wake up and smell the ginger!
Wake up and smell the ginger!

For the ginger coffee:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root

  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 cups of strongly brewed coffee

For the iced ginger coffee:

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 4 cups of ginger ale

  • Sugar or Splenda sugar substitute, to taste

  • 3/4 cup of whole milk, skim milk or almond milk (optional)

For the ginger syrup:

  • 2 cups of water

  • 2 cups of sugar

  • 2/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon zested and juiced fresh ginger root

For the cold brew coffee:

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 cup of dry instant coffee

  • Optional add-ons (e.g., lemongrass, chai, etc.)

For the coffee mocktail:

  • 1 cup of brewed coffee or NOCA Water-Based Coffee Drink – Bold

  • 4 oz ginger ale

  • Ginger syrup to taste

  • Ice (optional)

The Recipe How-To

 Monday mornings are no match for this iced ginger coffee.
Monday mornings are no match for this iced ginger coffee.

Now, it’s time to brew the delicious iced ginger coffee. Follow these steps to make a perfect cup.

Step 1: Brew the Coffee

Brew 2 cups of strong coffee using any method of your choice, such as a French press, drip brew or a pour-over. I recommend using Cafe Altura organic coffee for a rich flavor and aroma.

Step 2: Prepare Ginger Syrup

Combine 2 cups of water, 2 cups of sugar, and 2/3 cup of thinly sliced fresh ginger in a saucepan. Bring this mixture to a simmer over high heat stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, allowing the ginger flavor to fully infuse into the syrup. Strain out the ginger slices and discard them. Chill the syrup in the fridge for at least two hours.

Step 3: Mix Your Drink

In a large pitcher, combine 4 cups of cold brewed coffee, 1 cup of ginger ale, and your ginger syrup with cinnamon and/or cardamom if you desire. Stir until well combined.

Step 4: Serve

Pour into a glass filled with ice and add skimmed milk (optional) for an extra touch of creaminess if desired. Garnish with some zested lemon or orange peel.

Enjoy your unique and refreshing drink!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who needs pumpkin spice when you can spice up your morning with ginger?
Who needs pumpkin spice when you can spice up your morning with ginger?

Looking for a way to personalize your iced ginger coffee? Try experimenting with these substitutions and variations!

– Sugar: If you’re looking to cut down your sugar intake, Splenda Sugar Substitute is a great alternative. You can also try using honey or maple syrup for a natural sweetener.

– Milk: Want to make this recipe even healthier? Swap skim milk for almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk. All of these plant-based milks are great substitutes that bring unique flavors and textures to the drink.

– Ginger Ale: While ginger ale is a great addition to this recipe, you can also experiment with other types of ginger-based beverages such as ginger beer.

– Fresh Ginger: Fresh ginger gives the drink a brighter and stronger flavor than dry instant coffee. Use 2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger in lieu of 1 teaspoon of dry instant coffee.

– Cinnamon Ginger: Add depth to your drink by adding a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom to the base recipe.

– Ginger Syrup: Looking for an easy way to add ginger flavor quickly? Use ginger syrup instead of powder or fresh ginger. Mix the syrup with the boiling water before adding the freshly brewed coffee.

– Latte Recipe: Use 2/3 cup whole milk (or your preferred substitute) instead of 1/4 cup skim milk and omit the ginger ale after brewing your coffee to make a traditional latte.

– Iced Cappuccino Recipe Better Than Starbucks: Brew 1/2 tbsp golden or zested & juiced fresh ginger, omitting instant coffee, change the measurement of milk from one quarter cup to two cups or less depending on how much foam you prefer.

These substitutions and variations will give you plenty of options for customizing your drink. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Serving and Pairing

 If you like ginger ale, you'll love this iced ginger coffee.
If you like ginger ale, you’ll love this iced ginger coffee.

Once your iced ginger coffee is ready, it’s time to savor its delicious and refreshing taste! This coffee is a great pick-me-up in the morning or an enjoyable beverage to sip on throughout the day. The sweetness of the ginger ale and sugar combined with the bold flavor of the coffee and subtle spiciness of ginger create a delightful and unique taste that will surely awaken your senses.

To elevate your iced ginger coffee experience, consider pairing it with sweet or savory breakfast foods such as waffles, pancakes, quiches, or muffins. The coffee’s flavors also complement baked goods like gingerbread or cinnamon rolls, making for a perfect holiday breakfast spread.

For a more indulgent treat, you can even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your iced ginger coffee to make it an irresistibly creamy dessert drink!

If you’re feeling adventurous with your pairings, some non-traditional options include trying this coffee alongside spicy food like Indian or Thai cuisine. Additionally, this recipe could serve as a base for a cold brew coffee cocktail. Mixing in a splash of rum and lime juice could transform it into a refreshing summer cocktail.

However you decide to pair and serve your iced ginger coffee, be sure to enjoy it without any distractions – this delicious beverage deserves all the attention it can get!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Just the right amount of sweetness and spice.
Just the right amount of sweetness and spice.

Now, let’s talk about how to make-ahead, store and reheat this refreshing and spiced iced ginger coffee recipe.

If you are planning to make-ahead the ginger coffee concentrate for an upcoming party, the best way is to prepare a large batch of cold brew coffee at once. You can store this iced ginger coffee concentrate in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. When it’s time to serve, simply mix the required quantity of cold brew with some chilled ginger ale or sparkling water, add ice (optional) and enjoy!

As per reheating, cold brew coffee doesn’t require reheating as it’s served cold. However, if you have stored the mixture with added ginger ale, then you might need to heat it a bit before serving. To reheat, pour the mixture into a cooking pot and heat it on low heat until just heated through or simmer for 5-10 minutes on low heat or until reduced slightly.

If you’re mixing fresh ginger and spices into your brew rather than using pre-made ginger syrup or powder, then it’s best consumed within a few days of preparation to ensure freshness.

This way, you can enjoy this spicy and aromatic drink anytime without any hassle.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Your go-to coffee for when you need an extra boost of energy.
Your go-to coffee for when you need an extra boost of energy.

Ginger coffee is an ideal drink for those who prefer caffeine without the traditional bitterness of regular coffee. However, there are a few tips and tricks to achieve the perfect taste and texture with this iced ginger coffee recipe. Here are some tips that can help you perfect your iced ginger coffee recipe every time:

1. Use Fresh Ginger Root

While powdered ginger can be used, fresh ginger root offers a more intense and vibrant flavor to the drink. It is best to slice or grate the ginger root before adding it to the boiling water.

2. Experiment with Different Milks

For those seeking lower calories, skim milk is a good substitute for whole milk. Almond milk does not interfere with the flavors and aroma of ginger and blends well with other spices such as cinnamon or cardamom.

3. Adjust Sweetness to Your Taste

Sugar or Splenda sugar substitute can be added according to your liking, however, use only what’s needed since the ginger ale also contains sugar.

4. Brew Coffee & Ginger Together

To get the maximum flavor infusion, mix dry instant coffee or strongly brewed coffee with sliced or grated fresh ginger root in boiling water.

5. Chill Properly

Cold brew or chill for at least one hour before serving to allow all flavors to blend. Be sure to leave room in your glass for ice or skip it altogether if desired.

By following these five simple tips, you’ll have a refreshing ginger iced coffee that’s sweetened just right! Enjoy experimenting with different variations and add-ins such as lemongrass or chai tea that can give a unique twist each time you make this delicious beverage.


Now, let’s move on to the FAQ section of this iced ginger coffee recipe. I understand that sometimes, even with detailed instructions, questions can arise. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions which should help ensure that your iced ginger coffee turns out perfectly every time you make it.

Can you put raw ginger in coffee?

Looking to make your morning coffee more exciting and potentially beneficial for your digestion? Try adding a bit of ground ginger to your brew – around 1 teaspoon per cup should do the trick. For a unique twist, you could also try making qishr, a traditional Middle Eastern coffee that contains ginger and is reputed to help with digestion.

What does ginger coffee do for you?

Ginger, when consumed in its dried form, has potent abilities to reduce inflammation in the body. It is a popular remedy for maintaining warmth in the body during the chilly winter and rainy seasons while also providing protection against cold and flu. Additionally, it works wonders in relieving gastrointestinal discomfort, as its gas elimination properties help to calm the digestive tract.

Is cinnamon and ginger good in coffee?

Incorporating ginger into your coffee can yield several health benefits due to its antioxidant-rich composition. Ginger has been associated with potential immune system support, anti-nausea properties, and may aid in managing osteoarthritis symptoms.

Does ginger coffee exist?

As a coffee expert, I highly recommend trying out ginger coffee, a unique and enticing hot drink that combines the rich aroma of coffee with the subtle yet powerful heat of ginger. It was two years ago when I first got to taste this special concoction upon my return to Vietnam. Locally known as cà phê gừng, it is a must-try beverage from a renowned coffee shop chain.

Bottom Line

As a passionate barista, I strongly recommend trying out this iced ginger coffee recipe. Not only does this recipe offer a unique flavor with its blend of ginger and coffee, but it also provides the perfect refreshing beverage for the hot summer months.

With a variety of ingredient options and substitutions available, you can easily customize the recipe to your liking. Whether you prefer Splenda sugar substitute or whole milk, this recipe is versatile enough to cater to your preferences.

Additionally, the brewing process for iced ginger coffee is simple and easy to follow. You can either choose to go with cold brew or a simple mix of boiling water and instant coffee. Either way, you are guaranteed an energizing drink that will leave you feeling refreshed for the rest of the day.

So what are you waiting for? Give this iced ginger coffee recipe a try today and elevate your coffee game to new heights!

Iced Ginger Coffee

Iced Ginger Coffee Recipe

I found this recipe in a healthy heart cookbook & thought it sounded interesting. The ginger ale gives it just a tinge of ginger flavour and a slight fizz on the tongue.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine International
Calories 52.5 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons dry instant coffee
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup ginger ale
  • sugar or Splenda sugar substitute
  • ice (optional)


  • Combine coffee & water and allow to cool.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Serve over ice.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 253gCalories: 52.5kcalCarbohydrates: 8.5gProtein: 3.9gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 1.9mgSodium: 59.6mgSugar: 2.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Australian, Beverages, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Summer, Very Low Carbs
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