Refreshing and Easy Iced Coffee Recipe

Are you tired of spending a fortune on store-bought iced coffee? Look no further than this perfect iced coffee recipe that will allow you to make your favorite beverage at home, and at a fraction of the cost! Whether you’re looking for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or a refreshing drink on a hot summer day, this recipe has got you covered.

With just a few simple ingredients, including instant coffee, sugar, lukewarm water, and ice, you can easily make the best iced coffee from the comfort of your own home. Plus, with the ability to customize your drink by adding milk, half-and-half, vanilla extract, or sweetened condensed milk, this recipe is sure to satisfy all your coffee cravings.

So why settle for overpriced and mediocre iced coffee when you can make your own delicious and personalized creation? Let’s get started and make the perfect iced coffee together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Perfect Iced Coffee
Perfect Iced Coffee

Are you tired of spending excessive amounts of money on iced coffee from the local coffee shop? Look no further, because this perfect iced coffee recipe is exactly what you need!

This easy iced coffee recipe will allow you to indulge in cafe-style iced coffee in the comfort of your own home at a fraction of the cost. The recipe includes simple and affordable ingredients such as instant coffee, sugar, and water. Not only is it cost-effective, but it is also incredibly delicious.

Not only will you love this recipe because of its affordability and taste, but also because of its versatility. You can easily modify the recipe to fit your personal preferences! Whether you prefer a more flavorful coffee using sweetened condensed milk or a creamier texture by adding in half-and-half, this recipe allows for customization to satisfy your taste buds.

Furthermore, this recipe can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator overnight, making it perfect for those busy mornings or for entertaining guests. It’s as easy as adding ice cubes into the glass and pouring in the chilled coffee mixture.

In conclusion, this perfect iced coffee recipe is everything you could want and more. Affordable, customizable, delicious, and convenient. Once you try it out, I promise that you won’t be able to go back to those overpriced cafe drinks!

Ingredient List

 Start your day with a refreshing coffee buzz!
Start your day with a refreshing coffee buzz!

Essential Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed coffee, medium roast
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ¼ cup sugar

Optional Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup half-and-half (or milk of choice)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Serving ingredients

  • 1 cup ice cubes

To make this easy iced coffee recipe, you will require essential ingredients such as ground coffee, cold water and sugar. However, if you like your coffee sweeter or creamier, optional ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half or milk of choice and vanilla extract can be added for creaminess and sweetness. The serving ingredients include ice cubes to make it a perfect iced coffee.

The Recipe How-To

 Chill out with a glass of perfectly brewed iced coffee.
Chill out with a glass of perfectly brewed iced coffee.

Now that we’ve got our ingredients ready, it’s time to make our perfect iced coffee. Don’t worry, it’s easy! Here are the steps:

Step 1: Brew the Coffee

First things first, we need to brew some coffee. For this recipe, I recommend using medium roast ground coffee and 4 cups of water. If you have a coffee maker, simply brew it as you normally would. Once the coffee is brewed, let it cool to room temperature.

If you don’t have a coffee maker, no problem! Combine 1 cup of instant coffee with 2 cups of lukewarm water and stir till dissolved.

Step 2: Sweeten It Up

Next, add some sweetness to your coffee. In a separate bowl or jar, mix 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of hot water (lukewarm) and stir till dissolved. This will make simple syrup that will sweeten your iced coffee perfectly.

Step 3: Combine and Chill

Now comes the fun part; let’s put it all together! In a pitcher or large bowl, combine the brewed/cooled down coffee with the simple syrup mix. Stir well and add a few splashes of milk or half-and-half if desired.

Place the mixture in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour or overnight. You want it nice and cold!

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy

When you’re ready to enjoy your perfect iced coffee, grab a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, pour 1 ½ – 2 cups of the chilled mixture over the ice.

For an extra touch, top off your drink with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup.

And, voila! You’ve made your very own perfect iced coffee at home like a pro.

Substitutions and Variations

 This iced coffee is perfect for those who like it strong and cold.
This iced coffee is perfect for those who like it strong and cold.

If you’re looking for ways to switch up the recipe, here are some substitutions and variations that might work for you:

– Milk substitute: If you can’t or don’t want to use regular milk, there are plenty of alternatives out there. You can try almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or any other plant-based milk. Keep in mind that the taste and texture might be slightly different.

– Sugar substitute: If you want to reduce your sugar intake, you can try using a natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or stevia. Just keep in mind that the sweetness level might be different, so start with a smaller amount and adjust as needed.

– Vanilla flavor: You can add different flavors to your coffee instead of vanilla. Try using caramel syrup, hazelnut syrup, chocolate syrup, or any other flavor that you love.

– Instant coffee vs ground coffee: If you don’t have instant coffee on hand and only have ground coffee, brew a pot of hot coffee and let it cool down before using it in the recipe.

– Different types of coffee: If you prefer a stronger or milder flavor in your iced coffee, try using a different roast or brand of coffee. A medium to dark roast tends to have a stronger taste than a light roast.

– Use sweetened condensed milk: Instead of using regular milk or half-and-half, swap it for sweetened condensed milk for a richer flavor.

– Make it into a slushie: Blend the ingredients with ice cubes to make an iced coffee slushie.

These substitutions and variations will give you endless possibilities to tweak the recipe according to your preferences. Remember that the best part of making iced coffee at home is getting creative with the ingredients and making it uniquely yours!

Serving and Pairing

 Don't let the heat bring you down, make yourself a glass of iced coffee today.
Don’t let the heat bring you down, make yourself a glass of iced coffee today.

Once you’ve made the perfect iced coffee, it’s time to enjoy it! But what should you pair with this delicious beverage? Here are some ideas to inspire you.

– Pastries: There’s nothing like a fresh croissant or muffin to complement your iced coffee. The sweetness of the pastry will balance out the slight bitterness of the coffee and create a perfect breakfast or afternoon snack.

– Fruits: If you want something lighter, go for a bowl of fresh fruits like berries, melons, and grapes. Not only are they refreshing and tasty, but they also contain antioxidants that will boost your health.

– Sandwiches: Iced coffee also goes well with sandwiches filled with cheese, ham, turkey, or vegetables. The savory flavors of the sandwich will contrast nicely with the sweetness and coolness of the coffee.

– Ice cream: For an indulgent treat, make an iced coffee float by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your glass. It’s like a dessert and beverage in one!

– Salads: If you’re on a health kick or want something light, opt for a salad with greens, vegetables, and nuts. The bitterness of the coffee will offset the acidity of the dressing and create a flavorful combination.

When it comes to serving iced coffee, there are many options. You can pour it over ice in a tall glass, add milk or half-and-half to make it creamier, or even freeze it into coffee cubes to prevent dilution. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different methods until you find what works best for you.

So whether you’re having iced coffee for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up, there’s always something delicious to pair it with!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Trust me, this recipe will make you fall in love with iced coffee all over again.
Trust me, this recipe will make you fall in love with iced coffee all over again.

For those who enjoy having a cup of iced coffee already prepared, this recipe offers make-ahead and storing instructions that will result in a flavorful iced coffee each time.

Once the coffee is prepared and chilled, store it in an airtight container or pitcher in the refrigerator. It can be kept for up to five days, but we recommend consuming it within three for the freshest taste.

For a more convenient way to keep your coffee chilled, you can also freeze them in ice cube trays. Once they have fully frozen, store them in a freezer-safe bag. This method works best if you plan on consuming the coffee over a longer period of time.

Reheating iced coffee isn’t recommended as it could alter the flavor, thereby diluting the taste. However, if you want to heat up your cold brew, do so gently in the microwave or stovetop until it reaches your desired temperature.

To achieve the best taste from reheated iced coffee, add a splash of milk or half-and-half into the mixture once heated. This will give you a silky smooth texture with a subtle creamy richness that’s sure to please every time.

With these make-ahead and storing tips, you can now enjoy a fresh cup of iced coffee anytime without sacrificing any of its delicious flavors.

Tips for Perfect Results

 You don't need a barista to make an amazing iced coffee, just follow this recipe.
You don’t need a barista to make an amazing iced coffee, just follow this recipe.

A key to making the perfect iced coffee is in the details. From brewing the coffee to the ingredients and equipment used, it all plays a role in creating the ideal cup. Here are some tips to help you achieve the best results with this recipe.

Firstly, make sure to use high-quality ingredients—this includes the coffee beans and any other components like milk or sweeteners. If possible, opt for organic or fair-trade options for an even better taste.

When brewing the coffee, use medium roast beans and cold water. Medium roast coffee creates a more robust flavor that pairs well with milk and sweeteners, while cold water helps to prevent bitterness that can occur when hot water is used.

Next, be sure to allow enough time for your coffee to cool before making your iced coffee. A good rule of thumb is to brew your coffee in advance and let it cool down room temperature before storing it in the fridge overnight for maximum flavor.

If you don’t have a French press or pour-over maker, don’t worry—using instant coffee can still result in a great cup. Just be sure to dissolve the instant coffee properly by stirring it in lukewarm water till dissolved before mixing with cold water and ice.

Lastly, consider investing in some proper barista equipment like a milk frother or shaker to create an authentic cafe-style drink. With these tips, you’ll be able to make perfect iced coffee every time, whether you’re preparing it at home or on-the-go.


As a barista, I have received many questions about how to make the perfect iced coffee. Therefore, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help troubleshoot any issues you may encounter while making this recipe. So, let’s dive into the FAQs!

What is the correct way to make iced coffee?

To make a delicious iced coffee, start by brewing a fresh pot of coffee. Then, pour 1 ½ cups of coffee into a tall glass and place it in the freezer for about 30 to 45 minutes or chill it in the refrigerator overnight until it is cold. Once the coffee has cooled, add sugar and milk according to your preferences. Fill the glass with ice and stir thoroughly until the ingredients are well combined. Then, your iced coffee is ready to be savored immediately. Enjoy the refreshing taste!

What is the secret to making good iced coffee?

As a skilled barista, I can guide you through the steps to create a multitude of coffee beverages that would tantalize your taste buds. Let me enlighten you with my years of experience and tips on crafting some of the most desired coffee types!

Firstly, let’s talk about the Japanese Method. To make excellent coffee, always use filtered water as it enhances the flavor and eliminates unwanted chemicals. It’s crucial to use fresh and high-quality coffee beans that are coarsely ground to achieve optimal results.

Looking for a refreshing coffee to beat the heat? Cold brew is the right fit for you. When it comes to cold brew, always use a coarse or extra-coarse grind. Wondering how to add a punch to your brew? Try adding flavored syrups to give that extra oomph.

Did you ever experience watery coffee due to melted ice cubes? Freeze some coffee in ice-cube trays and allow it to cool before adding them to your coffee, now, you can avoid drinking diluted coffee.

Do you prefer your espresso cold? An exciting tip is to try shaking your espresso in a cocktail shaker with ice and some flavored syrup! This gives a nice frothy texture to the drink and creates a refreshing change in taste.

Lastly, if you are frequently short on time, prepare a large batch of your preferred coffee type to save time by making coffee in a larger quantity in advance.

Follow these secret tips to elevate your coffee making game, and I assure you will smell and taste the difference in your coffee drinks!

What is the best ratio for iced coffee?

To make a perfect iced coffee, an ideal proportion of coffee to water to ice should be maintained. It is usually suggested to use 1 gram of coffee and 10 grams of water, along with 6 grams of ice. Once the coffee is brewed, it is poured over a glass filled with ice. However, the amount of ice added to the glass is not measured. Discover more about the importance of coffee to water ratios when making iced coffee.

Do you just put ice in coffee to make iced coffee?

Iced coffee is essentially brewed coffee that has been cooled and poured over ice. Its strength and brewing method are entirely at the discretion of the barista, but it requires some advance preparation.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this perfect iced coffee recipe is easy, quick to make and versatile. It contains simple and affordable ingredients that are readily available at home or in the grocery store. You can enjoy it any time of the year, and it’s a great way to treat yourself to a refreshing drink.

Following our recipe how-to, you can make the best iced coffee that your taste buds will love. The addition of sweetened condensed milk adds a luxurious texture and sweetness to the brew while ensuring that the flavors are balanced. The substitutions and variations section provides some exciting alternatives for you to explore if you’re feeling adventurous.

The recipe is also flexible enough to accommodate different preferences when it comes to sweetness, creaminess or strength of coffee flavor. It’s a masterpiece that you’ll always want to chase down on a hot summer day!

Why bother going for an overpriced Starbucks iced coffee or frappe when you can create your own at home? So save your money, be in control of your sugar intake and treat yourself with a delicious homemade coffee slushie. So next time you crave an iced coffee, whip up our recipe and enjoy this perfectly made glass of goodness!

Perfect Iced Coffee

Perfect Iced Coffee Recipe

Looking to clone a Starbucks Frappuccino, but having various problems? I've fiddled for a few years, and now I've got it! What does the cooking spray do? It has lecithin in it, which helps keep the milk and ice together. Without it, you have a bunch of ice floating ontop of sweet coffee milk. Feel free to substitute the half and half with more milk.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine International
Calories 219 kcal


  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/8-1/4 fluid ounce vanilla (splash)
  • cooking spray (4 sprays)
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 600 ml of crushed ice


  • Put all of the ingredients except for the ice into a blender. These should total 1 cup of liquid.
  • Blend these ingredients on low a few times.
  • Fire up the "ice crush" (or highest speed) on the blender for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour into a 600ml glass and enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 779gCalories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 5.3gFat: 12.2gSaturated Fat: 7.6gCholesterol: 41.2mgSodium: 85.7mgSugar: 13.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Dessert, Easy, Frozen, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Small Appliance, Smoothies, Summer, Very Low Carbs
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