Best Iced Coffee Recipe: Super Easy Homemade Recipe

The past few days I have simply been dying of heat. If it hadn’t been for good iced coffee and swimming pools I might not have survived. So, I decided to share my most delicious iced coffee recipe with you.

That way when you are in the same predicament as me, you can simply make yourself this refreshing and delicious drink. Because, you see, drinking an iced coffee drink is a super easy way to combat the ridiculously warm days of summer.

This is an easy iced coffee recipe that will help you make your own iced coffee in very little time. Which, is great because you won’t have to run to your local coffee shop each time you crave a tall glass of iced coffee. And I am all for saving time and, of course, money…

Ingredients for This Homemade Iced Coffee Recipe

  1. Ground coffee beans
  2. Coffee ice cubes
  3. ⅓ cup cold water
  4. ⅓ cup cold milk of choice (optional)
  5. 100ml brewed coffee if not using espresso 

Some Notes About the Ingredients

Do I Need an Espresso Machine?

You can totally make this coffee without an espresso machine. I like to use my AeroPress or Moka pot to make coffee whenever I can’t use my espresso machine. They both make espresso-like coffee. So, the result will be similar to when you use espresso.

Cold brew in a double walled glass and an AeroPress.

Usually I don’t recommend substituting the espresso with regular coffee such as French press coffee or coffee made with a drip coffee maker. However, in this case they can all work. You would then just not dilute the coffee with water before adding the other ingredients. I would also recommend letting the coffee cool down to at least room temperature before using it. Otherwise, just add a lot of ice to ensure a really cold glass of iced coffee.

Instant coffee such as Nescafé’s instant espresso also works really well. It comes quite close to the real thing. Use a teaspoon of coffee granules and 30ml hot water and you are good to go.

What is the Best Coffee Beans?

If you do end up using an espresso machine, AeroPress, or Moka pot, I quite like Starbucks’s Pike Place roast when I am in the mood for a medium roast. On the other hand, if I am craving a dark roast, I like to go for their Caffè Verona blend.

Why Should I Use Coffee Ice Cubes?

You can use normal ice cubes. However, inevitably, ice melts and with that process your drink will be watered down. If you use coffee ice cubes you drink won’t be watered down. So, I really think it is your best option.

I pour my leftover coffee into ice cube trays and shove them into the freezer. I prefer fresh coffee over stale coffee, so, I think it’s better to put that extra coffee to good use.

What Type of Milk is Best for Iced Coffee?

Okay, so many people don’t like black coffee that much. Which, is why I think it is important that we talk about what the best milk for iced coffee is. (If you do drink your coffee black you can skip this. Also, just substitute the milk in the recipe for more water.)

The kind of milk that you use is really a matter of personal preference. There is no “best choice”.

Whole milk leads to a creamy texture and a bit of a sweeter drink. Whereas, skim milk or even low fat milk contains less calories. So, if you are watching your calorie intake, they are both great options.

Dairy-Free Milk Options

If you prefer not to drink cow’s milk, your options are even wider. Any kind of plant-based milk will do the trick. Examples of milk alternatives that you can try include the following:

  1. Almond milk
  2. Coconut milk
  3. Soy milk
  4. Oat milk
  5. Rice milk
  6. Cashew Milk
Almond milk in a box on a wooden surface.

Storing Iced Coffee

Although I think that making coffee ice cubes with leftover coffee is a great idea I know not everyone elase wants to put it in an ice cube tray to make coffee ice cubes for next time. The good news is that there are some things that you can do to extend the shelf life of your coffee in the fridge. 

Iced coffee concentrate that does not contain dairy products or any other additives yet could last up to two weeks in the fridge. However, after adding the other ingredients bacterial growth is increased and I really think that the best practice is to consume it at the latest the next day. If could last up to three days, but I to err on the side of caution.

Yet, regardless of these guidelines, it is always a good idea to test the coffee for freshness before drinking it. The main indicator that the coffee has gone bas is the smell and taste of the coffee. As soon as you detect a foul odour or taste, you should discard the coffee.

For the best results you should store leftover iced coffee in an airtight container such as a mason jar. Such a sealed container will help to ensure that the odours of the other food items in the fridge doesn’t influence the taste of the coffee.

Iced coffee in a double walled glass

Easy Iced Coffee

Drinking iced coffee is an easy way to combat the hot days of summer. So, here is my easy and delicious iced coffee recipe so that you can survive those ridiculously hot summer's days with me.
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 50 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Ground coffee beans
  • Coffee ice cubes
  • cup cold water
  • cup cold milk of choice (optional)
  • 100 ml brewed coffee if not using espresso

Instructions
 

  • Pull a shot of espresso or brew strong coffee
  • Put ice cubes and espresso in glass
  • Dilute with cold water (skip this step if you are not using espresso)
  • Add some milk, unless you like your coffee black
Keyword Iced Coffees

Steps

  1. Pull a shot of espresso or brew strong coffee
  2. Put ice cubes and espresso in glass
  3. Dilute with cold water (skip this step if you are not using espresso)
  4. Add some milk, unless you like your coffee black

​Sweeten Your Iced Coffee

Not everyone likes their coffee unsweetened like me. But then again… sometimes I need my iced coffee to be sweet too.

Either way, there are different ways to add some sweetness to your iced coffee so you can be sure to have the best iced coffee for your taste. A few sweeteners that you can try include white sugar, maple syrup, simple syrup, or even a bit of sweet cream. But there are also some other fancier options for you to try. Here are some great examples:

1. Vanilla Syrup

I love using homemade syrups in my coffee. It is super ease to make and much cheaper than buying it from the grocery store. Adding vanilla syrup to your iced coffee will leave you with the perfect iced coffee.

Get my vanilla syrup recipe here.

Vanilla syrup in a glass bowl.

2. Brown Sugar Syrup

Brown sugar syrup is one of the best things that can happen to a glass of iced coffee.

Learn how to make brown sugar syrup here.

Brown sugar syrup, cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon.

3. Caramel Sauce

​Caramel sauce will add a little bit of heaven to this amazing cold coffee. It will not only sweeten it to your taste buds’ delight, it will also increase the flavor of the coffee.

Get my caramel sauce recipe here.

Caramel sauce for coffee.

4. Chocolate Sauce

For all the chocoholics out there, what better idea than to combine the satisfaction of your caffeine cravings with your yearning for chocolate?

Learn how to make chocolate syrup recipe here.

Spiderweb mocha - mocha with caramel and chocolate sauce.

5. White Mocha Syrup

If you have a sweet tooth, you simply have to try adding some white mocha sauce to your iced coffee. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Get my white chocolate mocha syrup recipe here.

White chocolate mocha sauce in a mason jar.

6. Sweetened Condensed Milk

Many coffee lovers, including me, have fallen in love with using sweetened condensed milk in their coffee. It adds a certain creamy sweetness to your drink that simply cannot be ignored.

Learn how to make iced condensed milk coffee here.

Sweetened condensed milk in a can

If you want more ideas for what you can use to sweeten your iced coffee with, I have post on how to sweeten cold brew coffee. The ideas in that post will work just as well for normal iced coffee.

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