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Monday, July 22, 2019

How To Make Perfect Iced Coffee

This recipe is quick, easy, budget-friendly, and tastes just like the gourmet coffee shops, if not better!

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 When the weather gets warm it is time to switch up that cup of hot coffee with a delicious cup of creamy ice coffee. A glass of smooth cold ice coffee is so refreshing on a hot summer day. It is my favorite way to enjoy coffee. Ice coffee is great for those days that you forgot to make a batch of cold brew coffee. Ice coffee is also the best use of leftover coffee. So when you brew too much coffee, don't toss it, instead, pour it in a pitcher and place it in the fridge. While you are saving the leftover coffee, make sure to fill up an ice cube tray with some, so you will have coffee-flavored ice cubes. The coffee-flavored ice cubes are perfect for ice coffee so you will not have water-down coffee.

Ice Coffee for one

 You can make a large batch of ice coffee or simply make ice coffee for one. Ice coffee stores wonderfully in the fridge for many days but if you forgot to make a large batch of coffee, you can easily brew a cup or two of coffee for the perfect cup of ice coffee. Did you know that you can also make cold brew coffee for one?

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The secret to the best tasting ice coffee
The best-tasting perfect iced coffee starts with a dark roast coffee. Dark roasted coffee has a rich bold flavor that gives cold iced coffee a flavorful taste. You can use whole bean coffee or ground coffee, the choice is yours. I find that dark coffee holds up great over ice and is flavorful even once the ice starts melting and diluting the coffee. My choice of coffee is always made from 100% select Arabica coffee beans.

  Iced coffee vs. Cold brew coffee

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How to make perfect iced coffee
For each serving, you’ll need
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • Large glass or Masson jar
  • Ice cubes
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes
  2. Pour the cold coffee over the ice cubes
  3. Add milk and sweetener to taste
  4. Enjoy!
Pro Tips
  • You can make the coffee fresh and let it cool down or you can use leftover coffee 
  • Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays. Use coffee cubes instead of regular ice cubes to avoid diluting your beverage.
  • Add your favorite milk or plant-based milk to taste, I like my iced coffee creamy so I use 1/4 cup of milk
  • Add sugar or sweetener to taste, my favorite sweetener is Stevia as is all-natural.
  • Everyone knows the best way to enjoy iced coffee is through a straw. Be kind to the environment – buy reusable, dishwasher-safe straws! Check out these fun reusable BPA-free straws!

Now it’s time to win summer with Iced Coffee in 5 delightful variations.

You’ll need
  • 1/2 cup Cold coffee
  • A tall glass
  • 1/2 cup Milk or dairy substitute such as almond milk
  • Ice
  • Sugar or sweetener
  1. Fill a glass with ice
  2. Add 1/2 cup cold coffee and 1/2 cup milk
  3. Sweeten to taste with sugar or sweetener, use Torani flavored syrups for different tastes like caramel
  4. Stir well

You’ll need
  • 1 cup Cold coffee
  • A tall glass
  • Milk or plant-based milk
  • Blender
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Optional: sweetener or flavored coffee syrup
  1. Fill a blender with a glass full of ice
  2. Add 1 cup cold coffee and 1/2 cup milk (or dairy substitute)
  3. Sweeten to your preference or use a flavored coffee syrup to make a vanilla latte, caramel latte, or other classics
  4. Blend for 1 minute
  5. Pour into a chilled glass
  6. Top with whipped cream to taste

You’ll need
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • A tall glass
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Ice
  • milk or preferred dairy substitute
  • Whipped cream
  1. Pour the cold coffee into the glass
  2. Stir in chocolate syrup and milk or dairy substitute, leaving space for ice
  3. Add ice to the glass until full and stir
  4. Top with whipped cream to taste 

You’ll need
  • 1 cup cold coffee 
  • A tall glass
  • 1/4 cup Sweetened condensed milk or coconut cream
  • Ice
  1. Fill the glass to the top with ice 
  2. Slowly pour the cold coffee into the glass
  3. Stir in sweetened condensed milk or coconut cream


You’ll need
  • A tall glass
  • 1 cup extra-strong cold coffee, brew the coffee with twice the amount of ground coffee
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk or coconut cream
  • Ground cardamom
  • Ice
  1. Fill the glass to the top with ice 
  2. Slowly pour the strong cold coffee into the glass
  3. Stir in your choice of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, or coconut cream 
  4. Sweeten to taste
  5. Sprinkle with ground cardamom

 So now that you know how to make a perfect glass of iced coffee, go brew up some coffee, place the coffee in the fridge and once the coffee is cold-make a refreshing glass of iced coffee. If you are not a coffee person or need a change of pace, you could always brew up a batch of cold brew ice tea.

Check out my delicious recipe for flavorful Cold Brew Ice Tea 


Terri Beavers said...

Oh wow, now I know what to do with my leftover coffee. I will make ice cubes for my iced coffee. I love coffee anywhich way I can get it.

Brianne said...

Ice cubed coffee is an excellent idea! This time of year, iced coffee is my go-to drink of choice. With your tips and recipes, I'm off to start making my own!

Jessi Joachim said...

I love iced coffee! I used to make ice trays with half coffee, half creamer for my iced coffee, but I haven't done it in a while! I need to start doing it again for sure .

AiringMyLaundry said...

I'll have to show my mom. She does enjoy her coffee, and I can see her loving this.

Jaredamy said...

I love coffee so much! The coffee cubes are a great way to not water your coffee down! Yum!

Celebrate Woman said...

I love your easy recipes. And what a collection of different types of iced coffees! Truly a cool find for summer!

krystal said...

I only drink iced coffee - even in the winter! Love your ideas for it . I like mine with a lot of cream!

Mama to 6 Blessings said...

Ahhh, you hit my weakness! I love your ice cube idea! I am doing low carb so I drink my coffee black with almond milk. It takes getting used to but I NEED my coffee!

Deola said...

I really like condensed milk, so the Vietnamese and Thai Iced Coffee would be nice recipes for me to try.

Delhifundos said...

I love coffee so much and these recipes are amazing. I already bookmarked this post for future. But I will try Vietnamese Iced tea today

Gust si Aroma said...

This is the perfect season for iced coffee! Looks perfect for me! I should try it!

Ruth I said...

This seems to be quite easy to try and prepare. Sometime we lose the overall coffeeness when we're putting ice in it. Putting an iced coffee to it is a great idea so it will still have that kick and aroma.

Joanna said...

I love cold coffee, especially in summer, but I have never quite managed to make it at home. I will give it a go using your recipe.

Cynthia Nicoletti said...

I love iced coffee, I drink it all year long even in the winter. Sounds good will give it a try

Alexandra Cook said...

Wow! This one's a winner. This looks so delightful and tasty. I would love try making this recipe.

Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oh I love iced coffee! I pretty much drink it all summer long - thanks for the recipe!

Delux Designs said...

Nice! Definitely using this recipe very soon!

Alvern said...

This is interesting, you always seem to have these out of the box recipes for coffee. I don't drink coffee at all but I am sure coffee lovers everywhere would enjoy this recipe.

Rachel said...

I think the coffee ice cubes would be a huge help to prevent it from being watered down. I am an iced coffee addict.

Scott Gombar said...

I know you will think I am a weirdo but I don't like coffee, not even a little bit. My wife does though so I will share this with her.

Lyanna Soria said...

I am definitely trying this especially since it's easy to make and also because of the hot weather nowadays. Nice to serve when your friends are visiting too.

Krystel | Frugal Living said...

My girlfriend and I love iced coffee during the summer. Definitely trying this!

Kiwi said...

I like ice coffee. This is a good recipe especially with the coffee ice cubes!

Luisy said...

It's my favorite one.

Amanda said...

Hi Tara, love your amazing coffee arrangement. I am not a coffee addict but love to start my morning with a heavy flavored coffee and try to find some variation in taste and flavor. It always tickles my nostrils and make my mouth watered. Like other day I was looking for getting some new ideas of coffee and on the google search page I found your brilliant perfect iced coffee. Simply hit on and discovered my into your coffee world. This was really a wonderful journey no doubt. The cold brew, dark roast and other variations you described here were extremely a sweet read. I appreciate your excellent job and would love to say my coffee loving thanks. Also I am glad to share my favorite coffee zone here iced coffee. May be some folks here will be pleased to make a tour. Love your work Tara and please keep it up.

Kishor said...

Hi Tara,
Thanks for this amazing recipies. I will surely try this at my home for myself. It looks soo easy.

Jessica said...

I love iced coffee more than I love regular coffee so this is something very interesting to me. I like those recipes and I will try them this week thank you for sharing.

Lisa Favre said...

Oh thank you for providing so many recipes for iced coffee variations - delicious! I think the one I'm most excited about is the mocha!

The Super Mom Life said...

We love making ice out of coffee! Another way to make iced coffee is to have kids... my hot coffee becomes iced before I drink it every single morning :)

Kita Bryant said...

I have always enjoyed an iced coffee. This is such a great recipe for the perfect drink.

CA said...

A coffee lover here! Would love to try making this since it's been so humid where I'm at.

Lovely said...

I'm a coffee addict and I love different ways to drink coffee. I have to try everything!



Gust si Aroma said...

This is exactly what I need for the summer season! Sounds easy and so good!

Cristina Petrini said...

I'm not a big fan of cold coffee, but never say never. I will try your recipe!

Jhangi said...

i just love coffee and especially the cold coffee but haven't ever made by myself...this really looks much delicious and easy to make gonna surely try this out... (World in Eyes)

GiGi Eats said...

So genius to freeze coffee ice cubes too!!

Melissa said...

This sounds fairly simple. I love the ice cube idea also. I am going to try this next week when MN hits 80 degree temperatures.

Aditi said...

Oh these cold coffee recipes are just amazing, I am gonna try the chilled latte first and of course coffee ice cubes sound just perfect. I personally love cold brews as well

Angela Campos said...

I have never made iced coffee at home. However, this sounds so easy and delicious!! I will have to give it a try!!

ShomaPat said...

I have been dying to make a good iced coffee and you nailed it! I tried the mocha flavored one today and loved it!

Rachel said...

OMGGGGG freezing coffee in cubes?! YES PLEASE!

Joanna said...

I was never good at making cold coffee. Whilst I make good normal coffee, I never like the taste of it if I put it in the fridge overnight. I do love drinking ice coffee though.

Sarah M said...

I would love to try iced coffee and it's best to try in summer.

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

Great tips! I often do iced coffee during the summer because nearest coffee shop is not the conveniently located and coffee is needed to work good anyway

Jen said...

I needed this right now!! I’ve stopped going to Dunkin as of late and I’ve been missing my iced coffee!

Candace Hampton said...

I love iced coffee! It is the only way to go in the summer time when it warms up outside. I love the ice cube tray idea! Quick, easy and delicious!

Side Street Style said...

Ooh this iced coffee looks delicious and easy to make!! Deffo going to have a go at making this this week, thanks for sharing

Laura x

Sophia said...

I have been wanting to make iced coffee from home! i am glad I found your post

Melanie Edjourian said...

Shockingly I've not made iced coffee in years. I love the sound of these. I'd love to try one with cardamom.

melissa said...

What a great idea to freeze your leftover coffee in ice cube trays. I like iced coffee so I will refer here for the right proportions

Fatima D Torres said...

This is a great way to preserve coffee. Hubby doesn't always drink all of it in the morning so I'll be trying this sometime this week.

Nikki Wayne said...

I always making ice coffee but this is not good look like this. Great tips I would love try this too.

Monica Simpson said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I tried making iced coffee the other day and it was so terrible I had to dump it. Your recipe makes way more sense. Can't wait to try it!

Gust si Aroma said...

I love coffee so much. I can't live without. But during summer I prefer the cold version!

Kita Bryant said...

Brilliant idea on the coffee ice cubes. Never would have thought of that!

Loving Spain Life said...

I almost always have iced-like coffee. However, is not the way it was meant to be. It is usually cold before I get a chance to finish it.

Beth said...

I love your idea of turning leftover coffee into ice! I plan on trying all your iced coffee recipes this summer.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy said...

I'm a big fan of iced coffee. I make mine very similar to your method. Love a refreshing iced coffee this time of year.

Wren LaPorte said...

I love iced coffee! I am still trying to find the best recipe for at home. This could be a winner!

Marysa said...

I will definitely have to freeze some coffee ice cubes. The weather is heating up and this sounds so yummy!

Unknown said...

Oh wow! I love the idea. This is my type of drink! Looks really delicious!

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