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Do you love iced coffee? We have the best Homemade Iced Coffee Recipe! Now you can make your favorite drink at home anytime you want. It’s creamy and delicious for a fraction of the price!

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Everyone loves a good caffeine fix! This is my favorite coffee recipe to make at home. It can be made in just minutes and it’s so inexpensive. If you enjoyed our Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Recipe, you will love this delicious Homemade Iced Coffee Recipe.

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Why This Recipe Works

Save time and money and make your favorite iced coffee at home. We like going to coffee shops but with my large family it can get very expensive.

This homemade iced coffee recipe is made with simple ingredients and taste just as good as your favorite coffee shop. Plus you can add your favorite syrups for added flavor.

Ingredients

Ingredients for iced coffee, strong brewed coffee, milk, simple syrup, ice
  • Strong Brewed Coffee
  • Milk
  • Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • Optional: flavored syrup (vanilla, caramel, etc.), whipped cream for topping

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Variations Ideas

  • Coffee – We usually just use brewed coffee when making this recipe, but you can also use espresso shots. Using espresso shots will results in a stronger coffee taste but with the adding milk and syrups it makes the best iced coffee. You can even buy cold brew coffee at the grocery store to make this recipe.
  • Milk – Feel free to use the milk of your choice. You can use almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, and even coconut milk. Just use what fits into you diet restrictions or what you prefer.
  • Syrups – There is nothing better than a iced vanilla latte to start my day. I love adding syrups and extracts for added flavor. Vanilla extract, vanilla syrup and caramel sauce are my favorites and adds the perfect amount of sweetener to any ice coffee drink.

Step by Step Instructions

A mug of strong brewed coffee

Step 1 – Brew a strong cup of coffee and allow it to cool to room temperature, or chill it in the refrigerator.

A glass of ice with bowls of milk and syrup

Step 2 – In a tall glass, fill about three-quarters with ice cubes.

Pouring the coffee over the ice

Step 3 – Pour the cooled coffee and serve over the ice.

Pouring the milk into the glass of coffee

Step 4 – Add 2 tablespoons of simple syrup, or adjust the amount based on your preferred sweetness level. Stir well to combine the syrup with the coffee. Pour in the milk and gently stir to mix.

  • Step 5 – If desired, add a splash of flavored syrup like vanilla or caramel for extra flavor. Optionally, top with whipped cream.

Recipe Tips

  • Coffee – If you are using fresh brewed coffee allow it to cool to room temperature before mixing in the milk and ice.
  • Combining Ingredients – When pouring in the milk, gently combine with the coffee.
Iced Coffee in a clear glass with a straw

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

If you have leftover coffee, it is up to you if you want to store it in the fridge. For the best flavor, we recommend using fresh brewed coffee but if you do not want it as strong, you may want to store in the fridge. I would use the leftover coffee within about 24 hours.

Is Iced Coffee the same as Cold Coffee?

Cold coffee is coffee that has been set out on the counter and it gets cold. Ice coffee is coffee that is fresh brewed and then poured over ice.

What Type of Ice is Best?

We like using crushed ice cubes but you can use any ice cubes that you prefer. We have even made coffee ice cubes with ice cube trays for even stronger coffee taste.

Ice Coffee in a clear glass with a straw

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Homemade Iced Coffee

5 from 6 votes
Coffee lovers will enjoy this easy Homemade iced coffee recipe. Cold coffee recipe is easy to make at home. Iced coffee recipe is creamy and tasty!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Cuisine American, Italiain
Course Beverage
Calories 183

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Strong Brewed Coffee (cooled)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup or adjust to taste
  • ice cubes
  • Optional: flavored syrup (vanilla, caramel, etc.), whipped cream for topping

Instructions

  • Brew a strong cup of coffee and allow it to cool to room temperature, or chill it in the refrigerator.
  • In a tall glass, fill about three-quarters with ice cubes.
  • Pour the cooled coffee over the ice.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of simple syrup, or adjust the amount based on your preferred sweetness level. Stir well to combine the syrup with the coffee.
  • Pour in the milk and gently stir to mix.
  • If desired, add a splash of flavored syrup like vanilla or caramel for extra flavor.
  • Optionally, top with whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

Coffee Strength: The strength of your coffee can greatly impact the flavor of your iced coffee. If you prefer a stronger coffee taste, consider using a dark roast or brewing the coffee stronger than usual.
Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of simple syrup based on your preference for sweetness. Start with a small amount and add more as needed.
Cold Brew Option: For a smoother taste, use cold brew coffee instead of regular brewed coffee. It’s less acidic and can be more flavorful when served cold.
NOTE: Simple Syrup is typically found in the beverage or cocktail mixers section. It’s a common ingredient for cocktails, so it’s often stocked near items like club soda, tonic water, and other mixers. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 183kcal, Carbohydrates 35g, Protein 4g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 74mg, Potassium 324mg, Sugar 35g, Vitamin A 198IU, Calcium 160mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Hey,

    Thank you for frappe coffee recipe, I really really like the way you explained it, Me and my family this coffee so i’m going to try this one in upcoming weekend where we set together once in a week so this will be amazing can you please tell me if i use persian saffron in it ? this will be perfect or not give me some suggestion

    Thanks
    Debra

  2. 5 stars
    Hey,

    Thank you for coffee recipe, I really really like the way you explained it, Me and my family this coffee so i’m going to try this one in upcoming weekend where we set together once in a week so this will be amazing can you please tell me if i use persian saffron in it ? Because i have purchased saffron in good saffron price that is why thinking to make a twist in it, this will be perfect or not give me some suggestion

    Thanks
    Debra

  3. What type of coffee is recommended. I’ve never made my own coffee before and I’m trying to buy the coffee machine, coffee grounds and/or instant mix, but I don’t know what to choose. Should I go with regular roasted or get a flavored one?

  4. I like to use a medium to dark roast coffee. I would not use a flavor coffee. I hope you enjoy it!