The Best Iced Coffee Recipe

The Best Iced Coffee Recipe


  • 1 Pound good-quality coffee
  • 7 Cups cold, filtered water


Grind coffee coarsely.

Stir coffee and water together in a large container. Cover and set out at room temperature overnight.

Line a fine mesh strainer with a large coffee filter, dampen the filter slightly, and set over a container equal in size to the first. Pour the coffee ground mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. You may need to do this in batches. Discard the filter with the grounds, or use for mulch.
Place coffee liquid in the fridge to cool.

Remember, this is a coffee concentrate. When you pour this, remember to mix a third coffee to two thirds cold water. Add half and half or milk as desired. If you want to add ice cubes, we recommend using coffee ice cubes (just pour the mixture you like into an ice cube tray and freeze). For sweetening, we recommend simple syrup instead of sugar.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving1

Folate equivalent (total)1µgN/A

Easy Iced Coffee Recipe

This refreshing creamy instant iced coffee drink will give your Starbucks coffee a run for its money, this recipe is extremely easy, quick and super affordable.

Let me show you how to make the best iced coffee recipe fast at home without a blender. This drink is perfect for any time of the day, definitely great in the summer weather.

What is iced coffee?

Iced coffee is chilled coffee mixed with ice cubes, coffee syrup, and milk (or milk substitute). You can make iced coffee with numerous coffee variants. Most of the time, a good quality espresso is used, but strong filter coffee is something that many people enjoy, too (myself included).

Iced coffee is straightforward to make and comes with a ton of different recipes. The caramel iced coffee that I’m going to share with you today is one of my favorite iced coffee recipes.

Just remember, this iced coffee recipe is nothing fancy. It’s just coffee, ice cubes, milk (or milk substitute), and a good amount of homemade caramel sauce. Don’t worry I will guide you through the whole recipe so you can make Your Dream Coffee at home!

How to Make McDonald’s Iced Coffee?

The secret to making the most delicious iced coffee is not to allow the ice to dilute the taste of the coffee. You’ll achieve that by making a very strong brew. After you chill it, the other ingredients are added over the ice.

The taste of your iced coffee will not only depend on the type of flavored syrup you choose, but also on the quality of your coffee. Therefore, make sure you brew high-quality stuff. The higher the quality of the coffee you start the recipe with, the tastier the coffee will be.

Here’s everything you need to make McDonald’s Iced Coffee and the four different flavored syrups.

What is the Ninja Coffee Bar?

The Ninja Coffee Bar is a new and innovative brewing system from one of the best popular coffee maker brands on the mass commercial market. The system allows you to prepare both hot and cold coffee and blended drinks in a single machine. Most models also allow you to select different size brews and are programmed to develop coffee at the right temperature, level of saturation, and proper bloom times.

The coffee bar comes with a removable water reservoir, removable brew baskets, and a smart scoop for easy measuring. The complete system allows you to make tea, coffee, and cold brews. Models may also include additional features, such as a frother, carafe and an easy to clean the paper filters.

Even better: it’s pod free. There have been some concerns from environmental groups that coffee pods generate plastic waste, in large quantities, that is detrimental to the environment. While some companies are now working towards biodegradable pods, the no pod option is even better.

On Amazon, one model averages a 3.8-star rating, who loved the quality of the coffee produced and touted the coffee bar’s ability to mimic in house gourmet drinks. Some customers did get some defective models, but Ninja helped replace the units in that case.

Overall, Ninja Coffee machines offer a way to reproduce gourmet in house coffee drinks at a fraction of the cost, with much of the same appeal.

The Best Iced Coffee Recipe – How To:

  • Step One: Brew coffee as you normally would.
  • Sep Two: Mix in sugar/sweetener of choice – Use the type and amount you’d normally stir into iced coffee.
  • Step Three: Pour coffee into an ice cube tray, and freeze.
  • Step Four: Place 5-8 coffee ice cubes into a glass (more = stronger), then pour a glass of milk (I like Silk cashewmilk) over the top. Watch as the two magically mix together for a delicious and non-watery homemade iced coffee!

*For a frozen twist, try blending the frozen coffee ice cubes with your milk of choice instead of simply stirring together. Hello instant Frappuccino!

These easy-to-make and crazy addictive chocolate peanut butter bars have quickly become one of my most popular recipes on the blog and on instagram, currently with more than a hundred readers posting pictures of their own homemade versions! If you try them for yourself, please feel free to post a photo to instagram or facebook and tag me so I’ll be sure to see it. I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it is to see people actually making the recipes I’ve posted! Thank you.

Toasted coconut cold brew is the perfect iced coffee recipe for those who are cuckoo for coconuts. Try out this recipe here. Make sure to pair your coconut-infused cold brew with coconut milk for a truly immersive coconut experience.

I’m sure you’ve seen this trend floating around the internet. Unlike the other iced coffee recipes, this blend requires instant coffee. You will need two tablespoons of instant coffee, two tablespoons of sugar, and two tablespoons of hot water. Blend them together until your mixture is a light caramel color and incredibly fluffy. Then, place a few spoonfuls over a glass of milk with ice.

The Best Iced Coffee Recipe

Mazagran, a cold, sweetened coffee beverage that originated in Algeria circa 1840, has been described as “the original iced coffee”. It was prepared with coffee syrup and cold water. Frozen coffee beverages, similar to slush, are documented in the 19th century, often called “café frappé (à la glace)”. Similar is the Italian granita al caffè. Coffee brewed then chilled with ice, called “iced coffee”, appears in menus and recipes in the late 19th century. Iced coffee was popularized by a marketing campaign of the Joint Coffee Trade Publicity Committee of the United States in 1920. Much later, it was marketed by Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. – Wikipedia

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A pro’s recipe for how to make the best iced coffee (hint: it’s all in the ratio)

For many, summer is prime time for crushable craft beers and crisp rosé. But my own refresher of choice on steamy days — and year-round, basically — is a tall glass of iced coffee. Whenever I try to make one at home, however, it’s a watered-down, flavourless concoction that fails to satisfy.

As it turns out, the way I’ve been doing it — brewing a pot and then pouring the piping hot liquid over a glass brimming with ice cubes — is all wrong. The trick, says Elias Vastis, owner of Toronto’s Hula Girl Espresso, is nailing a more precise ratio: namely, three parts ice to one part water.

Let’s say you’re using a classic coffee maker and carafe. Vastis would put six cups of ice (place the cubes directly in your carafe), two cups of water for brewing (which you’ll do directly over the ice) and 80 grams of coffee grounds. (Vastis favours his coffee stronger, but you can tweak the amount of grounds to your liking.) The quantity of ice will cool the temperature of the coffee in a flash, but you’ll still be using hot water to actually make the beverage, which is key.

“To extract the oils and flavours from the coffee, you need hot water,” Vastis explains. “But by brewing the coffee over ice [at this ratio], you’re creating a very concentrated flavour profile without diluting it.” Needless to say, for best results, use high-quality beans, preferably from a local shop. Once you’re done, pop it in your fridge until you’re ready to enjoy.

Another common method is steeping your cold brew: Make your coffee in a French press with cold water, and then allow it to sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Vastis says this is fine if you’re at home, have the patience and feel like experimenting, though he personally favours the hot-water method. “I find that steeping can [result in] a little bit of a stale flavour,” he says.

From there, customize the coffee to your liking. If you like sweetener, try a bit of simple syrup, honey or maple syrup, Vastis suggests, since granulated sugar won’t dissolve properly in cold liquid. For an Instagram-worthy bevvy, you’ll often find people drizzling chocolate or caramel syrup along the interior walls or rims of their glasses, though Vastis warns the flavour will be harder to mix in if you go that route.

Although the café owner prefers his own coffee black, adding a bit of frothed or foamed milk or cream (or dairy alternative) can elevate your brew and cut the bitterness. A hand-held frother will do the trick, but if you don’t want to buy an extra tool, you can use a blender set to a low speed or even a martini shaker (though this will take much longer and won’t get as foamy). You’ll know the milk is done when “it’s fluffy and stops expanding,” Vastis says. Then just pour over your drink and enjoy an at-home iced coffee that will actually hit the spot.

Reader Interactions


My little brother spilled my dad’s Dunkin’ donuts iced caramel latte, and he was mad. I looked up the recipe for it to try to smooth things over and found this! It tasted phenomenal! He is now trying to get me to make it more often. Thanks for this!

Omg I love this story! Thanks for sharing :) So glad you were able to avert the crisis haha.

It was super warm today and I made this. Let me tell you IT WAS AMAZING! I am lactose intolerant so I used lactose free milk instead of the whipping cream and it tasted so good. So nice for a hot day. Thank you for posting this amazing idea! (I also used a light caramel sauce that is used for dipping apples, and it worked very well!)

Yay! So glad it worked well with the lactose free milk. Glad you enjoyed the recipe as much as I do. :)

December 14, 2016 at 5:07 am

I definitely need to try this! Iced Caramel Lattes are one of my favorite drinks too. This recipe can save you a heap of money that you would spend at Starbucks over a year

This is great done in a blender (Frappuccino) also!

Ooh, thanks for the idea Jason!

September 02, 2013 at 11:50 am

Was looking for this recipe to stop spending money at Dunkin Donuts. I'm enjoying my first glass, but I did add 5 teaspoons of carmel sauce. Thanks so much for the recipe. I'm going to limit myself to one a day.

September 02, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I'm so glad you tried it! The amount of caramel sauce you use really just depends on how sweet your caramel is (if you didn't use the recipe I linked to), how strong your coffee is, and your own sweetness preferences. I have to limit myself to one a day too, but I could easily have more!

Just tried this recipe out as have been looking to make my own iced coffees and this is soooo good, perhaps even better than Starbucks :) YUM

That's awesome to hear! I completely agree with you that once you see how tasty at-home coffee drinks can be, there's less of an impulse to go out to a coffeeshop. I still make these iced lattes every day and love them!

September 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

That cool little gizmo ought to pay for itself in no time in homemade iced drinks, right? I'll keep it in mind for my honey who likes both coffee and gizmos quite a lot.

September 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I think we probably paid for ours within a week with all of the iced coffee we make! I love it. It also does a hot froth for milk and I believe it can act as a drink warmer (haven't tried that function), so it's pretty neat stuff. :)

Kare @ Kitchen Treaty says

September 06, 2012 at 6:44 am

Since I had my baby last winter, I've discovered Starbucks drive-thrus are pretty much a new mom's salvation! Thank goodness there's one on every corner. I've always been a Starbucks fiend (absolutely addicted) but a drive thru is extra-special-bonus a mom's best friend. I LOVE Starbucks iced coffee with caramel sauce and this latte looks even better.

September 06, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Yes, yes, yes! I love Starbucks too, so I get you! I hope you'll try the DIY latte sometime! I think you'll like it. :)

September 03, 2012 at 10:45 am

I definitely run on coffee. My day doesn't start until I have at least one cup.

September 03, 2012 at 4:11 pm

It's good to know you're not the only one, right?

September 03, 2012 at 7:24 am

I think even in winter I might just be drinking iced coffee drinks.

September 03, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I struggle with coldness in the winter, so I kinda rely on hot coffee, but I don't feel like giving this up!