Coffee lovers understand the daily struggle of deciding whether to opt for a hot or cold drink.
When summer comes around and the weather gets hotter, we usually want something cold and refreshing, but that doesn’t mean we want to give up our beloved coffee.
The good news is that there is an option that satisfies both the thirst for iced coffee and the love of traditional hot coffee.
If you are a coffee lover, there is a chance that you have tried cold brew and iced coffee. In this article, I’ll give you a detailed review of an iced cinnamon mocha, which is a refreshing iced coffee drink.
What is an iced cinnamon mocha?
The iced version of the caffeinated cinnamon mocha is just as good as the hot version, but what exactly is this drink?
An iced cinnamon mocha is a sweet and spicy iced coffee made with homemade chocolate sauce, cinnamon syrup, robust espresso coffee, cold foamed milk, and finished with a serving of whipped cream served on ice.
This drink is perfect for you if you’re a fan of drinking mochas but feel like making a different drink than you’re used to and served on ice for that refreshing touch.
If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, then have a look below for the ingredient list for this drink:
Which ingredients are used in an iced cinnamon mocha?
To make this iced cinnamon mocha at home, you’ll need different sweeteners and other components for the most amount of flavor.
The great thing is, you can use the different sweeteners for multiple drinks, so you can make this drink a few days in a row with just a few minutes of preparation.
Have a look below at the ingredients that are used in this iced coffee:
- 2% fat milk (for cold foam)
- Espresso shots
- Chocolate sauce
- Cinnamon syrup
- Whipped cream
- Ice cubes
As you can see, the list of ingredients is quite long, but once you have prepared the chocolate sauce and cinnamon syrup, you’ll be enjoying this drink in just minutes.
I’ll talk more about the best coffee to use below, and after that, I’ve listed the recipes for homemade chocolate sauce and cinnamon syrup so you can make that at home as well.
In this recipe, cold foam is used. Cold foam is a stiff foam made with low-fat milk, and it’ll give this iced cinnamon mocha a bit of texture.
If you haven’t tried making cold foam at home before, you can check out these five techniques and choose one to make it yourself.
Do you like to sip on your iced coffees slowly? Make some coffee ice cubes beforehand so you’re not diluting your delicious coffee with water.
What is the best coffee to use in this recipe?
For the most amount of flavor in your iced coffee, espresso is best used.
Espresso coffee is much stronger in flavor than brewed coffee, which is perfect for this recipe, as the cinnamon syrup and chocolate sauce add quite a bit of sweetness.
You can easily make espresso coffee at home using an espresso machine. If you have one, make sure to pull two great shots and use them in this recipe.
The espresso machine is quite expensive, so if you want some great espresso-like coffee but made with a more affordable coffee brewer, the AeroPress and Moka pot are great options for you.
The AeroPress and Moka pot produces strong espresso-like coffee that comes quite close to an espresso made with an espresso machine.
Are you interested in learning more about brewing with these coffee brewers? You can check my complete beginner’s guide to brewing coffee, where I explain everything you need to know about brewing coffee at home!
Do you have a Nespresso or Keurig machine at home? Then you can also use two espresso pods of choice for the basis of this recipe.
I suggest choosing your favorite coffee pod, which preferably is strong in flavor, so it combines well with the other components in this drink.
Does using brewed coffee instead of espresso work as well?
Feel free to do so if you’d rather use brewed coffee instead of espresso coffee as the basis for this drink.
I suggest using the same brewed coffee as espresso, roughly 2 oz (60 ml), to make the most balanced drink.
Coffee brewed with medium and dark roasted coffee beans works well with this recipe.
If you want to try your hand at double brewing your coffee for a more intense flavor, you can check out my full guide here.
It’s a great way to make your daily coffee taste stronger, which is great for using in iced coffee recipes like these.
How to make your own chocolate sauce at home
Homemade chocolate sauce is delicious and easy to make. For this recipe, you can also choose to use a store-bought chocolate sauce if you don’t feel like making it at home.
To make the chocolate sauce at home, you can combine equal parts white granulated sugar, cold water, and cocoa powder.
Once you place it on the stove, it’ll come together, and you can then choose to make it a bit thinner by adding some more water.
It’s a great recipe to make at home, and you can finish it in just five minutes. It looks like this once stored in a mason jar:
Are you interested in making this recipe at home? Then you can check the full guide to it here.
How do you make cinnamon syrup at home?
Cinnamon syrup is one of the easiest coffee add-ins to make at home. It is based on the use of simple syrup, but it uses brown sugar instead and has cinnamon added.
The flavor is insane and tastes sweet, slightly spicy, and refreshing at the same time.
It’s one of my favorite coffee add-ins to use for my daily coffee, and it combines so well with the other flavors in this recipe.
Have a look below for a photo of the homemade cinnamon syrup:
As you can see, the syrup has a deep dark color, which comes from the sugar used. You can check out the 5-minute recipe for it here!
Now that you know about all the components in this iced cinnamon mocha, it’s time to get into the recipe so you can give it a try yourself:
Iced Cinnamon Mocha
This iced cinnamon mocha combines sweet chocolate notes, coffee, and cinnamon. With this iced version, you'll be set for warmer weather.
- 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of 2% fat milk
- 2 espresso shots (2 oz or 60 grams)
- 1 tbsp (15 grams) of cinnamon syrup
- 1 tbsp (15 grams) of chocolate sauce
- A serving of whipped cream
- Ice cubes
- Start brewing your espresso coffee. Choose a coffee brewer you like the most for this.
- Once the espresso shots are brewed, add one or two ice cubes to them. This will help cool them down quickly, so you can make this recipe quickly.
- While the espresso is cooling, you can start cold foaming the 2% fat milk with a technique of choice.
- In a tall glass, add the cinnamon syrup.
- Add a handful of ice cubes to the glass and give it a quick stir.
- Pour the cooled espresso coffee into the glass and optionally stir it again.
- Then, slowly pour the cold foamed milk into the glass.
- Finish the drink with a serving of whipped cream and add a swirl of the chocolate sauce to the top!
This coffee is best served with a straw or long spoon, so you and your guests can stir all the flavors together.
You can brew the espresso coffee beforehand and store it in the fridge until you're ready to use it. You'll cool it entirely without using any additional ice.
Remember, you can substitute the espresso for brewed coffee if you prefer this. You can use the same amount as mentioned for the espresso.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 8.5gSaturated Fat: 5.6gUnsaturated Fat: 0.6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 56.6mgCarbohydrates: 9.2gFiber: 1.6gSugar: 16.9gProtein: 4.9g
The best part of this recipe is that it’s simple and easy to make. You can also customize your iced cinnamon mocha with any flavor you want!
I recommend trying the homemade chocolate sauce because it can be made within minutes and tastes delicious.
If you’re not up for making chocolate sauce from scratch, you could always buy pre-made chocolate sauce instead.
Either way, if you love iced coffee drinks as much as I do, then you should definitely give this recipe a try.
Are you looking for some more iced coffee recipes? I’ve listed a few recipes that might suit your needs, have a look below for some inspiration: