There are few things that beat an iced coffee on a hot summer day, but you don’t have to rely on the convenience of your corner store to enjoy one.

Instead, use this simple 5-minute guide to learn how to make iced coffee at home. With only a few ingredients and a refrigerator, you’ll be enjoying an icy cold cup of joe in no time!

What is iced coffee?

Iced coffee is cooled coffee served over ice with a bit of milk added and a sweetener of choice. It can be made using any ingredients of choice, and you can choose to flavor it using various add-ins or drink it as is.

The great thing about iced coffee is that you are in charge of the flavoring and can decide to add anything to your coffee.

"Freshly brewed iced coffee."

I’m a big fan of adding a splash of whole milk to my iced coffee, but using a milk alternative like almond makes for a great addition as well.

Instead of spending $5.00+ every morning on a latte or iced coffee, you can make your own cheaper and healthier version at home; what’s not to love?

What are the ingredients in an iced coffee?

Making iced coffee at home is easy once you know how to do so. It’s healthier than the pre-made stuff from the grocery store, and it saves you money.

In addition, you can use your choice of fresh ingredients to make your iced coffee exactly how you like it.

To make iced coffee at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Brewed coffee
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: splash of dairy or a dairy-free alternative or a sweetener

As you can see from the ingredients listed above, iced coffee is made using just two main components, brewed coffee and ice cubes.

Because there are so few ingredients used, it’s a very easy recipe to make. And what better way to cool off on a summer’s day than to sip on an iced coffee… or two… or three!

Down below, I’ll talk a bit about the best coffee to make your iced coffee at home. Furthermore, I’ll also show you various ways to chill your iced coffee.

What is the best coffee for iced coffee?

The best iced coffee is made using brewed coffee of your choice. You can use coffee made using the Chemex, Hario V60, or even the French press.

Iced coffee can be made using any of the techniques listed above. Each coffee brewing technique makes for a different flavored iced coffee with unique flavor notes.

"Stirring Chemex coffee while brewing."

For me, using a pour over technique is the way to go. The coffee these coffee brewers produce is very balanced and tastes excellent cooled with a touch of milk added.

If you’re going to make iced coffee for the first time, I suggest brewing coffee using your favorite coffee brewer, as you probably already like this coffee.

Did you know you can also make Nespresso iced coffee within minutes?

How do you chill coffee for iced coffee?

If you’re someone who loves coffee but doesn’t have the time to brew a big pot in the morning, making iced coffee is a great way to get your caffeine fix without having to rush.

In addition to being delicious, iced coffee is a much healthier option than many other beverages that are typically consumed cold. But how do you make iced coffee? There are actually several different methods you can use at home:

  • Brewing your coffee directly over ice using a pour over technique.
  • Brewing the coffee and letting it cool completely in the refrigerator.
  • Brewing coffee and letting it chill immediately using ice cubes.

You can use the above-listed techniques in various situations. However, if you love pour over coffee, then I suggest brewing your iced coffee directly over ice.

You can check out my guide on how to brew iced pour over coffee here. Or you can click the image below:

"Pouring Chemex coffee over ice."

The other two techniques are best used, depending on the amount of time you have. For example, if you want to prepare a batch of iced coffee in advance, you can brew coffee the night before and cool it completely in the refrigerator.

This works great if friends or family are coming over the next day. Simply brew some coffee using your favorite brewing technique and set it in the refrigerator. It’s so simple but so delicious.

The last technique is the one I’m going to tell you about today. It involves brewed coffee and a nice batch of ice cubes. So let’s get into the recipe, and I’ll let you know everything about it:

A 5-Minute Iced Coffee Recipe

This easy recipe for iced coffee can be made in just a few minutes and is perfect for the summer!

Prep Time 4 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (0.24 l) of brewed coffee
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: a splash of whole milk

Instructions

  1. Once you've brewed your coffee, using your favorite brewing technique, it's time to cool it completely.
  2. In a glass of choice, pour in your freshly brewed coffee.
  3. Add enough ice cubes until the coffee has cooled completely.
  4. I like to add a few more ice cubes after this, so the coffee stays cool for a longer period.
  5. Your iced coffee is now ready to be enjoyed. If you want to add a splash of milk or milk alternative, you can add it now.
  6. You can also add a delicious syrup like vanilla syrup, mocha-flavored syrup, or cinnamon dolce syrup to your iced coffee.

That's it! You've now made an amazing iced coffee at home within a few minutes.

Notes

The add-ins are all optional and can be used to your liking. Making Your Dream Coffee has never been easier with all these options.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 1.2gSaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 1.8gSugar: 1.5gProtein: 1.4g

The nutritional information is based on adding a tablespoon of whole milk. Iced coffee without any add-ins has no calories.

Use coffee ice cubes for better-tasting iced coffee

The best tip I can give you to level up your iced coffee is using coffee ice cubes instead of regular ice cubes.

These coffee cubes are made using brewed coffee that has been cooled completely. They are then frozen in an ice cube tray or ice cube bag.

By using coffee ice cubes, you’ll have better-tasting coffee while sitting out in the sun. Ice cubes will melt, especially if you’re slowly sipping on your iced coffee.

"Frozen coffee ice cubes, ready to be served."

Instead of melted ice cubes that turn into water again, the coffee ice cubes will flavor your iced coffee with even more coffee!

If you want to learn how to make coffee ice cubes at home, you can check out my complete guide by clicking here.

Are you interested in learning more about iced coffee? I’ve written an article about 10 frequently asked questions about iced coffee. It covers a lot of questions to make better iced coffee at home. You can check it out here.

Conclusion

Hot coffee is great for getting you going in the morning, but sometimes you want something a little more refreshing. That’s where iced coffee comes in!

Iced coffee is one of those classics I keep coming back to each summer. It’s super easy to make, and this recipe can be made using your favorite ingredients; what better way to get through the summer months, right?

If you want to boost your iced coffee game, I suggest checking out the recipes listed below. I’ve listed a few iced coffee recipes that are super interesting and taste great!

Do you love drinking iced coffee on a hot summer day? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!

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