While having a cool glass of iced coffee is something that can be done all year long, this particular drink is always more prevalent during the summer.
Many people believe that iced coffee is an acquired taste — and one that takes some getting used to — but it’s actually the opposite. If you like your iced coffee with milk, then you’ll love this recipe!
What is iced coffee with milk?
Iced coffee with milk is made using freshly brewed coffee, 2% fat milk, a sweet, simple syrup, and a good amount of ice cubes for a refreshing start to the day.
Summer is the time of year when I am more likely to drink iced coffee. I have a few recipes with different brewing methods that I love, but I wanted to share this recipe for iced coffee with milk, which is my favorite.
Most likely, you already have a few of these ingredients — if not all — at home, which makes it so great. Let me give you a clear overview of the ingredients used down below:
What ingredients are in an iced coffee with milk?
To make this easy recipe for iced coffee with milk, you need just four ingredients. I’ve listed the ingredients below:
- Freshly brewed coffee
- 2% fat milk
- Simple syrup
- Ice cubes
That’s all you need to make this refreshing drink at home. You can switch out the 2% fat milk for different milk or even your favorite milk alternative if you want. I like almond milk as a substitute.
The most important part about any iced drink is the ice cubes. For this recipe, you’ll have to use quite a few if you want the most refreshing coffee. If you currently have coffee leftovers, I suggest making coffee ice cubes with them.
Coffee ice cubes can easily be made and are a great substitute for regular ice cubes. When sitting out in the sun, the ice cubes in your coffee will slowly melt and turn into water again.
What better way to dilute your iced coffee with even more coffee, using the coffee ice cubes, right? If you want to learn how to make it, you can check out my guide here.
The simple syrup in this recipe is used to sweeten the coffee just a bit. I’ve listed the recipe for simple syrup after the recipe card. First, let me tell you a bit more about the best coffee to use:
What coffee is best used in this recipe?
These brewing techniques make for the best coffee in terms of flavor, and you can brew the coffee using your favorite coffee beans. For example, I brewed coffee with the Hario V60 for this recipe.
You can also brew iced coffee with your Nespresso machine. You can check out the full guide here if you’re interested.
Iced coffee is made using freshly brewed coffee that has then been cooled completely. To cool it down, you can use either of the following techniques:
- Place your brewed coffee in the refrigerator and let it cool completely
- Brew your coffee and cool it down using ice cubes
Depending on how much time you want to spend making iced coffee, you can choose a cooling technique. If you want to make iced coffee within a few minutes, using ice cubes to cool the coffee is the way to go.
If you have a bit more time or want to make this iced coffee recipe in advance, you can use your refrigerator to cool the coffee.
As I love to make my iced coffee relatively quickly, I always use ice cubes to cool my coffee. I’ll talk you through the process down below in the recipe:
- 3/4 cup (0.18 l) of freshly brewed coffee
- 2 tbsp (30 grams) of 2% fat milk
- 2 tbsp (30 grams) of simple syrup
- Ice cubes
Once you've prepared the simple syrup, you can make this iced coffee within a few minutes:
- Brew the coffee of choice using your preferred brewing method.
- Add enough ice cubes to the hot coffee to cool it down instantly. I use about 8-10 ice cubes.
- In a tall glass, add the simple syrup to the bottom.
- Add your cooled coffee to the glass and give this a stir.
- Next, add a few more ice cubes. I like to fill the glass up to about halfway.
- Then, slowly pour in the milk and serve straight away for the most refreshing drinking experience.
You can use any milk you like. For milk alternatives, I recommend soy milk or almond milk. These milk alternatives work great with this recipe.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 5.4gSugar: 5.4gProtein: 1.3g
The nutritional information is based on the recipe. If you want to swap out the milk or make your coffee sweeter, the number of calories may change.
Iced coffee with milk calories
This iced coffee with milk contains a total of 53 calories. This is based on using 2% fat milk and simple syrup. Down below, you can have a look at a full breakdown of the calories:
- 2% fat milk contains 15 calories.
- The two tablespoons of simple syrup are good for 38 calories.
The coffee and ice cubes add no calories. If you want to use another milk or milk alternative, you can check out the table below to see how many calories are in the milk you prefer:
|Milk or milk alternative used:||Amount of calories:|
|Whole milk||18 calories|
|Nonfat milk||10 calories|
|Oat milk||11 calories|
|Coconut milk||5 calories|
|Almond milk||5 calories|
|Soy milk||16 calories|
The table above is based on the use of two tablespoons. Therefore, if you like to drink this coffee with a bit more milk, you can simply double the number of calories.
How to make simple syrup
Simple syrup is a great basis for many iced coffee recipes. And the great thing about it is that it uses just two ingredients. So for this recipe, you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of cold water
- 120 grams of white granulated sugar
The amount listed above will make for 6-8 servings of iced coffee, depending on the amount you’re going to use. Then, follow the next steps to make the simple syrup:
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and white granulated sugar.
- Place the saucepan on the stove on medium heat.
- Start heating the sugar syrup until the sugar has fully dissolved.
- It’s best to keep stirring throughout to prevent the sugar from getting burned. I like to use a small whisk or spoon for this.
- Once the sugar has fully dissolved, you’ll be left with a shiny syrup.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool completely.
It’s best to store the simple syrup in a resealable container and keep it cool in the refrigerator until you’re going to use it. You can store it in the refrigerator for a few days.
This iced coffee recipe is one of my go-to recipes to make. I like the subtle sweetness of the simple syrup and the well-balanced notes of the milk.
It’s the perfect drink to sip on in the early morning or midday when you’re sitting out in the sun.
If you want to try a few more coffee recipes, then have a look below. I’ve listed a few more iced coffee recipes that use the same technique; make sure to check it out.
Are you a fan of iced coffee in the summer months? 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!