There are so many excellent coffee recipes out there, but here is one delicious iced long black recipe you need to try.

An iced long black is essentially an iced coffee, but an iced long black is made with espresso as the basis instead of brewed coffee.

If you’re trying to cut down your sugar intake, this may be the perfect recipe for you; here are some simple tips on how to make an excellent iced long black at home.

What is an iced long black?

An iced long black is a double shot of espresso, diluted with water and poured over ice. It can be served with a splash of milk or a sweetener of choice.

If you love espresso coffee, then you’ll love this easy-to-make recipe. It’s the perfect iced coffee to enjoy on a hot summer day or as a great start to the day.

I like to drink this iced coffee in the morning when it’s hot outside. The fun part is, you can sweeten it however you like, using your favorite sweeteners or other add-ins.

Down below, I’ll go over everything you need to know about this drink, how to make it, how many calories are in it, and the best coffee add-ins to try!

What ingredients are used in an iced long black?

An iced long black is made with three simple ingredients. To get started with the recipe, collect the following ingredients:

  • Two espresso shots
  • Cold tap water
  • Ice cubes
All ingredients that you need to make an iced long black at home.

You have a few options with an iced long black. You can either have brewed chilled espresso coffee poured over ice so it is half-coffee and half-iced water, or you can brew the espresso before you go to bed and place it overnight in your fridge.

Then, the following day, you can combine the chilled espresso coffee with cold tap water and pour it over ice.

I’ll talk more about the best way to make espresso at home below.

If you like to sit out in the sun while enjoying your iced coffee, I recommend making a few coffee ice cubes beforehand.

Coffee ice cubes are made with freshly brewed coffee that has been cooled completely before pouring it into an ice cube tray or ice cube bag:

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

Then, after it’s frozen, you can use it to cool your iced coffees, but instead of diluting your iced coffee with water, the coffee ice cubes will slowly release more coffee into your drink!

If you’re interested in checking out the full recipe for the coffee ice cubes, you can check it out here.

How do you make good espresso at home?

There are multiple ways to get good espresso coffee at home. The best espresso is made with an espresso machine, but an espresso machine is quite expensive, which is why I’ve listed a few other great options below:

  • Use a Moka pot to brew espresso-like coffee.
  • You can also brew espresso-like coffee with an AeroPress.
  • Do you have a Nespresso or Keurig machine? You can also use it to make two espresso shots for yourself!

As you can see, there are many ways to make the espresso basis for this drink at home.

I like both the Moka pot and AeroPress because they’re not that expensive but very versatile. They both make amazing espresso-like coffee that works well with this recipe.

AeroPress and Moka pot, ready to use.

If you haven’t used a Moka pot or AeroPress before, you can check out my beginner’s guide to brewing coffee. Over there, I’ll go over everything you need to know about these fantastic coffee brewers.

Are you going to be using your Nespresso or Keurig machine? Then choose your favorite espresso pods and let the machine do the work for you!

How many shots do you add to an iced long black?

There are two espresso shots used when making an iced long black. The double espresso shot will make it have that robust flavor you can also find in the hot version of the long black.

If you prefer a more mellow iced long black, you can also use a single espresso shot.

Make sure to use the same amount of water as you’d with a double espresso shot, so you’ll make a more diluted iced long black.

Have a look below for the full ratios, so you can give this recipe a try and play around with the flavors yourself:

Iced Long Black

Homemade iced long black.

Making iced coffee is fun. This iced long black recipe is the perfect drink when sitting out in the sun on a hot summer day!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Two espresso shots (2 oz or 60 ml)
  • 2 oz or 60 ml of cold tap water
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: a sweetener of choice


  1. Start this recipe by brewing two espresso shots. Make sure to use your favorite coffee brewer for this.
  2. Grab a nice glass and fill it to about halfway with ice cubes or coffee ice cubes.
  3. Pour the cold tap water into the glass and optionally give it a quick stir.
  4. Then, after the espresso shots are cooled just a bit, slowly pour them into the glass.
  5. Your iced long black is now done. You can add a sweetener or a splash of dairy to make it taste as you want.
  6. Serve the coffee with a straw, so you can slowly sip it while sitting out in the sun!


You can also brew the espresso shots and store them in the fridge overnight. Then, the following day, you can use it to make this iced long black even faster!

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1

How many calories are in an iced long black?

An iced long black, just like a hot long black, has virtually no calories. If you wish to add a sweetener or a splash of milk or a dairy-free alternative, you’ll add a few calories to your drink.

Most of the time, I like to add just a splash of whole milk to my iced coffees in general, but I want to drink it as is with this iced long black.

If you like your coffee on the sweeter side, have a look below for some amazing coffee add-ins you could give a try:

Coffee add-ins that work well with an iced long black

A delicious coffee add-in can change the flavor of your coffee completely. I’ve listed a few add-ins that work well with this iced long black below:

I hope this gives you an idea of the many options out there to turn this basic iced long black into a perfectly flavored drink to your taste.

Do you have a favorite coffee add-in for your daily iced coffee? Let me know in the comments below so that I can give it a try as well!


I hope this article has helped you with your quest to make the perfect iced long black. If it’s not quite what you’re looking for, play around with different ratios of espresso and water, or try adding some milk instead or a sweetener!

Will you be trying out this recipe? Let me know how it goes in the comments below.

If you love these kinds of recipes, then have a look below for some more iced coffee recipes that are worth a try.

Do you like espresso-based drinks? 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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