Making a Good Iced Coffee: Quick & Easy Guide

Do you love iced coffee? I do! In fact, I’m a bit of a coffee addict. Iced coffee is the perfect drink for hot summer days. It’s refreshing and satisfying, and there are so many different ways to make it. In this blog post, I will explore how to make the perfect iced coffee every time. Whether you like cold brew or latte versions, I have you covered!

How Is Iced Coffee Made?

Though it seems complicated, iced coffee is very easy to make. Simply brew your coffee in a French press, Keurig, or coffee pot and allow it to cool down. Next, add ice to the cooled coffee, and you have iced coffee.  You can also add milk, cream, or sweetener to your liking.


The great thing about these iced coffee recipes is that they are so easy to make. 

Coffee: For this Iced coffee recipe I used Instant coffee but you could also use freshly brewed coffee. Simply brew your coffee using your preferred method and allow it to cool completely.

Cacao: Chocolate and coffee pair perfectly together, and this iced coffee is no different. The cacao powder adds an extra bit of oomph to this iced coffee recipe. 

Lukewarm water: I used lukewarm water. I find this to create the best results since you do not have to wait too long for the coffee to cool down. However, you can use hot or cold water if you desire. 

Milk: Most types of milk will work with this iced coffee recipe. Half and half, condensed, and whole milk work wonders for this recipe. However, almond or soy milk are excellent dairy substitutes if you do not consume dairy products. 

Ice: You can follow my recipe and make ice cubes out of coffee ice instead of using the regular ones. Regular ice cubes can cause your iced coffee to become watery. If you do use regular ice, double the amount of coffee and cacao to prevent the iced coffee from becoming watered down quickly. 

Whipped Cream: This is an optional ingredient, but it adds a lovely touch to this iced coffee recipe.

Sugar: If you like your iced coffee sweet, you can add sugar or syrup to taste.

Shaved chocolate: This is another great option to decorate your delicious Iced Coffee, I love the way it looks!

Iced Coffee Variations

Vanilla: You can add some vanilla extract to your brewed coffee before chilling it to give it a vanilla flavor.

Caramel: Add some caramel syrup to your coffee before chilling it for a delicious caramel iced coffee.

Coconut: Add some coconut milk and shredded coconut to your iced coffee for a tropical twist.

Chocolate: Add some chocolate syrup or powder to create a chocolate iced coffee.

Baileys: You can use either Baileys or Kalua to make a delicious alcoholic iced coffee.

Iced Latte: Add some warm milk to your brewed coffee before chilling it for a creamy and refreshing latte iced coffee.

Cinnamon: Add some cinnamon to your brewed coffee for a warming and spicy iced coffee.

Mint: Add some fresh mint leaves to your brewed coffee for a refreshing and cooling iced coffee.

Pumpkin Spice: Add some pumpkin spice to your brewed coffee for a delicious fall-inspired iced coffee.

Espresso: Brew espresso and add it to cold milk or cream for an Italian-style iced coffee.

Affogato: Pour a shot of espresso over a scoop of ice cream for an indulgent iced coffee.

As you can see, there are many different ways you can make iced coffee. You can also add various flavors to create your own unique iced coffee recipe. So what are you waiting for? Get creative and try making iced coffee today!

Iced Coffee vs Cold Brew

Although cold brew and iced coffee may seem similar because they are both cold, they are actually quite different. In short, the flavor of iced coffee is robust and full-bodied with a thicker mouthfeel. In addition to this, iced coffee is not as sweet as cold brew coffee’s flavor.

Moreover, the process of making iced coffee involves brewing it with hot water, then allowing the hot coffee to come to room temperature. In contrast, cold-brewed coffee never gets a dose of hot water. It is never heated, and it’s made with cold water. 

There are multiple ways you can make cold-brewed coffee. The first method is called a slow drip cold brew. This involves using large glass towels filled with ice to drip iced water gradually from the top of the reservoir onto the ground coffee. The coffee drops and collects in another reservoir and is served as cold-brewed coffee. 

Nevertheless, the most popular way to make cold-iced coffee is the immersion method. Essentially, coffee grounds are combined with cold water and allowed to soak for 8-10 hours. Next, the grounds are poured into another container with a strainer to catch the coffee grounds.  

Is Drinking Iced Coffee Bad For You?

Given the world we live in, it’s only natural to wonder if drinking iced coffee is bad for you. Truth be told whether iced coffee is bad or not depends on the type of coffee you are drinking. 

In general, iced coffee can be hydrating and energizing. Consuming coffee comes with a host of benefits, such as boosting metabolism and decreasing the risk of stroke and type 2 diabetes. 

However, these benefits only apply if you are drinking quality iced coffee. If you are drinking iced coffee that doesn’t fit the bill, you may be introducing harmful compounds into your body. 

How To Prevent Iced Coffee From Becoming Watery?

To prevent your iced coffee from becoming watery, brew the coffee a day in advance and chill it in the fridge overnight. This will prevent you from cooling the coffee to room temperature with ice cubes which will make your coffee watery.

Alternatively, you can also use coffee ice cubes. Simply brew your coffee and let it cool completely. Next, pour the coffee into your ice cube trays and freeze it until the coffee ice cubes are solid. 

How to Store Iced Coffee

If you’re not planning on drinking your iced coffee right away, there are a couple of ways to store it. The first way is to pour the iced coffee into a sealed container or bottle and store it in the fridge. This will keep your iced coffee cold and fresh for up to two days.

The second way is to freeze your iced coffee. Pour the iced coffee into a sealed container or bottle and freeze it for up to two months. When you’re ready to drink it, let the iced coffee thaw at room temperature or in the fridge until it reaches your desired consistency.

So there you have it! Everything you need to know about storing your delicious iced coffee.

Tips & Tricks

• You can make this iced coffee vegan by using coconut, almond, or another dairy-free milk and using coconut cream instead of whipped cream.

• If you want to make a sugar-free iced coffee, simply use unsweetened almond milk and stevia instead of cane sugar.

• Try using cold brew concentrate or espresso for a stronger iced coffee.

• Make sure to use fresh, quality coffee for the best flavor.

Now that you know all there is to know about iced coffee, it’s time for you to get brewing! Iced coffee is the perfect drink to help you beat the heat. With so many different ways to make it, you’re sure to find a recipe that you love. So what are you waiting for? Get creative and try making iced coffee today!


Can I make Iced Coffee without Milk?

Yes, you can make iced coffee without milk by using a dairy-free milk such as almond or coconut. You can also use creamers made from these milks. If you wish to leave any milk out completely, you can omit it without affecting the recipe.

Can I make Iced Coffee with Cold Brew?

Yes, you can make iced coffee with a cold brew by using cold brew concentrate or espresso. Simply follow the recipe and replace brewed coffee with cold brew or espresso.

Can I make Iced Coffee with Cold Water?

Yes, you can make cold brew iced coffee with just water and ground coffee. This will produce a less acidic coffee that is perfect for iced coffee.

Is Iced Coffee good to lose weight?

Yes, iced coffee can be good for weight loss because it contains caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to boost metabolism and increase fat burning. However, iced coffee also contains calories, so it is important to drink it in moderation. If you are trying to lose weight, make sure to limit your intake of sugary syrups and whipped cream. You can also make iced coffee with skim milk to reduce the number of calories.

Is Iced Coffee better to stay awake than Hot Coffee?

Iced coffee tends to be more refreshing than hot coffee, which can help you stay awake and focused.

How much caffeine is in Iced Coffee?

Iced coffee generally contains about the same amount of caffeine as hot coffee. However, because it is served over ice, the caffeine is diluted somewhat and may not be as strong. If you want to prevent your iced coffee from watering down, try using Coffee Ice Cubes.

Can I make Iced Coffee with Espresso?

Yes, you can make iced coffee with espresso. Simply follow the recipe and replace brewed coffee with espresso. You may want to add a little bit more milk to balance out the strong flavor of the espresso.

Thank you!

Thanks for reading! I hope this article has helped you learn everything you need to know about iced coffee. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy brewing!

Keesha smiling while holding a glass of Iced Coffee.

How to Make a Good Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is a refreshing and delicious way to enjoy your favorite beverage. With so many different ways to make it, there's sure to be a recipe that you love. I hope you enjoy making iced coffee at home!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 4 People
Calories 105 kcal


For the coffee: 

  • 4 Tbsp Coffee
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Cacao
  • 1 1/2 Cups Lukewarm water

For serving:

  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Shaved chocolate
  • Whipped cream for garnish



  • Whisk the coffee, cocoa, and lukewarm water in a cup, then pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it for a few hours or overnight.

First Method: 

  • Place the coffee ice cubes into a glass, add the milk, and top with the whipped cream and 1 teaspoon of shaved chocolate. Serve and enjoy!

Second Method: 

  • Place the coffee ice cubes and milk into a blender, and blend until smooth. Then pour the iced coffee into a glass and top with the remaining teaspoon of shaved chocolate. Serve and enjoy!

Third Method: 

  • Place the coffee ice cubes into a glass along with the milk. Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1servingCalories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 21mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 66IUCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
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