Iced Coffee Recipes for Every Occasion

No need to go out for iced coffee: Here’s how to whip up cafe-quality drinks at home!

July 26, 2023

Sometimes a simple iced coffee is all you need to start your day. Other times, iced coffee means a decadent afternoon treat. No matter your mood, we've got everything you need to make great iced coffee in the comfort of your own kitchen. Master the basic brewing methods, then try whipping up some fun drinks at home!

How to Make Iced Coffee

Cold Brew

Coarsely grind 1 cup coffee beans. Combine with 5 cups room-temperature water in a nonreactive container. Cover and let stand at room temperature, 18 to 20 hours. Strain the coffee through a strainer lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Serve over ice.

Iced Americano

Combine 2 shots freshly brewed espresso (about 1/4 cup) with 3/4 cup cold water in a tall glass. Fill with ice.

Iced Drip Coffee

Add 4 cups water to the chamber of a coffee maker and brew 3/4 cup freshly ground dark-roast coffee beans. Transfer to a heatproof container and let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice.

Iced Coffee Recipes to Try

ICED COFFEE WITH CHOCOLATE COLD FOAM. Iced coffee, coffee drink.

Watermelon & Ice Coffee

ICED COFFEE WITH CHOCOLATE COLD FOAM. Iced coffee, coffee drink.

Photo by: Kate Sears

Kate Sears

Start your morning with something sweet, like this simple malted chocolate cold foam.

ALMOND-COFFEE SLUSHIE. Iced coffee, coffee drink.

Watermelon & Ice Coffee

ALMOND-COFFEE SLUSHIE. Iced coffee, coffee drink.

Photo by: Kate Sears

Kate Sears

This frozen coffee drink is perfect for a hot day.

ICED COFFEE SODA. Iced coffee, coffee drink.

Watermelon & Ice Coffee

ICED COFFEE SODA. Iced coffee, coffee drink.

Photo by: Kate Sears

Kate Sears

Mix up your iced coffee routine—with seltzer!

COCONUT-COFFEE FRAPPÉ. Iced coffee, coffee drink.

Watermelon & Ice Coffee

COCONUT-COFFEE FRAPPÉ. Iced coffee, coffee drink.

Photo by: Kate Sears

Kate Sears

Forget Frappuccinos! You can make creamy coffee drinks at home.

Creamers and Sweeteners

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Toast 4 halved cinnamon sticks and 10 whole cloves in a saucepan over low heat, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg; simmer gently, stirring, until thickened, 20 minutes. Whisk in 1 1/4 cups canned pure pumpkin off the heat. Let cool, then strain. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups half-and-half, then chill. Stir before using.

Banana-Caramel Creamer

Freeze 1 sliced banana. Puree with 1/3 cup milk or nondairy milk and 2 tablespoons caramel sauce until smooth.

Simple Syrup

Heat 2 cups each granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool, then chill.

Brown Sugar Syrup

Cook 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling the pan, until the sugar is amber. Reduce the heat to low and pour in 2/3 cup water, then add 1/2 cup dark brown sugar. Cook, stirring, until both sugars dissolve and the syrup is simmering, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool, then chill.

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