How To Make Iced Coffee?

how to make iced coffee at home? brew a coffee and have some ice cubes

When you step into a store, you have plenty of options to buy pre-made iced coffee. You can purchase a Dunkin’ Iced Coffee or buy a Starbucks Iced Coffee

However, you could choose from numerous homemade iced coffee recipes, which you can easily prepare at home. I’ll now present a few of these for you.

Homemade Iced Coffee: What Do You Need?

Ice, milk, ice cream, coffee. Most places in the HoReCa industry make iced coffee using these basic ingredients. Yet, you could make much more exciting beverages at home with a little exploration and creativity.

Let’s look at a couple of classic recipes that can be prepared in most households.

How to Make Iced coffee at home?

Greek Iced Coffee

If you’ve visited this beautiful country, you’ve enjoyed the Greeks’ frothy and icy delights. However, the foundation of this iced coffee is good old instant coffee.

It’s simply a matter of 

  • frothing the instant coffee with a small amount of hot water (about 3.4oz) in a shaker, 
  • pouring it over ice, 
  • and topping it off with a splash of soda. 

Greek iced coffee is a perfect example of making a simple and inexpensive ingredient exciting. Iced coffee isn’t just named after the Greeks; there are also Italian and Bavarian iced coffee.

Frappe – a coffee and plenty of ice

All you need is a blender, coffee, and plenty of ice. The essence of a frappe is that all the ingredients are blended, and the components are entirely up to you. Feel free to experiment with alternatives like coconut milk or plant-based milk instead of regular milk.

frappé is one of the most popular iced coffee with milk

Cold Brew

Cold brew might be a lesser-known iced coffee, but if you step into a specialty coffee shop during the summer, you will find it on the menu. The essence of this drink is soaking the coffee in cold water for several hours, followed by straining.

It’s usually made from a filter profile coffee steeped for 8-12 hours.

You can buy specific cold brew maker devices, but a French press can also be a perfect tool. After preparing the coffee, pour it over ice and enjoy it black or with milk. 

Like other drinks, feel free to experiment with flavors; a tired coffee can be revitalized with some fruit during the steeping process.

For example, try out the orange-infused coffee!

Iced espresso tonic

You will need

  • 1 shot (approximately 1.5 ounces) of espresso,
  • About 3.4 fluid ounces (100 ml) of sugar-free tonic water,
  • Giant ice cubes.


  • Start by brewing a shot of espresso using your espresso machine.
  • Fill a glass with ice cubes, leaving some space at the top.
  • Pour the shot of espresso over the ice.
  • Slowly pour the sugar-free tonic water into the glass, filling it almost to the top.
  • Gently stir the mixture to combine the flavors.
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy your refreshing iced espresso tonic!

Learn more about the essence of espresso tonic!

pouring coffee over ice. my espresso iced coffee recipe

My simple iced coffee recipe

Now I will cater to those who prefer their iced coffee black, but of course, this recipe can also be enhanced with a bit of milk and sweetener if you prefer it that way.

You prepare this coffee just like traditional hand drip coffee, with the only difference being that I substitute some of the water with ice during the brewing process.

  • Use 0.71 ounces of coffee grounds,
  • 7.05 ounces of water,
  • and 3.53 ounces of ice.
  • Brew your pour-over coffee as you usually would with the indicated amount of water, and after brewing, incorporate 3.53 ounces of ice.

Here’s the trick: grab a separate glass and put some ice in it.

Always add as much ice as you can consume within a short time.

You can avoid diluting your coffee while enjoying the cold, vibrant flavors.


To sum it up, the beauty of iced coffee is that it’s delicious in many different ways. Feel free to experiment with ingredients and methods.

Use capsules, instant coffee, or specialty coffee – discover something new. Make it with cold water, cold condensed milk, in a shaker, or with a hand blender.

Enjoy it with ice cream or alongside a cupcake. Or try Affogato coffee!

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