Homemade Iced Coffee Recipes

Ice coffee is a refreshing drink and a nice change of pace for coffee drinkers. Rather than spending the money at Starbucks, try making it yourself. This page contains homemade iced coffee recipes.

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I refuse to pay for ice coffees that are filled with ice and you are only getting 1/4 of coffee in your cup. Call me "frugal". Yes, I am frugal! :)

I make a pot of coffee in the morning. I drink 1 hot cup, then fill my ice cube tray with the rest of my coffee. Then I put on a little more coffee for later and put it away in the fridge. When I want a large flavored coffee, I simply take out my cold coffee pour it in my tall iced coffee cup, add some vanilla or almond (whatever extract or spice like cinnamon), add your sugar or sweetener, stir it very well. Then I add my coffee cubes. And my iced coffee stays like coffee all afternoon. It never gets that watered down taste half way through!

coffee cubes in ice tray
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Frugal Iced CoffeeMake a half pot of coffee, allow it to cool a bit. Then pour it in a quart jar and add a tsp. of sweetener (or to your taste). I use Agave syrup, which is low-Glycemic and you use less than you would sugar, you can always add more later. Shake well to dissolve sweetener and put in fridge until cool.

When ready to drink, pour into glass making it 1/2 to 2/3 full (depending on how strong you like it, (I'm a 2/3 full person) and fill the rest with milk and then ice if needed. I leave mine in the fridge until the next day so I don't always need ice.

I make extra coffee every day or so and pour the extra (after my morning hot coffee) into the quart jar with a little sweetener. I am a coffee lover and when I'm out and about, I love to stop for an Iced Coffee but the prices always make me cringe. I can't really break down the price for you but I guarantee it's very little compared to store bought.

If you are a person who would normally pour that coffee down the drain after you've had your fill, think about just putting it in the fridge. It will be yummy latter when you're wishing you had an Iced Coffee. For that matter, you could pop it in the microwave too.

BTW, this is in a recycled Spaghetti sauce jar, no special materials needed.

By Melissa M. from MI

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Much cheaper than the ones you get at the drive through, and easy to make in the blender.

Homemade Coffee Frappè

Approximate Time: 10 minutes

Yield: One large frappè


  • 3 Tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 Tbsp Mexican hot chocolate mix
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • lots of ice cubes
  • hot water


  1. Boil water. In a measuring cup, mix instant coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, and milk.
  2. Add enough hot water to make one full cup. Pour this over a handful of ice cubes in a blender and blend. Add a few more ice cubes and blend again.
  3. Keep adding cubes and blending until you have a thick, icy drink like a milkshake.
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One for the coffee lovers ;-)


  • 1 tsp. instant coffee, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup milk or soy milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. sugar, or to taste
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder


Combine the instant coffee, milk, vanilla, sugar, ice, and chocolate in a blender and blend until smooth.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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I set up a pot of coffee each night. When I wake, I hit the button and it brews. I only drink 1 cup in the morning because I love my iced coffees. Well, if you are frugal like myself, I will not stop and pay $3.50 for a medium iced coffee. I pour it into a pitcher, add my sweetner and what ever spice I feel like having, like 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, almond extract; any flavor you want. I buy all my spices and extracts at "The Dollar Store" You can't beat the price, and always in the fall, you can get pumpkin spice.

When I have stirred everything in the pitcher, I fill my ice cube trays with my coffee mixture. And Wha-Lah! Tomorrow morning, I get my coffee, and put a half cup in the freezer to get it a bit chilled while I am showering. Then I take my coffee ice cubes and make my coffee, No more diluted coffee, or buying a cup of ice at a vendor and you are actually getting 1/3 of a cup of coffee.

Approximate Time: less than 5 minutes

Yield: 4 cups of coffee, depending on the size of your cooler cup.

    Source: I just made it up the other day, when filling up my ice cube trays, Light Bulb Went Off*

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    I had never heard of this unusual take on punch, and although I don't like coffee, this is a refreshing change from the usual icky sweet punches that are usually served. It's simple and delicious. This old dog learned a delicious new trick from one of my son's 30 something friends.


    • 1 cup sugar
    • 8 Tbsp. instant coffee
    • 1 cup Kahlua
    • 2 Tbsp. vanilla
    • 1/2 gallon whole milk
    • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream


    Mix sugar and coffee together in a punch bowl. Add the rest of the liquid ingredients. Stir well.

    Add ice cream and serve.

    Makes one punch bowl full. Better have extra ingredients handy because your guests will come back for more.

    Source: A young friend

    By Sandy from Elon, NC

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    How do I make super iced coffee?

    Thelma from Graats, NM

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    I agree McDonalds is great. Thanks for all feed back

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    This recipe is simple, easy, and delicious :)

    Approximate Time: About 10-15 min

    Yield: 8 cups


    • 1 cup instant coffee (can be original or flavored)
    • 2 cups cold water
    • 4 cups chocolate milk
    • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 Tbsp sugar
    • ice cubes (you can freeze coffee to use for ice cubes)


    1. Mix instant coffee, cold water, chocolate milk, sweetened condensed milk, and sugar together in a large bowl.
    2. Serve over ice. Refrigerate remaining iced coffee.
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    I fill a cup halfway with water and 2 Tbsp. instant coffee and pop that in the microwave for 40 seconds. Then I add maybe 2 to 3 spoonfuls of chocolate ice cream, stir, then add milk to fill cup and enjoy!

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    Florida has lots of hot days and I'm a coffee lover, so I combine the two. Leftover coffee goes into the refrigerator for the next day, at which time I add Hazelnut CoffeeMate, return it to the fridge, and sip on it throughout the day.

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    When I have left over coffee, I add one tablespoon of hot chocolate to one cup of coffee then I keep it in the refrigerator until I am ready to drink it. It is much cheaper than Starbucks.

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    Anyone got a good recipe for Iced Coffee? I love the Rockstar roasted, but it's kind of expensive.

    By Nancy from Erie, PA

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    I have tried many, many things and ways to come up with a good tasting cold coffee. The one I think I like the most is: using a single serving envelope of "hot chocolate mix" you can choose your favorite flavor.

    I don't like my coffee too sweet so I use two envelopes per coffee pot (8 cups) and a bit of milk or half and half and store the remaining in the fridge for later. hope this helps.

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    I don't drink a whole lot of coffee at one time, so when I am done with the pot I have made, I pour the remainder in an old, cleaned out flavored creamer container.

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    • Iced coffee
    • Chocolate milk
    • Whipped cream, squirt kind
    • Maraschino cherry
    • shaved chocolate


    Fill a large soda glass with ice cubes. Fill 3/4 full with iced coffee. Fill top top with chocolate milk. Top with a pile of whipped cream, the shaved chocolate and a cherry.

    By Robin from Washington, IA

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    In a large glass (30 oz. if possible), put in about crushed ice and coffee. Fill the remainder of the cup with your favorite cola and stir well. You need the tall glass because it will really foam up!

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    Place all ingredients in blender. Cover and blend on high speed until ice is crushed.

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    This is a perfect drink to serve with breakfast or to cool off on a hot day.

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    How to make good Iced Coffee?

    Thelma from NM


    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    If you look in the coffee aisle of the supermarket, you should be able to find a liquid coffee product. My favourite is a "coffee and chicory essence" and I add it to cold milk with a sweetener. It only takes seconds to mix it up. You can make it as strong or as sweet as you want. (04/30/2008)

    By Cathy from Townsville

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    Coffee Slushie:

    • 1Tbsp. instant coffee
    • 1 cup ice cubes
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 2 Tbsp. sugar

    Put all ingredients in the blender and mix until all the ice is crushed. Serve immediately.

    Decaf instant is great for an evening drink. You can add some chocolate syrup (1Tbsp.) or cocoa to make it mocha, or 1/2/ tsp. vanilla. I believe I got this from Kraftfoods.com a couple years ago. Works great, have made it many, many times. Tastes just like Tim Horton's Ice Cappuccino. (03/30/2009)

    By melmarr

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    • 1 1/2 tsp. instant coffee
    • 3/4 cup cold water
    • 2 Tbsp. milk
    • 1 Tbsp. sugar
    • 1/2 cup ice cubes
    • 2 Tbsp. cool whip


    Stir instant coffee into cold water in a tall glass, add sugar and milk. Stir until well blended add ice cubes. Top with cool whip just before serving.

    By imaqt1962


    Instant Iced Coffee

    Wow I tried it and it worked! Though you might have to tweak the recipe to your liking. I didn't want to water down the coffee so I did not put any water in it, instead I added more milk and less instant coffee but it still came out to be a rich and creamy tasting ice coffee. It was done in like 5 minutes! (07/18/2008)

    By waohhh

    Instant Iced Coffee

    Thanks, I used no ice blocks, no cool whip, and less water. Cheers (10/14/2008)

    By matt

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    I am looking for a recipe for really tasty iced coffee. I need to drink the caffeine in the morning. I love iced tea but it doesn't give me enough of a jump start. It is to hot to drink hot coffee. I have made a pot of it and chilled it and put powdered milk in and sugar, but is there anything else I can do? I also had some whipped cream which was very tasty but has too much fat.

    Thank you,
    Sandy from Baltimore, MD


    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    I like to take 8 0z of milk and 1 tsp instant coffee and 1-2 tsp sugar. Put in container with lid and shake until coffee is dissolved


    By IMAQT1962

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    I make some iced coffee using leftover morning coffee that has been in the Coffee Butler. I just get a tall glass and put about half coffee, half milk or half & half, some sugar to taste and lots of crushed ice. It's very good and then I used the last of the coffee and don't throw it away.

    I do still always drink my hot coffee in the morning but must admit in the hotter weather I probably drink less.

    Also, you could take the leftover coffee and put straight away in the frig so that it is nice and chilled for later for your iced coffee. (07/12/2006)

    By Debbie52

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the hot coffee then add a few ice cubes. Very delicious and extra sugar is not needed.

    I make a pot of coffee at night, place it in the fridge. In the morning, I add 1/4 cup of half & half to the pitcher. Add ice cubes to the glass and pour the coffee in.

    Vanilla flavored soy milk added to cold coffee is delicious and need no sugar. (07/12/2006)

    By Jos Rog

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    Try drinking yerba mate tea for a wake up kick. (07/12/2006)

    By cookwie

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    Copycat Starbuck's Frappuccino (4 servings)

    • 3/4 cup double strength coffee (see below), chilled
    • 2-1/2 cups 2 percent milk
    • 1/4 cup sugar (or Splenda)
    • 1 tablespoon dry pectin, optional (for texture - looks like most people leave this out)

    Combine coffee and sugar and chill. Add milk and pectin, shake together thoroughly and chill again. To serve, zap in a blender for 30 to 45 seconds, or shake mixture in ice, strain and serve. For vanilla add a capful of vanilla extract; for mocha, add a pinch of cocoa powder.

    Make double-strength coffee by brewing with twice the coffee required by your coffee maker approximately 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per each cup of coffee. Chill before using.

    Like Starbuck's Frozen Frappuccino (2 large servings)

    • 3/4 cup double-strength coffee, chilled
    • 3 tablespoons sugar (or Splenda)
    • 1 cup 2 percent milk
    • 2 cups ice

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until ice is crushed and drink is smooth. Pour into two 16-ounce glasses, and serve with a straw.

    For caramel, add 3 tablespoons of caramel topping; for mocha add 3 tablespoons of Hershey's syrup. If desired, top with whipped cream and drizzle additional sauce over top of cream. (07/12/2006)

    By mef1957

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    I just make coffee and chill it in the fridge (or let it sit in the windowsill overnight), pour it into a tall glass and add milk (2% for creamier texture) and two or three teaspoons of sugar. If you have a Nalgene bottle or some such leak proof container, (they make wonderful coffee-bottles) you can just mix it all in the bottle and shake it up, otherwise just take an iced-tea spoon and stir until all the sugar dissolves. VERY good.

    PS--If you are not counting calories, you can add a tablespoon of whipped cream to the top. (07/12/2006)

    By Pauly-Wauly

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    I will make a pot of coffee at night and while it's still hot, I put one cup of dry coffeemate in with one heaping tablsp. Powdered chocolate. And then some splenda to taste. Put it in a pitcher in the fridge overnight. When i get up in the morning i stir it and pour over ice in my cup and drink. I know how the heat can affect ya cause I live in desert where the weather is 110 and up in summer months. Hope you enjoy this one. (07/13/2006)

    By JANA

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    The best one I ever made was in a blender where you mix icy cold milk, sugar and the magic ingredient - Coffee and Chicory Essence. Just be creative and experiment as to how strong or sweet you need it. Guaranteed to be the best iced coffee ever! (09/15/2006)

    By Cathy

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    We have a cafe here in Hawera, New Zealand called Auntie's Cafe. They make the most wonderful Iced coffee, but maybe you'd think twice about having it regularly. It contains two cups of milk, 2 scoops of ice cream and 2 Tablespoons of Chicory essence with whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top.

    The best I've tasted, but high in calories.

    LH (11/22/2006)

    By LHerman

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    I love iced coffee in the summer! I make a double shot of espresso and add Splenda while hot. I then ice it down and drop it into a tumbler with more ice and some non-fat milk. Best recipe is to use whole milk and sugar, but I want the caffeine more than the calories. (I suppose this is really an iced latte, but this is how you avoid the off tastes of some coffees.)

    An easier way to make 'mock' espresso is with an AeroPress coffee maker. It makes great shots of STRONG coffee that you can water down Americano style. Real easy to use and cleanup! (08/05/2007)

    By les_cash

    Tasty Iced Coffee Recipes

    I freeze leftover coffee and tea for ice cubes so they don't water down the drink. (04/25/2008)

    By SunshineRose

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