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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One for the coffee lovers ;-)
Combine the instant coffee, milk, vanilla, sugar, ice, and chocolate in a blender and blend until smooth.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Make 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
I discovered a simpler way to make cold coffee without using ice. I fill a cup halfway with water and 2 Tbsp. instant coffee (or regular hot coffee) and pop that in the microwave for 40 seconds. Then I add maybe 2 to 3 spoonfuls of chocolate ice cream (vanilla is okay), stir, then add milk to fill cup and enjoy!
By Terri A. from Lynn Haven, FL
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.
By Macie4 from Walnut Creek, CA
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.
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
Much cheaper than the ones you get at the drive through, and easy to make in the blender.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes
Yield: One large frappè
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*
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. This will be ready for me when I feel like having an iced coffee. I use my reusable cup with straw and fill it with ice and make my coffee the way I like it. I don't waste my coffee anymore, and I don't spend all that money on those fancy iced coffee drinks.
By Tammisg from WI
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. Yummy, refreshing and no leftovers!
Source: Mother turned me on to iced coffee; this variation means no melting ice cubes and on hand all day.
By CayC from Green Cove Springs, FL
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!
This recipe is simple, easy, and delicious :)
Approximate Time: About 10-15 min
Yield: 8 cups
By sydneh 
Makes a nice, frothy pick-me-up for those hot summer days and you're not getting the fat content like you would from the ice cream in a regular float. Plus, if you use diet cola, then you've got a low-calorie treat as well as non-fat!
By Lynn from Chico, CA
Place all ingredients in blender. Cover and blend on high speed until ice is crushed.
Pour into glasses and enjoy.
This is a real nice pick me up when I need a little more caffeine.
This is a perfect drink to serve with breakfast or to cool off on a hot day.
Add enough ice cubes to 1/3 cup water to measure 3/4 cup. Add to blender with 1 Tbsp. French vanilla coffee. Cover and blend until slushy. Pour into glass with 1 Tbsp. Cool Whip.
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How do I make super iced coffee?
Thelma from Graats, NM
By Thelma (Guest Post)06/25/2008
I agree McDonalds is great. Thanks for all feed back
Anyone got a good recipe for Iced Coffee? I love the Rockstar roasted, but it's kind of expensive.
By Nancy from Erie, PA
By Rosa 11/24/2009
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 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.
Sandy from Baltimore, MD
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)
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
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)
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)
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. PMZ
PS--If you are not counting calories, you can add a tablespoon of whipped cream to the top. (07/12/2006)
The best I've tasted, but high in calories. LH (11/22/2006)
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)
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.