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Homemade Iced Coffee Recipes

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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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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 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

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

Total 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.
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  4. Keep adding cubes and blending until you have a thick, icy drink like a milkshake.
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April 24, 2015

This recipe is simple, easy, and delicious.

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Cold coffee and chocolate milk can make a delightful quick treat. Top with a pile of whipped cream, shaved chocolate and a cherry.

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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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August 26, 2005

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

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August 1, 2005

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

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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

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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!

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Good day, Thrifty Fun,

I am a lover of flavored coffee. Like many of you, it begins my day with a hug from within. I am here to share a tip with you. I am beyond cheap. I like to use the word frugal. I won't spend money in a coffee shop. I won't say never but, you get it. I have not purchased one in over 20 years.

I brew my favorite Dollar Tree coffee. Then I pour my flavoring in recycled bottles. I left a label on for you to see the bottles. Please don't trash those they are priceless. I then pour in my stevia if needed.


I place them in the fridge since my desired coffee is cold.

The coffee is $1 a bag. The bottles are recycled. If you're using homemade items you're going to spend a ton less than you were before.

All this is possible in less than 30 minutes. Brew and you're halfway there.

Thank you for reading, liking or sharing. Have a nice day.

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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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I only drink one cup in the morning because I love my iced coffees. 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.

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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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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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June 24, 2008

How do I make super iced coffee?

Thelma from Graats, NM


By Becca (Guest Post)
June 24, 20080 found this helpful

I put 8oz. of chilled coffee in a blender with 2 or 3 sweet and low packets, 2-3 TBSP. of flavored creamer (french vanillia) and 3 large ice cubes. Then I blend it all untill there are no pieces of ice. ENJOY!

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful

I use coffee essence in a glass of milk with a couple of scoops of icecream (sometimes I add a little sugar as I am a sweet tooth). The amount of coffee essence depends on the brand - I have used a good quality instant coffee but if I do that I usually dissolve it first with a little boiling water otherwise you get a bitter taste - I usally put it all in the milkshake maker to mix it all up

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful

A friend of mine always freezes coffee in ice cube trays for the iced coffee so that as they melt, the coffee doesn't get all diluted and weak. I thought that was genius!

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By B. Stephens (Guest Post)
June 24, 20080 found this helpful

The best iced coffee I have ever had is at Mc Donalds. They have regular flavor, vanilla, and 2 others. I always get regular. Try it you will like it.

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful

Most iced coffee drinks are made with cold brewed coffee. It has a smoother flavor and is less acidic than regular brews. I have a Toddy coffee maker that allows me to brew a pound of coffee in cold water to make a concentrate that you can use to make any kind of coffee drink you want. I brew mine and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks at a time in the glass carafe that comes with the Toddy. sells a couple of brands of cold brew systems, and a google search lists several places that sell them.

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By Elizabeth (Guest Post)
June 25, 20080 found this helpful

Brew your favorite brand of coffee stronger than you normally would for hot coffee. If you want sugar in your iced coffee, add it while it is still hot - this will allow the sugar to dissolve. Pour the hot (sugared) coffee into a pitcher and store in the refrigerator. To serve, pour a glass of the chilled coffee over ice and add creamer or milk if desired. This will last several days in the refrigerator. When I purchase an occasional iced coffee, I save the plastic cup with lid to reuse for my own iced coffee-to-go at home.

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By Thelma (Guest Post)
June 25, 20080 found this helpful

I agree McDonalds is great. Thanks for all feed back

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November 18, 2009

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

By Nancy from Erie, PA


November 24, 20090 found this helpful

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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November 18, 2009

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:

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 a couple years ago. Works great, have made it many, many times. Tastes just like Tim Horton's Ice Cappuccino. (03/30/2009)

By Melissa M.

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September 22, 2009


  • 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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April 29, 2008

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 Debbie Dzurilla

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 Holly

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 Mary

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 Paul Ziegenfuss

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)


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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