Here’s how to make iced coffee at home! This iced coffee recipe makes a bold and creamy drink that’s even better than a coffeeshop.

Iced coffee

There’s something about holding a creamy, bold and sweet iced coffee that makes life just a little bit better, right? Here we’ve devised the best way to make iced coffee at home: using cold brew concentrate! It gives the best rich, bold coffee flavor, and it’s cheaper and tastes better than at your local chain coffee shop! (And we’ve got a short cut, too.) Here’s how to make iced coffee at home: plus, all variations like iced espresso, iced lattes, iced cappuccinos, and more.

How to make iced coffee

The absolute best way to make iced coffee at home? Use cold brew. Cold brew has a smooth, refreshing flavor and even better: it makes a big pitcher that you can drink off of for days! This cold brew recipe makes enough for 9 servings, which is ideal because you only have to make the concentrate once for drinks all week long. All you’ll need to do is make sure to make it 24 hours before you’d like to drink it! Here’s how to make iced coffee (or keep reading for a shortcut):

  1. Grind 1 ½ cups dark roast coffeeGrind the coffee to a medium coarse grind and measure out 1 ½ cups of grounds. We’ve found dark roast coffee tastes best for cold brew.
  2. Add 6 cups filtered water in a large jar and mix. Add filtered water to the coffee grounds, and give it a little stir.
  3. Refrigerate and wait 24 hours! Here’s where the brewing magic happens: and you don’t need to do anything! Just wait while the coffee brews.
  4. Filter the coffee. Pour the coffee into a strainer with a towel placed inside. Then, your cold brew is ready to drink!
  5. Serve: Take ½ cup cold brew concentrate and mix it with 2 tablespoons milk or creamer and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.

Want a shortcut? Use strong coffee

Want a shortcut to quick and easy iced coffee? Make strong coffee! Make a double strength pot of coffee using your favorite method. Or, try it with Moka Pot coffee using a Bialetti coffee maker! It’s got the perfect bold, strong flavor for iced coffee.

Of course, you could also use purchased cold brew concentrate as a shortcut, too! Head to the recipe below to use the quantities for mixing up a glass.

How to make iced coffee

Best milk for iced coffee

You can drink iced coffee black or mix it with a little dairy for some creamy body. We like it both ways! Here are some of the best ways to add richness and body:

  • Whole or 2% milk: basic, pure and perfect
  • Half and half or heavy cream: these add luxurious, creamy richness to the coffee
  • Creamer: Any type of dairy or non-dairy creamer you have on hand works
  • Oat milk or almond milk: Oat milk is our favorite for coffee, since it has a creamier body than almond milk

More iced coffee recipes

The recipe below is a basic iced coffee recipe. But there are lots of other ways to make an iced caffeinated beverage: with a French press, with espresso, as an iced latte, and more! Here are our favorite iced coffee recipes:

This recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free, and vegan, use oat milk or almond milk.

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Iced coffee

Iced Coffee

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 iced coffee 1x


Here’s how to make iced coffee at home! Or, try these variations: Chemex Iced Coffee, French Press Iced Coffee, Iced Espresso, Iced Latte, Iced Cappuccino or Iced Americano.




  1. Make the cold brew coffee (it takes 24 hours, so plan accordingly!) or make strong coffee and let it cool to room temperature. 
  2. Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the cold brew coffee concentrate (not diluted), milk, and maple syrup. Mix and enjoy!
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: How to make iced coffee, iced coffee, iced coffee recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. If you use Filipino grown coffee to make the cold brew, you’ll find it has a sweeter aroma and taste that’s well suited for iced lattes. There’s so much pimping up that can be done to a regular iced latte that regularly wasting $4 on a cafe bought one is just absurd.