Looking for a killer iced coffee recipe that’s better than a coffee shop and cheaper? Here’s how to make iced coffee at home.
Are you an iced coffee fan? There’s something about holding a creamy, lightly sweet iced coffee that makes life just a little bit better, right? Alex and I didn’t have a great iced coffee recipe until recently. We’re coffee nerds about making pour over coffee every day, but it wasn’t until we developed our cold brew recipe that we realized we could use it to make a killer iced coffee recipe! And the best part is pouring in the milk and watching it swirl (see above!). And, it’s cheaper than at your local chain coffee shop. Here’s how to make iced coffee at home.
Video: How to make iced coffee!
To show you just how easy it is, here’s a video of me showing how to make iced coffee in our kitchen. If nothing else, it’s just fun to hear those ice cubes clink.
How to make iced coffee
Most of learning how to make iced coffee is just learning how to make cold brew coffee! Why make cold brew? Now, of course the top reason for drinking cold brew is the smooth, refreshing flavor: especially in the summer! But another great reason we’ve found for making the cold brew coffee recipe is it makes a big pitcher that you can drink off of for days! It’s amazing to have a big pitcher of cold brew to make iced coffee. This cold brew recipe makes enough for 9 servings of iced coffee!
Note: If you have a Chemex, you can also make Chemex Iced Coffee. The nice part about iced coffee in a Chemex is you can make it on demand and it’s ready in just 15 minutes.
How to make cold brew coffee
Most of making iced coffee is simply making up a pot of cold brew coffee! It’s a very easy and forgiving method. All you’ll need to do is make sure to make it 24 hours before you’d like to drink it! Here are the major steps in our cold brew coffee recipe:
- Grind 1 1/2 cups of ground coffee. Grind the coffee to a medium coarse grind and measure out 1 1/2 cups of grounds. We’ve found dark roast coffee tastes best for cold brew.
- Add 6 cups filtered water and mix. Add filtered water to the coffee grounds, and give it a little stir.
- 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.
- Filter the coffee. Pour the coffee into a strainer with a towel placed inside. Then, your cold brew is ready to drink! It makes 9 servings of cold brew or iced coffee.
How to make iced coffee
Now for the iced coffee part, it literally couldn’t be simpler! Take 1/2 cup cold brew concentrate: this is the cold brew coffee that you have before you dilute it with cold water. Pour the concentrate in a glass over ice, and mix it with 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon maple syrup. That’s it! Your iced coffee will taste super refreshing: all for much cheaper than your local coffee chain. (Not naming names, of course!) And you can make 8 more servings, too! Let us know if you make it in the comments below.
Note: If it’s the right time of year, try our Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee for a twist!
Looking for more coffee methods?
After you’ve learned how to make iced coffee, we’ve got all sorts of other resources for coffee nerdery!
- How to use a Chemex coffee maker
- How to use an Aeropress
- All of our Coffee Methods & Resources!
- How to make cold brew coffee
- The best pour over coffee maker
- Chemex Ratio: Coffee Beans to Water
- Best electric gooseneck kettle
- How to Make Coffee: 4 Ways
This recipe is…
This iced coffee recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free, and vegan, use almond milk.Print
Looking for a killer iced coffee recipe that’s better than a coffee shop and cheaper? Here’s how to make iced coffee at home. If you have a Chemex, you can also make our Chemex Iced Coffee.
- 1/2 cup cold brew coffee concentrate or strong coffee
- 2 tablespoons milk or almond milk
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Make the cold brew coffee (it takes 24 hours, so plan accordingly!) or make strong coffee and let it cool to room temperature.
- 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
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.