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The creamy, chocolaty iced mocha latte is one of the most refreshing coffee drinks around! Here’s how to whip one up at home.

Iced Mocha

Here’s a coffee drink that’s chocolaty, refreshing, and absolutely irresistible: try the Iced Mocha! This one is so deliciously easy to make at home, you’ll never need to go to a coffeeshop again. Just four ingredients make a frothy, creamy drink that’s luxuriously sippable, balancing bitter espresso with real chocolate chips and frothy milk. Even better: it’s easier than a classic hot mocha to make at home! Let’s get brewing.

Variation: Try the ever popular Iced White Chocolate Mocha!

What’s in an iced mocha?

An iced mocha is a coffee drink made with espresso, milk and chocolate, served over ice. It’s a variation on the hot mocha or mocha latte, a drink made with espresso, steamed milk and chocolate. There are various ways to add chocolate into an iced mocha. The Starbucks iced mocha uses a chocolate syrup.

In our recipe testing, we found that purchased chocolate syrup can taste artificial and not chocolaty enough. So why not use…real chocolate? This iced mocha features chocolate chips with creamy milk and simple syrup. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Espresso
  • Milk (use oat milk for vegan or dairy-free; it’s the best non-dairy milk for frothing)
  • Simple syrup
  • Chocolate chips
Iced Mocha

How to make the espresso

The most involved part of an iced mocha? Making the espresso! There are several ways to make a great cup of espresso at home. The best tasting is an espresso machine, but not everyone has one of those! Here are the next best options:

How to make espresso

How to make an iced mocha: in a jar!

The iced mocha is easier to make at home than a standard mocha, because you don’t have to steam the milk. Instead, you can simply froth the milk by shaking it in a jar! The jar shaking method also works for melting the chocolate. Here’s an outline of what to do (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Shake the hot espresso and chocolate chips in a covered jar. This melts the chocolate into the coffee. Pour it into the ice-filled glass.
  • Shake the milk and simple syrup in the same jar. Rinse it out first, then shake the milk and syrup until frothy.

That’s it! The jar makes a genius tool for whipping up a killer iced mocha at home. Let us know if you try it and what you think! (Also let us know your favorite homemade espresso method.)

Iced Mocha

More mochas and iced coffee drinks

There are so many tasty espresso drinks similar to the iced mocha, including variations on the mocha! Here are a few to try:

This iced mocha recipe is…

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

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Iced Mocha

Iced Mocha

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The creamy, chocolaty iced mocha latte is one of the most refreshing coffee drinks around! Here’s how to whip one up at home.


  • 2 shots espresso or strong coffee (2 ounces or ¼ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips (or white chocolate chips for an Iced White Chocolate Mocha)
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup (or chocolate syrup)
  • ¼ cup milk (or oat milk for vegan)
  • Ice


  1. Make the espresso:  Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, French press, or Moka Pot. Go to How to Make Espresso for instructions. 
  2. Shake: Place the hot espresso and chocolate chips in a covered jar: vigorously shake until melted. Pour into an ice filled glass.
  3. Froth the milk: Rinse out the jar. Place the milk and simple syrup back into the jar, cover and shake until foamy.
  4. Serve: Top the chocolate espresso with the frothed milk. Enjoy immediately.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Espresso
  • Cuisine: Coffee
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Iced mocha

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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