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How to Make Iced Coffee

You’ve come to the right place.  I’m going to show you How to Make Iced Coffee. Watch the video showing you How to Make Iced Coffee, then scroll to the bottom of this post so you can print out the recipe and make it at home.

I’m not much of a coffee drinker. No sirree. No caffeine needed. My body is hard-wired to have an abundance of natural energy from the moment I wake up. I guess I’m lucky that way. I do love the flavor of coffee though… coffee candies and coffee ice cream and even those foo foo frozen coffee drinks that contain your total allotted calorie consumption in just a dozen sips.

Iced Coffee

That’s why on one rather sweltering afternoon recently, I grabbed my husband’s mug o’ coffee that had been sitting untouched on the counter all day long, and I made myself a rather delicious version of Iced Coffee.

how to make iced coffee

How do You Make Iced Coffee?

You’ll need a tall glass and a spoon long enough to reach the bottom of that glass.

How to Make Iced Coffee

Fill that glass full to the rim with ice. If you really want to get serious about your iced coffee, you can make ice cubes out of coffee too. Then you won’t get that “watered-down” effect.  And if you’re into that flavored sort of coffee then go for it.

How to Make Iced Coffee

Pour room temperature (or chilled) coffee into the glass.

How to Make Iced Coffee

Fill it almost to the top.

How to Make Iced Coffee

Pour in the white stuff. Here’s where you get to make a big decision. Do you want to go all out and make this a decadent treat? If so, then add cream or half & half. If you want to go a little lighter, use whole milk or fat-free half & half. And lighter still, use nonfat milk.

Iced Coffee

Take a moment to watch the swirls sink to the bottom and mix in with the coffee. It’s a magical moment. 🙂

How to Make Iced Coffee

Add a couple spoonfuls of sugar (if you like sweet)… or whatever sort of sweetener you usually add to your coffee.  In the recipe notes below, I share how to make sugary simple syrup in case you prefer to use that instead of granulated white sugar.

Iced Coffee

Stir it all up!

Iced Coffee

Anticipate drinking your creation.

Iced Coffee

Add a purple straw. If you’re a straw person, that is. And drink up!

Cupcake photo

Here’s the cool part (at least I think this is kind of cool…). You’ve seen these flavored coffee creamers, right? You can always use this stuff in your iced coffee. It’ll cover both your cream and your sweetener. And if you get this particular brand… then you’ll be getting a coffee creamer with a photograph that yours-truly took! Yep, those cupcakes that you see right there– those are my White Wedding Cake Cupcakes that I posted on the site a couple of years ago.

Wedding Cupcakes

I made those cupcakes with the pearls on top for a teacher’s wedding from my son’s school. This company liked my photo and wanted to use it for the label on their new product, so they bought it from me!  Isn’t that fun?!

Enjoy your iced coffee, however you decide to make it 🙂

If you need a few delicious treats to have with your coffee, you might consider baking some Brown Sugar Cinnamon Biscotti or Lemon Tea CakeMini Crumb Cake Bites would also be a nice goodie to munch on while sipping your iced coffee.  Butter Swirl Shortbread Cookies make good dunkers too.

How to Make Iced Coffee

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: iced coffee
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving

Easy instructions for how to make delicious, perfect iced coffee at home.



  • 1 cup ice (or coffee frozen into cubes)
  • 1 cup coffee, at room temperature or chilled
  • 2 tablespoons cream, milk or half & half
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar (or simple syrup- see Recipe Notes below)


  1. Fill a glass with ice. Pour in coffee. Add cream and sugar (or simple syrup). Stir and drink!

  2. See recipe notes below for variations and tips.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • *Lighten things up in this drink by using nonfat milk... or fat-free half & half. Use your desired low/no calorie sweetener in place of sugar.
  • *Another option is to add a flavored creamer, which will cover both the cream and the sugar.
  • *If you want to use simple syrup in place of sugar, here's how to make it: In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup granulated white sugar to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring the mixture until the sugar has dissolved.  Remove the pan from heat and cool.  Chill until ready to use!

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  1. postedAug 18, 2018 4:16 AM

    This is the only way to drink coffee during the summer!

  2. postedAug 17, 2018 7:03 PM

    Such perfect iced coffee. And so easy to make rather than buying at the coffee house!

  3. postedAug 17, 2018 6:13 PM

    I love everything about coffee! This is definitely a must-make!!

  4. postedAug 17, 2018 9:22 AM

    This is literally my go-to summer beverage. Love all the step by step photos. They are so helpful.

  5. postedAug 17, 2018 9:09 AM

    This looks like a spectacular way to cool down

  6. postedAug 17, 2018 8:42 AM

    most favorite!

  7. postedAug 6, 2018 7:26 AM

    Best Recipe EVER for iced coffee. Easy Peasy to make and super delish!!

  8. postedJul 8, 2018 2:34 AM

    Katherine, I don’t understand how this isn’t a recipe to you. Lori clearly identified the ingredients as well as the steps….she even stated to use EITHER ROOM TEMPERATURE OR CHILLED BREWED COFFEE. If you don’t know how to brew coffee yet then I would suggest trying to do that before trying to make iced coffee.

  9. postedJul 7, 2018 8:58 AM

    For all you Recipe Police ???? out there that have to criticize. This is a simple suggestion on ONE technique to make a simple iced coffee. Don’t like it, I’m sure there’s a ton of iced coffee recipes out there. So to all who truly want to try this recipe,use that straw,& any dairy product or flavoring you choose. AND if you haven’t tried it you have no right to criticize!

  10. postedJun 29, 2018 3:35 PM

    Thanks so much for this article! I’ve been wanting to try and make + drink iced coffee for the first time for a while. This was just what I needed 🙂

  11. postedJun 28, 2018 3:55 AM

    Sounds delicious…..but Please let’s ditch plastic straws because they are harmful to marine life and the wildlife!

  12. postedJun 25, 2018 9:56 PM

    Unable to pin to Pinterest

    • postedJun 26, 2018 8:07 AM

      Did you click the red “P” at the top of the post? I just did it without a problem… sorry if you’re having trouble!

  13. postedApr 2, 2018 8:21 AM

    Can’t wait to try it!! Looks super good! Thanks!! 

  14. postedDec 13, 2017 1:35 PM

    Not even close to how iced coffe is made.

  15. postedMar 5, 2017 9:22 PM

    I love coffee… hot or cold… hot I prefer it black. cold I like a flavoring.. mostly caramel or hazelnut. I love the cupcakes you shown.. what an honor to have them displayed somewhere besides your wedding!! They look absolutely wonderful!!! 🙂

  16. postedJul 15, 2016 12:32 PM

    hi, can i just use eveporated milk in the place of Creamer?TIA

    • postedJul 21, 2016 6:35 AM

      Your choice!

  17. postedJun 14, 2015 4:53 AM

    Another shortcut for people who want a stronger iced coffee: freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays. Your iced coffee won’t get watered down. 

  18. postedJun 5, 2015 9:08 AM

    why are there no instructions on how to brew the real iced coffee? you know, letting the ground coffee sit in water for a period of time? that is what I was looking for. I don’t see the value in what you posted at all let alone it being a recipe. Sorry. 

    • postedJun 8, 2015 6:14 AM

      Yes, there are recipes out there for that too. This is just a quick short-cut.

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