7 Best Iced Coffee Recipes You Should Try This Black FridayPublished Date:
What’s the weather like where you are? Actually, you know what… It doesn’t matter because iced coffee is way more than a drink reserved for summer. Iced coffee is here to stay, and ready to give us a boost no matter what time of year it is. OK, we obviously still love a hot cup of coffee to comfort us outside on a cold day. But what about those cozy days at home?
Close the door, pop on the heating, and forget how cold it is outside. Whether you’re somewhere warm or somewhere cold, you don’t need to venture out for an iced coffee when you can make one at home. Iced coffee is a deliciously refreshing way to get your caffeine fix. And there are as many ways to make iced coffee as there is hot coffee.
It’s gonna be cheaper to make your favourite iced coffee at home, so why not save some money this Black Friday? We want to share with you the BEST iced coffee recipes so you can make one that tastes just as good as your favourite cafe’s version. These recipes will help you get closer to becoming a pro barista. Not only that, but they will take you on a journey around the world…
Read on to discover why the best iced coffee is homemade!
7 Best Iced Coffee Recipes To Try
We’re going to outline 7 of the best iced coffee recipes: what you need, how to make them, and why we love them! Quantities in each recipe represent the amount needed to make one cup of iced coffee. Feel free to adjust quantities to make more, or suit your own taste.
1. Iced Latte
The original iced latte is undeniably one of the best iced coffee recipes there is. For the most basic version, all you need is ice, coffee, and milk. But when you want something a bit sweeter and sexier, you can add all kinds of syrups. Caramel, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, peppermint… the possibilities are endless (and delicious)! This is one of the best ice coffee recipes if you like to keep things classic.
2 espresso shots - we love using a medium roast coffee!
100ml milk (plant-based or dairy)
1. Make a shot of espresso.
2. Fill a glass with ice and add the espresso.
4. Top up with milk, stir, and serve!
2. Iced Caramel Macchiato
You might have tried an iced caramel macchiato from your favourite cafe but did you know they’re super easy to make at home too? This is the best ice coffee recipe if you’re in the mood for something super sweet! It’s a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up and a lighter alternative to a dessert after a meal.
2 espresso shots - try Fazenda Santa Monica
150ml milk (plant-based or dairy)
1 tbsp vanilla syrup
1 tbsp caramel sauce
Handful of ice
1. Make your espresso shots using your preferred method.
2. Fill a tall glass with ice and add the milk and vanilla syrup.
3. Pour in the espresso and drizzle with caramel sauce.
3. Vietnamese Yogurt Coffee
This is one of the best iced coffee recipes you might not have heard of! But don’t worry, we’re about to share this magical drink with you now. In Vietnam, it’s known as Sua Chua Cafe. Whilst coffee and yogurt may not immediately seem like the best combo, this refreshing drink will convince you otherwise.
1 tbsp ground coffee - try a dark roast such as Inga Aponte
½ cup plain yogurt (we like Greek yogurt for its thick consistency)
2 tbsp Sweetened condensed milk
1. Make your coffee. If you have one, use a Vietnamese Phin coffee filter for an authentic result. If you don’t, make an espresso using your preferred method.
2. In a glass, mix the yogurt and condensed milk till combined.
3. Top with the prepared coffee.
4. Fill up the glass with ice and enjoy with a straw!
4. Brazilian Mocha Cola Iced Coffee
Yes, another iced coffee recipe that may sound a bit strange to some of us. But it won’t after you’ve tried it! This time we’re off to Brazil to discover their mindblowing Mocha Cola Iced Coffee. This is the stuff of dreams. It channels the aroma of a root beer float and is one of the best coffee ice cream recipes going. Yup, ice cream.
If any coffee could be a dessert, this is the one! It’s delightfully naughty.
2 shots of espresso - Brazilian coffee of course!
1 can cola
1 cup chocolate milk
1-2 scoops ice cream (or whipped cream if you prefer)
1. Make your espresso using your preferred method and pop it into the freezer for 15 minutes to chill.
2. Get a tall glass, fill it with ice, and add the espresso, chocolate milk, and cola. Stir to combine.
3. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve immediately!
5. Cold Brew
After the sugar high of the last one, this is one of the best ice coffee recipes for when you need something a bit more subdued! You can dress up a cold brew in different ways, but at its essence, it’s a deliciously rich black coffee that is brewed and served cold.
Choose medium or dark roast beans for making a cold brew. We love to use our La Rotunda single-origin Nicaraguan coffee which gives hints of caramel and green grape. You’ll want a coarse grind for cold brew otherwise it will end up too bitter.
50g coffee, coarsely ground
1. In a large jar, combine the coffee with 400ml of water. Do not stir the mixture!
2. Cover the jar and leave it to steep for 16-24 hours.
3. Stir the mixture then pour it through a sieve lined with coffee filter paper into a fresh jar, to filter out the grinds. Cover and chill this concentrate in the fridge till you want to use it.
4. To use, dilute the cold brew concentrate with water (1 part cold brew to 2 parts water). Serve in a glass with ice.
5. If you want, you can add milk, cream, or flavoured syrups to your cold brew!
6. Portuguese Mazagran Iced Coffee
Now it’s time for what we’ve all been waiting for… coffee with booze in it! This is the best iced coffee recipe from Portugal, and it’s oh-so refreshing. It originated in Algeria and is known as the original iced coffee. It’s now popular in Portugal where it commonly features rum.
Buckle up as this is a drink that’s sure to keep you dancing all night long! It’s perfect for the festive season and its endless parties. Yes, you can make it without rum too, but ‘tis the season to get jolly so let’s go get some rum…
1 cup of black coffee, chilled (try a light roast such as La Quebrada)
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-2 shots rum depending on how strong you want it!
Sugar or honey, to taste
1. Fill a tall glass with ice and your cup of chilled black coffee.
2. Add lemon juice, rum, and sugar or honey. Stir well.
3. Serve with a wedge of lemon or even a sprig of fresh mint.
7. Mexican Iced Coffee
Finally, a Mexican-inspired iced coffee with a bit of a kick (and not from booze this time)! Some chilli and warming spices make this an aromatic treat for the senses. If you like your sweet with a side of spicy, this is the coffee for you. In fact, the warming spices actually give this iced coffee recipe a bit of festive flair. Just another reason why this is one of the best ice coffee recipes to try this Black Friday!
You can use any coffee to make this but we love using our Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee which has bold notes of chocolate and caramel.
½ cup of strong black coffee
¼ tsp ground cloves
⅛ tsp chilli powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chocolate syrup
½ cup milk
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tsp sugar
Dash of sea salt
1. Mix the cloves, cinnamon, chilli, and chocolate syrup into the coffee.
2. Pour the milk into the mixture and combine well.
3. Make the cream topping by whisking the heavy cream and sugar until it thickens. This should only take a few seconds.
4. Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in your milky coffee.
5. Top with the cream and dust over a little cinnamon and sea salt to serve!
To Wrap It All Up…
We’ve taken you on a journey around the world to discover the best iced coffee recipes there are, whether you're sourcing your coffee beans from a local coffee store or enjoying the convenience of a coffee subscription. If you’re on TikTok, chances are you’ll know how popular iced coffee is at ANY time of year. More and more people are sticking with their iced coffee habit through the colder months. Whilst we fully support this, we also think it’s best enjoyed from the warmth of home rather than the frosty streets!
We hope we’ve shown you that the best iced coffee is homemade, using the finest ingredients from your chosen coffee store, coffee subscription, or even exploring the options of wholesale coffee. The 7 recipes we’ve shared with you equip you with the knowledge to make iced coffees at home for all occasions. Ice cream, booze, chilli… they’ve got it covered. Grab a few basic ingredients, including some of our specialty coffee, and you’ll never need to leave the house again!
Because life’s too short for bad iced coffee.