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If you need a little pick me up but it's too hot for coffee, drink it on ice! To make the best tasting iced coffee, start by steeping coffee grounds in cold water. Strain this concentrated coffee and then pour it over ice. Stir in cold water or milk and enjoy it right away. You can also play around with flavors and textures. For example, try making an iced coffee with vanilla or an iced coffee frappe.
- 1/3 cup (30 g) of coarsely ground coffee
- 1 1⁄2 cups (350 ml) of cold water, preferably filtered
- Milk or half-and-half, to serve
Makes 1 drink
Method 1Method 1 of 2:Quick Ways to Make Iced Coffee Download Article
- 1Refrigerate hot coffee instead of cold-brewing it. If you don't have the time to make cold-brewed coffee, make a cup or pot of hot coffee. Use your preferred brewing method and then put the coffee into the refrigerator until it's cold. Then pour the cold coffee into an ice-filled glass and enjoy it.XResearch source
- 2Dissolve instant coffee powder and pour it over ice for a fast drink. This is another quick way to make iced coffee. Stir 1 tablespoon (6 g) of instant coffee with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of hot water in a tall glass. Then fill the glass with ice and pour 1 cup (240 ml) of cold water over it. Stir the iced coffee with a long spoon and drink it before the ice melts.XResearch source
- For a creamy iced coffee, use cold milk instead of water.
- 3Use coffee ice cubes. To prevent your iced coffee from becoming diluted as the ice melts, make coffee ice cubes before you make the drink. Just pour cold coffee into an empty ice cube tray and freeze it until the cubes are solid.XResearch source
- This is a great way to use leftover coffee instead of throwing it away.
- 4Stir in your favorite syrups to add flavor. Purchase or make caramel, vanilla, or chocolate syrup. For plain sweetness, use a simple syrup. Then stir in as much as you like. Play around with combining flavors, such as a chocolate caramel to make unique iced coffee drinks.XResearch source
- Refrigerate homemade syrups in an airtight container for up to 1 to 2 weeks.
Copycat coffeeshop syrup:
Combine 1/2 cup (100 g) of granulated sugar with 1 cup (240 ml) of water in a saucepan. Stir and heat the mixture over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup cool and then stir in 1⁄2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of vanilla extract.
- 5Mix cold coffee with ice cream for a creamy treat. Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of cold coffee and 1⁄4 cup (59 ml) of milk into a tall glass. Fill the glass with ice and then top the drink with 1 large scoop of vanilla ice cream.XResearch source
- If you prefer, leave out the ice cubes and add extra ice cream.
- 6Blend the iced coffee to make a frappe. Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of cold coffee into a blender and add 3 cups (420 g) of ice cubes along with 2 tablespoons (25 g) of sugar. Put the lid on the blender and blend the ingredients until they're smooth. Then pour the frappe into a glass and top it with whipped cream before serving.XResearch source
- If you like, add 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of syrup, such as caramel of vanilla.
Method 2Method 2 of 2:Making Iced Coffee with a French Press Download Article
- 1Make a cup of coffee. Get out a French press and put 1/3 cup (30 g) of coarsely ground coffee into the bottom. Pour in 1 1⁄2 cups (350 ml) of cold water and use a spoon to stir it gently. XResearch sourceDon't plunge the French press yet since the coffee grounds need a lot of time to come into contact with the water.
- If you don't have a French press, combine the coffee and water in a jar, container, or coffee pot.
- 2Refrigerate the French press overnight. Since you probably won't be able to fit the French press with the lid in your refrigerator, cover the top of the press with plastic wrap or beeswax. Put the press in the refrigerator and leave it to steep for at least 12 hours or overnight.XResearch source
- If you'd like a large batch of iced coffee, double the amounts of ground coffee and water. Then pour it into a large French press.
- For stronger iced coffee, steep it for up to 24 hours.
- 3Plunge the French press. Remove the French press from the refrigerator and take off the plastic wrap or beeswax. Set the French press lid on top and slowly press down to push the grounds to the bottom.XResearch source
- 4Pour the coffee through a filter to remove natural oils. For the cleanest-tasting coffee, set a coffee filter into a fine mesh strainer and place it over a measuring jug. Slowly pour the cold coffee through the filter and discard or compost the grounds that are left in the French press.XResearch source
- If you made the coffee in a container or jar, you'll definitely need to filter it to remove coffee sediment.
- If you don't mind the natural oils from the coffee, skip pouring the coffee through a filter.
- 5Pour cold coffee over ice and stir in milk or water. Fill a tall serving glass with ice cubes and pour enough cold coffee to come halfway up the glass. Then fill the rest of the glass with cold water or milk. Stir the drink gently to combine the coffee and drink it before the ice begins to melt.
- Store leftover coffee concentrate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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- QuestionHow do you make iced coffee with instant coffee?wikiHow Staff EditorStaff AnswerMaking iced coffee with instant coffee is easy and quick; indeed it's often the preferred go-to for homemade iced coffee because it's quick (no waiting on cooling coffee) and tasty, plus it dissolves easily. For the complete instructions on doing this, see How to Make Simple Iced Coffee.
- QuestionWhat can you add to iced coffee?wikiHow Staff EditorStaff AnswerYou can add all sorts of flavors or food adornments to iced coffee, provided the addition works well with coffee flavor. Some suggestions for additions to iced coffee include spices like ground cinnamon or chili pepper, syrups such as vanilla or mocha, different kinds of milk like coconut, almond or condensed milks, fresh herbs such as mint leaves or lavender buds, whipped cream with or without sprinkles, coffee ice cubes, and so on. Optional but fun food additions: If you're using a straw, you can thread on mini doughnuts, cookies with center holes or other similar treats for eating with the iced coffee; or just put cookies or cake on a plate and serve with the iced coffee.
- QuestionHow do you make good iced coffee at home?wikiHow Staff EditorStaff AnswerTo make good iced coffee at home, follow the instructions above for any one of the listed iced coffee styles to ensure you're using a correct method that will achieve the right results. As well, for the best results it is important to use good quality coffee, fresh milk and suitable flavors (if you’re adding any). When adding any flavors, be creative but take care to complement the coffee flavor to keep it tasty; suitable flavors include mocha syrup, berries or spices.
- For an adult iced coffee, stir 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of Irish cream, brandy, or rum into the drink.
- If you're brewing hot coffee into a glass coffee pot, avoid putting it directly into the refrigerator with hot coffee in it. The extreme change in temperature may cause the glass to crack.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring cups and spoons
- French press or coffee brewer of your choice
- Plastic wrap or beeswax
- Measuring jug
- Coffee filter
- Tall serving glass
About This Article
To make iced coffee, first brew a pot of hot coffee like you normally would. Then, wait for the coffee to cool to room temperature, or chill it in the fridge. Fill a glass with ice cubes, then pour the coffee over them until the glass is nearly full. Add cream, milk, sugar, or any other sweeteners you’d like, and you’re done! If you’re in a rush, brew coffee that’s twice as strong, then pour it over ice right away. Even though the ice will melt and dilute the coffee, your drink will still taste strong. You can even freeze coffee ice cubes to add to your iced coffee so it doesn’t get watered down as it melts. For an even faster treat, use instant coffee. First, add 2 tablespoons (24 g) of instant coffee and 5 tablespoons (75 mL) of creamer to a glass. Stir well, then fill the glass with cold water. Continue stirring until the instant coffee dissolves. Finally, add some ice and enjoy! To learn how to make iced coffee using a French press, keep reading!
Reader Success Stories
- "I made the coffee frappe, and it was amazing. At first, there was not enough ice, which made it very thin but frothy. After it was doctored back to life, it mainly tasted like milk with coffee added. But thankfully, that is just the way I like it! Thanks!"..." more