Best Iced Coffees to Make at Home

Iced coffee is always our go-to refreshment, especially when it’s hot outside. There is just something special about the combo of toasted, roasty coffee with ice and creamy sweetness – which would never fail to give us excitement the moment we take the first sip. However, drinking the same cup of iced coffee every day could get boring, so why not spice things up a little bit? Get creative and be your at-home barista with these simple, amazing iced coffee recipes that will leave you always wanting more.

Creamy Iced Coffee

The original iced coffee, but it is not like your typical one. In this variant, the coffee combines with milk, half-and-half, just a little sugar, a bit of vanilla, and of course, chocolate syrup! Yet, if you want it to have more kick to it, you can opt on chocolate liqueur instead.

Ingredients:

1 ½ quarts room temperature brewed coffee

One cup of milk

One cup of cream (half-and-half)

⅓ cup of white sugar

One teaspoon of vanilla essence

Two tablespoons chocolate syrup or liqueur

How to prepare:

  1. Mix the brewed coffee, milk, and half-and-half in a pitcher.
  2. Add in the sugar, vanilla, and chocolate syrup and stir thoroughly.
  3. After everything is compiled well, keep the pitcher in the refrigerator to make it cold and it’s ready to drink.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

If you’re the type that prefers a rich but sweet iced coffee now and then, yet you don’t feel like going the extra mile to make one, then this two-ingredient coffee recipe is for you. Sweetened condensed milk is used in this Vietnamese iced coffee to give it a great taste with little effort.

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons of coffee (preferably Trung Nguyen coffee)

Sweetened condensed milk

How to prepare:

  1. Bring a kettle of water to a boil first, you can use an electric kettle to boil it faster.
  2. For this version of coffee, you will need to use a Vietnamese coffee filter to have retained its original taste. Pour a bit of hot water through the filter and your cup to warm it up.
  3. Discard the steel filter and add four teaspoons of coffee to the pot. 
  4. Gently twist the filter around until it stops. If your filter appears not to have screws, place the filter on top of the coffee.
  5. Pour a small amount of water into the filter to moisten the grind and allow it to expand a little and get rid of any little grinds. If you notice any grinds that past the filter, chuck it out.
  6. Fill the filter to the brim and set it aside to drip. The brewing duration is between 3 and 5 minutes, so put the filter appropriately. Because the filter will get hot, adjust it with something to avoid getting burnt. Put the lid back on and wait for it to drip.
  7. After it’s done, add about 2-3 teaspoons of condensed milk into the coffee. But if you’re not a fan of sweet coffee, then one teaspoon would be sufficient.
  8. Allow the coffee to cool slightly before pouring it into an ice-filled glass.

Iced Salted Honey Latte

Salt and honey may seem like an odd pairing, but that makes it unique. The fusion between salt and honey with the slight bitterness of coffee makes it mesmerizing; you would have regretted not having tried this earlier. This handmade latte does not necessitate the use of an expensive espresso machine.  All you need is just a microwave and a jar with a lid.

Ingredients:

1 cup of milk

1 cup of room temperature espresso or coffee

1/2 teaspoon of sugar (add more or less depending on your preference)

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of sea salt flakes

How to prepare:

  1. Pour the milk into a lidded jar and shake rapidly a minute or until it is frothy. Then, take off the lid, place it in the microwave to heat for 15 seconds.
  2. Get two big glasses and fill them with ice. Distribute the coffee evenly among the glasses and add a pinch of sugar.
  3. Hold back the froth with a spoon and add a bit of milk to each glass. Scoop a spoonful of the froth and place them on top of the latte. Drizzle a little of honey (or more) and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt flakes on top of each latte.
  4. Stir everything and it’s ready to serve.

Gourmet-style Iced Coffee

Hitting the coffee shop for premium iced coffee all the time can hurt your wallet in the long run, so why not make your gourmet-style iced coffee at home? Simply prepare your coffee the night before with high-quality coffee beans. This way, the coffee will be at room temperature when morning arrives.

Ingredients:

1 cup of room temperature coffee

Two tablespoons half-and-half (or more, depending on your preference)

For the syrup:

½ cup of sugar

One cup of water

½ teaspoon of vanilla essence

How to prepare:

For the syrup:

  1. Get a medium saucepan, heat it over medium heat, and combine the sugar and 1 cup water, constantly stirring until the sugar has fully dissolved. 
  2. Allow it to cool fully before stirring in the vanilla essence. Refrigerate until it’s ready to be served.

For the coffee:

  1. Brew a cup of coffee in your favourite coffee machine
  2. Once it’s done, fill in a glass with ice cubes, syrup and half-and-half. Then, pour the coffee into the glass. Add 1 teaspoon of syrup at a time until the desired flavour is achieved.

Caramel Iced Coffee

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Unique iced coffee recipes are always great to have, but nothing beats the original caramel iced coffee. Caramel is a traditional taste found in some of the greatest coffee blends available. The bitterness of the coffee combined with the sweetness of caramel would give a zap on your tastebuds the moment you take your first sip.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of brewed coffee

One tablespoon of caramel sauce

1/2 cup of milk

Sugar (optional)

Ice cube and whipped cream

How to prepare:

  1. Fill a jug halfway with your freshly brewed coffee and add caramel sauce and sugar.
  2. Store in the fridge until it is cold.
  3. Fill your favourite glass with ice cubes and pour the chilled coffee.
  4. Pour in your milk and finish with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle a bit more caramel sauce.

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