Iced Coffee

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


2 servings

Updated: Dec. 22, 2023
When my sister introduced me to iced coffee, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. Not only did I love it, but I decided to start making my own iced coffee recipe. This easy version is a refreshing alternative to hot coffee. —Jenny Reece, Lowry, Minnesota


  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 4 teaspoons sugar, optional
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 4 teaspoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve coffee in water. Add sweetener if desired. Stir in the milk, chocolate syrup and vanilla; mix well. Serve over ice.

Iced Coffee Tips

How do you make iced coffee at home?

You can make a simple iced coffee at home by simply pouring regular coffee over ice. The key is to cut back on the amount of water when brewing because the strong coffee will get diluted by the melting ice. Try out these copycat coffee shop drinks at home, too.

Is iced coffee good for you?

In moderation, iced coffee can provide benefits like antioxidants and a mood boost because of the caffeine. Studies have shown that coffee can also decrease the risk of heart disease. And because iced coffee tends to have less acid than regular coffee, it can be easier on the stomach and teeth.

What's the difference between an iced coffee and an iced latte?

Iced coffee is regular coffee poured over ice. An iced latte is espresso and milk poured over ice. Learn more about the different types of coffee in our coffee guide!

What can you do to prevent iced coffee from getting watery?

To prevent the ice from watering down your coffee, make it extra strong by doubling the amount of ground coffee you put in your coffee maker. Another way to double up on the flavor is to make coffee ice cubes. Pour cooled coffee into an ice cube tray, freeze and use for your next cup of iced coffee. For an even stronger taste, make cold brew coffee.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 83 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat-free milk.