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Iced Coffee

When my sister introduced me to iced coffee, I didn't think I'd like it. Not only did I like it, I decided I could learn how to make an iced coffee recipe of my own. My fast-to-fix version is a refreshing alternative to hot java. —Jenny Reece, Lowry, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    2 cups


  • 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


  • 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: 0.500 starch, 0.500 fat-free milk.

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  • Sharon
    May 30, 2020

    Coffee granules (or likewise, iced tea) can be dissolved with small amount of water, and cold water added afterward for a quicker cold drink.

  • Kylie
    May 16, 2020

    I absolutely loved this coffee. I made mine with creamer instead and it tasted like a coffee dessert.

  • Geraldine
    Feb 9, 2020

    Thank you for sharing your lovely recipe. The ice coffee was wonderful; bold and flavorful. I loved this quick and easy to make treat. Made for Alphabet tag 2020.

  • Mia
    Jan 18, 2020

    Amazing results xx Tastes so good definitely recommend it x

  • Alicia
    Apr 16, 2019

    I love doing this, to make my coffee colder what I do is only poor a little bit of boiling water in my cup, just enough to dissolve my coffee and sugar granules, and then I top it off with cold water and ice to get it really cold in 2 mins

  • Kelley
    Nov 30, 2016

    Made this for my daughter, a Starbucks addict, and it was a big hit. Bye Starbucks!!

  • gloria1967
    Jul 5, 2015

    I just made this tonight for the first time, and it is so good. I will no longer buy it in the mornings before work. I can just whip this up at night so it can be nice and cold for the morning.

  • Ccolagirl
    Nov 16, 2014

    This is so much better than store bought. I had no chocolate syrup on hand so I used Nestle Quick. It turned out great. Love this recipe.

  • chris28304
    Oct 4, 2014

    Super easy to make and to adjust to your taste.

  • TheHarveys
    Apr 10, 2014

    I think I drink this every day since I tried the recipe! I will have to try the coffee ice cubes to make it even better.