How to Make Iced Coffee

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
  • of cold water, preferably filtered
  • Milk or half-and-half, to serve
  • Ice

Makes 1 drink


[Edit]Creating Iced Coffee at Home

  1. Make 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 of cold water and use a spoon to stir it gently. [1]Don’t plunge the French press yet since the coffee grounds need a lot of time to come into contact with the water.
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  2. Refrigerate 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.[2]
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    • For stronger iced coffee, steep it for up to 24 hours.
  3. Plunge 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.[3]
  4. Pour 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.[4]
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    • 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.
  5. Pour 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.
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    • Store leftover coffee concentrate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

[Edit]Trying Variations

  1. Refrigerate 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.[5]
  2. Dissolve 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 of hot water in a tall glass. Then fill the glass with ice and pour of cold water over it. Stir the iced coffee with a long spoon and drink it before the ice melts.[6]
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    • For a creamy iced coffee, use cold milk instead of water.
  3. Use 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.[7]
    • This is a great way to use leftover coffee instead of throwing it away.
  4. Stir 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.[8] 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 of vanilla extract.}}
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    • Refrigerate homemade syrups in an airtight container for up to 1 to 2 weeks.
  5. Mix cold coffee with ice cream for a creamy treat. Pour of cold coffee and of milk into a tall glass. Fill the glass with ice and then top the drink with 1 large scoop of vanilla ice cream.[9]
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    • If you prefer, leave out the ice cubes and add extra ice cream.
  6. Blend the iced coffee to make a frappe. Pour 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.[10]
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    • If you like, add of syrup, such as caramel of vanilla.



  • For an adult iced coffee, stir 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.

[Edit]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
  • Spoon

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