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27 Cooling Iced Coffee Drinks

Iced coffee is a cafe staple for a reason – it’s refreshing, sometimes creamy, and comes with a range of twists to suit all flavour palettes.

From strong iced brews with fresh mint, to delicious, decadent creamy iced coffees with fancy ice cubes, there’s something in this list for everyone.

Learn how to put a spin on a standard iced coffee and take your barista game to the next level with these super easy recipes anyone can try out! Whether you’re looking for an afternoon sweet treat or an iced digestive aid to serve to guests after dinner, there’s an iced coffee recipe for every occasion.

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Three iced coffee drinks, left cinnamon latte, middle, caramel iced coffee and right thai iced coffee.

Here are 27 iced coffee drinks to help inspire the at-home barista in you…

Coconut Milk Iced Latte (With Rum)

Kick your iced coffee beverage habit up a notch with a coconut milk iced latte (with a splash of rum), for a creamy tropical treat.

There’s nothing better than sitting out on a sunny afternoon with a refreshingly cool iced coffee, made with deliciously decadent coconut milk and finished with a dash of your favorite rum.

Here’s how to make this tasty treat:

  1. Grab a cocktail shaker and pop it in the freezer to chill for 20 minutes.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and pour in two shot of espresso to rapidly chill.
  3. Fill a tall glass with fresh ice and strain the cooled espresso into the glass.
  4. Add 12oz (350ml) of coconut milk (I recommend buying a barista edition that’s intended for blending with coffee) into the glass and stir with a long spoon or coffee/cocktail stirrer, to blend the coconut milk and espresso.
  5. Pour one shot of white rum (or white coconut flavored rum) into the glass and stir. To add a little more sweetness to the drink, finish with a simple syrup or add sugar to taste.

You could take this beverage a step further and serve it in a coconut shell cup, or garnish with fresh coconut shavings and coconut cream to top. Perfect!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk

Vietnamese iced coffee is a traditional Vietnamese coffee drink made with dark roast coffee and sweetened condensed milk. It’s traditionally made with a vietnamese coffee filter, but is commonly made with espresso in the west.

Make an easy vegan version of this with dairy free condensed milk, following these steps:

  1. Make a shot of espresso and set aside to cool.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of dairy-free condensed milk to the bottom of a glass and add sugar to sweeten (amount depending on your preference).
  3. Fill the glass with ice and add the espresso. Stir together until blended.

Serve this short coffee drink after lunch, for a strong, punchy treat to finish your meal.

Coffee Smoothie

Coffee smoothie with banana in a glass jar

Add a zing to your morning smoothie by mixing it up with energy boosting coffee! Add a spoon or two of instant coffee (or a shot of espresso) to your smoothie for a spin on the taste that will wake you up.

There are two easy coffee smoothie styles to master, that suit two different flavor palettes – a banana based smoothie and a berry based smoothie.

Go for a nuttier roast when making a smoothie with banana and vanilla for a tasty creamy smoothie. Add chocolate to make it more of a mocha, for a more decadent spin. 

Here are the steps to make it:

  1. Add half a frozen banana to a blender and one shot of vanilla syrup. 
  2. Pour in 7oz (200ml) of almond milk.
  3. Add a shot of chilled espresso or one to two spoons of instant coffee.
  4. Add half a cup of ice.
  5. Blend until smooth and pour into a tall glass.

If you want to make this smoothie even more decadent add chocolate syrup instead of vanilla, or a spoon of raw cacao powder for a healthier twist!

For those who have a more bitter flavour palette try a fruity roast with mixed berries in a smoothie, for a bitter sweet smoothie.

Here are the steps for this smoothie:

  1. Add half a cup of frozen berries to a blender. Go for mixed berries, for the perfect tang.
  2. Pour in one shot of cooled espresso, and a tablespoon of honey and blend until smooth.
  3. Add more ice if you like your smoothies even thicker.

The result will be a bitter sweet smoothie with a fruity kick!

Iced Cappuccino 

iced cappuccino coffee with milk

If you are a coffee fan it’s highly likely you’ve tried a cappuccino – but if you haven’t tried an iced cappuccino you are seriously missing out! 

Treat yourself to an at home frothy cappuccino, brimming with chilled foamed milk and enjoy the experience for yourself.

Here’s how to make one…

Ingredients:

  • One shot of chilled espresso
  • Ice
  • Chilled foamed milk
  • A sweetener of your choice
  • Chocolate powder to sprinkle on top

Method:

  1. Brew a shot of espresso and set it aside to chill. If you don’t have the time pour it over ice and then strain.
  2. Decent the espresso into a glass and sweeten it to taste.
  3. Pour 1 cup (250ml) of cold barista-style dairy-free milk into a cup and use a handheld milk frother to whizz the milk until it’s super foamy.
  4. Pour the foamed milk on top of the espresso and dust a light layer of chocolate powder over the top to decorate the drink.

If you prefer the taste of cinnamon over chocolate, you can finish your cappuccino with a dusting of ground cinnamon – this is a great choice during the winter months for a bit of festive flavouring!

If you like you can add ice to the drink to make it extra cold, or shake your choice of milk over ice before frothing it with a frother. I like to use a battery powered handheld frother as it’s super affordable and they are available to purchase online.

Serve the drink and enjoy with a slice of cake for a decadent treat.

Iced Pistachio Latte

Want to try a creamy, nutty treat that’s a little different? Enter the pistachio latte! This decadent delight is perfect over ice for a refreshing and delicious drink.

Check out the full recipe here.

To make an iced version of this recipe shake the hot ingredients in a chilled cocktail shaker filled with ice to rapidly cool the drink, and serve in a tall glass.

Peanut Butter Iced Coffee Latte

Adding peanut butter into your iced coffee is an easy hack for those who are a fan of this salty nut butter.

The nutty flavour of the peanuts and added salt in the butter pair so well with the flavour palette of coffee, for a truly tasty combination.

Adding a spoon or two of peanut butter into the recipe when making an iced latte with a nutty medium roast is an easy way to take your beverage to the next level.

Here’s an easy way to do this:

  1. Prepare a shot of espresso and set it aside.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the espresso and 12oz (350ml) of milk of your choice (using nut milk to compliment the peanut butter flavor is a great choice!).
  3. Warm-up a spoon of peanut butter so it isn’t too hard when adding to the mixture – I recommend holding a spoon of peanut butter over a cup of freshly boiled water until the peanut butter softens slightly.
  4. Add the softened peanut butter to the mix and shake.
  5. Add sweeteners if desired, then strain and serve into a tall glass.

A peanut butter iced coffee latte is a great treat for guests who enjoy both flavours, as many people haven’t tried the combination before, making it a fun party novelty!

Iced Coffee With Coffee Ice Cubes

Coffee-Ice-Cubes-in-Mason-Jar

Making an iced coffee with coffee ice cubes is a great hack for those who don’t like how regular ice cubes water down their coffees.

Add to the flavour of the beverage rather than thinning it out with ice cubes made from coffee!

Making coffee ice cubes is super easy – simply fill an ice cube tray with leftovers from your coffee pot and allow it to freeze completely. The next time you make an iced coffee, use these ice cubes to fill your tall glass instead of plain ones and enjoy!

Depending on how strong you like your coffee you could make these ice cubes from espresso, to really take the drink up a notch. Add a little milk or leave them black – the choice is yours!

Almond Milk Iced Coffee

Pouring almond milk over iced coffee

Using a dairy-free milk when making an iced coffee is a simple way to add a whole new flavour range to your beverage. There are a huge variety of plant-based milks available to choose from, with each one creating a unique coffee drinking experience.

Almond milk in particular pairs exceptionally well with coffee, due to the smooth, sweet,  nutty flavour of the almonds. Almond compliments the flavour of coffee as it isn’t too overpowering and doesn’t detract from the taste of the roast.

It pairs best with a medium or light roast with a nutty edge, rather than with a fruity roast.

Here’s how to make a super easy almond milk iced coffee:

  1. Brew a pot of coffee and allow it to cool. Choose a nutty roast coffee with almond notes if you can.
  2. Fill a tall glass with ice and add 7oz (200ml) of cooled coffee.
  3. Add 5oz (150ml) of chilled almond milk and stir. I find it best to use a barista blend that’s made for pairing with coffee.
  4. Add sweeteners to taste or light vanilla syrup.

Serve and enjoy!

Iced Coffee Latte with Soy Cream

Making an iced coffee with soy based cream is an easy way to add a splash of decadence to your morning.

Soy based cream is absolutely delicious, and works so well in coffee. Add it in place of dairy cream for a healthier alternative!

Here’s how to make an easy iced latte using soy based cream:

  1. Prepare a shot of espresso and set it to one side.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the espresso.
  3. Add 12oz (350ml) of soy milk and 1oz (30ml) of soy-based cream and shake the mixture to rapidly chill the espresso.
  4. Strain and serve in a tall glass.

You can add sweeteners to taste with this mix, especially if you are using unsweetened soy milk and soy cream. 

Serve and enjoy this decadent drink, brimming with creamy goodness.

Chocolate Milk Iced Coffee

Iced coffee with chocolate cubes and fresh milk

Adding chocolate milk to iced coffee is genius – so why don’t we do this more?

Coffee drinking is often associated with sophistication, whereas chocolate milk is often seen as a drink for kids. But we are seriously missing out here!

When combined, chocolate milk and coffee make for an amazing combo. The sweet creamy chocolate milk balances out the strong flavour of coffee, for a sweet and rounded drink.

Think of it as a super easy iced mocha!

Here’s how to make one:

  1. Brew a pot of coffee and set it to one side.
  2. Pour 5oz (150ml) of chilled chocolate milk into a tall glass with ice.
  3. Allow the coffee to cool a little then add 7oz (200ml) to the glass and stir.
  4. If you like your drinks extra sweet add a little sugar to taste and enjoy!

Your easy chocolate milk iced coffee is complete! Why not give this a go for yourself and see just how delicious this combination can be.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

Latte macchiato with whipped cream and caramel sauce

An iced caramel macchiato makes for a deliciously sweet summer drink. Serve this to guests on hot days and wait for the chorus of ‘Mmmm!’.

Whilst making a macchiato at some can seem a little intimidating to some, it’s actually quite simple.

Here’s what you need:

  • Vanilla syrup.
  • Caramel sauce.
  • Milk of your choice.
  • Cold brew concentrate.
  • Ice.

Method:

  1. Add two shots of cold-brew concentrate into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Pour in 12oz (350ml) of milk of your choice, add one shot of vanilla syrup and half a shot of caramel sauce.
  3. Shake together until smooth and strain into a tall glass.
  4. Drizzle extra caramel sauce over the top of the drink until it begins to fall down into the iced latte in an aesthetic way.

Serve and enjoy! 

To really wow your guests serve with coffee ice cubes, or with ice cubes made with coffee and a drizzle of extra caramel sauce.

New Orleans Iced Coffee

New Orleans iced coffee is a potent drink flavoured with chicory and left to infuse for 12 hours before drinking.

Trust me – all that wait is worth it! This delicious coffee is creamy and flavourful and will not disappoint.

If you’re looking for a different spin on a standard iced coffee give making a New Orleans iced coffee a go and see how good it can be!

Here’s how to make a pot of New Orleans iced coffee:

  1. Either grind the coffee beans yourself or purchase a coarse grind and add 12oz (350g) to a large stockpot.
  2. Add in 1oz (30g) of chicory and mix into the coarse grind.
  3. Pour 2 litres of cold water into the pot and stir. For a better tasting result use filtered water. Keep stirring until the coffee grinds are fully saturated.
  4. Cover up the pot and allow the blend to cold-brew for at least 12 hours for the best result.
  5. Once the time has passed sieve the coffee into a jug.

Here’s the fun part – adding the sweeteners and milk of your choice!

  1. Add four tablespoons of simple syrup into the mixture and stir.
  2. Pour some of the mixture into a glass and add a milk of your choice or a dairy-free cream and serve.
  3. Keep the rest of the mixture in the fridge to enjoy later.

The sweet, creamy chicory flavoured New Orleans iced coffee is well worth the wait – enjoy!

Cinnamon/Maple Syrup Ice Cube Coffee

Vanilla Cinnamon Iced Coffee in glass jars

Adding flavourful ice cubes into your iced coffee is an excellent way of adding depth and flavour to the drink without just watering it down.

You can get really creative when making flavoured ice cubes, combining different ingredients to suit the notes of your favourite roast.

A super easy and very delicious combination for ice cubes is cinnamon and maple syrup. This combo suits a range of roasts from light to dark, and is especially enjoyable during the festive period.

Here’s how to make them:

  1. Prepare a clean ice cube tray and set it to one side.
  2. Add 1 cup (250ml) of water to a cup (use filtered for great tasting results).
  3. Add in one tablespoon of ground cinnamon and one tablespoon of maple syrup.
  4. Stir the mixture until the cinnamon and maple syrup is blended.
  5. Quickly pour the mixture into the ice cube tray before the ingredients have a chance to settle.
  6. Freeze for 12 hours and pop into your morning iced coffee for fun and a flavourful twist!

You can get really creative with ice cube ingredients – try adding hot chocolate powder and chocolate sauce for yummy ice cubes to add into your iced mochas. Or try mixing a shot or two of vanilla syrup into your filtered water, for simple vanilla ice cubes that will pair well with a range of iced coffee drinks.

Use the leftover coffee from your coffee pot and mix it with sweeteners and spices to freeze into coffee ice cubes – the possibilities are endless! Or if you’re in a pinch add instant coffee to filtered water to freeze into easy coffee ice cubes.

Caramel Cold Brew

Cold brew iced coffee in tall glasses

Caramel cold brews are quick, easy and most importantly delicious! Make this simple drink with cold brew concentrate, a milk of your choice and a shot of caramel syrup or a drizzle of caramel sauce – depending on what you have to have in your cupboard.

Here’s how to make one:

  1. Pour a shot of cold brew concentrate into a tall glass filled with ice.
  2. Add 1 cup (250ml) of milk of your choice – I recommend soy.
  3. Pop in a half shot of caramel syrup and stir.
  4. Drizzle a little caramel sauce over the top if you have some to hand for a fun and tasty garnish.

Serve and enjoy!

Thai Iced Coffee

Coconut Milk Thai Iced Coffee with Coffee Ice Cubes

A thai iced coffee consists of strong coffee, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk, for a super creamy, tasty treat. Make this dairy-free with dairy free condensed and evaporated milk – easy!

Here’s how to make one:

  1. Pour 12oz (350ml) of strong brewed coffee into a cocktail shaker filled with ice to rapidly cool it.
  2. In the meantime pour 3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed dairy-free milk into the bottom of a tall glass.
  3. Add the coffee once chilled and stir.
  4. Top with one tablespoon of evaporated dairy-free milk and serve.

Enjoy this delicious drink on a sunny afternoon!

Honey Iced Latte

Making a honey iced latte is super simple – just add honey to your iced latte before stirring all of the ingredients together!

I prefer to add a tablespoon over a shot of honey to my drink, as I find that is the perfect amount of sweetness for me.

Iced Coffee Vanilla Float

An iced coffee vanilla float is a great choice for an afternoon dessert, brimming with creamy vanilla ice cream.

What’s better than coffee and ice cream cream, am I right?

The next time you make yourself an iced coffee simply add a scoop of dairy-free vanilla icecream on top to create this simple yet tasty float.

Iced Coffee With Irish Cream

Adding a shot of irish cream to your iced latte is an easy way to take this beverage to the next level. The creamy, decadent flavour of irish cream pairs exceptionally well with coffee – so well in fact that Baileys market their alcoholic drinks towards coffee drinkers all the time. It’s truly a match made in heaven!

Whilst irish cream is typically added to warm coffee drinks, it works great in iced coffees too. Add a shot the next time you’re feeling the need for a scrumptious creamy treat and enjoy!

Iced Coffee with Fresh Mint

A refreshing way to enjoy an iced coffee is with fresh mint. Sounds a little odd if you’ve not tried this before right? But trust me – this combo is so good!

Here’s how to make an iced coffee with mint:

  1. Brew 12oz (350ml) of strong black coffee and pour over ice to chill.
  2. Add a sprig or two of fresh mint and allow to infuse in the glass.
  3. Serve with a stirrer or long spoon in the glass so the mint can be stirred up and infuse even more thoroughly as the drink is consumed.

This is a great beverage to serve after dinner, to help aid digestion!

Vanilla Iced Coffee 

Making a vanilla iced coffee couldn’t be easier for those who enjoy this classic taste combination.

You’ll need vanilla flavoured soy milk, cold brew concentrate, ice and a tasty vanilla syrup. Blend these ingredients in a blender for an even better result, that puts a twist on the simple vanilla iced coffee.

Here are the measurement you’ll need for one serving:

  1. One shot of cold brew concentrate
  2. 12oz (350ml) of vanilla soy milk
  3. One shot of vanilla syrup
  4. Half a cup of ice

Blend and serve!

Hazelnut Iced Coffee

Hazelnut pairs exceptionally well with nutty roasts for a creamy combination that just works!

If you enjoy the taste of hazelnut and coffee, this quick and easy recipe is for you.

Here’s how to make a simple hazelnut iced coffee:

  1. Brew 12oz (350ml) of medium roast coffee and allow it to cool over ice.
  2. Strain the coffee once chilled and add it to a tall glass.
  3. Pour in a shot of vanilla syrup and stir.
  4. Finally, add creamy hazelnut milk to kick your hazelnut iced coffee up a notch.

Stir and serve!

Cashew Milk Iced Coffee

Adding cashew milk to your iced coffee in place of dairy milk is a great way to enjoy a healthier beverage with a super creamy flavour.

Simply add a splash of cashew milk to your iced coffee, stir and serve! I recommend purchasing a barista cashew milk, that’s made for blending with coffee – this will go great in warm coffee too.

Take this drink one step further by making your own cashew milk at home! Blend together your cashews with a little water until smooth and then strain into a jar to be kept in the fridge – simple. Add a little salt to taste if you like.

Banana Milk And Cold Brew Concentrate

Making your iced coffee with banana milk is a serious game changer for those who are a fan of the creamy banana taste and the bitter strong palette of coffee.

When combined these flavours are a match made in tropical heaven! You have to give this a try if you haven’t before – thank me later.

Here’s how to make a banana milk iced coffee:

  1. Pour a shot of cold brew concentrate into a tall glass filled with ice.
  2. Add 12oz (350ml) of banana-flavored dairy-free milk.
  3. Stir until the ingredients are blended.
  4. Take a sip and see if the mix is sweet enough for you. If not add simple syrup and serve!

Japanese Iced Coffee

Brewing Japanese Cold Coffee

If you’ve not heard of the Japanese iced coffee method then you are missing out. Say goodbye to watery iced coffees that never seem to turn out quite right, and hello to a well balanced drink that tastes strong and creamy.

The method is simple – add ice in place of extra water in your drip coffee, that when melted will form part of the drink, instead of watering the mixdown.

Here’s how to make one:

  1. Grind your beans to a filter coffee size, I normally do 1:16 ratio for my coffee. About 2oz (60grams) for 16oz (500ml) of water.
  2. Heat 11oz (350ml) of water to 203°F (95°C) with a little extra for washing your filter. You will use this water to brew your drip coffee as normal.
  3. When your water is heated, wet the filter with a little water and then tip out any excess water in the jug.
  4. Add 5oz (150ml) of ice to the jug.
  5. Set the dripper back on, then add your coffee and initial water to bloom the coffee for 30 – 45 seconds.
  6. Continue to slowly pour the water until the brew is complete.
  7. Serve in a glass with ice.

Coconut Cold Brew

A coconut cold brew coffee is a tasty tropical treat that’s perfect for the warmer months. Enjoy this drink sitting out in the garden in summer for a refreshing afternoon break.

Here’s how to make one:

  1. Pour a shot or two of cold brew concentrate into a cocktail shaker filled with freshly filtered ice.
  2. Add in 1 cup (250ml) of coconut milk – I recommend a barista blend that goes great with coffee.
  3. Shake until the ingredients are well blended, strain and serve in a tall chilled glass.
  4. Add simple syrup to taste if you prefer a sweeter beverage.

Iced Coffee With Kahlua

Add an alcoholic twist to your iced coffee with a splash of Kahlua.

This delicious coffee liqueur pairs exceptionally well with coffee as that’s what it’s made to do!

Chill a glass, pour yourself an iced coffee and finish with a shot (or two!) of kahlua. Stir and enjoy in the summer sunshine.

Kahlua can also be enjoyed alone over ice if you like a super strong alcoholic iced coffee taste.

Iced Mocha Coffee

Iced mocha coffee with whipped cream in glass

An iced mocha coffee is a cafe classic that I simply couldn’t leave out from this list. Who can deny the delicious combination of chocolate and coffee makes for one of the best iced coffee pairings?

This simple drink is an all-round crowd pleaser, perfect for serving to guests on warm summer days.

Here’s how to make one:

  1. Prepare a shot of espresso and allow to chill.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the espresso.
  3. Add 12oz (350ml) of dairy free milk of your choice.
  4. Add a tablespoon of hot chocolate powder.
  5. If your hot chocolate powder isn’t sweet enough add a shot of simple syrup.
  6. Shake the mixture, strain and serve into a tall glass.

Serve and enjoy!

Thank you for reading this iced coffee drinks guide – I hope you feel inspired to head to your kitchen and try out some of these easy at-home recipes for yourself!

Let me know in the comments below which recipe you most like the look of.

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