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How to Make a Vanilla Ice Coffee From Scratch

Updated on August 5, 2012
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Do you crave a vanilla ice coffee drink but lack the availability of a coffee shop around the corner? Learning how to make a vanilla ice coffee from scratch, in the comfort of your own home, saves you money along with the time it would take you to jump in your car to go purchase it from somewhere else. This recipe doesn't require the use of an espresso machine or ready-made syrup because I didn't always have access to those ingredients. Have fun and experiment with the amount of creamer and sugar you pour in until you get the desired effect. Next time you have company over you can whip them up a batch of this delicious, cost-effective ice coffee recipe.

3 Fun Coffee Facts

Make a toast to your health when you drink coffee in moderation because it contains antioxidants that your body needs to function. Refrain from drinking java 6 hours before you plan to go to bed to avoid staying revved up while you're trying to sleep.

The antioxidants found in coffee are what makes it bitter to taste which is why most people prefer to add some sort of sweetener to their drink.

Add coffee grounds to your garden to keep pests from away from your plants. Place them on wilted flowers and bushes to revive them.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1 to 2 8-ounce servings


  • Vanilla coffee creamer
  • Sugar
  • Coffee
  • Ice
  • Milk
  • 2 glasses
  • Coffee maker
  • Spoon
  • Whip cream
  1. Add 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 4 cups of water because the goal here, is for you to make your cold brew two times stronger than regular, hot coffee. Reduce the amount of water you use if you try out the above amount and the coffee doesn't come out strong enough for you.
  2. Pour 2 teaspoons of vanilla coffee creamer into a small cup that is safe for you to place hot water in. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar into the cup along with the creamer. Set the dry ingredient mixture aside until you are ready to pour in the hot coffee.
  3. Grab an 8-ounce glass and fill it up a quarter of the way to the top with ice. Pour in milk until you reach a quarter of the way up from the bottom of your glass. Set the drinking glass with milk next to your small one containing the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour a small amount of hot coffee into the cup with the dry ingredients inside. Stir both the creamer and sugar together with the coffee until it dissolves to make your syrup. Pour the syrup into the cup with the milk and ice inside it. Keep mixing the mixture until the ingredients blend well together. Add more coffee until you reach the top of your glass. The reason you need to make the syrup in a separate glass is because sugar and creamer will not dissolve in cold coffee. Top with Ready Whip to make it seem like you're getting a high-quality coffee drink.

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      KelLightningbug 5 years ago from Central Florida

      TToombso8 - Thanks for the vote. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

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      KelLightningbug 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love coffee and could drink it all day. Hope you enjoy the recipe. :)

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      KelLightningbug 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @ Rebeccamealey - Thanks for the comment! Creating a hub about the many uses of coffee grounds sounds interesting.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This looks and sounds good. I was glad to learn that coffee grounds repel pests. I have used them in composting and to keep the drain cleaned. Wow, maybe someone should do a hub on the many uses of coffee grounds!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      I love anything and everything with coffee in it! And if you add whipped cream, then I am all yours :))

      This looks delicious and easy...... Of course, I will be trying it! Thanks for sharing.....

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      This looks so good! Voted up & shared!

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      KelLightningbug 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll have to try that. Sounds delicious! Thanks for the comment.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Now and then I buy the really good ice cream from the dairy rather than the grocery store stuff. If you make a fresh coffee and then put a small scoop of that ice cream in it... it's very good.

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      KelLightningbug 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love ice coffee! My favorites are either vanilla or mocha, depending on what mood I'm in. I live in Florida, where winter only lasts about two months of the year. Sounds like it is similar to Arizona, except we get humidity and you get temps over 100.

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      John R Wilsdon 5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      That's great. Thanks for the recipe for the Ice Coffee. We are fans of coffee (all kinds) and vanilla. It is May now in Arizona, and ice coffee may just be what we need to get through it! Thanks again. Voted up.