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Iced Coffee Drink Recipes

Updated on August 4, 2014
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This year save money on your iced coffee indulgences by making some of them yourself. It is not expensive or time consuming to make iced coffee at home. With a little patience and the proper ingredients and supplies, you'll be recreating your favorite cafe treats in no time.

I have included a short tips section for making iced coffee, followed by all of the recipes that you'll ever need. I divided the recipes into the following sections:

  • Classic Recipes. Get the basics down right, overnight brews.
  • Sweet/Specialty Drinks. Vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, ice cream, chocolate.
  • Seasonal Recipes. If you love pumpkin, check this out.
  • International Recipes. Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican.
  • Blended Drinks. Frappuccinos, cappuccinos, mochas, smoothie iced coffee recipes.
  • Alcoholic Recipes. Make your love for coffee part of your next party.

Enjoy!

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Whole beans are readily available at almost any grocery store or coffee shop.If your tap water doesn't taste great, a Brita fridge pitcher is inexpensive and easy to use.Coffee grinders only cost about $15 and will ensure fresh beans for every brew.Always make sure that you're using fresh ice cubes for your iced coffee.If you're serious about taking your iced coffee to the next level, a French press is the way to go.
Whole beans are readily available at almost any grocery store or coffee shop.
Whole beans are readily available at almost any grocery store or coffee shop. | Source
If your tap water doesn't taste great, a Brita fridge pitcher is inexpensive and easy to use.
If your tap water doesn't taste great, a Brita fridge pitcher is inexpensive and easy to use. | Source
Coffee grinders only cost about $15 and will ensure fresh beans for every brew.
Coffee grinders only cost about $15 and will ensure fresh beans for every brew. | Source
Always make sure that you're using fresh ice cubes for your iced coffee.
Always make sure that you're using fresh ice cubes for your iced coffee. | Source
If you're serious about taking your iced coffee to the next level, a French press is the way to go.
If you're serious about taking your iced coffee to the next level, a French press is the way to go. | Source

Tips for Making Great Iced Coffee

  • Purchase high quality, whole beans and store them properly. It does take extra time to grind coffee beans yourself, but it is well worth the effort. Ignore the suggestions in some of the recipes here to use instant coffee and go the extra mile. Don't store your beans in the fridge or freezer. Instead store them in a sealed container in a dark cabinet or other storage space.
  • Use filtered water and fresh ice cubes. If the water that comes out of your tap doesn't taste great, consider using a Brita system. Don't remember when you made the current batch of ice cubes in your freezer? Make a fresh batch.
  • Alternatively, for stronger coffee, make coffee cubes. Obviously using water ice cubes will water down the coffee. If you want to keep your coffee flavor strong, make coffee cubes.
  • Consider purchasing a French press. Is this essential? Absolutely not. Will it make a difference if you're looking for that professional coffee house taste? Yes.

Cold Brew Coffee Tutorial

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with an iced coffee with sugar, spice, whipped cream, or other added goodies, one of the best ways to enjoy it is as a classic coffee drink. Maybe a little milk and sugar is all you need.

I'm sure that there are many people that skipped right to this section. You won't be disappointed.

  • Sweet Cinnamon Iced Coffee. I am a huge fan of cinnamon and cannot believe that I didn't think of this myself. It's on my "to try" list now!
  • Coconut Iced Coffee. This is another one of those "that should have been me" ideas. Coconut cream or coconut milk will add a delicious kick to any coffee.
  • Iced Espresso. For those of you looking for that extra kick that espresso provides, this one is for you.
  • With Vanilla Ice Cream. Make any iced coffee into a delicious dessert by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Godiva raspberry ice cream coffee. Does someone have to twist your arm to get you to try Godiva Chocolate Truffle coffee?

How to Make Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

This may seem like kind of a funny sub-topic as iced coffee is already clearly a seasonal drink for many people. However, I found a not insignificant number of pumpkin spiced coffee recipes that I thought deserved their own section. If you get an iced coffee craving in the fall, one of these recipes will be perfect.

There are a few popular international iced coffee recipes out there. Whether you're interested in recreating a flavor that you had at a specific restaurant or coffee house or you're simply interested in trying something new, consider one of the following recipes.

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Just because you're making your iced coffee at home to save a little money doesn't necessarily mean that you're looking for something healthy. The good news is that whenever you're cooking from scratch, you know exactly what you're putting into your food or drink. Most likely the blended coffee drink that you make will be a little healthier than the coffee shop one.

  • Blended Coffee. If you want a blended drink that is not super sweet, check out this recipe. Stephanie uses a little cocoa powder and agave syrup to give her drink just a hint of sweet.
  • Healthier, Iced Cappuccino. Please note that I said healthier. I'm not promoting this as a health food. However, it is gluten free, vegan, daily free, refined sugar free, and corn free.
  • Iced Cappuccinos. On the flip side, you can make cappuccinos as sweet and dairy filled as you like.
  • Spicy Godiva Iced Mocha. If you didn't get enough Godiva Chocolate Truffle coffee with the first recipe (see the sweet section), you can give this one a try, too. It gets its spicy kick from Chipotle pepper.
  • Raspberry Hazelnut Frappe. Complete the Godiva Chocolate Truffle experience with hazelnut AND raspberry syrups.
  • Iced Madarin Orange Cafe Mocha. Orange is another genius addition to a coffee drink.
  • The Best Mocha & Frappe Recipe. For those looking for the ultimate indulgent blended iced coffee drink, you can't go wrong here. Chocolate syrup will add the perfect touch.

When I started researching iced coffee recipes, I had no intention of including an alcoholic section. Of course it should come as no surprise that I found a handful of great alcoholic recipes. While I do not endorse substituting one of these for your regular cup of morning coffee, this is a great option for summer barbeques, bachelorette parties, and other special occasions.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I'm one of those who can easily get addicted to Starbucks. So glad you shared this. My favorite drink from there is iced mocha. I'll try this and it will save me some money! Voted up! Kelley

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I have always tried to resist the coffee bug, but coffee is so good in about any way, shape, or form. Making it yourself is definitely a great way to save some money! Enjoy.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I am truly addicted to Mocha Iced Coffee. First it was McDonald's cold Frappe Mocha, then Seattle's Best Mocha (in a can), then International Delight Mocha Iced Coffee in the half gallon carton. I like the last one the best and it is the cheapest but I have started making my own. When I just can't get my fix elsewhere, I feel better knowing I can make it at home. And now I have some great new recipes to try. I think it will be the Iced Madarin Orange Cafe Mocha first! Thanks so much Rose!

      Sharyn

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I used to make blended, iced coffee beverages, but then something happened to my blender. Well, actually, I left it at a house where I used to live. Doh!

      Thanks for linking the recipe for Vietnamese iced coffee - it is so delicious! Also, I totally agree that whole bean coffee is a must if you want it to taste good.

      These recipes seem delicious and I can't wait to give some of them a try.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I got a coupon for the new International Delight Iced Coffee, which is what got me on a recent coffee kick and inspired me to write this. You're right that it is really good and fairly inexpensive, but it is still cheaper to make it yourself...again, hence the hub. Enjoy your new recipes!

      Natasha, you should get an immersion blender instead of a regular one. I just got my first one a couple months ago and am hooked. They are much easier to use than the traditional models and much more versatile. You'll have to whip up some Vietnamese iced coffee now. :)

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      What a great Hub. I love cold coffee and the recipes here are great. Thanks. Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks suzie! I'm glad that this is helpful for you. Enjoy lots of iced coffee this summer!

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      Melissa Flagg 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Awesome hub! I love iced coffee. In fact, I prefer iced coffee even in winter. I can't wait to try these recipes. Voted up, awesome, and I totally had to share it with my sister and a few friends lol.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thanks for all the research you did on this hub. I really enjoy drinking coffee, so it will be fun to go through and try out the recipes. I like the idea of the coffee cubes. I'm sharing your hub with my food and beverage readers. They're going to love this!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Daughter of Maat! I also prefer iced coffee over hot coffee any time of year. Thanks for sharing these recipes! Have fun trying out a few of them. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Marlene! Have fun trying some of the recipes and thanks for sharing this!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      How fun! I prefer hot coffee but am willing to branch out in hot weather. I can vouch for the French Press. It brings out more flavor in the coffee. Saving this hub to use later for a summer treat. Thanks, girl! Many votes and sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Nice! That's good to know about the French press. I have never used one personally, but it really seems like the way to go, so I'm intrigued now. Thanks!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Great Hub. Very detailed and inspiring. Voted up for useful. Thank you.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Just call me the randomcreative cheerleader. Your hubs - I love!!! As usual, wonderful, useful, pretty, and sharing :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I really appreciate that, Julie! Everyone needs a personal cheerleader. :)

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I like your recipes and those great dividers you created!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wonderful recipe ideas! We make homemade iced coffee at home often during the summer - just using our leftover brewed coffee. Now, we have many more recipe ideas. Thanks! Steph

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Steph! Enjoy your iced coffee this summer. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      These ALL sound delicious! I've never had any sort of iced coffee drink before, but now I'm really aching to try one.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Simone! You'll have to give it a try sometime.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, what a beautiful and well-laid-out hub! Now I have a hankering for iced coffee. I better get to work trying all these recipes!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, vespawoolf! Enjoy the recipes!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent coffee recipes. I drink it all year long whether it is hot or cold. The mocha looks great and anything covered with whipped cream. Sharing and pinning.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Tammy. :) Thanks for the shares!

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      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Coffee ice cubes...GENIUS! I make regular iced coffee at home by stirring sugar into a freshly brewed pot, then letting it sit out or in the fridge...then when I'm ready to drink it, I just pour over ice and add a healthy pour of milk. Voila! Sometimes I add sweetened condensed milk a la vietnamese iced coffee style (which I love!). Thanks for the roundup of recipes and ideas!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I know, I'm going to have to try coffee ice cubes sometime, too! Your iced coffee sounds delicious!

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      Poca 3 years ago from Hubpages, My World

      i would love to have iced coffee with ice cream

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That sounds delicious, sadstill!

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      vibesites 2 years ago from United States

      I love coffee too.. will try your recipes. I'm most curious about putting in coconut milk. We don't buy canned coconut milk.. we always fresh ones from grated coconut. I'll see what it will taste with coffee. Great ideas overflowing there. Thank you :)

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      vibesites, you'll have to let me know what you think if you try coconut milk!

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      Bonfire Designs 2 years ago

      My husband loves iced coffee and just recently we are having fun incorporting coconut milk into our recipes so we definitely will be trying some of these great ideas!

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Bonfire Designs! Enjoy. :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i had stopped drinking coffee but will try this on hot weather, voted up

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Sounds good, peachpurple! Enjoy!

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