My 3 Best Iced Coffee Recipes
Iced coffee is one of the pleasures of summertime, but hitting up the coffee shop every time a craving hits you can be expensive—or embarrassing if your coffee jones hits before you’ve dressed, brushed your hair, fully awakened.
I’ve compiled some of the best iced coffee recipes here, so you can avoid spending all that extra money—and brushing your hair—while still enjoying your favorite coffee beverages.
Now, the best coffee makers for iced coffee will tend to have a setting that allows you to brew double-strength batches, automatic off-switches to keep your coffee from taking on that burned flavor, and large-capacity carafes to accommodate your thirst for this ultimate beverage.
Materials you’ll need beyond the coffee include a fine mesh strainer and some cheese cloth, two very large containers, and a container for storage that seals tightly.
- 16 oz finely ground dark roast coffee
- 2 gal pure water
- sugar and dairy to taste, if desired
First, empty grounds into your container and add the water. Cover tightly and allow it to get friendly in the fridge for at least eight hours.
Then, placing your strainer, which you’ve lined with the cheesecloth over the second container, slowly pour the coffee into the empty vessel.
This will take some time, but when you’ve emptied the original container, gently press the grounds in the strainer with a spoon to force the rest of the liquid through the cloth. Store for up to three weeks, tightly sealed in the fridge.
Fill a glass with ice, then half full of your coffee concentrate. Add milk and sweetener to taste.
A Smooth Irishman
- 12 c brewed coffee
- Vanilla or chocolate ice cream (preference)
- 16 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
Brew your coffee. Place one scoop of ice cream in the bottom of each large mug. Then, pour two ounces of Bailey’s over ice cream (there will be some extra, for modification.)
Pour coffee over ice cream, about halfway full. Cream and sugar or extra Bailey’s can be added to taste.
The best coffee maker for this recipe will be one with a large capacity basket and carafe. While basic models will allow you to create this recipe, if you’re uncertain of which will serve your general needs best, be sure to read coffee maker reviews available online.
All-Around Iced Mochas
- 6 c cold milk or half and half
- 5 c cold coffee
- 1 c chocolate syrup
- ¾ c sugar (1/2 cup agave nectar may be substituted)
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
If you wish, you can use the recipe for cold-brewed coffee concentrate. It provides a bolder coffee flavor in this recipe. However, traditionally brewed coffee is also perfect.
If using the latter, allow it to cool completely before pouring it into ice cube trays. Freeze your coffee cubes.
Then, in a blender, combine coffee cubes, milk, sugar, chocolate syrup, and vanilla. Blend thoroughly. Pour into individual glasses, top with whipped cream and cinnamon or cocoa powder.
Go Start Brewing
There are a number of ways you can enjoy iced coffee beverages, with or without alcohol.
While you don’t necessarily need to brew your coffee at double-strength to make them successfully, the best coffee makers will actually have a setting designed especially for this purpose, to avoid overly bitter results.
There are even special coffee machines that brew iced coffee by the beverage, but be sure to read the coffee maker reviews for these models carefully to ensure that they offer all the features you want.