This month marks the beginning of summer, and as the weather gets warmer, our drinks get colder! While we all love sweaters and toasty cups of joe, we’re more than ready for the return of our favorite cold caffeine fixes. Here are five homemade iced coffee recipes to beat the heat this summer.
If you prefer a quick and easy iced coffee recipe to the long process of cold brewing, this is a great guide for beginners. You can also use this recipe for the next couple ideas in which the ingredients call for premade iced coffee. Try freezing some coffee in an ice tray ahead of time for a less watered-down drink!
- 1 regular K-Cup of your choice (dark roast if possible)
- 4 ounces cold milk or half and half
- Optional – sugar, creamers, syrups
- Take one K-Cup of your choice and brew at 6 ounce cup size (or 4 ounce cup setting for Keurig 2.0 or Platinum users).
Place ice cubes in a tumbler and—very slowly—pour the coffee over the ice cubes.
(Don’t brew directly over ice or the ice will melt immediately, leaving you with warm diluted coffee.)
- Add cold milk or half and half for extra creaminess.
- If desired, add sugar/creamers/syrup. (We’re looking at those of you with sweet tooths!)
- Stir and enjoy!
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No-Sugar Iced Latte
With the surge in temperatures often comes the shrinkage of hemlines and inseams. For those working on their summer bodies by working off the sweets from the previous holiday season, here’s a quick and sugar-free iced latte recipe.
- 1 cup strong black coffee
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 2 drops liquid stevia
- Pour coffee into tall glass.
- Add milk and stevia drops. (Don’t go crazy with the stevia drops; too much and your coffee will taste like bad licorice.)
- Mix well.
- Add ice and serve!
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S’mores Iced Coffee
Of all the fun outdoor activities that summer brings, camping is one of our favorites! This s’mores summer iced coffee drink is a twist on the campfire classic—minus the tents and bug spray.
- Iced coffee
- Chocolate milk
- Whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Marshmallow bits
- Crushed graham cracker
- Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form.
- Add powdered sugar and beat again until stiff peaks form.
- Fold in marshmallow bits.
- Add chocolate milk to the iced coffee, top with marshmallow whipped cream, and sprinkle with crushed graham crackers.
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Creamy Cookie Dough Iced Coffee
We know, we know…we’re not supposed to eat it, but raw cookie dough is too good to turn down. Here’s an equally delicious cookie-dough-flavored iced coffee recipe. Although consuming this beverage will not make you ill, it may make you addicted.
- 16 ounces brewed coffee, chilled
- 8 ounces cold milk
- 2 large scoops of cookie dough ice cream
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chip cookies
- In the pitcher of your blender, add coffee, milk and vanilla.
- Add the cookie dough ice cream, brown sugar and cookies.
- Blend until thoroughly combined; make sure there are no large pieces of cookie dough or cookies left over.
- Serve over ice and enjoy!
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Salted Iced Coconut Milk Caramel Macchiatos
For those days you just can’t brave the Starbucks line, try a homemade version of the Starb’s favorite: iced caramel macchiatos. This two-serving recipe features coconut milk for a sweet, dairy-free twist—perfect for those with sweet tooths and those who are lactose intolerant.
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk from a carton, divided
- 2 shots espresso, divided
- Unsweetened coconut flakes for garnishing, optional
- Caramel syrup
- Add caramel syrup to the bottom of two tall glasses.
- Add ice, then pour about 3/4 cup coconut milk (more or less depending on your preference) into each glass.
- Pour one shot espresso slowly into each glass over the coconut milk.
- Drizzle with caramel syrup, then sprinkle coconut flakes over the top (if desired).
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
We hope you enjoyed this collection of iced coffee recipes! Let us know some of your own personal favorites in the comments below!