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How to Make Iced Coffee at Home

Summer days are the perfect excuse to try one of the most thrilling ways to enjoy a caffeine kick. If you haven’t had a refreshing iced coffee drink before, this is the time to give it a go. We’ve got all the tips you need to prepare it at home straight away.

What is iced coffee?

Iced coffee is a drink made by cooling the hot-brewed coffee and pouring it over ice for a refreshing beverage that packs the aroma and caffeine content you know and love, just at a much lower temperature. Iced coffee is different from a cold brew though.

Keep reading to find out how to make the best iced coffee and how it compares to cold brews.

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Make Time: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 1 serving

How to make the best iced coffee at home?

Ingredients:

  • Coffee pods
  • Milk or cream
  • Sugar
  • Syrup

Equipment:

  • Tall glass
  • Tall spoon
  • Dolce Gusto coffee pod machine

Best iced coffee recipe

Preparing iced coffee at home is so simple,you’ll wish you knew this recipe sooner.

  1. Prepare a cup of coffee. Our favourites for this recipe are the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Lungo coffee pods. This medium dark roast blend comes with fruity notes that will mix in nicely with your favourite coffee syrups. If you prefer to use a short coffee, these Espresso pods pack the right amounts of caffeine and flavour for an amazing iced coffee drink.

  2. Fill up a tall glass with ice cubes and pour the coffee. Just make sure the coffee is at room temperature.

  3. Add a dash of milk or crème for a velvety finish.

  4. Satisfy your sweet tooth by adding tantalising vanilla or maple-flavoured syrup to the mix. If you’re out of your favourite syrup, you can also add sugar.


Our top tips for the best homemade iced coffee

Make iced cubes out of coffee for an even more flavourful drink

Ice cubes are a wonderful trick when you want your coffee nice and cold. But they can dilute your drink as they begin to melt. Luckily, there is a way to avoid this: make your ice cubes out of coffee instead of water. Just add room-temperature coffee to the ice cube tray and wait for them to freeze completely before adding them to your drink.

Use a blender to mix all the ingredients easily

You can make iced coffee at home with the help of a blender too. Add the coffee, iced cubes, milk and syrup in a blender and whizz up the perfect iced drink.

Melt the sugar in the hot coffee first

Sugar dissolves easier at hot temperatures. So, if you want to use sugar for your iced coffee, make sure you add it to the hot coffee first, before letting it cool off to room temperature.


What is the difference between iced coffee and cold brew?

The difference between iced coffee and cold brews is in the way the coffee is brewed. While cold brews are created by steeping coffee beans in cold water, iced coffee drinks are made by brewing coffee at hot temperatures and letting it cool off before pouring it on top of ice.


Tips and tricks for a delicious iced coffee

Melt the sugar in the hot coffee first

Sugar dissolves easier at hot temperatures. So, if you want to use sugar for your iced coffee, make sure you add it to the hot coffee first, before letting it cool off to room temperature.

Frapp

Put coffee, ice cubes, milk and syrup in a blender, mix them all together and add whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream on top. That’s it! You’ve now got a delicious homemade frappe to enjoy.

Iced Cappuccino

Replace the Espresso pods with the milky Cappuccino pods for a delightful summer drink. All you have to do is pour the cappuccino over ice cubes and top it with a dash of milk. Finish by adding a few chocolate flakes on top for an indulgent drink that combines beautifully the taste of coffee and chocolate.

Iced Macchiato

Our Madagascar Vanilla Macchiato pods are perfect for iced coffee recipes. Enjoy the blend of rich coffee aromas, vanilla flavours and creamy milk in its cooler version.

 

Looking for even more awesome coffee recipes you can recreate at home? Discover another cool way to enjoy your coffee with this simple Affogato dessert recipe, perfect for summer days.


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