An Iced Americano is one of the simplest and most straightforward espresso drinks to make because it only requires 3 ingredients: ice, espresso, and water. Find out how to make it at home and at Starbucks.
What Is An Iced Americano?
- A cold beverage called an Iced Americano is made from ice, espresso, and cold water. It’s the iced version of an Americano, which is made with just espresso and hot water.
- The drink must be made with espresso to be called an If it is made with any other type of coffee, it is no longer an Iced Americano. An espresso machine or a Nespresso should be used to make espresso.
- An espresso that has been diluted is an iced Americano. It reminds me of heavily brewed coffee from a drip coffee maker.
Iced Americano VS. Iced Coffee
The way the two are made of coffee is what distinguishes them.
Iced Americano is made with espresso, whereas iced coffee is made with hot brewed coffee that has been chilled.
Because Iced Americano is made with espresso, you should be able to see crema along the top, which you won’t see in iced coffee.
How To Make An Iced Americano?
Okay, enough with the history lessons.
Let’s start working now!
As long as you have a few ingredients and a decent espresso machine, making iced americanos at home is actually quite simple.
The ingredients will be discussed first. What you’ll need to make an iced Americano is:
- Espresso: any roast (dark, medium, or light/blonde) works well for an iced americano as long as you brew it as espresso. Despite the fact that dark roast is more conventional, I personally associate using blonde espresso beans.
- Water: use cold filtered water as this gives your drink a better flavor. You can either buy bottled water or use a water filter.
- Ice: use ice made from filtered water if possible. In order to avoid it becoming too watered down, you can also use coffee ice cubes (more on that later).)
You’re prepared to start working now that you have your ingredients. Making a great iced Americano requires the following steps:
- Get two shots (60ml) of espresso ready. Although an espresso machine is ideal for this, you can also use a Moka pot.
- Put ice cubes in a tall glass and fill it while your espresso is pouring.
- The espresso should then be poured over the ice.
- Then, add the same amount of cold water as coffee (so another 60ml) and stir the drink well to combine
You’ve just created your very first iced Americano, there you are!
In the past, milk and sweeteners weren’t typically added to iced americanos.
That doesn’t mean you can’t still add them, though!
It’s a good idea to use syrup if you’re going to add a sweetener. In cold water, sugar doesn’t dissolve very well, but syrup dissolves very easily.
Classic simple syrup, caramel syrup, and vanilla syrup are a few of the favorites. However, the addition is entirely up to you!
You can also flavor your beverage with a splash of milk or cream. I recommend heavy whipping cream, as this makes your americano extra smooth.
Of course, you can simply consume it without any of this.
You are truly in charge of the serving!
There are a few professional tips you can use if you want to up your iced americano game significantly.
For one thing, some experts say you should add the water to the cup before you add the ice. This contributes to leaving more espresso crema on the drink’s surface.
Just be careful because you don’t want to add too much water. To ensure that there is space in your glass for the ice, be sure to measure the ingredients out precisely.
Another expert tip is to make the beverage with a ristretto shot rather than espresso. For those who don’t like excessively acidic coffee, ristretto is a great alternative to espresso because it’s less bitter.
On the other hand, if you like strong coffee, you can also make your ice cubes using iced coffee.
By doing this, you can keep the espresso’s potent, dark flavor while also using less water to make your iced americano.
What Kind Of Coffee Is Used To Make An Iced Americano?
You need espresso coffee to make an iced Americano at home. An espresso machine is necessary to make the best espresso.
I strongly advise making an iced Americano with two espresso shots from your home espresso machine if you have one.
Moka pots and AeroPresses are a couple of additional methods for brewing espresso at home. The coffee produced by these coffee makers has a flavor that is very similar to espressos made with an espresso machine.
Do You Add Sugar To Iced Americano?
A traditional coffee beverage for summer is the iced Americano. It’s simple to make, delicious, and depending on your preferences, it can be made either very simply or with a few extra bells and whistles.
If you don’t like the strong coffee flavor of your iced Americano, you can add sugar. Without going overboard, a little sugar will give the coffee a little sweetness. Making an iced Americano to your preferences is easy with this method.
If you prefer sweetened coffee, I suggest trying a simple-to-make sweet syrup instead of drinking coffee straight up. Coffee syrup mixes better with your coffee than raw sugar and can be made in a matter of minutes.
The homemade brown sugar syrup in the picture below is absolutely delicious and would be the ideal addition to an iced Americano.
Best Optional Americano Add-ins
You can sweeten coffee with syrups, sugar, honey, or a little milk (or a milk substitute) if you find the flavor of an Americano to be too strong. I love making my Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew on summer days.
Make sure to add the sugar to your coffee before letting it cool with ice or cold water if you’re going to sweeten it with sugar. In cold liquids, sugar doesn’t dissolve very easily.
Your cold Americano will taste delicious when you add the following sweeteners:
- Simple syrup
- Vanilla syrup / creamer
- Brown sugar syrup
- Caramel syrup
- Hazelnut syrup
- Toffee syrup
That concludes our brief tutorial on how to make an iced Americano.
Even though it may not be the most well-known beverage, this one is a great choice for anyone who wants a cold cup of coffee on a hot day.
Additionally, there is always the option to order it hot if you so choose.
In either case, the americano is a fantastic beverage for any coffee enthusiast.
Are you interested in finding out more about americanos? For a complete history of this popular coffee beverage, see this guide!