How to Make Iced Coffee at Home (Vanilla Latte, Mocha & Caramel Machiatto)

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Have you ever tried to make iced coffee at home on your own? Now that iced coffee season has arrived, people are enjoying the sunshine by going to the beach and hot coffee is starting to lose some of its appeal. In order to stay cool during the summer months while still savoring the flavor and energizing qualities of coffee, many people turn to iced coffee.

Generally speaking, there are three at-home iced coffee recipes provided in this article. To make good-tasting, non-weak and watery iced coffee, there are several problems that must be avoided. This instruction is perfect for you if you’ve attempted unsuccessfully to make iced coffee at home.

What Types of Coffee Should We Use?

You should select premium coffee beans to create for your iced coffee recipe at home, just like you would for any cup of joe. You can either purchase pre-ground coffee at your neighborhood grocery shop or purchase the beans separately and grind them at home using a coffee grinder. It is up to you.

Try purchasing some of the house blends from several neighborhood cafés as well, or purchase some coffee from Starbucks. By doing this, you may have the same flavor as your favorite coffee shop without having to pay $5 per beverage!

Which Type of Ice Is Best for Iced Coffee?

Although it might not seem important, picking the perfect ice for your iced coffee is significant! These are your choices: 

  • Crushed ice – This is what you see in this recipe. I picked up a large bag of crushed ice and used it liberally because I needed to make a lot of coffee. I often use this to make iced coffee at home. 
  • Medium-sized ice cubes – This is usually what people have on hand in their freezer and I say go for it!
  • Large ice – If I’m going to have my iced coffee outside, I prefer to use larger blocks of ice, which slows down their melting process.

How to Make Iced Coffee (Step-by-Step)


  • Brewed coffee (this can be from your Keurig, an automatic coffee pot, a pour-over or any other method you prefer)
  • Ice (Crushed ice, Medium-sized ice cubes, Large ice)
  • Extras (sugar, simple syrup, flavored syrups, cream, milk, etc.)


  1. Allow the freshly brewed coffee to cool. If you’re planning ahead, you can refrigerate it overnight so it’s ready to pour in the morning. You can either leave it out till it reaches room temperature or put it in the freezer for a few minutes.
  2. Pour the cooled coffee into a glass that has been filled with ice. (If you hastily pour hot coffee over ice, the coffee will only be weak and lukewarm.)
  3. Add any other ingredients you desire, such as cream and sugar.

Extra tip: Freeze some of your freshly brewed coffee in ice cube trays. Put some in your iced coffee the next time you want to keep it cool without diluting it too much.

Three types of iced coffee at home

Since sugar doesn’t dissolve very well in a cold drink, I highly recommend that you make a simple syrup for iced coffee. Here are the details:

  • Boil 1 cup of water
  • Mix with 1 cup of sugar
  • Add any applicable extracts (vanilla,coconut,  caramel, etc.)
  • Chill in the fridge for 1 hour before using (or speed up the process by chilling in the freezer)

Iced Coffee — Vanilla Latte

Making vanilla lattes is quite simple, and this syrup provides a satisfying vanilla flavor without the need to spend a lot of money on pricey vanilla beans. The formula is rather simple, much like the rest of these syrups. Boiling water, sugar, and your preferred flavoring are combined to create a simple syrup that is plain.

The most straightforward to create is the vanilla latte. Start with a cup that is empty and filled with ice, then add a few tablespoons of the syrup. Then, add 1 cup of milk and as much vanilla syrup as you like after brewing your espresso and pouring it over the ice. Yum!

Iced Coffee — Mocha

Mocha, which combines coffee and chocolate and is typically served hot with milk in the latte manner, is a wonderful introduction to the world of coffee. to understand how to spice up a mocha coffee with cream and how the classic pairing of coffee and chocolate almost perfectly balances one another.

You probably already have the major component of the iced mocha at home: cocoa powder! It is prepared very similarly to the vanilla latte. You can proceed by making the above Vanilla simple syrup and adding a spoonful of cocoa. Pour your espresso shots over the ice-filled, empty cup. Add milk and chocolate syrup to taste. 

You could also use chocolate milk or even some mint extract to make it an iced peppermint mocha if you really want to elevate this iced mocha. Wow, what a combination! Iced coffee may be used in so many inventive ways!

Iced Coffee — Caramel Machiatto

The key to this Iced Caramel Machiatto recipe is creating the decadent dulce de leche caramel syrup and layering the espresso and milk—also it’s much simpler than you might believe!

Brew your espresso and pour it over the milk of your choice very carefully, just like a mocha.

Simply boil a can of sweetened condensed milk for three hours in a big pot of gently boiling water if you don’t have dulce de leche on hand (you can typically find it with the jams or in the ice cream isle of your neighborhood grocery store).

We hope you enjoyed these iced coffee recipes! It’s time to get comfortable making batches of great iced coffee now that summer is just around the corner so you’ll be prepared when the beach calls. 

The recipes above will help you prepare delicious, flavorful iced coffee that will quench your yearning for cold coffee. Making iced coffee isn’t difficult.


What’s the Difference between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew?

Iced coffee is made from regularly brewed hot coffee, which is chilled and then served over ice. As opposed to hot brew, cold brew is produced by steeping coffee beans in warm water to produce a concentrate that must be diluted with milk or water. Because no heat is used, the concentrate lacks the astringent flavors found in iced coffee. Go to our article How to Make Cold Brew Coffee if you want to find out more about cold brew and how to make it.

What Can I Do to Prevent My Iced Coffee from Going Watery?

Try increasing the amount of coffee you’re using to prevent your iced coffee from turning out to be a frigid, watery disaster. You can even manufacture your own coffee ice cubes if you’d like. Simply brew some coffee, let it cool, pour it onto an ice tray, and then freeze. 

What Add-Ins Can I Use?

You can add your own twist to everything, of course. A drop of vanilla syrup can be added to your iced coffee if you want something sweet. A dollop of ice cream may even be used to spice things up (float-style or blended through, your choice).

Want something a little more decadent? Include a few teaspoons of cream.

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