Iced Coffee Recipe – How to Make Perfect Iced Coffee at Home

The iced coffee recipe is an iced drink that has coffee as its basis. It can be made in many ways and according to personal preference. We will focus on the basics of making it, such as making perfect iced coffee at home, what ingredients you would need for this, and other information about making it. Before we get started check out our EFHobbs for more such coffee recipies.

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What is Iced Coffee?

The main ingredient that makes iced coffee is coffee. This can be served in various ways, including hot, cold, and frozen. The base for this drink has been quite popular for quite some time now and is available in several flavors, including vanilla and chocolate. Some of the other ingredients that come into play include sugar, cream or milk, and syrups. 

History of Iced Coffee:

The history of iced coffee is quite interesting, as it started simply out of a desperate need to keep people awake during hot weather. Coffee was originally served cold without sugar, and it was not that popular because people found it to be too bitter.

This, however, changed during the early 1900s as there was a surge in coffee consumption. Coffee houses sprang up all over, but the most popular ones included the Red Rooster in New Orleans, Tailfins (yes, you know about this now!), and Maxwell’s. Coffee was served in these places cold with cream and sugar.

What Do I Need for Iced Coffee?

To make iced coffee, you will need some kind of coffee machine and ground coffee. You may also need chocolate syrup and other creamers from your local grocer or market. You may want to use several other items when making iced coffee, such as sugar, milk, frosting, and syrups.

We will look at 2 methods to make iced coffee, first, with room temperature coffee, and the other with coffee ice cubes. 

Making Iced coffee with room temperature coffee

This is perhaps the simplest way to prepare iced coffee if you have the time. All you have to do is prepare coffee, as usual, let it cool, and then pour it over ice. Let us break it down:

You’ll need the following items:

  1. A tall glass or tumbler
  2. Ice
  3. A long spoon
  4. 1 cup (8 oz.) coffee (brewed however you would normally)

How to make it:

  • Make an 8-ounce cup of coffee using your preferred brewing technique.
  • Allow the coffee to sit out until it reaches room temperature; once it has cooled slightly, place it in the refrigerator.
  • Fill a large glass or travel tumbler halfway with ice.
  • Fill the glass halfway with room temperature or cold coffee. If you want to do it that way, leave room for cream and sugar.
  • Stir in any extra ingredients you like in your coffee (simple syrup is a terrific way to sweeten iced coffee). That’s all!

Making Iced coffee with coffee ice cubes

If you truly want to avoid watering down your coffee, there is just one solution: coffee ice cubes! This method requires preparation, but once you have coffee ice cubes on hand, you don’t have to wait for the coffee to cool before pouring it over ice.

You’ll need the following items:

  1. Coffee at room temperature
  2. Ice cube tray
  3. A travel tumbler or glass
  4. A spoon
  5. 1 cup (8 oz.) fresh, hot coffee

How to make it:

  • Pour cooled coffee into ice cube trays the night before. Freeze it.
  • Place the frozen coffee cubes in a glass and pour room temperature coffee over the top. Leave room for cream and sugar.
  • Add any extra ingredients you’d like in your coffee and stir.
  • Enjoy!

The latter method will result in a drink that’s closer to coffee concentrate than iced coffee cubes, but it’s still a handy way to prepare coffee for your favorite cold-weather drink.

Some Important Tips

1. Strength is the most crucial component in creating good iced coffee at home. People frequently mistake brewing iced coffee using the same recipe they would use to create hot coffee and then adding ice at the end. The issue with this method is that the ice cubes melt and dilute your coffee, resulting in a weak, bland cup. Most hot coffee recipes call for a water-to-coffee ratio of 15:1 to 17:1. We like to use more coffee for iced coffee and normally aim for a water-to-coffee ratio of 12:1 to 15:1.

2. Coldwater can give your coffee a chalky aftertaste. To prevent this, we recommend using a scale to carefully measure out the amount of ice you need so that you can weigh the cubes down in the freezer to ensure they don’t float.

3. If you are making iced coffee with hot coffee, immediately pour it into your glass of ice and fill it with cold water. This will cool down your drink without watering it down.

4. Be careful when measuring and pouring. If your coffee is too hot, it will expand and spill out of the glass. It will clump together and make a mess if it’s too cold.

5. It is important to know the difference between cold brew and iced coffee. Iced coffee is made with hot or room temperature water brewed double strength then cooled, giving it a more acidic and bitter taste. Cold brew on the other hand, is made with cold water or without heat, which creates lower acidity for a smoother, naturally sweet taste.


Iced coffee is a very simple and tasty beverage. It can be made in many different ways, and it is a nice cool drink to have in hot weather. Even though it can be simple to make, follow the steps above for the perfect iced coffee!

Did you try out any of these recipes? How did you like them? How do you make your iced coffee? Let me know in the comments below!

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