9 Delicious Iced Coffee Recipes You Have To Try!

iced coffee recipes

Iced coffee recipes are my jam. I drink iced coffee pretty much year-round. I will literally wear gloves in freezing weather so I can hold my iced coffee tumbler without getting hypothermia in my fingertips. Luckily, I live in California where it never really gets that cold, so it works out. No fingers lost for my love of coffee…yet.

So, I thought it would be fun to round up my favorite iced coffee recipes on the blog. I’ll come back and keep adding recipes to this list whenever I put a new recipe on the blog, too, that way this will continue to be the best collection of iced coffee recipes around. And if you’re looking for iced espresso based drinks, check out this monster post here.

How To Make Iced Coffee: 

cold brew coffee recipe

What do I mean when I say, “Iced coffee?” Well, iced coffee is coffee that is diluted with water, by way of preparation. Espresso is straight shots of coffee that needs to be diluted in water or milk to create lattes and other drinks. So, you can make iced coffee several ways. Just depends on what you have available to you and what kind of iced coffee you prefer. 

  • Brewed coffee: Do you brew a pot of coffee? Put whatever is left in the fridge and then you’ll have iced coffee the next day. Icing it right away will be challenging, because it’ll melt the ice quickly and it’ll become very watered down.
  • Cold brew: You can make or buy cold brew coffee, which is just coffee made by steeping grounds in cold water for at least 12 hours. It makes a more caffeinated, smoother, and less acidic coffee that you can use for iced coffee drinks. Here’s my post with a taste test on different cold brews you can buy, including the one that we all thought tasted the best and always keep in stock in our house. Or, you can get a cold brew maker and use your favorite coffee beans to make it at home. 
  • Concentrated coffee: You could use a concentrated coffee, like Jot, where you mix 1 tbsp of concentrate to 6-8oz of water. I love Jot and they created a special bundle for WTF readers that gives you 25% off and a free gift. Get it here. 
  • Flash Frozen coffee: Use a service like Cometeer to get coffee brewed at its peak and then flash frozen to lock in the flavor. Check out my full review and get the coupon code here. 
  • Americano: Have an espresso machine? Add two shots of espresso to 6-8oz of cold water and you’ve just created an iced coffee. 
  • Instant coffee: I haven’t explored this too much, but I really like this Nescafe instant coffee for iced coffee. 

There you go. A ton of options for making that perfect iced coffee. Now, you just use that base for any of the recipes here. 

Coffee Tools You May Need:

You can probably make do with whatever you have on hand, but if you’d like to know what I use to whip these coffees up all the time at home, here are some items I use for most of my recipes:

  • Milk Frother – best one I’ve ever used. Fast, easy to use, and actually looks nice on the counter.
  • Milk Carafe – I use this little pitcher/carafe for making my cold foam.
  • Fluted Mason Jars – 16oz. Love these and they come with lids for making shaken espressos. My new favorite glasses. 

Sauces/Syrups – This will vary per recipe. Sauces are thicker than syrups and often used for drizzle. Sauces mix better with espresso shots than cold coffee. Syrups can be used easily with both. Both can be used in cold foam. You can also make your own syrups and I have recipes for my favorites here on the blog, too. Very easy to make with just a few ingredients. 

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1. Cinnamon Caramel Cold Brew: 

cinnamon caramel cream cold brew

I’m obsessed with this Starbucks copycat. It’s so good. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  1. Add ice to glass.
  2. Add 1 tbsp. of cinnamon bun and 1 tbsp. of caramel syrup to the glass
  3. Add 1 cup of cold brew
  4. In a separate glass, add 4 tbsp. heavy cream, 2 tbsp. milk of choice, 1/2 tbsp. caramel syrup and 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon bun syrup and use a hand frother to mix for about 45 seconds until thick, but still soft. Here’s the little milk carafe I have.
  5. Pour over your coffee. 
  6. Add any toppings. I added caramel drizzle. Starbucks uses a cinnamon sugar dust. 
  7. Enjoy!

2. Chocolate Hazelnut Iced Coffee: 

Jot chocolate hazelnut cold brew coffee

This is delicious and Starbucks recently unveiled a similar drink for Valentine’s Day. So good. I used a chocolate hazelnut flavored Jot coffee for this, but you can make it without having Jot on hand as well. 

If you have Jot: 

  1. Add 1 cup ice to a 16 oz. glass
  2. Mix 1 tbsp. chocolate hazelnut Jot with 6 oz. of water 
  3. Stir a little bit, not much needed
  4. Mix 4 tbsp. heavy cream, 2 tbsp. milk, and 1 tbsp. choc hazelnut sauce to a mixer and froth with hand frother for about 20 seconds or until soft set
  5. Pour over your drink
  6. That is LITERALLY it! Drink up!

If you don’t have Jot: 

  1. Add 1 tbsp. hazelnut syrup, 1 tbsp. chocolate sauce to a glass. 
  2. Add 8 oz of iced coffee and stir to combine
  3. Add 1 cup of ice (don’t add ice first or the chocolate sauce will not mix into the coffee well. 
  4. Mix 4 tbsp. heavy cream, 2 tbsp. milk, and 1 tbsp. choc hazelnut sauce to a mixer and froth with hand frother for about 20 seconds or until soft set
  5. Pour over your drink
  6. That is LITERALLY it! Drink up!

3. White Chocolate Cream Cold Brew: 

white chocolate cream cold brew

This is so good and a nice change from all the mochas I tend to drink 😉 The white chocolate has a softer taste and pairs very well with vanilla and even cinnamon flavors, too. 

  1. Start by filling a glass with about a cup of ice
  2. Add 8oz of iced coffee 
  3. Optional: Add 1-2 tbsp. vanilla syrup to iced coffee
  4. In a separate glass or carafe, add 4 tbsp. heavy cream, 2 tbsp. milk, and 1 tbsp. and use a hand frother to froth until soft set, like a soft whipped cream texture. 
  5. Pour over your coffee
  6. You can stir the cream into the coffee a little to get it mixed all the way through

If you like sweeter drinks, you can also add 1-2 tbsp. vanilla syrup to the iced coffee before you do the cold foam on top. Starbucks adds classic syrup to their iced coffees in addition to whatever else, which makes it sweeter. 

4. Iced Vanilla Latte: 

iced vanilla latte

A class for a reason, the iced vanilla latte is a go-to for me and for most people I know. It’s a great drink to order at a new coffee shop, too, because it’s pretty difficult to mess this one up. That also makes it the perfect starter coffee to learn when making your own drinks. If you can master this, you’ll realize how easy it is to make all your favorite coffees.

  1. Add 1 cup ice to your glass
  2. Add 1-2 tbsp. vanilla syrup, store bought or homemade (I like 2!)
  3. Add 8oz. iced coffee
  4. Stir to combine
  5. To add vanilla cold foam on top, mix 4 tbsp. heavy cream, 2 tbsp. milk, 1 tbsp. vanilla syrup in a carafe and hand froth until soft set
  6. Pour over your coffee
  7. Add toppings if you like, caramel drizzle goes really well with this!
  8. Enjoy!

5. Brown Sugar Cold Foam Cold Brew: 

brown sugar cold foam cold brew

Oh baby, you’re gonna love this one!!! If you haven’t tried brown sugar in your coffee or cold foam, you are missing out. 

  1. Add ice to glass
  2. Add 2 tbsp vanilla syrup (less for less sweet etc.)
  3. Add 1 cup of iced coffee (or more, measure with your heart)
  4. Add 4 tbsp. heavy cream, 2 tbsp. milk of choice, and 1 heaping, unpacked tbsp. of brown sugar
  5. Froth with milk frother until soft set
  6. Pour over coffee
  7. Enjoy! 

6. Strawberry Cold Foam Iced Coffee: 

strawberry cold foam iced coffee

If you love all the seasonal fruit flavor drinks that are released, usually around Valentine’s Day, this one is for you. These are so much easier to make than you might think. 

  1. Add 1 cup of ice to a glass
  2. Add 1-2 tbsp. vanilla syrup
  3. Add one cup iced coffee and stir
  4. In a separate carafe, add 4 tbsp. heavy cream, 2 tbsp. milk and 1 tbsp strawberry syrup and hand froth until soft set.
  5. Pour cold foam over drink
  6. Add sprinkles or toppings
  7. Enjoy!

I used strawberry rose syrup for this, but you can buy plain strawberry or even make a strawberry reduction with fresh berries!

7. Iced Butter Pecan Coffee (Dunkin’ Copycat!):

iced butter pecan coffee

I don’t live close to a Dunkin’, but I drove all the way to find one just so I could taste test a ton of drink and write this pot. I ended up deciding that their butter pecan coffee was my all-time favorite (and it still is!). I wanted to make it at home, too, and it was super easy. 

  1. Add about a cup of ice to a glass. 
  2. Add 2-4tbsp of butter pecan syrup (2 is going to be lightly sweetened and flavored, 4 will be similar to DD)
  3. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup half ‘n half over the top. More is creamier. Less is more coffee flavor. 
  4. Stir or add a straw to stir. 
  5. Drink up!

8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Iced Coffee: 

cookie dough cold brew

This drink uses my favorite syrup of all time. Genuinely delicious. If you haven’t tried this yet and you like chocolate chip cookies and cookie dough, trust me and buy it. Get the big bottle. You won’t regret it. I used a homemade creamer using milk and syrup over this one, but you could easily make that a cold foam by using the same measurements as recipes above. 

  1. Add 1 cup of ice to a glass
  2. Add 1-2tbsp of cookie dough syrup (I used 2)
  3. Add one cup of iced coffee
  4. Add 4 tbsp. milk and 1-2 tbsp cookie dough syrup (I used 1). Lightly froth or stir.
  5. Pour milk mixture over coffee
  6. Stir – or not. 
  7. Drink and enjoy!

9. Cinnamon Pumpkin Cream Iced Coffee:

pumpkin cream cold brew

This is serious fall drink vibes right here. I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin drinks, but this one is really delicious. 

  1. Add one cup of ice to a glass
  2. Add 2 tbsp. cinnamon syrup 
  3. Add 6-8oz iced coffee
  4. In a separate glass, add 4 tbsp. heavy cream, 2 tbsp. milk, 1/2 tsp pumpkin puree or pumpkin sauce, 1/2 tbsp. or more of cinnamon syrup (if you like very strong pumpkin flavor, add more pumpkin puree and a little less cinnamon – gauge this based on your preference. I like cinnamon more than pumpkin)
  5. Froth milk mixture until soft set
  6. Add cold foam to the top of your coffee
  7. Enjoy!


There’s a ton more recipes and coffee guides on the blog, too, so stick around, find your new favorite coffee and enjoy!

Get roasted friends, 


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