How To Make Iced Coffee: The Ultimate Iced Coffee… Cold, creamy, sweet, and strong. Just how we like it!

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How To Make Iced Coffee At Home

Have you ever tried making iced coffee at home?

It sounds like a good idea. Yet the moment you pour hot coffee over ice cubes, the mixture is watered down and tastes nothing like the iced coffee at your favorite coffee shop.

Obviously, this is not how baristas do it.

The Ultimate Iced Coffee is a great pick-me-up this spring and summer. You can make one in your favorite to-go cup, knowing the coffee ice cubes will keep it cold (and strong) down to the very last drop!

Using a coffee grinder for the coffee beans, you can make it with a french press, a drip coffee maker, or try “pour over” with a coffee filter. (Only under drastic situations use instant coffee.)

How to make iced coffee at home

Iced Coffee Vs Cold Brew Coffee

In fact, most iced coffees you buy are made with cold brewed coffee. As in, coffee that is mixed with cold water, left to steep for hours, then strained.

Cold brewing is a great method for making iced coffee. The problem is, I always forget to start my iced coffee the day before I want to drink it.

So today I’m sharing another method for quickie iced coffee that is just as rich and flavorful as iced coffee at coffee shops. Maybe even better!

Tips for making iced coffee

Coffee Ice Cubes

I like to make iced coffees using fresh-made coffee and pre-made coffee ice cubes.

When you pour warm coffee over the top of the coffee ice cubes, they melt making the iced coffee even richer and more intense. In fact, the iced coffee gets even better with time, not weaker as the ice melts.

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Iced Coffee Drink Secret

Once your coffee ice cubes are frozen, you can make an easy Iced Coffee any time you like. I make large batches of coffee ice cubes, store them in a freezer bag, and use them all month long.

As you can see, this method also involves a little thinking ahead… Yet you only have to think ahead every now-and-again when you need to replenish your batch of coffee ice cubes stashed in the freezer.

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How To Make Iced Coffee


  • 4-6 ounces dark roast coffee
  • Several coffee ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Wholesome!® Organic Blue Agave
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream
Making Coffee Cubes


Mix espresso (or dark roast coffee) with a little Wholesome!® Organic Blue Agave. That way, the sweetness isn’t diluted as the cubes melt.

Pour the sweetened coffee into ice cube trays and freeze.

Then when the moment strikes, place several coffee cubes in a tall glass. Add a little agave.

Then pour warm (or cold) coffee over the top and stir.

Pour in cream to taste.

Pour over these coffee cubes

I usually make the coffee first, then go about with other kitchen duties to allow the coffee time to cool, before preparing my iced coffee. You can add warm or cold coffee to the glass, yet the iced coffee will stay cold longer if the coffee isn’t scalding-hot.

Check Out The Full How To Make Iced Coffee Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Best Iced Coffee Tips

Best Iced Coffee Recipe

For a slightly sweet and silky Ultimate Iced Coffee, I usually go with…

  • 3 large coffee iced cubes made with espresso (6-8 standard ice cubes)
  • 6 ounces dark roast coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of agave
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

However, the specific proportions are up to you. If you like your iced coffee creamier, or sweeter, adjust to your preferences!

Can I Make This Iced Latte Recipe Ahead of Time?

Sure you can! Mix the coffee, sweetener, and cream in a mason jar or large glass jug and keep it in the fridge for up to 3-5 days. When ready to serve, add in the coffee ice cubes.

How to make an iced coffee

Other Flavorings or Syrups You Could Add

Instead of adding cream and agave, here are some other options… 

  • Mix in simple syrup, maple syrup, or brown sugar 
  • Whole milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or oat milk
  • Chocolate Syrup – for more of a mocha flavor
  • Prepared vanilla syrup or caramel syrup
  • Or add another sugar substitute like liquid stevia
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Secret Ingredient

Notice we’re using Wholesome!® Organic Blue Agave as the coffee sweetener. Agave is a fabulous natural sweetener that is more concentrated than sugar. Meaning, you can add less and still get a great sweet taste.

Wholesome!® Agave is considered a low glycemic sweetener, so it’s perfect for people watching their glycemic index.

Because it’s liquid, it is a great sweetener to add to beverages, eliminating sugar crystals settling at the bottom of the glass. I like to use agave in tea and lemonade as well!

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How To Make Iced Coffee

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
The Ultimate Iced Coffee Recipe – Learn tips and tricks to make the very best iced coffee you’ve ever tasted. This iced coffee recipe is so rich and creamy!
Servings: 1 drink


For the Coffee Ice Cubes:

For Each Iced Coffee:


For the coffee iced cubes:

  • Stir 14 ounces dark coffee with Wholesome!® Organic Blue Agave. Pour the mixture into an ice tray and freeze. (I used an ice tray for large cocktail cubes.)

For each iced coffee:

  • Place several coffee ice cubes in a tall glass. Pour in 1 teaspoon of Wholesome!® Organic Blue Agave. Then pour slightly cooled coffee over the ice cubes, leaving room in the glass for cream. Stir.
  • Then pour 1-2 tablespoons cream into the glass. Taste and add additional agave if desired.


I usually make the coffee first, then go about with other kitchen duties to allow the coffee time to cool, before preparing my iced coffee. You can add warm or cold coffee to the glass, yet the iced coffee will stay cold longer if the coffee isn’t scalding-hot.


Serving: 1glass, Calories: 84kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 56mg, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 220IU
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wholesome!®. All sweet-loving opinions are my own.

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