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How To Make Iced Coffee At Home

With Starbucks and Caribou popping up on many corners, our national love for coffee is steadily increasing. While I agree their offer amazingly tasty treats, this can sometimes spell budget disaster if you are not careful. A cup of joe from one of these suppliers can easily run you $4-$5 per visit. So stopping by to grab a quick coffee three times a week can cost around $60 a month and more than $700 a year. Wow, that is nearly a mini-vacation!

Making your own iced coffee at home is both easy and costs way less than buying out. Using the simple recipe below, you can create a mix that works for you.

How To Make Iced Coffee

Simple Iced Coffee

*Makes 2 servings.


  • 2 C. cold coffee
  • coffee ice cubes
  • milk or coffee creamer


  1. Make a few cups of coffee a head of time and freeze into ice cubes. These are good to have on hand whenever you want iced coffee and they won’t water your drink down.
  2. Next, make and chill 2 cups of coffee (2 k-cups for you Keurig owners).
  3. Pour the chilled coffee into an 8 oz. glass or mug.
  4. Add a few coffee ice cubes to keep it chilled.
  5. Next, add milk or creamer (of your choice).
  6. Enjoy

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How To Make Iced Coffee At Home
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups cold coffee
  • coffee ice cubes
  • milk or coffee creamer
  1. Make a few cups of coffee a head of time and freeze into ice cubes. These are awesome to have on hand whenever you want iced coffee and they won't water your drink down.
  2. Next, make and chill 2 cups of coffee (2 k-cups for you Keurig owners).
  3. Pour the chilled coffee into an 8 oz. glass or mug.
  4. Add a few coffee ice cubes to keep it chilled.
  5. Next, add milk or creamer (of your choice).
  6. Enjoy


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  1. That sure is easy. And you can change it up using flavored creamers. Perfect for a hot summer day.

  2. nancyfancypink says:

    This sounds great for summer! I have tried to make iced coffee before, but I never thought or using coffee iced cubes. Thanks!

  3. Darlene says:

    Thanks for sharing. So simple and so good. It will save a bunch of money and as a grad student I need both coffee and to save money!

  4. Sarah L says:

    I like the hint about using coffee ice cubes to keep from watering down your drink.

  5. valerie guerrero says:

    this is awesome and looks very easy and could save alot of money

  6. Shannon says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love iced coffee!

  7. M.Clark says:

    I love the coffee ice cubes, great idea, I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing this post.

  8. Coffee ice-cubes? What a great idea! Thanks, Teri!

  9. Lindsay Giedosh says:

    This is so simple, I love it! Can’t wait to try, especially with the ice cube idea

  10. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love this thanks for the recipe. :)

  11. melisa says:

    My husband is the coffee lover/drinker between the two of us. And all the kids take after dad. He takes his coffee pretty seriously, including his iced coffee. He does the long slow-drip brew style his chemex and toddy brewers. He has perfected his different recipes and locals, friends, family, coworkers all put in orders for a gallon of this at a time. Cheaper than starbucks, much better than store bought coffee and beans (he roasts his own).

    • I should add that he’s tried creamers, syrups, flavored and plain coffee ice cubes, different beans roasted at different temperatures for different lengths of time, etc.

  12. Alicia Morris says:

    Sounds great never thought of making coffee ice cubs to use and making ice cubs would make a great coffee slushy that would be really good to will make me one tomorrow

  13. Your pages are all off center. I tried to use the arrow to move it and it isn’t budging .I made this coffee with Irish cream. It’s very tasty.

  14. Vennie M. says:

    I love iced coffee winter or summer. I have tried making it myself but somehow it never seems right. I never thought of the coffee ice cubes, so maybe that is what I need. Thanks for the tip.

  15. gianna borden says:

    i love iced coffee, i go to DD almost everyday to get me some! so this would be great for me, and would save $$$!!! thanks for sharing!

  16. krystel says:

    this looks declicoius actually want to try ice cofeenever tried it before

  17. Claire D says:

    I think I can handle this recipe! Good to have on hand for days when the air conditioner just can’t keep up with the heat. And I hate paying that much for iced coffee. I’ve never understood why they charge so much more for the same coffee with ice in it!

  18. Yana Lyfar says:

    This is great way to drink your iced coffee, will be defiantly trying it this summer

  19. I make iced coffee all the time, but it doesn’t work as well since the espresso machine broke down. :-/ It gets too watery. I was looking for an alternative recipe. Pinned it ;^)

  20. M.Clark says:

    I’d love to try the ice cube making idea with other beverages, it’s a great way to keep beverages from getting watered down. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  21. Candy Kelley says:

    Easy and tasty. I would rather make this than spend the money at a coffee shop to have them make it for you.

  22. I never developed the coffee habit, but this doesn’t look half bad.

  23. Neat! I never thought to make the ice cubes from coffee! Starbuck’s def. does get pricey too, so this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Pam Gurganus says:

    This is so clever and looks and sound so refreshing! Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Iced coffee is my absolute favorite summer drink. Thanks for this post!

  26. Jessica Fortner says:

    Easy breezy! Would save a bundle off Starbucks too. :)

  27. Shannon says:

    I love how simple this recipe is. Thank you for sharing with us. Also it would be good to make into a slushy.

  28. I always make iced coffee in the warmer months with my left over coffee. I never thought of making coffee ice cubes though. Good tip, I might have to try that. For those like me who are dairy and sugar free, use coconut milk and stevia drops. It tastes just as yummy.

  29. Holly Storm-Burge says:

    Love iced coffee! Thanks for the tip about freezing the coffee cubes!

  30. Nicole Becker says:

    YUMMY recipe and so easy too!! Thanks so much, I am ready for summer.

  31. Paula V says:

    What a great idea to freeze the coffee cubes as no one likes watered down coffee.

  32. I have actually never had iced coffee, but this looks pretty good. I’ll have to give it a try

  33. Aw, coffee. The beginning to each of my days without fail. We have more DD stores in our town than grocery stores. One on every corner as the saying goes. I agree with you. Although the coffee is delicious, it is as expensive. My most enjoyable coffees of the day include the first in the morning and my afternoon one or two cups with my neighbor each day. We will use your recipe and add flavors we enjoy.

  34. ElizabethB says:

    I made this coffee using your instructions and it turned out great! Thanks a lot, iced coffee is one of my favorite beverages.

  35. Sally T. says:

    I want to make this iced coffee I already made
    the ice cubes out of the coffee.

  36. Finally, a recipe that’s easy enough for me to make! I generally avoid the kitchen. This is excellent with Irish cream coffee creamer.

  37. Terri S says:

    This looks incredible! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  38. Brigid OHara Koshko says:

    Summer is here and I love my coffee but hot doesn’t always appeal to me. This is a great recipe for me to get my fix. Thank you!

  39. Kelly Faber says:

    So much money saved just by making coffee at home!! My son has a sensitivity to caffeine, so I have to sadly stay away from coffee, but I am saving this recipe for the future! Thanks!!

  40. jenn huey says:

    Love the coffee ice cubes, it would solve my problems with homemade iced coffee; I dont usually drink it fast enough and it always gets dumped because it gets too watery

  41. Love this. We do this often, and we absolutely love the coffee ice cubes, so much better! We also have flavor shots on hand because we own an espresso maker, so those are nice to add a little flavor if you have any :) if we ever “splurge” it’s usually only the 1$ iced coffee that Dunkin Donuts has on sale for the Summer :) good deal if you’re going to go out for coffee!

  42. Kimmie Barrows says:

    Great idea! My husband LOVES iced coffee. You could also freeze some of the creamer and add a couple of those with the coffee ice cubes into milk so it melts together… or blend in the blender! There are sooo many great ways to do this lol! Love it!

  43. Erin B. says:

    Love it! No way am I wasting money at those coffee places on something I can make at home :)

  44. jeanne lynn says:

    What a great idea! This can be made at home and transferred into a travel cup rather than stopping along the way. I’d definitely make the ice cubes from coffee too, which I’d of never thought of.

  45. Ashley F says:

    I LOVE iced coffee! I think I drink more coffee in the summer than I do in the winter because I prefer it iced over hot. I need to make some coffee iced cubes, because I tend to get distracted by my toddler and set my coffee down and then the ice melts and it’s all weak and watery!

  46. Julie Mauricio says:

    Love coffee here and there specially iced coffee! So this is nice to have to make mine at home. And cheaper too 😉 thanks!

  47. Carrie A Groff says:

    Love Iced Coffee. I found a great recipe to make your own Cold Brew Coffee at home using just a french press! Yum! Here is the link to the recipe for cold brew coffee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6AuI12qs_0

  48. I love iced coffee, thank you for this recipe.

  49. Melissa S says:

    I love iced coffee in the summer and am always looking for recipes. Thanks for the tip about the ice cubes, what a great idea.

  50. I’m not a fan of iced coffee but my mom loves the stuff and makes it just like yours! So easy!

  51. Iced coffee from a cafe is not just cold coffee. It’s brewed differently and has a much higher caffeine concentration than regular coffee.

  52. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    Iced coffee can be such a refreshing drink. When you make it yourself you know exactly what you put in it.

  53. Nena Sinclair says:

    I love iced coffee and this sure beats spending so much on it at a coffee shop!

  54. Makin my coffee tomorrow Made my coffee ice cubes bought my
    caramel sauce and creamer.I just waiting until tomorrow to make
    it.It is going to be so Yum

  55. What a great idea! Looks delicious!

  56. Lorraine Wiebe says:

    I’ve tried this at home without a recipe and its exactly what I use. Yummy

  57. Kasie Tillman says:

    Thank you for this how to. My husband LOVES iced coffee. It’s so expensive at coffee shops and I like to save money!

  58. Sarah Matos says:

    My husband loves iced coffee. Sounds easy enough. I will keep this in mind for the warmer months.

  59. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I like iced coffee every once in a while.

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