5 Incredible Iced Coffee Recipes to Cool You Down on Hot Summer Days

Iced Coffee Recipes So Easy Anyone Can Make Them

Summer has arrived and the days are warming up. It’s time to make the switch from hot coffee to cold coffee.  Making iced coffee is my favorite way to cool down in the summers.  Grab a good book and an iced cold coffee and chill out in the hot summer sun. 

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What’s the Best Way to Make Iced Coffee?

There are so many different ways, this is hard to answer.  The answer is to try different ways until you find one that works for you.  The best way is the way that you enjoy the most. 

I like simple iced coffee with a little bit of flavor, but some people like thicker iced coffee. 

Maybe you just want an easy recipe because you don’t like fussing with it (see the first recipe in this list) or maybe you want a super delicious healthy coffee recipe (see the fourth recipe in this list).

If you aren’t sure where to start, start with number one.  It is the simplest recipe for iced coffee. Then add things until you are happy with it. 

Can You Just Add Ice to Coffee?

The short answer is yes.  The problem is, it will melt the ice, so if you are going to do this, you need to add a lot of ice, and blend it together.  Your best bet is to make a pot of coffee and let it cool or put it in the fridge until it’s cool before you make your iced coffee. 

In a pinch, just make stronger coffee than you usually do and add lots of ice and your coffee to a blender and blend.  You can add some cold cream or milk as well to help cool it off. 

My favorite way is to make cold brew coffee.  All that means is adding coffee ground in water and leaving it overnight in the fridge.  It takes away that bitter taste you sometimes get from day old coffee. 

How to Sweeten Iced Coffee

There are lots of different ways to sweeten iced coffee.  Most of the coffee shops like Starbucks and Tim Hortons use syrup, but you don’t need to use high sugar syrup to sweeten your iced coffee.  

These recipes all have different kinds of sweetening.  Some use powdered sugar, some use granulated sugar, some don’t use sugar at all.  

When ordering an iced coffee at a big chain coffee shop, I always ask for no base, and to make it with chocolate milk.  It’s not as sweet but still has enough sweetness to make it really refreshing. 

If you want to check out some really good syrups you can add to your iced coffee recipes, check out these Skinny Syrups.  They are very popular and a great way to sweeten your iced coffee (or regular coffee) without adding sugar. 

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1. The Simple Iced Coffee Recipe – No Bells and Whistles

Let’s get started with a very basic and very simple iced coffee recipe.  This is your bare bones, no bells and whistles, everyday iced coffee recipe. 

Melanie Cooks makes this simple iced coffee recipe that’s so easy to make that it can replace your regular hot coffee routine in the summer.  

As mentioned above, you can always add some Skinny Syrup to add a boost of flavor, or just add some of your favorite extracts like vanilla. 

2. Vanilla Iced Coffee RecipeVanilla iced coffee recipe for hot summer days.

This vanilla iced coffee recipe from Masala Herb offers several variations of how to make it, so it’s easy to find one that works for you.  You likely already have some of these ingredients in your house, so you could start the process right now.  

She also gives you several variations of vanilla to use.  This recipe looks delicious and is perfect for a hot summer day. 

My favorite coffee to use with a recipe like this is Lifeboost Coffee. It has a very rich flavor that goes really well with iced coffee recipes.  I always love to grind my own beans (I prefer a burr grinder) to get the freshest taste possible.  You don’t have to, but if I’m going to make a coffee, I’m making good coffee.  

anilla Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe – My Mouth is Watering!!!

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Have you ever asked yourself, ‘How do I make good iced coffee?’  I’ve got the answer right here. 

Print this recipe with the free printable recipe card, you will be happy you did.  You will want to keep this one readily available this summer.  My mouth is watering as I’m typing.    

This vanilla caramel iced coffee recipe from DIY Candy is one that’s going in my recipe book for when I have friends over and want to totally wow them.  It’s not all the difficult, with no extra sugar added.  

There is one ingredient that I wouldn’t have expected in an iced coffee.  Can you guess which one it is? 

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think and if you tried it alone, or if you had someone to share it with.  How did they like it?

Although this recipe is made with decaf coffee, you can make it with decaf or regular coffee, whichever you prefer. 

4. Iced Coffee Protein Shake – No Sugar Added, Healthy, and All Natural 

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This iced coffee protein shake from Nathalie’s Health is like coffee and breakfast combined into one.  It’s packed full of ingredients that fuel your body.  

I will keep this one in my arsenal for when I need a good breakfast on the go.  When I go to the gym in the morning, sometimes I bring a protein shake and I’ll have a few sips before my workout.  Afterward, I will drink the rest of it.  Since I have to have breakfast and always have a coffee anyways, this is perfect for times like that. 

She gives you the calorie count and it’s a good solid breakfast for a workout day.  Print out the recipe card to keep for later. 



5. Toasted Coconut Iced Coffee – With Bonus Coupon 

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For all your coconut lovers out there, here is a super simple and super yummy toasted coconut iced coffee recipe from Atta Girl Says.

She includes a coupon for coffee and a bonus on what to do with your Kcups once you are done with them.  

If you love coconut and you love coffee, you have to try this recipe.  

Coconut and coconut milk have tons of health benefits.  You can read about the health benefits of coconut milk here




Which Iced Coffee Recipe do You Like the Most?

Do you have a favorite recipe?  leave me a comment to let me know what iced coffee is your favorite.  If you tried one of these recipes, I would be so appreciative if you left me a comment.  

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Iced Coffee Recipes So Easy Anyone Can Make Them

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9 thoughts on “5 Incredible Iced Coffee Recipes to Cool You Down on Hot Summer Days”

  1. Thank you for all the great suggestions, we love iced coffee and now I have some new recipes

    • Thanks for check it out. I hope you find one you like. If so, let me know.

    • Thanks for the comment. The no bells and whistles recipe is still delicious. Add a bit of vanilla extract to boost the flavor if you don’t want to get too complicated.

  2. I almost wish I liked coffee! They are so pretty. haha But seriously, I’m going to save these recipes for when my Mama visits. She lives on the stuff and loves the iced.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Stick around. If you’re a tea lover, I will be working on tea recipes in the future. Do you have a specific kind of tea that you like?

    • Thanks for commenting. What’s your favorite way to drink coffee?

  3. I’m not a huge coffee fan although these days I am having it more often. I think I would love the coconut one as I do like coconut. Definitely giving these a try one at a time. Thanks for sharing.


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