How to Make Ice Coffee

Iced coffee, cold brew…You name it!

The first thing to understand here is iced coffee is different from the cold brew.

Cold brew coffee is usually steeped at room temperature for 18 to 24 hours approx. before it is finally served


Enough of those facts.

The best thing about making coffee at home is you could save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Don’t believe me?

iced coffee in a glass

Well, here is the amount you’ll probably be spending on average over the next 30 years.

This was published in Vanguard Blog for Advisors post by Frank Kinniry.

Kinniry also said, “By pocketing the $3.50 for coffee each day and investing it instead in a low-cost, diversified Roth IRA, you’d have an estimated $106,000 after 30 years, and I don’t think anyone would pay $106,000 for coffee!”

With that making you satisfied that you are probably saving a whopping $100,000, here are some four different ways to make iced coffee at home.

1: Iced Coffee With French Press

Don’t get confused – If you have a French press at home, it can be used to brew a delicious cup of iced coffee.

  • Take coffee grinds (I prefer fresh ones) approx. A quarter of a cup and add it at the bottom of the French press machine.
  • Next, pour cold water in the French press.
  • Allow the coffee grinds to sit in the water and put it in the fridge overnight, unpressed.
  • When you wake up, take out the French press and press the grinds down and pour over ice.
  • That’s it; you are all ready to enjoy your delicious iced coffee.

2: The Container Iced Coffee

This method requires two containers. One will be used for infusing and the other for storing your cold brew coffee.

We also need a coffee filter, ground coffee beans and purified water.

Ok, we are all set and ready to brew.

The best ratio for coffee and water ratio is one part of coffee beans and four parts of purified water. If you prefer a strong brew, either increase the coffee while keeping the same water ratio or cut one part of water.

To begin, use an electric grinder to grind the beans at coarse setting. Not necessary if the beans are already ground. Make sure you buy pre-ground coffee which is no older than two weeks.

In a big container, add the coffee and purified water. Stir it using a wooden spoon until all the coffee is saturated with water.

Now, cover this mixture with a towel or a lid and let it infuse at room temperature for 18-24 hours. After 18-24 hrs. Line up a strainer with a coffee filter and place it over a large bowl.

Strain the coffee slowly by pouring it on the filter into the new container.

Finally, pour this coffee over ice and serve immediately. That’s it; your iced coffee is ready to sip.

If it tastes too strong, you can dilute it with water or cream.

iced coffee with cream

3: Cold Coffee Without Ice Cream

I love the cold coffee without ice cream recipe, and it takes a few simple ingredients, a bit of your time and patience.


Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Coffee – 1 tbsp.
  • Chilled milk – 1 ½ cup
  • Powdered sugar – 2-3 tbsp. or as per your taste
  • Ice cubes – 4
  • Chocolate sauce – 1 tbsp.
  • Fresh whip cream – 2 tbsp. but it is optional


Firstly, add milk, coffee, sugar and ice cubes in a mixer or a blender. I prefer an electric blender with a regular blade.

Blend it well until it becomes dense and frothy.

Take a serving glass, squeeze in 1 tbsp. Chocolate sauce and pour it into the glass.

Next, pour the blended coffee and top it with whipped cream or simply decorate with more of chocolate sauce.

Serve yourself, sip and enjoy.

4: Ice Coffee Hack Busted

So far we’ve learnt some simple iced coffee recipes.

Well, you’ve probably heard of coffee cubes, but the method might be shady.

The usual concept is pouring leftover coffee into ice cube tray and freezing it. Not a good idea!

What you do is, brew fresh and strong coffee, pour it into ice cube tray and refrigerate it for 4-5 hours approx.

Before you take out the ice cube tray, brew another fresh cup of coffee iced coffee and finally pour the ice cubes.

This will keep your coffee flavour-rich as it melts and gives you a whole new experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need a special coffee maker for iced coffee?

A. Not really! Iced coffee may or may not require a coffee maker. It depends on how you brew it. Ideally, a container, a coffee filter, coffee beans and purified water is all you need to brew iced coffee with no special kitchen equipment.

Q. What’s the correct coffee: water ratio for iced coffee?

A. It is the same as for a hot brew coffee. One part of coffee grounds and four parts of water. If you want to make it strong or light, increase or decrease any part.

Q. Do I need to dilute before drinking?

A. This is a common question coffee lovers ask about iced coffee, “Do I need to dilute before drinking?” Well, it depends on your drinking habits. If you are someone who drinks plenty of coffee throughout the day, you may want to dilute it, so you don’t get caffeine overdose.

Q. Can I add mix-ins?

A. If you don’t care much about the caloric intake or fats, you can always add syrups, creamers, chocolate, caramel, sweeteners, etc. I’d recommend adding in moderate quantity.


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