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Do-It-Yourself Homemade Iced Coffee

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  • Nan says:

    Thanks for sharing- Love iced coffee’s. Definitely will be trying this!

  • Amy says:

    Looks yummy! My coffee loving husband works from home and will make a full pot of coffee each morning. I don’t like hot coffee but love iced coffee. He always has leftover coffee at the end of the day, which I pour into a glass, add some sugar to and put in the fridge. The next morning I use his leftover coffee as the base to my iced coffee 🙂 I add ice and milk to the already sugared coffee, add a straw and feel spoiled
    😉 The great part about this was that it all got started as a way to use up leftover coffee rather than waste it!

    • Randi says:

      Thats exactly how I started to drink iced coffee too. Using my ex’s leftover coffee because I didnt want to waste it. I used sugar free syrup and half and half. Total indulgence, but I drink one per day and I love it.

  • The Martha Stewart Living magazine suggests using leftover coffee to make coffee ice cubes to put in these homemade iced coffee drinks. I thought that was very clever!

  • Stephanie says:

    I use leftover black coffee to make the ice cubes- that way the drink isn’t diluted when the ice melts.

  • Crystal says:

    I just this morning found a recipe for McDonalds Caramel Frappe on via craftgossip. It looks great too!

  • Maria says:

    This is very similar to what The Pioneer Woman posted about a week ago.

    I made it last week, and it is excellent. It has saved me lots of $ from my too- frequent trips to Starbucks for Iced Lattes.

    • Jen says:

      I was just going to post The Pioneer Woman’s site too. It really is good and I love that it makes so much! There are 4 in my family that love this stuff. I actually “brewed” mine in a big stock pot and used an old while table cloth to filter it faster than filtering it through coffee filters or cheese cloth.

      I LOVE her suggestion about using sweetened condensed milk and milk instead of cream or creamer. YUMMY!

  • Sarah says:

    Interesting how this seems so complicated. You know what me and my husband do? Brew a pot of regular coffee (maybe a little strong), put lots of ice in a cup, pour the coffee over it, add a little creamer and there ya go! Maybe it tastes better the other way but seems like more work too! I think what we do works great and tastes awesome! 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      Hey, I’m all about simple! Thanks for sharing!

      • Sarah says:

        Simple is good! Oh and as far as the ‘fusion’ of taste, ours doesn’t seem like it’s not well blended – that is what a spoon is for! Hehe. I think maybe that is why the other people would say to store it overnight – for the taste and also maybe for the fact that it will be super cold, but again, that is what the ice is for!

        Thanks for all the things you share on your blog!

    • Autumn says:

      Lol. I totally agree. Was thinking the same thing with the measuring and pulling out the coffee grinder since I currently have grounded coffee to use up. I love simple. I do like the ice cube tray idea for the leftovers. 🙂

  • Sara says:

    What a neat idea! I personally don’t care for coffee, but many if my family do. This will sure be a nice treat to offer them when they visit!

  • Dustie says:

    I have started counting cals on myfitnesspal, and since then, I have not had one starbucks!! I miss my iced coffees only Starbucks can make!! I might try this one though, looks yummy!
    Dustie @

  • Veronica says:

    I brew extra stong coffee and add sugar. Wait until cool and put in the fridge over night and add my creamer and ice cubes in the morning.

  • I use all the instant coffe powder samples for making iced coffee. Heat the milk, add the instant coffee powder and add some ice cubes. iced coffee is ready. So far Starbucks instant coffee mix was the best.

    • Sarah says:

      That sounds pretty simple also which is a good thing!

    • Tammy says:

      I am glad somebody talks about instant coffee for ice coffee.Many moons ago I made ice coffee for my dad.We made it with instant coffee! Growing up in Rhode Island that is how it was made .

  • Katie says:

    Cold brew coffee won’t be bitter, like hot coffee can be when you pour it over ice, and it will be much stronger because it sits so long on the ground beans. It has much more taste and is simple to make. I just made some last week using the 2 oz ground sample I received a few months ago (free coffee!!) – so easy.
    All you really need to know is for every 2 oz of coffee, you need 16 oz water…and cold brewed coffee will keep, without sweetener or other additives, for at least 4 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.

  • christine says:

    I just recently started brewing my own iced coffee as well. saves me money, plus I don’t have to pack up 2 kids and lug them into the coffee house to get and iced latte. Here is the recipe I use.

    I have a small 5 cup coffee pot and a 2qt plastic jug.

    2 cups of ice in the pitcher, set aside.
    brew 2 pots of coffee. I use the following recipe.
    5 cups water (using coffee pot to measue)
    1/3 cup coffee
    After its brewed I pour into large 4 cup measuring cup and add 1/4 cup sugar and stir to disolve.
    Pour into pitcher over ice.
    Repeat with 2nd pot of coffee.
    Store in fridge

    when ready to enjoy a glass:
    put ice in glass, pour desired amount of coffee, and your choice of creamer (I drink it plain, with a splash of milk, or with a splash of vanilla creamer, depending on how sweetened I want my coffee that day)
    I agree its best enjoyed with a straw

  • Keisla Messenger says:

    Here’s my version. A great excuse to try a new milk…

    Iced Cafe au Lait:

    1 c. coffee
    1 c. milk (regular, soy, almond, etc.)
    1 c. ice
    Sugar, to taste
    Splash of good quality vanilla (or other alcohol-based delight)

    Blend. Enjoy

  • Melinda says:

    I actually just did this last night, I felt like having an iced coffee and looked online how to make one. I just brewed regular coffee, then added my sugar substitute to the hot coffee so it would melt and mix in good. If you add the sugar when it’s cold, then it doesn’t mix in well. After I put in the sugar to hot coffee, I poured the coffee into a pitcher and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. When it was chilled I poured in a glass with half and half, it was very delicious 🙂 I can’t wait to try it with a flavored creamer, which you can usually find these on sale.

  • Stacy Smith says:

    I saw the ice cube idea the other day. I hate wasting, and I love iced coffee. Best of both worlds. Thanks for this post!!

  • Amy Stricklin says:

    When we moved from RI to MO we were seriously missing the DD drive through on every corner like back home. I was forced to make my own iced coffee but we do it much easier. Every few days or so I just brew a regular pot of flavored coffee, let it cool down on the counter and transfer it into a pourable container and refrigerate it. When we are ready for iced coffee we add our cream, sugar and ice. Its delicious and even if a DD ever makes its way out here I dont think I could go back to my old habits because of the expense!

  • Freebies says:

    I am generally not a lover of instant coffee but I recently bought a jar of it at Trader Joes for cooking. Then I tried it for iced coffee- works great, easy and cheap!!


    • Freebies says:

      oh- and I just mix the instant with the milk and then add ice. Sometimes it doesn’t want to dissolve but I think you could just heat up a tiny bit of water and mix it with the coffee- then pour it in if if bothers you.


  • christine says:

    frappe: blend up 2 heaping spoonfuls of sugar free vanilla or choc instant pudding, 6-8 ice cubes, 1 cup fat free milk, 1 cup dbl brew coffee. This makes enough for 2 travel mugs. the pudding thickens and adds subtle flavor. I love DD iced mocha but cannot justify $3 a day all summer 🙂

  • Maggie says:

    My husband LOVES iced coffee and he cold brews his in a mason jar the night before. He uses the gold filter from our coffee pot to strain it into his thermos (they are around $4 and you never have to buy paper filters again–plus, I’ve read that it makes for better coffee and it’s easier on the environment), so it’s alot less potential mess 🙂

  • hilljean says:

    Oh yay! In this heat it’s practically ungodly to drink hot coffee. I am thrilled to have a recipe for something cold!

  • g says:

    I will be making it but I turn my jar upside down as to not have the blob mess. 🙂

  • Angie says:

    I make iced coffee in my ice tea maker! just put in a filter and coffee instead of tea bags, and it brews perfect iced coffee, just like you would tea! Just add creamer or half and half to taste.

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