Cold coffee or iced coffee shake is a delicious beverage made of chilled coffee, milk & sugar. You can also add ice cream or whipped cream if you like.
Cafe style iced coffee is so easy to make at home and all you need are very few ingredients and 10 minutes.
In this post I am sharing how to make cold coffee recipe at home with detailed step by step photos. This is a cafe style recipe with delicious coffee, full fat milk, sugar & finished with good old vanilla ice cream 🙂
I am big fan of milkshakes and during summer I can have it daily 🙂 While eating out at restaurants or cafes, I always look out for interesting milkshakes to try. This cold coffee shake is one of my absolute favorites. It tastes so delicious on a hot summer day, I absolutely love after I have shopped till I dropped 🙂
I am also a big fan of coffee and coffee based drinks, be it dalgona coffee, espresso coffee, chocolate mocha, condensed milk coffee I love it all 🙂
The good news is you don’t have to go to any café or restaurant for this best iced coffee recipe. It is super easy to make at home with easily available ingredients. I often make this without ice cream but adding a scoop or two does make this drink super indulgent.
If you like chilled beverages or milkshakes, do read on and try this easy recipe 🙂
What Is Cold Coffee?
Cold coffee or iced coffee is a rich & creamy milkshake made with string coffee, whole milk or full fat milk and sugar. Ice cream or whipped is mostly added for rich, creamy and thick drink. This delicious beverage popularized by cafes and bistros, is now a top favorite among many.
Making iced coffee or cold coffee at home is super easy and it is hardly a recipe. If you are an avid hot coffee drinker like me, chances are you will have coffee leftover from the morning which you can use to make a rich & perfect iced coffee as an afternoon treat.
This is a super simple yet versatile recipe that you can dress in so many ways. Wanna make a frappe or Frappuccino like drink? Just add your favorite syrup like coffee syrup, chocolate syrup and top with loads of whipped cream.
Wanna keep it light? Go easy on sugar, use skimmed milk and make a light yet delicious treat 🙂 Staying away from caffeine? Just use decaf coffee and make this delicious iced coffee recipe, see so many options.
In whichever way you make this cold coffee makes for a wonderful, delicious treat. Do try it out. It is
super simple to make
Delicious and rich
very similar to café style cold coffees.
Ingredients & Substitutes
You can use any variety of coffee here.
Hot Coffee & Coffee Ice Cubes
If you leftover coffee from the morning, just chill it until use. You can even bring the hot coffee to room temperature and pour it in ice cube trays and freeze. You can use this whenever you want to make cold coffee
Cold brew coffee
If you prefer cold brew coffee, you can use it too. Cold brew is stronger so adjust quantity as per preference.
Instant coffee powder
This is the easiest options out there for making iced coffee at home. Most of the Indian cafes and bistros use instant coffee powder to make iced coffee. I have also used the same here.
Other options are espresso shots, French press coffee etc.
Use full fat milk or whole milk for a very rich and creamy drink. For a lighter version you can use skimmed milk too. For a super rich drink you can also add 2 tablespoons milk powder. Use chilled milk for best taste. You can even use half milk and half cream for a richer coffee shake.
Vegan option– Just use any plant based milk like almond milk or soy milk. You can also use coconut milk if you don’t mind the flavor.
Adding ice cream in cold coffee recipe is optional but recommended for indulgent drink. You can add vanilla ice cream, coffee ice cream, chocolate ice cream as per taste.
Sub– Instead of ice cream you can add 1/2 cup whipping cream or heavy cream and blend along with other ingredients for this homemade iced coffee recipe.
You can use regular sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, sugar syrup, simple syrup, sweetened vanilla syrup or maple syrup as per taste. I have used sugar and topped the coffee with little maple syrup.
I have used pure vanilla bean powder here. You can also use coffee extract, little cinnamon powder for this. Feel free to try various flavored syrups for different taste.
I love adding some cocoa powder in my cold coffee. It absolutely compliments the coffee flavor and elevates the taste. You can also add chocolate syrup instead of cocoa powder.
A pinch of salt in this drink, ties all the flavor together and makes it so good, try adding if you have not before.
Ice cubes are used to add some volume and also make the drink super cold. Adding ice cubes dilute the drink. If you make cold coffee without ice cream, I suggest you freeze both coffee mixture and milk in ice cube trays and use them instead of ice cubes. Milk cubes make thick chilled drink.
How To Make Cold Coffee Or Ice Coffee
Add 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules to a small bowl.
Add 1/2 cup boiling water to it and mix well. Let it cool down to room temperature. Use boiling water and not warm water for mixing coffee.
To make iced coffee add the prepared coffee to a blender jar.
Add a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons sugar too.
Now add few ice cubes.
Next add 1/2 cup chilled milk and 3 scoops ice cream.
Blend well in high speed until frothy and creamy.
Transfer to tall glasses and top with extra coffee or a dusting of cocoa powder. You can also place a scoop of ice cream or pipe some whipping cream before serving. Serve cold coffee immediately.
Cold Coffee Without Blender
You can easily make great iced coffee without a blender. You will need a jar with tightly closing lid or a mason jar for this.
Add all the ingredients to a mason jar and close the lid tightly. Shake it vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Serve in the same jar.
You can also use one of those milk frother to froth up the drink before serving.
The taste and flavor of this cold coffee is directly proportional to the quality of coffee mixture. So use fine quality coffee for best flavor.
Make sure the coffee is strong enough so that the flavor is not last on adding ice cubes, milk and ice cream.
Full fat milk or whole milk is the bet for thick, creamy and indulgent shake . If you are making it as an everyday drink and want to keep it light, you can skimmed milk.
To make a super frothy coffee you can use a coffee frother.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is indulgent treat that tastes yummy and has no health benefits. Its caffeine, sugar and ice cream after all 🙂
Just use vegan milk, non dairy cream or ice cream.
You can 2 tablespoons coffee syrup whole blending.
Yes, chill it and use.
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Cold Coffee- Iced Coffee Shake
1 CUP = 250 ml
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 cups milk boiled and chilled
- 1/2 cup cream or soft ice cream
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules to a small bowl.
- Add 1/2 cup boiling water to it and mix well. Let it cool down to room temperature. Use boiling water and not warm water for mixing coffee.
- To make iced coffee add the prepared coffee to a blender jar.
- Add a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons sugar too.
- Blend thoroughly.
- Now add few ice cubes.
- Next add 1/2 cup chilled milk and 3 scoops ice cream.
- Blend well in high speed until frothy and creamy.