Iced coffee: how to make iced coffee at home in under five minutes

This is the recipe for you if you're craving iced coffee. Coffee shops may be closed, but we're teaching you how to make iced coffee at home – and with equally tasty results

iced coffee
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Iced coffee seriously can't be beaten when the good weather rolls around. And given how stunning the past couple of says have been, we thought it was about time we taught you how to make it at home. After all, just because coffee shops are closed, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy this iced delight at the start, middle, or even end of your day.

And whether you're working with coffee beans, coffee grounds or instant coffee, it's super easy to make iced coffee that tastes pretty similar to anything you might buy while out and about. Plus, you can keep your iced coffee pretty simple, or add a homemade syrup for something a little more special.

Follow the recipe below, or head over to our food ideas hub for more recipe ideas and inspiration.

Iced coffee


  • 150ml black coffee
  • 100ml milk or non-dairy milk – add more or less depending on your preference
  • Handful of ice cubes
  • Optional: maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, coffee syrup


1. Prepare your coffee as you would usually, then set it aside to cool.

2. In the meantime, add milk and ice to a large glass, along with any syrups or flavourings you might be opting for.

3. Once your coffee is completely cooled, add to the milk and ice mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.

  • This recipe makes a traditional whipped coffee, but you could also give the super popular Dalgona whipped coffee a go – simply add to cold milk, as opposed to the warm milk advised.

Make iced coffee with instant coffee

Coffee purists, you just scroll on down and skip this one because we know you don’t approve. 

Right, they’re gone, so now we can say to anyone who doesn’t have a coffee machine that you can make iced coffee with instant. Just add a couple of teaspoons to a heatproof jug and pour 200ml of boiled water over it. If you want a touch of sweetness, add a little sugar with the instant coffee. 

Let it cool for an hour at room temperature, then put it in the fridge for a further hour or so. Then all you need to do is put ice in a glass and add the coffee you made earlier. Add milk or leave it black to taste.

You can also use this method for coffee made in a filter machine or cafetière instead. 

Make speedy iced coffee

So, you’d rather not hang about waiting for coffee to cool, or spend time blending. No problem. Just brew up an espresso, add a little sugar if you like, pour on some milk and mix. To serve, add ice cubes to a glass and pour the coffee over. You could brew up your coffee in a cafetière instead, but make it strong as it’s going to be diluted by the ice and milk.

Use syrup to flavour iced coffee

You can boost the flavour of iced coffee with a syrup. Add some to the glass, pour espresso or other coffee on top, add ice cubes, then finish with milk for a tasty and cooling brew.

Try Jamie Oliver's iced latte

If you’ve got a cafetière and an ice cube tray, you’ve got what you need to make Jamie Oliver’s iced latte. Jamie uses leftover coffee from the cafetière, but we think you’ll be brewing up for the purpose of making this iced coffee.

 Just pour the coffee into an ice cube tray, freeze, then when you’re ready to make the iced coffee, put the cubes into a heatproof glass, pour more coffee over to just over half way up the glass, then top up with milk. 

Make Gordon Ramsay's cinnamon iced coffee

If you like your iced coffee sweet, Gordon Ramsay makes an iced coffee you’ll love. It’s created with a double shot of espresso, whole milk, a little maple syrup, and ice cubes. Put them all in a blender and whizz to combine, then serve in a glass and sprinkle` with cinnamon. We like.

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