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An iced coffee sitting on a wodden table

How To Make Iced Coffee

There’s nothing quite like an iced cold coffee on a hot day. This iced coffee recipe is just the thing you need to cool yourself down in the summer months.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 1 Glass


  • Glass
  • Straws


  • 1-2 shot(s) Espresso from cafetiere/french press, moka pot or espresso machine
  • Ice to fill your glass
  • 250 mls Milk, Half and Half or Single Cream or enough to top up your espresso
  • Simple Syrup or Coffee Syrup optional and to taste


  • Make a shot of espresso in the ordinary way you would. You can do this with an espresso machine, cafetiere/french press or moka pot. 
    If you want a stronger kick, make a double or triple shot. 
    Never made espresso before? Check out my guide on how to make an espresso
    A french press brewing coffee
  • While your espresso is brewing, fill a glass with fresh ice.
    A glass filled with ice
  • Once your espresso is brewed, pour it over the ice immediately. Some of the ice will melt, but very quickly your espresso will cool. 
    A glass of coffee poured over ice
  • Then, top up your glass with cold milk. For an extra special treat, you can use half and half or single cream. 
    Best enjoyed immediately and with a straw. If you have a sweet tooth, try adding a coffee syrup or a few teaspoons of ordinary simple syrup.
    Coffee syrups come in many different flavors for you to try and enjoy in your iced coffee, as well as plenty of sugar-free options. 
    You can use regular sugar, but be sure to add it to the espresso shot(s) and stir to dissolve prior to pouring over ice.
    Half and half just added to coffee and ice to make an iced coffee