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How to Make Iced Coffee

Learn how to make the perfect cup of Iced Coffee ... it's easy!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Ginnie


  • 1 1/2 cups hot coffee
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup milk (2% or whole milk is best), or to taste
  • ice


  • Brew coffee, then pour 1 1/2 cups into a tall glass. Put coffee in freezer for 30 to 45 minutes (or chill in refrigerator overnight).
  • When coffee has cooled, add sugar and milk to taste.
  • Fill glass with ice and stir well.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!


Don't like sweet drinks or milky coffee? Skip the sugar and milk to serve your iced coffee black.
If you'd prefer, coffee can be sweetened with sugar syrup. To make the syrup, bring one part water and one part sugar (for example, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar) to a boil. Simmer the mixture for a minute or two, or until sugar is dissolved. Cool and store in refrigerator for up to a month.
Create a coffee shop-inspired drink by flavoring your coffee with syrups, extracts, spices, and more. See tips in the article for lots of delicious ideas.
For an extra decadent treat, use half and half instead of milk.


Calories: 88kcal
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