Make Your Favorite Iced Coffee Drinks at Home

iced coffee drinkOh, iced coffee, how I love thee. So tasty on a hot summer day, though up until recently, I've always had to take a trip to my nearest coffee shop for my caffeinated indulgence.

This past week, I tried my hand at making iced coffee at home, which ended up being both a blessing and disaster. Blessing in that I no longer have to wait in line at Starbucks in the morning, disaster because I got three hours of sleep last night thanks to my evening energy boost. But, live and learn. I definitely won't be playing barista past 6 p.m. anymore.


I've been experimenting with three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon.

First, I brew the coffee like I normally would for a hot drink. For the chocolate and cinnamon flavors, I sprinkle some cocoa powder or cinnamon into the coffee grinds as it brews for an extra flavorful kick. Be sure to add sweetener to it while it's hot so that it fully dissolves and then place it in the fridge for several hours. For a vanilla treat, instead of adding sweetener directly to the coffee, boil vanilla extract, sugar, and water together to create a mixture to pour in, as desired, after the coffee has cooled. Serve over ice and, as you would with a regular coffee drink, add in milk at the end if you're a milk-in-your-coffee kind of gal.

Also, I'm naughty, so I swirl caramel or chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass, and sometimes even top it off with whipped cream. Heaven. Blissful, fattening heaven.

Do you make iced coffee at home? What's your favorite iced coffee flavor?


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