How to Make Iced Coffee (When You Don't Want to Leave the House)

Updated 09/06/19

How easy is it to just stop by your favorite neighborhood café every day to grab a cup of coffee on your way to work? But if you’ve ever taken a peek at your receipts, you’ve see how it adds up… If your drink is $3 every day, that means that you’re running up a tab of over $80 a month just on java, so perhaps it’s time you learned how to make iced coffee at home. (Sorry if you drink the hot version, but we’re almost melting over here just thinking about it.)

Because going cold turkey with anything is difficult—and not always necessary—start by simply switching it up between getting your caffeine fix at home and from your go-to coffee shop. Seriously, don’t deprive yourself completely: Treat yourself to a midweek pick-me-up or a Saturday morning “you got through the week” drink. And the best part is if you learn how to make homemade iced coffee the right way, you’ll be just as pleased with your take on the beverage. Plus, you’ll get the honor of customizing your drink since you’re the one making it.

From a macadamia-nut version to a milk-and-honey recipe, find out which you prefer to get you through the summer heat. Stay cool with the best iced coffee recipes you can whip up in no time flat (and that won’t cost you a pretty penny either). Bottoms up.

Macadamia Iced Coffee

Macadamia Iced Coffee
Mitzy at Home

This exotic-inspired iced coffee recipe calls for you to brew Turkish coffee, strain it so no grounds remain, and then chill it in the fridge. Once it’s cold, pour the beverage into a glass, add some ice cubes, and then stir in a drizzle—or two (it just depends on how sweet you like things)—of vanilla syrup. The finishing touch is some homemade light macadamia milk, which is also ideal if you happen to be lactose intolerant.

Golden Milk Iced Coffee

Golden Milk Iced Coffee
The First Mess

If you’re trying to lean on the healthier side when it comes to your coffee, this easy recipe could be for you. We’ve already discussed the benefits of adding turmeric to your diet, and this spiced milk coffee helps you do just that with your beverage routine. Blend plant-based milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, turmeric powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until smooth, and mix together with cold brew coffee. Finish with ice.

Milk-and-Honey Iced Coffee

Milk-and-Honey Iced Coffee
Pinch of Yum

Word to the wise: This is a great easy recipe if you’re learning how to make iced coffee. You’ll start by making some espresso, and then you’ll dissolve some honey into the hot liquid. Add some low-fat milk, a touch of cream, and just a bit of vanilla extract; stir until combined. Use a cocktail shaker to blend the mixture with some ice, and you’ll get your perfectly chilled milk-and-honey iced coffee treat.

Coconut Iced Coffee

coconut iced coffee
Half Baked Harvest

This is pretty much the dessert of iced coffee, but we just couldn’t help ourselves. When you take the time to whip up your own coconut sweetened condensed milk, you just need to go for it. Combine cold-brew coffee, some chocolate sauce, condensed milk, and vanilla extract. Add coffee ice cubes, then rim the glass with chocolate sauce and dip it in coconut shavings for a touch of prettiness. If you’d like, you can even put some coconut whipped cream on top.

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