The recipe for iced coffee is something as simple to prepare as it is pleasant to taste. It is, in essence, a coffee with whipped cream. If you are passionate about the taste of coffee in any of its forms, this is an option you can enjoy at any time of the year. This is why we must look for the best ingredients if we want to obtain excellent results in its preparation, something that always happens with simple recipes.
If we want to prepare an easy and delicious flavoured iced coffee, in this page we are going to suggest you some tips for this. First, we will see what ingredients we need to have at home to make the iced coffee, and then we will talk about its preparation and some very interesting variants.
Ingredients for the iced coffee recipe
Below, we bring you a list of ingredients for making homemade iced coffee. Ideally, if you are cooking iced coffee for the first time, you should stick to these proportions, and then in later preparations change or retouch the ingredient you prefer, to adapt the recipe of the iced coffee to your taste.
- 2 espressos (about half a cup of coffee)
- A cup and a half of cold milk.
- 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar (for the milk)
- Vanilla ice cream, of the brand you like, but only vanilla.
- 1 cup of whipping cream.
- 1 spoonful of granulated sugar (this is only for the whipped cream).
With these amounts you can make iced coffee for two people.
You will only need these ingredients to enjoy a tasty iced coffee that is easy and quick to get. As you can see, almost everyone has them at home on a regular basis. It is not one of these recipes that you have to go to the supermarket beforehand with the planning done to buy everything.
When you have everything ready, it’s time to start cooking (or rather, to prepare the iced coffee, because in this recipe we will “cook” little).
How to prepare iced coffee (step by step)
To start making the homemade iced coffee, the first thing to do is to prepare the espressos and mix them with the cold milk and sugar. You can make the espresso the way you like it or the way you normally make it at home (black coffee, as it is also known), but the better the coffee, the better the result you will get in this recipe.
Correct the sugar espressos, and put them in the fridge. Then it’s time to take the vanilla ice cream out of the freezer. It’s just to soften it a bit during the short minutes it will take to prepare the iced coffee, so that it is easier to drink.
The next step is to whip the cream. You can do it by hand or with an electric hand mixer, as you prefer.
When you start to form little waves in the cream (it will take about 2 or 3 minutes), it is time to add the spoonful of sugar you have reserved for the cream, and continue beating until the whipped cream (because what you are preparing is nothing more than a whipped cream) is very consistent.
TIP: whipped cream will look better if the instruments you use are very, very cold. You can put the container and the blades of the mixer in the fridge or freezer a little earlier so that they are very cold.
When serving your iced coffee, we recommend using a glass or a tall cup. The first thing you should pour in is the vanilla ice cream (which, if you pay attention to us above, will not be hard but slightly wasted). The ideal proportion is that you fill a third of the glass with the vanilla ice cream.
You’re about to finish your easy-to-prepare iced coffee at home. All you have to do is add the milk with cold coffee to almost the rim of the glass. As a reference, you can leave about an inch up to the rim. This is where you will pour the whipped cream to top off your iced coffee, and it’s ready! Now you can serve it right away and see – or rather taste – how good it is.
Did you like our recipe for iced coffee? If so, we will now share with you a variation of the main recipe that you will surely also enjoy very much – everyone has their own personalised iced coffee recipe with cream!
And if you are looking for the best-iced coffee recipe, you can also try this other alternative:
Iced coffee without milk
Iced coffee without milk is an excellent alternative for all those who are lactose intolerant, or who prefer not to consume cow’s milk. This recipe for iced coffee without milk is also a very good option to enjoy an iced coffee that is simple to make in a few minutes. As you can see, the idea is to replace cow’s milk with a coconut cream.
Ingredients for making iced coffee without milk
- 2 cups of espresso or black coffee
- 3/4 cup of coconut cream with no added sugar
- 2 tablespoons of sugar.
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
- Ice (amount to taste).
These amounts are used to make iced coffee (without milk) for two people.
How to make iced coffee without milk (easy)
The first thing is to make the coffees and put them in the fridge to cool them down. In the meantime, prepare your blender: you will need it later. The idea of blending all the ingredients is to homogenize the preparation and to better combine all the flavours.
When you have this mixture ready and the coffee is cold. Put everything in the blender and mix it well: the coffee, the coconut cream, together with the vanilla and the sugar, for one minute. You can observe the final result and blend or crush everything for a few more seconds, if you see it necessary. This depends on the taste.
Now you just have to put the ice in a glass (also, amount to taste) and serve the coffee cold. We advise you not to drink it immediately, but to wait 30-60 seconds for the iced coffee to cool down completely.
You are now ready to drink an excellent, easy-to-make iced coffee without any cow’s milk. How does it look?
NOTE: This is a perfect option for vegetarians or vegans.
Light iced coffee
Are you taking care of your diet to get in the shape you want? Has summer arrived, but you don’t want to stop enjoying the pleasures of life while you pursue your goals? There’s a way to enjoy a wonderful, easy-to-make, low-calorie iced coffee. Would you like to know the recipe? Here it is:
Ingredients for making a light iced coffee
- 1.5 litre of powdered skimmed milk.
- Coffee to your liking (can be with non-caffeinated coffee as well).
- Sweetener (the one you prefer).
- Vanilla ice cream: the right amount is one scoop of ice cream per person. For this recipe you should normally look in your supermarket for a light vanilla ice cream.
- Vanilla essence, to flavour.
(Recipe for 2 people).
How to prepare light iced coffee (easy)
The first step is to dissolve the coffee in the skimmed milk, and then add a few drops of vanilla essence and the liquid sweetener to your taste. Now, we have to mix all the ingredients together, so that we get a unified, homogeneous mass.
Now it’s time to prepare the glasses to serve the light iced coffee mixture. Take each glass (ideally a normal glass of water, about 250ml), and pour in a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Once we have done this we only have to serve the coffee inside the glass and we will appreciate the delight we have created very low in calories.
This light iced coffee recipe is very tasty and the truth is that its caloric contribution is very reduced: it only has approximately 130 calories per portion (it depends on the ice-cream you choose, of course). To give you an idea: a traditional (i.e. not light) iced coffee can have around 300 calories in each individual portion.