How to Make Vanilla Iced Coffee

Iced Vanilla CappuccinoVanilla is one of the most popular and ubiquitous flavors consumed. Many times people don’t even realize that some of their favorite desserts, candies, and drinks contain vanilla. Coffee drinkers are probably familiar with mixing coffee and vanilla but a common problem is that the coffee flavor can mask the vanilla. This happens for several reasons but is mostly related to using artificial vanilla flavor which has a weaker flavor compared to the high priced natural vanilla. Vanilla flavor comes from a tropical orchid vine from which the seed pod commonly called a vanilla bean is harvested and fermented for its unique flavor. Dry vanilla beans and natural pure vanilla extract may be expensive but can be worth the extra cost. The artificial vanilla is not as strong as the natural extract and so you might end up using a lot of fake vanilla and wasting more money than using a small amount of natural vanilla flavor. So this is how to make vanilla iced coffee using the best ingredients.

Vanilla Ice Coffee FrappeFirst brew four cups of regular strength coffee or use cold brewed coffee, and then dissolve about ¼ a cup of sugar in the coffee. You might find that you desire a bolder coffee flavor so you can either substitute with double strength coffee or espresso concentrate. Once the sugar is dissolved the coffee needs to be cold so place it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, this step can be skipped if using cold brewed coffee. Next, stir in about ½ teaspoon of natural vanilla extract into the chilled coffee. If you have some vanilla bean pods at home then you can steep four vanilla beans in 1 cup of cream or milk. Just pour the milk in a pan with the vanilla beans then heat until the milk starts to simmer, then remove from heat, let it sit for 20 minutes and mix with the coffee. Finally, evenly divide 3 cups of crushed ice in four glasses and then pour the coffee mixture into each glass. Each serving from this vanilla iced coffee recipe can be topped with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream for added flavor.

Simple Iced Coffee Recipe

Iced Coffee 4Coffee is the most traded commodity on Earth. It is commercially grown in tropical areas of Africa, South America, North America and Asia. Consumers are always looking for new ways to enjoy their favorite beverage. From its origins coffee has been brewed and drank hot or room temperature coffee, but with modern refrigeration coffee can be enjoyed in a new refreshing way. There are complicated iced coffee recipes out there that require expensive brewers but the best way is to use a simple iced coffee recipe. The only brewer needed is a drip brewer that most coffee drinkers own already. You will also need a refrigerator to chill your hot coffee.

Iced coffee is most revered for not having the pronounced bitterness that many people disfavor. However, this is accomplished by using cold brew coffee, instead of hot brew coffee, which requires many hours of extraction. But you’re here to learn about a simple iced coffee recipe so you will learn how to get around the bitterness in sinfully sweet ways.

The first step is to hot brew coffee using your favorite coffee brand to about double strength of your normal preference. This extra strong brew will be later diluted by ice cubes. Next, take your hot coffee and place it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. If you are in a hurry try the freezer but beware placing very hot glass on very cold surfaces can cause the glass to break. If you are concerned about this, you can try using a ceramic container or placing your hot coffee on a paper plate in the refrigerator. Once the coffee is cold the fun stuff can be added. Pour individual servings in cups of at least 6 ounces. Obviously sugar can be added to your taste but if you are one of those that dislike the bitterness in coffee you can add cold milk or even ice cream. The dairy and other flavors mask the bitterness along with the sugar leaving only the coffee goodness. The amount of milk or ice cream can vary but add them slowly and taste as you go. You don’t want to dilute the coffee flavor too much. Lastly to keep your coffee chilled place 2 to 3 ice cubes in your cup. This simple iced coffee recipe made at home is far better than any coffee shop or grocery store bought iced coffee.

Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe

Caramel Iced Coffee 1The summer heat makes us want a cool drink more than ever. In the past you may have gone to the nearest coffee shop to buy a cup of tasty caramel iced coffee, but you can brew your own specialty coffee at home. The thought of trying to make caramel iced coffee yourself may seem difficult, however; when it comes to making iced coffee the process is relatively simple and you only need a few ingredients. Here is an easy caramel iced coffee recipe that you can make in a jiffy, and also a spin on that recipe below.

1. Sweet Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe

In this recipe you use espresso with sweetened caramel syrup and whipped cream. This makes a caramel iced coffee beverage as good as any iced coffee that you can buy at a coffee house or restaurant at half the cost.


  • Espresso concentrate – 3 ounces
  • Caramel syrup – 2 tablespoons
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Milk or almond milk – ¾ cup
  • Whipped cream – 2 tablespoons
  • Ice cubes – 1 ½ cup

Directions: Blend the espresso, caramel and sugar thoroughly. Put the blender on high so that they are blended well and the caramel and sugar dissolves. Pour in the milk and ice cubes and blend with the blender again so that all the ingredients are mixed well. When the mixture becomes frothy take it out and pour it into coffee mugs. Top it up with the whipped cream and serve.

2. Salty Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe

For those of you who like salted caramel, this is a salty caramel iced coffee recipe. Instead of sweetened caramel, you use salt with the caramel. Alternatively, you can use caramel sauce that you can get at the market that is already salty. Ex: Torani Caramel Sauce. Caution: If you use already salted sauce, then do not add the extra salt.

Caramel Iced Coffee 2Ingredients

  • Cold brew coffee concentrate – 1 cup
  • Caramel sauce – 2 tablespoons
  • Milk or almond milk – ¾ cup
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon
  • Ice cubes – 1 ½ cup

Directions: Blend the cold brew coffee concentrate, caramel sauce and salt in a blender. After a while pour the milk and ice cubes and put the blender on high so that everything is mixed thoroughly and the mixture becomes smooth and frothy. Pour the mixture into coffee mugs, top it with the whipped cream and serve. Enjoy!