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A glass of iced coffee with milk before stirring on a coaster.

Iced Coffee

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Learn how to make a simple iced coffee at home with this easy and adaptable recipe.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 mins
Resting time 11 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 12 hrs
Servings 12 servings
Calories 5
Author Michelle


  • 8 ounces ground coffee
  • 4 quarts cold water
  • Sweeteners as desired sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half, syrups, etc.


  • Place the coffee grounds in a large food-safe container and add the cold water. Mix with a large spoon, then cover and allow to sit overnight at room temperature.
  • Strain the mixture into a clean container through a fine-mesh sieve that has been lined with two layers of cheesecloth or coffee filters. Discard the coffee grounds. Chill mixture until ready to use.
  • To make the iced coffee, fill a glass with ice and fill it two-thirds full of the chilled coffee concentrate. Sweeten as desired. (I made mine with 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk and an additional splash of half-and-half.)


  • Equipment: Large food-safe container / Fine-mesh sieve / Cheesecloth
  • Coffee Strength: See the post above for details on how to adjust measurements for stronger or weaker coffee.
  • Flavoring Options: Simple syrups, dairy and non-dairy milk, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, homemade salted caramel sauce, whipped cream.
  • Storage: The best way to store your iced coffee is separately in parts. Keep the coffee stored in a food-safe container in the refrigerator. Simply add ice and any additional mix-ins when you are ready to enjoy!
  • Shelf-Life: Stored separately you can keep the cold-brewed coffee for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. If you've mixed your coffee with ice and other flavors it will keep up to 8-12 hours in the refrigerator, less if it's at room temperature.
Nutritional values are based on one serving without diary or sweetener


Calories: 5kcal | Sodium: 15mg | Calcium: 9mg