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WNYC talks to an iced coffee specialist on the different methods of iced coffee

Is iced coffee only good in the summer?

According to WNYC, there are a few "last chance" summer foods. There’s the simple pleasure of ice cream, the picnic snacks in the park, and of course iced coffee. But apparently, iced coffee can be much more complicated than simply pouring your leftover morning brew over a glass of ice.

Liz Clayton, author of Nice Coffee Time, explains to the radio station that “there’s basically two ways to make coffee grounds and water into coffee, and one of them is time and the other one is heat.” The first technique mentioned is the lesser-known way to make coffee, cold-brewing, but also happens to be the less acidic, mellowed flavor version that we all crave in our iced coffee. Most cafés use this method, and it is often referred to as a "toddy." Unfortunately, it takes about 12 hours.

So is iced coffee a "last chance" summer drink? Some cafes only offer the icy cold-brew method in the summer. Thankfully, Clayton closed her radio interview with a few recipes on how to make iced coffee with only a few materials.

Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

During the summer months, we don’t always fancy a piping hot cup of coffee, instead preferring a cooler sip or ice lolly to keep us feeling refreshed.

However, you can’t ignore your coffee cravings, so swap out your usual morning mug with one of these iced coffee recipes to help you stay caffeinated, yet cool, this summer.

You can make a refreshing summer sip using both iced coffee and cold brew coffee, so we will share recipes and tips for both!

What is an iced caffè latte?

An iced caffè latte is a cold coffee drink made with two shots of strong espresso coffee and has cold milk added to dilute and flavor it. This is all combined with a generous amount of ice cubes for that crisp coffee experience.

For this recipe, I’ve decided to use two shots of espresso instead of one. While testing this recipe at home, I found that adding a single espresso shot makes for a coffee that tastes a bit flat.

The flat-tasting latte comes mainly because of the large amount of milk added relative to the amount of coffee added. By using two espresso shots as the basis for this iced coffee, the taste gets much more interesting and flavorful.

Iced Coffee Recipe

By combining delightful iced coffee flavors with coffee creamers, you will discover the homemade iced coffee possibilities are endless–and as we head into the dog days of summer here in Texas every little bit of cold helps!

Coffee is typically the epitome of date nights for Colby and I. Every time we go out we make sure to have a cup of coffee, whether hot or iced, before heading back home to the kids.

Not to mention, each night as I sit at my desk typing away, my amazing husband comes in and sets down a cup of coffee to get me through the rest of my night working.

He melts my heart every night when that cup of java arrives. He knows me so well.

That love for coffee has also been passed down to my teens.

They have also found a great interest in trying to come up with new flavor combos, including yummy homemade International Delight iced coffee recipes, such as this Salted Caramel Macchiato Milkshake.

Since we typically have not only our two oldest but their best friends as well, the evening coffee time can be a real quality, bonding time for us. We sit and talk, share stories, and laugh more than anything.

Inside jokes and private quotes have become a favorite part of my time with them. I absolutely adore having this time with my kids and love that my teens <and their friends> still think we are cool enough to hang out with.

Since I spend most of my day with my younger girls, it is nice to spend my summer nights building lasting relationships and memories with the rest of my amazing family.

We decided this past weekend we needed a new iced coffee recipe.

How to make iced coffee with International Delight?

Since Mocha is our favorite International Delight Iced Coffee Mocha flavor and Caramel Macchiato is our favorite creamer, those two absolutely needed to be combined for a delicious Caramel Macchiato International Delight iced coffee drink.

Even though it may sound like any ol’ cold coffee drink, the International Delight flavors made it totally tantalizing and pleasing to taste. We enjoyed it and found a new favorite.

You can easily give it a try using the homemade iced coffee recipe below.

I am all about quick, easy and delicious… and International Delight makes it easy to make cold brew coffee at home with so many mouthwatering varieties.

Be sure to try the American Favorites like Cinnabon® or YORK® Peppermint Pattie. Not to mention, my favorites, the CoffeeHouse Inspirations such as White Chocolate Mocha and Vanilla Caramel Crème.

This summer has just started tasting a lot better with our fun new iced coffee drink and I cannot wait to try a few more combinations as the warm months progress.

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  • Caramel Coffee Milkshake | Simple Stacie
  • Iced Mocha Latte | Mississippi Kitchen
  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee | Dukes and Duchesses

  • Skinny Vanilla Iced Coffee | ifoodreal
  • Chocolate Chip Iced Coffee | Sandra&rsquos Easy Cooking
  • Kahlua Iced Coffee | Damn Delicious
  • Homemade Frappuccino | The Pioneer Woman

  • Italian Cream Iced Coffee | The Vintage Modern Wife
  • Malted Mocha Iced Coffee | Peanut Butter and Peppers
  • Frozen Caramel Macchiato Coffee | Roxanna&rsquos Home Baking
  • Coffee Milkshakes | Food with Family

If you are looking for more cool summer drinks check out these other recipes too!

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Using your microwave or stovetop, heat the water until it just boils, then remove it from heat and allow it to cool for one minutes. Place the ground coffee in the cylinder of a French press along with the cinnamon sticks (make sure the cinnamon lies flat so that you don't run into problems when you depress the plunger later on). Pour the hot (but not boiling) water over the grounds and stir the mixture briefly (a chopstick works very well here). Place the lid on the French press, leaving the plunger in its upper position. Allow to steep for 4 minutes. Once the brewing if complete, slowly move the plunger to its lower position and pour the coffee into a heat-safe glass or mug. Add in 2-3 Tbsps of sweetened condensed milk and stir until fully dissolved. Pour over ice.

Recipe courtesy of Christie from


2 shots of espresso (or 1/2 cup of super strong coffee)

2 cardamom pods (seeds only) ground to a fine powder (or 1/4 tsp of cardamom powder)

2 Tbsps of condensed milk


In a tall glass, add sugar, condensed milk, milk, cardamom, and espresso and stir until well combined. Then add crushed iced slowly and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Alice from


Spicy Mocha Mix (makes 4+ servings):

1 Tbsp Vietnamese cinnamon

4 Tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated

8 oz Godiva Chocolate Truffle Coffee, prepared from your coffeemaker

Toppings: whipped cream, chocolate shavings, cinnamon/nutmeg/chipotle powder


Combine the coffee and 1 heaping Tbsp of spicy mocha mix in a small pitcher, and stir to blend until the chocolate mix dissolves. Add the milk and ice cubes, stirring gently. Pour into a large glass and add the desired toppings and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Krystal from


3/4 cup fresh brewed dark roast coffee, chilled

2 Tbsps Torani caramel syrup


Fill a large glass with ice. Add chilled coffee and caramel syrup and stir until blended. Add Half & Half and stir to blend. Adjust caramel syrup and Half & Half if needed.


2 cups of double-strength coffee or espresso

1/2 cup of sugar (try Turbinado sugar for something less processed)

Toppings: whipped cream or chocolate shavings


Brew coffee or espresso. Mix in sugar and cinnamon and let the mixture sit until it has cooled off to room temperature. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch glass baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and set in the freezer. Remove the mixture from the freezer every 30 minutes to stir, breaking up the ice crystals. Continue to remove and stir for 2-3 hours until the mixture is hard enough that you need a fork to break up the ice. Once the granita is frozen to the correct consistency, you can either serve it right away or let it sit in the freezer overnight. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Serve in a chilled glass.

Recipe courtesy of Alysa from


1/4 heaping cup of granulated sugar

1 heaping Tbsp instant coffee granules

3 clementine mandarin oranges

1 pinch ground cloves (optional)

1/4 cup Half & Half (or cream if you prefer)


In a small pan, add the milk, cocoa powder and sugar. Next, add the instant coffee granules, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add a small pinch of ground cloves to your taste. Then, add the juice from clementine oranges. Heat the mixture on medium heat while stirring constantly. Try to keep the heat just low enough so the mixture doesn't boil. If it starts to boil, turn down the heat. Continue stirring until all the ingredients are combined and it starts to thicken (about 6 minutes). Turn off heat and let the mixture cool for 5 minutes. Stir it a few times while it is cooling. Pour over ice and add cream as you wish.

Recipe courtesy of Nancy at

Café de Olla Ingredients:

1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup ground dark roast coffee beans, regular or decaf

Café de Olla Directions:

Combine water, cinnamon sticks, clove, star anise, and white and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the ground coffee. Stir and cover, let steep for 5 minutes. Pour through a sieve lined with a coffee filter, or just use your coffee maker and pour directly over your lined coffee grinds basket.

Iced Mexican Coffee Ingredients:

1 Tbsp heavy cream or Half & Half

Iced Mexican Coffee Directions:

Drizzle some chocolate syrup on the bottom of a glass. Add ice cubes, the shot of coffee liquor and Café de Olla. If you'd like to create a floating layer of cream, carefully pour the cream over the back of a spoon on top of the drink. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.

8 Easy Iced Coffee Recipes to Keep You Cool and Awake in this Summer Heat

Do you know what’s better than a hot cup of coffee? When you have it over ice on a warm/sweltering day. Whether you like your coffee dark- or medium-roasted, these easy iced coffee recipes will give you a much-needed pick-me-up when you’re starting to feel sluggish at work, especially in afternoons, when the heat is just too much to bear:

Cold brew

Get serious with your coffee game and try your hands at making your own cold brew. When preparing your cold brew, remember that 12 hours in the fridge would produce light brew and 24 hours would give you some strong coffee. You can mix it with a milk of your choice or have it plain over ice. P.S. Don’t forget to use a lot of ice when you’re having it plain — it’s twice as strong as hot coffee. Unless you want to lose sleep or really need that boost of caffeine.

Café Affogato

Don’t be intimidated by the name of this dessert-beverage concoction because it sounds fancy AF – it’s easier to make than you think. Ice cream is a summer staple and how do you make it better? By adding a shot of espresso. Affogato is a popular Italian dessert and it literally only needs two ingredients: vanilla ice cream (because you don’t normally have gelato in Pinoy homes) and a shot of your favorite coffee. It’s the perfect dessert after a nice lunch!

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Vietnamese coffee

If you’re someone who treats iced coffee as a dessert, you’re in for a treat with Vietnamese coffee. This iced coffee recipe has condensed milk – the more you add, the better. It’s traditionally served and made with a Vietnamese phin or phin filter but in case you don’t have that, you can make it with instant coffee too.

Caramel macchiato

There’s no wonder why this coffee recipe is a favorite at your fave coffee shop: it’s sweet, creamy, and keeps you awake. It’s another iced coffee recipe that could double as a dessert since it uses sweet vanilla syrup and caramel sauce. The best part about making it home is you can add as much sauce as you want and no one would judge! If you don’t want to make your syrup and sauce, there are bottled ones you can buy online.

Iced mocha

Growing up, we got used to this breakfast setting: hot chocolate is for kids and coffee is for adults. But scratch this setting you can have the best of both worlds now that you’re an adult who needs a treat from time to time. This recipe would give you a refreshing drink in a jiffy, without the need for brewing and coffee gadgets. You can just use instant coffee, cocoa, and a manually-made milk froth using a bottle.


For those who want to enjoy two breakfast staples in one cup, you have to try Yuanyang. Also known as yinyeung, yuenyeung, or yinyong, yuanyang is one of the most popular drinks you can find in Hong Kong. It’s basically just coffee and tea, and it’s the combo you didn’t think you ever needed, but once you try it, you’ll definitely want more of.

Greek frappe

No, this isn’t the usual ice blended frappe you order at your local Starbucks branch. Also known as Nescafe frappe, this easy-to-make drink is a popular summer staple in Greece as it’s refreshing and uses instant coffee. If you enjoy frothy coffee then you’ll love this recipe. It’s like an inverted dalgona coffee, where the froth is the base of the drink instead of just adding it on top of ice and milk.

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Simple iced coffee

This list wouldn’t be complete without a simple and basic iced coffee recipe. No need for fancy gadgets, expensive beans, or syrups and sauces. It’s just your plain coffee with ingredients you probably already have at home: instant coffee grounds, sugar, and milk. Adjust it to your own liking and you’re good to go!

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Summer Iced Coffee Recipes

Summer is slowly but surely making an appearance this year, and the warmer weather can’t come soon enough for most of us! And what pairs perfectly with summer? You guessed it, coffee! Whether you like traditional iced coffee, cold brew, or you’re searching for something new and creative, we’ve got you covered with these delicious summer iced coffee recipes!

Cold Brew Lemonade

Love cold brew coffee? Love lemonade? Then you’re going to love this new twist on an Arnold Palmer! Slightly bitter, a little bit sweet, and a whole lot delicious, this drink is easy to make and perfect for BBQs.


Directions: Fill your favorite glass with ice. Pour one part cold brew coffee into your glass followed by one part lemonade. Stir and enjoy! You can also layer the lemonade and coffee depending on your taste preferences. We recommend experimenting until you find your perfect mix.

Creamy Iced Coffee

If you like your coffee sweet and refreshing, you’re going to want to give this creamy iced coffee a try! You can make this recipe with or without the liqueur depending on your preferences and mood.


1 1/2 quarts of brewed room temperature coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons creme de cacao OR chocolate syrup

Directions: Grab a pitcher and combine the coffee, half and half, and milk. Stir in the vanilla, sugar, and either the liqueur or chocolate syrup. Let your creamy iced coffee chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy.

Super Easy Iced Coffee

If you’re short on time or just need a quick coffee fix, this super easy iced coffee might be your go-to drink this summer! Similar to an iced cappuccino, this yummy java has few ingredients and plenty of caffeine to perk you up. You will need a sealable jar or container of some kind for this drink.


2 teaspoons of your favorite instant coffee

3 tablespoons of warm water

Directions: In a sealable jar you will combine the coffee, warm water, and sugar. Cover your jar and give it a good shake until it’s nice and foamy. Pour the coffee into a glass full of ice. Add in the milk. We recommend experimenting with the amount of milk you use to find the perfect balance.

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Five Iced Coffee Recipes to Try This Summer

Iced Lavender Cold Brew Latte: I always order a lavender latte at my favorite local coffee shop and this iced version (made with real lavender buds) sounds so good! This recipe also explains how to make cold brew in a French Press, which sounds like an easy option if you don’t want to buy a separate cold brew coffee maker.

Homemade Iced Vanilla Latte Recipe: A classic! My favorite almond milk creamer comes in a low-sugar vanilla version that would work great for this recipe if you want to keep it on the healthier side.

Two-Minute Iced Coffee: This recipe sounds perfect for when that afternoon iced coffee craving strikes and you want to whip something up FAST. Just dissolve a good quality instant coffee in hot water, mix in your milk or creamer of choice and top with plenty of ice!

Dirty Iced Chai Latte: I love a good chai latte but sometimes the coffee shop dirty chais are way too sweet for me. This recipe is simply sweetened with honey and sounds like the perfect summer drink!

Homemade Caramel Iced Coffee: A little bit more indulgent, but this creamy caramel iced coffee would be the perfect weekend treat. You can even make your own caramel sauce using just milk, sugar, and sea salt!

I always enjoy my iced coffee through a straw and these are the glass straws that we use at home. I also love this tumbler if we’re on the go! You can find all of these coffee recipes + lots more summer inspiration on my Pinterest page, and be sure to tag me in Instagram stories if you try making any of these for yourself!