The Best Method to Make Iced Coffee

A cold refreshing glass of iced coffee doesn’t have to be limited to warmer months. Enjoy this cool drink year round following these steps.

iced coffee with milk

Coffee preference is as varied as the people who drink it. Some like it strong and black, other prefer sweetened drinks with lots of cream. Whatever your preference you should know how to brew and drink the perfect iced coffee. Use this method as a base for whatever coffee drink you are craving.

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What makes the best iced coffee?

The best iced coffee isn’t watered down. Whatever your flavor preference, you don’t want melted ice to dilute your perfectly crafted beverage.

So how do you make iced coffee that’s not watered down? Short answer: coffee ice cubes.

iced coffee ice cubes

Let’s dive into this a little deeper.

Iced coffee is simply regular brewed coffee poured over ice. The ice melts a bit and cools your drink as you pour. You can also choose to brew regular coffee then chill it in the refrigerator before pouring it over ice.

Some choose to brew espresso or strong coffee before pouring over ice, which helps maintain a robust flavor. But espresso isn’t something everyone has the capacity to brew at home.

The easiest method is to brew a regular pot of coffee, using any method you prefer. A regular 12 cup brewer, a pour over set up or something else. Half will be used to make ice cubes and the rest will serve as regular coffee.

If you want a perfect cup of coffee every time I highly recommend the Ninja Coffee Bar. This machine can brew a single cup or a full pot. It uses regular grounds and the intensity of the coffee can vary from classic to espresso. It also comes with a frothing tool to add foam to your drinks.

iced coffee with coffee ice cubes

Iced Coffee with Coffee Ice Cubes

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

The best method for making iced coffee that doesn't taste watered down.


  • Brewed coffee


  1. Brew a pot of coffee, or a single serving. Any brewing method will work for this recipe.
  2. Fill an ice cube tray with brewed coffee and freeze until solid.
  3. When the ice cubes are frozen, remove them from the freezer and fill a glass.
  4. Brew another pot or serving of coffee and pour the hot coffee over the ice cubes.
  5. Sweeten or flavor as desired and enjoy.

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This drink will be perfect every time. If you like a little flavor in your coffee, try this iced peppermint coffee with cold foam. A delicious blend of strong pour over coffee and creamy cold milk.

iced coffee with coffee ice cubes

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