If you’re anything like us, there’s a good chance you fall asleep feeling excited for the next day’s morning coffee. There’s nothing quite like the aroma of freshly ground beans being turned into a shot of liquid java. Our fellow morning-brew buffs will also agree that pouring said shot over a glass of milk and ice is just as delicious to watch as it is to drink. Who else has saved ice coffee videos on Instagram? *sheepishly raises hand. So, if that’s you, too, and you’re looking for ways to jazz up your a.m. coffee routine then you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up nine easy iced coffee recipes to elevate your favorite morning ritual.
Of course, there are the seasonal purists who only indulge in iced coffee during the hot summer months but to them, we say—do it your way! These days we consider little rituals like your morning cup of joe as daily sanity-savers.
Regardless of the weather, there’s nothing like a delicious iced coffee for a dash of morning peace and happiness.
So spice up yours with one of these easy iced coffee recipes and be sure to share your favorite in the comments below.
Why we love it: If you’ve been missing the sweet, flavorful taste of Vietnamese iced coffee then you’ll love this tasty recipe. Drinking it is a transportive experience that will make you feel like you’re on vacation. It couldn’t be easier to make and you likely already have the ingredients on hand.
Hero ingredient: Condensed milk. It’s a classic staple in anyone’s pantry that gives the drink its velvety texture and sweet, dreamy flavor.
Why we love it: Would we recommend downing one of these bad boys minutes before your next morning Zoom meeting? No, but this boozy alternative is perfect for a special weekend brunch. It’s a deliciously grown-up take on the Dalgona whipped coffee craze from last year and, quite frankly, you’ve earned it. It’s the perfect combination of some of our most loved interests. (Said interests include: iced coffee, adult beverages, and fleeting internet trends.)
Hero ingredient: Kahlua. Need we say more? This coffee liqueur is a staple in our liquor cabinet for a reason and this is the perfect excuse to make your next breakfast a party.
Why we love it: This sweet pick-me-up feels decadent thanks to the inclusion of caramel sauce but isn’t cloying enough to give you a dreaded sugar crash. If you’re an expresso devotee you can make yourself a latte, but you can just as easily use this recipe for a perfect caramel iced coffee.
Hero ingredient: Caramel sauce. If we’re being honest, there are few flavors more joy-inducing than caramel. You just can’t go wrong.
Why we love it: We can’t get enough of this zingy little recipe. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and wildly aromatic. Give your next iced coffee a bit of a kick with some unexpected flavors like chile syrup, vanilla, chocolate, cayenne, and more. It might sound a bit off the walls, but it seriously works. You may not be able to go back to your everyday iced coffee after this one.
Hero ingredient: Cayenne pepper. A wildly unexpected addition to this coffee recipe, cayenne kicks it all up a notch and will definitely wake you up.
Why we love it: This recipe is essentially an easy, DIY Starbucks sweet cream dupe. It has a smooth velvety texture, is not too cloying, and doesn’t require thickening agents like traditional creamers. So you’re basically getting all the texture and flavor you could ever want without any added gums or preservatives.
Hero ingredient: Sweet cream. It’s likely to become your next obsession—and since you can make as big a batch as you like you’ll always have it on hand to bring a little extra deliciousness to your morning iced coffee experience.
Why we love it: As longtime fans of turmeric’s many healing properties, it’s always exciting to find new ways to incorporate this special little spice into as many recipes as possible. This recipe puts a spin on a more traditional golden milk tea, giving you the boost of caffeine you crave. The addition of cocoa, vanilla bean, and cinnamon sticks only further seals the deal with this must-try recipe.
Hero ingredient: Turmeric. This magical spice’s anti-inflammatory properties make it the ideal morning ingredient when you’re still trying to de-puff after a night of having your face smashed into a pillow.
Why we love it: If you basically want dessert for breakfast then look no further than this ultra-sweet confection. It’s an extra indulgent treat that will most certainly put a smile on your face.
Hero ingredient: Dark chocolate fudge sauce. This syrup puts this easy iced coffee recipe over the edge and into dessert territory, and we’re not mad about it.
Why we love it: At first glance, you might not see much difference between this iced coffee recipe and just tossing a couple of packets of sugar into some diner coffee, but wait! The secret to this incredibly decadent coffee is the brown sugar syrup layered at the bottom of the glass.
Hero ingredient: Brown sugar syrup. It’s a surprisingly easy way to add a little extra something to your iced coffee with minimal cost and effort.
Why we love it: This lovely recipe is definitely not your everyday iced mocha. Infused with spices like anise, cloves, and cinnamon, it’s a deeply rich and scintillating coffee experience.
Hero ingredient: Cinnamon. Not only is cinnamon absolutely delicious, but this spice rack staple also has some pretty spectacular health benefits. It’s loaded with antioxidants and can lower your risk of heart disease, as well as lower blood pressure.
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