If you love iced coffee (or cold brew), these chilled coffee recipes—from easy iced coffee drinks to desserts—are sure to send shivers of delight down your spine. Cold coffee can be fluffy, frozen, boozy, sweet; there’s something here for every java fan to enjoy as the weather warms up.
As you’ll see, there’s way more to customizing iced coffee than adding simple milk and sugar, but many of these treats aren’t going to be an option at Starbucks any time soon. Sometimes just the thing to perk up a pick-me-up is alcohol—other times, it’s all about technique, from easy new ways to combine familiar ingredients to more creative interpretations of “iced coffee” that can’t fit in a glass.
Here are seven eye-opening ways to get your iced coffee fix that will leave you feeling refreshed, and maybe a little buzzed (some in more ways than one).
No doubt you’ve seen this fluffy coffee drink all over social media of late, but if you’ve assumed it’s not actually that easy to pull off at home, you’re wrong! If you have instant coffee, ice, and any kind of milk (non-dairy or the conventional cow variety), you can whip this up yourself, whether or not you post the results on Instagram. It’s easiest if you have a hand blender, but strong biceps and a whisk will also do the job. Get our Dalgona Coffee recipe.
Cuisinart Hand Mixer with Storage Case, $89.95 at Williams Sonoma
The easiest way to whip things up.
Simply steep some coffee grounds in cold water the night before (à la our Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee recipe), then strain. Next morning, spike the cold brew with some amaretto and Pernod, and you’ve got a slightly buzzy, biscotti-flavored iced coffee that inspires cheer. Get our Boozy Biscotti Iced Coffee recipe.
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Our Homemade Coffee Liqueur recipe has a balance of smooth coffee flavor, sweetness, and booziness. Start by making a batch of cold-brewed coffee, then stir in a brown-sugar simple syrup, aged rum, and half of a vanilla bean and let it infuse for 2 weeks. Sip it straight over ice when it’s done, or use it in drinks (like this Black Russian cocktail), desserts (like devil’s food cake or tiramisu dip), and even drink-dessert hybrids like our Lebowski Shake or Drunken Affogato Shots.
Like classic Vietnamese iced coffee, this frozen pop contains strong brewed coffee and sweetened condensed milk. It’s a caffeinated treat that’s not recommended for the kiddies (though it is alcohol-free)! Get our Vietnamese Coffee Ice Pop recipe.
Zoku Classic Ice Pop Mold, $14.95 at Sur La Table
Built-in drip guards help fight sticky fingers.
These frozen treats, on the other hand, do add booze to the mix (coffee liqueur, of course). They’re a great pick-me-up on a hot day, but maybe not for breakfast. Get our Spiked Frozen Coffee Shots recipe.
Coffee and cake are a pair that have endured the test of time, but here’s a brand new way to enjoy them. The easy chocolate sheet cake is topped with coffee ice cream and a rich chocolate ganache—plus a generous sprinkling of toffee and almonds for a crunchy contrast to the soft and creamy layers beneath. Use a chocolate-covered toffee bar like Heath or Skor for extra cocoa power. Get our Coffee Almond Crunch Ice Cream Cake recipe.