How to Make Iced Coffee

Sweet or strong, iced coffee makes a summer day complete. Learn these easy basics, and any coffee drink can become a frosty delight.

Iced coffee -- that frosty counterpart to the steamy morning cup of Joe -- is a snap to make. Plus, this chilly waker-upper stores indefinitely in the refrigerator, making it an easy-grab refreshment perfect for warm weather and backyard activities. Start with this simple Better Homes and Gardens recipe, and then try one or more of the coffeehouse favorites that follows.

Keep these four tips in mind to create the richest, most flavorful iced coffees:

  • Because melting ice will dilute your drink, always brew coffee for iced drinks at double strength, using twice as much ground coffee as you would for a hot cup.
  • Plan ahead! Make coffee at least several hours ahead, and preferably the night before you plan to use it.
  • Shake cold coffee, cream, and sugar together in a cocktail shaker to serve iced coffee to guests with style and flair.
  • Prepare for iced coffee season by freezing leftover morning coffee in an ice cube tray.

Iced Coffee

Servings: Four 6-ounce servings


  • 3 cups hot strong coffee (not decaffeinated)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange wedges (optional)


  1. Pour hot coffee into a nonmetal container. Cover; cool to room temperature (up to 3 hours). (Do not refrigerate as this causes coffee to become cloudy.)
  2. Before serving, stir the desired amount of sugar into cooled coffee. Pour over ice in tall glasses. If desired, garnish with orange wedges.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 4, Total Fat (g)0, Saturated Fat (g)0, Cholesterol (mg)0, Sodium (mg)4, Carbohydrate (g)1, Fiber (g)0, Protein (g)0, Vitamin A (DV%)0, Vitamin C (DV%)0, Calcium (DV%)0, Iron (DV%)0. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

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