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How to make perfect iced coffee at home

Indulge that java habit any time you're in the mood by learning how to make your own at home.

Iced coffee.

Iced coffee.

Iced coffee season, otherwise known as summer, is on our doorstep, and if you love your coffee icy as much as I do, then it’s time to learn to make your own. It’s simple and delicious and great for guests who will love this creamy, delicious bevy. Here’s how it’s done:

Perfect iced coffee


  • 2 cups strong black coffee (for ice cubes)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups strong black coffee


  • Brew two cups of strong coffee. There is nothing worse than anticipating a flavourful iced coffee, and receiving watery coffee with milk. Make this brew slightly stronger than you would regular coffee as it requires a little more intensity to maintain the same flavour when chilled. To do this, add 25 to 50 percent more ground coffee to your coffee filter. Alternatively, you can brew espresso — but that’s a bit pricier.
  • Let the coffee come to room temperature. Coffee likes to be treated gently. To maintain the best flavour of coffee possible, let it come to room temperature before cooling.
  • Make ice coffee cubes. The best way to prevent watery iced coffee is to plan ahead — and make iced-coffee cubes. Use the two cups of coffee to make at least 16 ice cubes (or more). If you’re so inclined, splurge on some funky-shaped ice cube trays. Freeze overnight. These are the secret ingredient to perfect iced coffee!
  • Brew four cups strong coffee or espresso.
  • Arrange four glass mugs or cups on a tray. Fill each with four iced-coffee cubes. Spoon two tbsp sweetened condensed milk over the iced cubes. Pour one cup hot, strong coffee into each cup, over the iced-coffee cubes. Stir gently and enjoy.

For a fun switch up, try our iced coffee dessert: Vietnamese espresso affogato

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