Vanilla Iced Coffee

I love iced coffee.

I could chug it until I get the shakes.

And sometimes I even do.  Both chug it AND get the shakes.

But it’s well worth the jitter fingers.

My method & “recipe” for making Iced Coffee:

Brew coffee as usual

Drink all the hot coffee you want and take whatever is left over and put that in the refrigerator.  That becomes tomorrow’s chilled coffee for iced coffee.

I don’t recommend making iced coffee with freshly brewed hot coffee.  I do it in a pinch but the hot coffee melts the ice, it gets watered down, and it’s not ideal.

You can also add excess coffee to ice cube trays and freeze.  The resulting iced coffee cubes are excellent to use as the ice for iced coffee.

I never just pour extra coffee down the sink.  It either becomes iced-coffee-coffee or iced-coffee-cubes.

Take the sufficiently chilled/refrigerated coffee, add ice to it.

Add any of the following is of interest to you (or none of this):

milks: half and half, milk, nut milk, flavored creamers (I have previously discussed my love of Coffeemate French Vanilla)

sweeteners: stevia, liquid stevia (I find that liquid stevia is far superior to powdered stevia when working with cold beverages) and NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Drops are my go-to; real sugar (however there can be dissolving issues whereas “artificial” sweeteners like Splenda, Equal, Sweet ‘n Low will dissolve much better); or use a simple syrup (i.e. 1 part sugar to 1 part water dissolved in boiling water), honey, or agave.

others: vanilla/hazelnut/almond/cocoa bean extract, vanilla bean scrapings, cinnamon

dessert-like iced coffee: cocoa powder, whipped cream/Cool Whip, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate or caramel sauce drizzles on top or lining your cup with chocolate or caramel sauce first

I use lots of French Vanilla Coffeemate, a splash of half & half, and a few drops of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia drops.

Some people shake the whole mixture up in something like a Blender Bottle or a martini shaker or by inverting an empty glass over the top of the full glass with the coffee + ice cubes, but I just stir with a spoon or my straw.

I have to have a straw for iced coffees!

I love the local coffee in Aruba.

I can drink it hot…

…or cold.

I can suck one of these down in a hurry.  Times two.

I love coffee, in general.

I’ve reviewed dozens of coffee brands

…from TJ’s

to Starbucks

to flavored Smores Coffee

Lots of coffee reviews here

And I’ve posted about Caffeine AddictionOh well. But I do love coffee, caffeine and all.

I came up with a Vegan Caramel Macchiato recipe because I was sick of paying for them!  Very pricey little habits at Starbucks, and those aren’t vegan, of course. Even if you don’t have an espresso maker, brew some strong coffee, buy a cheapie milk frother, add your caramel sauce and you’re done.


Vegan Caramel Macchiato

106 comments on “Vanilla Iced Coffee”

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  2. Great idea putting the coffee in the fridge and making it iced coffee. I have to do decaf though. I become a nervouse wreck when i do caffine.

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  5. I drink coffee everyday and some kind of tea

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  10. *I love Iced Coffee*with Vanilla Sweetener*or Hazelnut*I seriously have like 2 a day*It’s the best pick-me-up!*I drink it anytime of day*I’m so used to it that the caffeine doesn’t bother me*One recipe that I really like*is almond milk with iced coffee cubes*it’s delicious!!!*

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  13. I have a Keurig. I never tried making iced coffee until I read this post. I’m hooked! I never like the kind you buy either.

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