How To Make Iced Coffee At Home Like A Boss, You Budding Barista You

So, the weather is finally warm outside, and you're wondering how to make iced coffee at home. Sure, you could walk down the street and have your favorite corner coffee shop whip up a refreshing glass of your favorite cold brew, but there’s a certain satisfaction that comes from learning how to do these things yourself.

The best part about making your own iced coffee is that you have the power to make any kind of crazy amazing version you want. Start with the basics, and then feel free to go a little wild. There are many, many ways to dress up a pot of chilled coffee and milk without doling out $10 for a fancy drink you get at one of those hip cafes, so once you’ve mastered your standard how-to, it’s time to make your at-home iced coffee even more spectacular. Lucky for you, I’m here to show you exactly how to do it with a few go-to twists. I'd have to say the frosting on top of the coffee cake in this situation is the ability to grab an iced coffee in your bathrobe and last night's mascara without judgement. (Top that, Starbucks.) Yep, no shoes, no shirt — no problem, girl.

How to make iced coffee:

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1. Combining your coffee with a cup and a half of cold water, make coffee in your coffee pot.

2. Once the coffee is brewed, add in about half a cup of sugar and mix until blended. Add in another cup of cold water and cream to taste.

3. Chill in the refrigerator until it’s ready to serve.

SO EASY! Looking for more homemade iced coffee inspiration? Feast your eyes on the following suggestions, and give these recipes a try. Your tastebuds will thank you all summer long.

1. Add a little mint

Ice makes coffee more refreshing in the hotter months for sure. One way to make it even better? Add a dash of fresh mint.

2. Try your hand at vanilla bean

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This recipe sounds intimidating, but once you watch the video and follow the blogger's lead, then this homemade vanilla bean concoction will seem like an easy, delicious breeze.

3. Use coffee cubes in place of ice cubes

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Making iced coffee at home means you can control the quality of ingredients. Why not try to make it the healthiest way possible? One way to do that is by filling your mug with almond milk first, and dropping in a few cubes of frozen coffee. It's a cool (and wholesome) twist on a classic, right?

4. Go coo coo for coconut

You'd rather be at the beach anyway this spring and summer, so sip like it. Add some coconut to your homemade iced coffee recipe (and some whipped cream) to make this delicious banana chia coconut iced coffee

5. Make it a dessert

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Iced coffee shouldn't only be reserved for a morning pick-me-up. It can be decadent — decadent enough to make your dessert jealous. Iced coffee jelly from The Peach Kitchen, anyone?

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