Iced Coffee

About March-ish every year, I get my first iced coffee of the year from Starbucks. It’s usually a sunny day, I may even be braving some sock-less shoes, and I’m feeling the spring fever. My toes and the rest of me are usually freezing by mid-morning, but I’m still practically giddy because, woo hoo! It’s officially Iced Coffee Season!

Not only does Iced Coffee Season mean summer is coming, it also mean that for the next few months, this coffee drinker is going to be drinking copious amounts of iced coffee. Hey, what can I say. I’m all for straightforward, clear, and downright obvious when it comes to naming my seasons.

After spending far too much at the ‘bucks on iced coffee over the years, I finally figured out how to make it at home.

I have a three personal rules for making iced coffee. Because if you just pour some brewed coffee over some ice cubes (yes, I started out trying that), you’ll be disappointed. And might possibly want to throw up.

But when I follow my rules, I end up with a perfect cuppa icy joe:

  1. Start with very strong coffee.
  2. Cool the coffee first.
  3. And, my favorite rule: Use ice cubes made of coffee, so you don’t dilute the brew.

The coffee ice cubes are key.

Ready to cool down and caff up with me? Here’s the recipe:

Iced Coffee

Serves 1


  • 1 1/2 cups very strong coffee
  • Coffee ice cubes
  • Half and half to taste
  • Sugar to taste


  1. One day ahead, make the coffee ice cubes. Allow coffee to cool, then pour into ice cube trays. Freeze.
  2. Brew coffee, then pour into a large Pyrex measuring cup or other container that’s safe for hot beverages. Allow to cool a bit, then place in the refrigerator until it’s cooled off.
  3. Add coffee ice cubes to a tall glass.
  4. Pour cooled coffee over the top, leaving a little room for half and half if desired.
  5. Stir in some sugar (I usually add just a spoonful). You can add this in step 2 so that it’s perfectly dissolves, but personally I like to add it to taste per glass.
  6. Stir in half and half to taste. And enjoy!

P.S. Please do not feed to dogs, no matter how much they beg.

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25 Responses to “Iced Coffee”

  1. Jennifer Jo Monday, June 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM #

    That’s some serious coffee!
    But who am I to talk—today I drank mine from a mason jar.

  2. Patti Monday, June 28, 2010 at 8:23 PM #

    That’s a BRILLIANT idea!! Looks great.

  3. Kare Monday, June 28, 2010 at 9:56 PM #

    Jennifer Jo – Ha – I actually thought about putting the coffee in a mason jar for the photo!
    Patti – thanks! I can’t take credit… I read about it somewhere a long time ago. I can’t remember where though. Must be I need even more coffee to stimulate my brain cells? ;)

  4. Memoria Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 3:50 AM #

    This drink looks amazing!!

  5. sarah deibler Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 6:16 AM #

    This is perfect timing, as I was just wondering yesterday how to make iced coffee. Thanks for the tips! And I’m glad to have found your lovely blog.

  6. Jessica Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 7:42 AM #

    Great idea! I could take this a step further and make lemonade ice cubes for my lemonade this summer! Thanks for the great tip. Why didn’t I think of that? lol

  7. mbe Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 7:47 AM #


  8. Megan Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:37 AM #

    That’s such a good idea! Now I’m thirsty.

  9. A Bowl Of Mush Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 10:04 AM #

    I’m forwarding this to my fiance he will love this idea!

  10. ravenouscouple Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 10:07 AM #


  11. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM #

    Coffee ice cubes is a BRILLIANT idea!

  12. Sam Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 7:49 AM #

    Lemonade ice cubes are a great idea. I used to make ice cubes with Kool-Aid when my kids were younger, that of course turned into them just eating the ice cubes. A bit messy, works better in a cup.

  13. Sam Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 7:54 AM #

    I’m new to your blog, there are so many interesting and yummy things to read about. Will keep reading and thanks for all of the wonderful ideas. Now I must check out the 4th of July Sangria. Wonderfully done and very cheery to read. Thanks.

  14. Kare Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM #

    Thank you so much, Sarah! I’m really digging your blog, too.
    I *love* your hair. I wish I could pull off those awesome bangs. Jealous!

  15. Kare Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:01 AM #

    Thank you, Sam! I hope you come back and visit often! :)

  16. Kare Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM #

    Love that idea. I’ve also heard of adding lemonade ice cubes to sparkling water for a low-cal drink. I keep meaning to try it.

  17. Jane Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM #

    I read this yesterday, made the cubes last night and had an amazing cup of iced-coffee this morning after I worked out!! Thanks so much I love this!!

  18. eat.drink.frolic Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM #

    I soooooooooooo need to do this!

  19. luke Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 7:34 AM #

    Hey if you want to make great iced coffee, just double stregth brew it. Use 4 tbs ground coffee for every cup of water. Then in a pitcher use equal parts of coffee and ice. And Starbucks summer blend just came out which makes great iced coffee.

  20. Kare Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 10:32 AM #

    Terrific – glad to hear it!

  21. Kare Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM #

    Thanks, Luke! Definitely the key is to make it nice and strong.

  22. Sonjaneatherland Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 11:22 AM #

    ok,,after spending way to much money on mcd’s caramel latte’s I am going to try this coffe recipe and go a step futher and add whipped cream on top with a straw…and maybe some caramel..mmmm…thanks for the recipe..i never thought about freezing the coffee into some left over coffee and its as good as froze

  23. susan Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 10:13 PM #


  24. Heather Monday, November 1, 2010 at 6:00 AM #

    Fantastic! I’ve always wondered how to make iced coffee at home without using those weird powdered mixes (that never seem to taste quite right). So glad I stumbled across this website from WooThemes twitter page :D

  25. Joe Friday, July 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM #

    Whoa! Beautiful photos. Now I’m thirsty.

    Thanks for the story. Definitely makes you want to skip Starbucks and do it yourself. :)