Every coffee lover has their favorite coffee drink. Regardless, it’s adventurous to try out different coffees. After all, you might like a new type of coffee than what you’re used to drinking. For instance, if you’re used to cold brew or iced coffee but you need to try something new that’s also flavored and refreshing, consider frozen coffee.
Frozen coffee is delicious and easy to brew at home. In this guide, you’ll learn how to make frozen coffee at home.
Basic Recipe for Frozen Coffee
- Whipped cream (½ cup)
- Ice cubes (1 cup)
- Favorite coffee brew (1 cup)
- Chocolate syrup (1 to 2 tablespoons)
- Creamer (optional)
- Coffee maker
Step 1- Brew coffee
First, brew a cup of coffee using your favorite brewing method. Preferably, make a strong brew for this recipe since you’ll be blending it with some ice and you wouldn’t want to water it down.
Step 2- Allow the brew to cool
Allow the brew to cool for about 30 minutes before continuing. If you proceed to make frozen coffee with hot coffee, you’ll get a lukewarm and sickly brew rather than a refreshing frozen brew.
Step 3- Blend the ingredients
Next, add whipped cream, creamer (optional), chocolate syrup, ice cubes, and coffee into your blender. Blend the ingredients until the mixture forms a fluffy and light consistency.
Step 4- Top the brew
You can top the brew with some whipped cream. Drizzle with some chocolate syrup and enjoy your ready frozen coffee.
Tips and Tricks for Making Frozen Coffee
Tip #1- Use strong coffee
Since frozen coffee is blended with ice, its taste can get watered down. You can ensure that your frozen coffee maintains its unique coffee flavor by using cold brew concentrate or strongly brewed coffee when blending. That way, your brew won’t be watered down. In fact, cold brew is a great choice for making frozen coffee since it contains a lower acidic content than standard coffee. Thus, you’ll get a tasty and sweet frozen coffee drink without adding extra calories.
Tip #2. Add fine grounds
If you want a simple and quick way of enhancing the flavor of your frozen brew, consider adding about ½ teaspoon of fine grounds into the blender in addition to the other ingredients. You’ll get a frozen drink with a rich coffee flavor.
Tip #3- Try instant coffee
If you don’t have fresh coffee grounds or ready cold brew and you want to make frozen coffee within the shortest time possible, consider using instant coffee. Preferably, use instant coffee made from dark roasted beans for a more flavorful frozen brew. To use instant coffee, mix it with hot water to make coffee. Allow the brew to cool and proceed to blend it alongside other ingredients until you get the desired consistency.
Tip #4- Use coffee ice cubes
Water ice cubes can dilute your frozen coffee, especially if you used light coffee when blending. Instead, use coffee ice cubes to make tasty frozen coffee. Simply prepare your favorite coffee brew and allow it to cool. Pour the coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze to make coffee ice cubes. When blending coffee ice cubes with the other ingredients, you’ll get a rich frozen coffee without diluting its flavor and taste.
Tip #5- You don’t have to add too many toppings and mix-ins
Adding too many toppings to your frozen coffee can obscure the flavor that comes with coffee. If you must add crushed cookies, caramel, or chocolate syrup, use minimal amounts not unless you can do without the flavor of coffee. Keep everything simple for a more delicious outcome.
Tip #6- Add a flavorful liquor if you desire to spike the brew
If you like drinking spiked coffee, combine coffee and liquor. Preferably, use an Irish cream or a flavored spirit as the base brew for blending frozen coffee. A flavorful liquor will compliment your coffee.
How to Make Blended Coffee At Home
You can easily make blended coffee at home and get a creamy and cold iced coffee like the one you can get from your local coffee shop. The majority of frozen coffee drinks sold by coffee shops are super smooth as they’re blended with excessive sugar, syrups, powdered mixes, and creamer. However, most of these ingredients aren’t nutritious.
Instead, you can make frozen coffee drinks in a blender without adding sugar. Sugar doesn’t dissolve when blending. Thus, if you must add sugar, first, heat enough milk and mix it with sugar to dissolve. Allow the milk and sugar mixture to chill before blending it with the rest of the ingredients. Alternatively, use a natural sweetener such as simple syrup.
Here’s how to make a blended iced coffee.
- Coffee ice cubes (8)
- Coconut milk (¼ cup)
- Cold brew concentrate (1/3 cup)
Step 1- First, make cold brew concentrate. To do this, combine coarse ground coffee (½ cup) with cold water (30 ounces). In case you prefer a darker brew, use 1 cup of coarse grounds. Allow the mixture to sit for about 12 to 18 hours. You can make the concentrate stronger by allowing it to sit longer.
Step 2- Next, make coffee ice cubes. They’re better than water ice cubes as they won’t water down your brew. To make ice cubes out of coffee, pour some cold brew into ice cube trays. Freeze for about 4 to 5 hours.
Step 3- Prepare blended iced coffee. To do this, add milk, ice cubes, and cold brew concentrate into a blender.
Step 4- Blend the ingredients at the highest speed for about 1 to 2 minutes. You’ll know the brew is ready once it forms a smooth and creamy consistency.
- If you’re using an underpowered blender, allow the ice cubes to sit for about 10 minutes in the cold brew and milk mixture before blending. That way, they’ll soften a little for easier and faster blending.
- Feel free to blend with any milk of your choice depending on your needs. Consider milk alternatives such as coconut milk and almond milk.