Cold Coffee Recipe

This homemade Cold Coffee is super refreshing on a hot summer day! Made with readily available ingredients, it's rich, creamy and so frothy!
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This easy to make homemade frothy Cold Coffee is so refreshing on a hot summer day. Add some chocolate sauce or vanilla ice cream to make it extra rich and creamy. Gets done in 10 minutes!

two tall glasses filled with cold coffee

I remember I was in school when these coffee chains had just about started getting popular in India. We didn’t have many but Barista and Café Coffee Day were the two most popular ones. They used to be those fancy coffee shops/hangout places where we would go to have a cup of coffee once in a while.

My most favorite used be the cold coffee at Café Coffee Day. That glass of coffee on those super hot days in Delhi used to feel so refreshing. Even now I crave for that coffee and when that craving kicks in, I make this super easy Cold Coffee at home. This is a very basic cold coffee recipe using only 3 ingredients!

There are so many ways to jazz up a simple glass of cold coffee. I am sharing the most basic version here.

Ingredients

This basic recipe for homemade cold coffee uses just 3 ingredients which are readily available at home.

ingredients for cold coffee arranged on a board

Coffee: for this recipe, I use instant coffee but you can also use espresso shot or even filter coffee decoction. If using coffee decoction, use 1/4 cup of it. The taste of your cold coffee will depend on the coffee that you use so make sure to use a coffee that you like.

Milk: full fat whole milk makes a creamy thick coffee but you can use any milk you like. Using skim milk will make it little diluted. You can also use non-dairy milk options like almond milk, oat milk.

Sugar: to sweeten the cold coffee, I have used white sugar. But you can use other sweeteners of choice.

Step by Step Instructions

1- Heat up 1/4 cup milk in a pan or microwave. Add instant 1 & 1/2 to 2 tablespoons instant coffee to it. You can adjust the amount of coffee powder to taste and how strong coffee you prefer.

2- Add in 3 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste). You can add more or less depending on the sweetness you prefer.

3- Using a spoon or whisk, mix everything together. Since the milk is hot, the coffee and sugar will dissolve easily.

4- Your sweet coffee mix is now ready to be added to the blender. You can also straight away use 1/4 cup of a strong filter coffee decoction or espresso shot.

step by step picture collage of making cold coffee

5- To your blender, now add 2 cups chilled milk. I have used whole milk here. Also add 3 to 4 ice cubes (optional).

6- Add the prepared coffee-sugar mix into the blender. At this point, you can use add vanilla ice cream if you want.

7- Close the lid and blend for few seconds until everything is mixed together and the coffee is frothy.

8- Transfer to glasses and serve immediately. You can pour some chocolate syrup in the glasses and chill for 15 minutes before pouring the coffee in glasses. The foam will settle down after a while so this is best enjoyed immediately especially if you like frothy coffee.

step by step picture collage of making cold coffee

Make it Fancy!

This is how you make a very basic cold coffee. To jazz it up consider the following!

  • Top the coffee with fresh homemade whipped cream. To make it, just whip some heavy cream (with little powdered sugar) until it forms peaks. Then top the coffee with it.
  • Add vanilla ice cream to your coffee to make it more rich and creamy. Ice cream also adds a really nice flavor to your cold coffee.
  • Garnish with chocolate syrup, chocolate chips or serve with a chocolate wafer.
  • You can also top it with sprinkles.

Flavor Your Cold Coffee

You can flavor this coffee in several ways.

  • To give it a chocolaty flavor add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder while blending the coffee.
  • Use syrups like hazelnut, caramel or any other flavor to flavor your coffee the way you like.
  • Cinnamon will be another wonderful addition as cinnamon goes well with coffee.
coffee in a tall glass with frothy top

Tips & Notes

  • The amount of sugar can be adjusted to taste. If you don’t like a sweet cold coffee, then you can reduce the amount of sugar to 1 or 2 tablespoon. For a sweeter coffee, use 4 tablespoons.
  • Cut down on the sugar or use no sugar if using vanilla ice cream in this recipe.
  • Whole milk makes a creamy cold coffee but you can use any milk of choice including dairy-free alternatives. Oat milk will work well here.
  • For a thicker coffee, skip the ice cubes and use vanilla ice cream in place.

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Cold Coffee

two tall glasses filled with cold coffee
Manali
This homemade Cold Coffee is super refreshing on a hot summer day! Made with readily available ingredients, it's rich, creamy and so frothy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drink
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 2
Calories 198 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup milk 60 ml
  • 1 & 1/2 -2 tablespoons instant coffee adjust to how strong you want your coffee
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar adjust to taste
  • 2 cups milk chilled, 480 ml/16 oz
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • vanilla ice cream optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat up 1/4 cup milk in a pan or microwave. Add instant instant coffee to it. You can adjust the amount of coffee powder to taste and how strong coffee you prefer.
  • Add in the sugar (adjust to taste). You can add more or less depending on the sweetness you prefer.
  • Using a spoon or whisk, mix everything together. Since the milk is hot, the coffee and sugar will dissolve easily.
    Your sweet coffee mix is now ready to be added to the blender. You can also straight away use 1/4 cup of a strong filter coffee decoction or espresso shot.
  • To your blender, now add 2 cups chilled milk. I have used whole milk here. Also add 3 to 4 ice cubes (optional).
  • Add the prepared coffee-sugar mix into the blender. At this point, you can use add vanilla ice cream if you want. Close the lid and blend for few seconds until everything is mixed together and the coffee is frothy.
  • Transfer to glasses and serve immediately. You can pour some chocolate syrup in the glasses and chill for 15 minutes before pouring the coffee in glasses. The foam will settle down after a while so this is best enjoyed immediately especially if you like frothy coffee.

Notes

  • The amount of sugar can be adjusted to taste. If you don’t like a sweet cold coffee, then you can reduce the amount of sugar to 1 or 2 tablespoon. For a sweeter coffee, use 4 tablespoons.
  • Cut down on the sugar or use no sugar if using vanilla ice cream in this recipe.
  • Whole milk makes a creamy cold coffee but you can use any milk of choice including dairy-free alternatives. Oat milk will work well here.
  • For a thicker coffee, skip the ice cubes and use vanilla ice cream in place.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 9gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 126mgPotassium: 328mgSugar: 31gVitamin A: 271IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 318mgIron: 1mg
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