Tasty Tuesday: Iced Coffee (tastes like Bottled Starbucks Frappuccino)

Ahh…these warm 90 degree days around here have got me thinking about iced coffee! I love that stuff but I hate spending big bucks at Starbucks, Sheetz, or wherever. So I make my own and save the money!

I have two recipes that I make and the thing I love about both of them is that, unlike lots of iced coffee recipes, they take basic, inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Recipe #1 is one that a friend originally gave me, however I tweaked it to suite my taste.  It is the “weaker”of the two in that it isn’t quite as bold and strong.  If you aren’t a big coffee fan, then I’d start with this one.  Recipe #2 is one that I got from my sister-in-law this spring.  It is much stronger and has a bolder coffee flavor.  If you love strong coffee, try this one. They both are delicious and remind me of the bottled Starbucks Frappuccino which I love.

Why not take a few minutes, make some iced coffee, then sit down and prop your feet up for a bit and enjoy!

Iced Coffee #1
3c. brewed coffee (vanilla or hazelnut are really yummy)
1 1/2 Tbsp. instant coffee
1 c. sugar
Milk (about 1/2 to 3/4th gallon)
Flavored Syrup (optional)

Mix brewed and instant coffee and the sugar together in a gallon pitcher. Add 1 to 2 trays of ice cubes (it depends on how watered down you want it!) then add milk until the pitcher is full.  Add flavored syrup if desired.  Stir well…Enjoy!

Or you can make a concentrate by just mixing the brewed coffee, instant coffee and sugar together.  Refrigerate it and when you want a glass of iced coffee, fill the glass about 1/4-1/3 full of the syrup, add some ice and fill the rest of the way full with milk.

Iced Coffee #2
1 c. hot water
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. instant coffee
Flavored Syrup (optional)

Mix water, sugar and coffee together to make a concentrate.  Refrigerate.  When ready to drink, fill glass 1/4 full of concentrate.  Add several ice cubes and then fill the rest of the way full with milk.  Enjoy!

Check out my tip for using up leftover brewed coffee!

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  1. by sarah

    On July 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I use your first recipe,and love it! A perfect drink to enjoy on a hot summer day,in fact I like to drink some in the morning,gives me a boost to start my day!

  2. by Lydia Beiler

    On July 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Sarah, glad to know you like it! I confess, if I don’t watch it I drink WAY too much. All I can say is that it’s a good thing I usually make mine decaf! :)

  3. by Susan

    On July 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I use the 2nd recipe you posted. I really like it because since it is a concentrate I can add a little (since I like mine weaker) and my husband can add a bunch! (since he likes his really strong). I was thinking the other day I need to make some again!

  4. by Lydia Beiler

    On July 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Susan, anymore I typically make a concentrate for both recipes. It’s so handy and yes, then I can make it the strength I like! Speaking of it, I’m making myself a glass now. :)

  5. by Jerralea

    On July 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I’m thinking I would like to try option #2. It sounds delish!

  6. by Lydia Beiler

    On July 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Jerralea- I would love to know what you think after you try it!

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