Can you tell me how to make iced coffee?

by Joyce B.
(Jacksonville, FL)

How to make iced coffee

How to make iced coffee


I tried making iced coffee, but must be getting it wrong. It just tastes weak and unpleasant. Any tips?


You shouldn’t go too far wrong if you follow these steps.

1. Brew a pot of strong coffee.

2. If you want your iced coffee sweetened, add sugar while the coffee is still hot. It’s harder to get the sugar to dissolve once the coffee is cold.

3. Let the coffee cool overnight, or in the fridge.

4. Add ice cubes to a tall glass and pour the cold coffee over the ice. Add cream if you want to.

5. Add flavored syrups if you want to try some different flavors.

It’s not too complicated. Just be sure to brew the coffee nice and strong, and don’t pour over the ice until the coffee is cold. Hot coffee on ice just melts the ice and leaves you with a weak, yukky brew.

Also, put the ice in the glass just before pouring. Again, if you add the ice to the pot of coffee, it will dilute the entire brew as it melts.

So...make strong coffee...let it cool...then add the ice to each glass before adding coffee from the pot.

If anyone has some killer iced coffee recipes of their own, share them with us by adding a comment below.

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Jul 11, 2011
by: Tiny Footprint Coffee

We love steeping coarsely ground coffee overnight in a pitcher then straining and pouring over ice for a really strong, caffeine infused treat.

May 30, 2011
Iced coffee
by: Baja Susana

I freeze left over coffee in ice cube trays and add them to mineral water, fizzy iced coffee! Add a littl Half and Half and it is wonderful. Or some chocolate ice cream...hhmmmm-heaven in a glass.

What do you think, Nick, about freezing the coffee?

May 24, 2011
Iced Coffee Suggestion
by: Anonymous

The secret to keeping your iced coffee "strong" and not watered-down is to make your ice cubes out of brewed coffee. When your coffee ice cubes melt they will enhance and not dilute the coffee's "strength" and flavor profile.

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