Coffee talk: 6 amazing iced coffee drinks

Thai iced coffee recipe at Steamy Kitchen

With temperatures reaching 80 degrees in New York City in April, it’s officially time to make the switch from hot coffee to iced. I’ve got to be honest, though, in the legendary words of Coffee Talk” host Linda Richman, bidding farewell to my warm morning cup of joe makes me a little verklempt. (Talk amongst yourselves.) Thankfully, I’ve found 6 delicious iced coffee recipes will help us make a yummy transition to spring.

Thai Iced Coffee (at top): Sound fancy? Please. Our good friend Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen makes it no big whoop to make. Her exotic recipe calls for coffee, cream, sugar, cardamom and almond extract. Combine, drink, repeat.


Iced coffee drinks - Magical Coffee at food 52 The masterminds at Food52 selected this Magical Coffee recipe to be included in the first Food52 cookbook. They also say that you take a sip and “die of happiness.” All it takes is great coffee, cinnamon and brown sugar.


Iced coffee drinks - Coconut Coffee at Kumquat Combine coffee, coconut milk and chocolate syrup to make this Coconut Cowboy Coffee from lovely food blog Kumquat. Pour over ice and it’s (put on your best NY accent) to die for!


Mexican iced coffee recipe at Girl Cooks World This Mexican Iced Coffee from Girl Cooks World is spiked with cinnamon, cloves and anise. If you’re feeling sassy you can add chocolate syrup and a shot of coffee liquor. Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.


Greek style coffee frappe recipe at Momtastic Okay coffee geeks, get ready to start twitching. My absolute favorite way to enjoy iced coffee doesn’t call for locally roasted beans or fancy syrups, just some European-style instant coffee. Three teaspoons plus water, sugar, milk and a good arm are all you need to make a Greek-style Iced Coffee Frappe.


Cold Brew Coffee Tutorial - Simple Bites If you’ve got your own magic iced coffee recipe, by all means, take it away. Just do me one favor: start with cold brewed coffee. It’s less acidic than coffee prepared other ways and stays clear of the bitterness. Learn how with this cold brew coffee tutorial at Simple Bites. Thank me later.

So go ahead and make your own iced coffee goodness because, well, at that big coffee chain you get neither stars nor bucks. Discuss.


Stacie Billis is Managing Editor of Cool Mom Eats. She's known for her focus on nutrition and organics, her salad-loving sons, and her non-judgy approach to feeding kids that does not preclude Nutella.


  • Reply April 19, 2012

    kelsey kleiman

    this is a dream come true. I am such a coffee lover. I’ve started subscribing to Blue Bottle and am looking for others to subscribe to. But I really need some cold variations and it never occurred to me to cold brew. I don’t even know what this is. Clicking on link now…..

  • Reply April 19, 2012

    Stacie D

    Totally awesome list and I can vouch for the cold brewed iced coffee method. It rocks. Can’t wait to try some of these recipes.

  • Reply April 21, 2012


    Sounds delicious. I’m especially excited about the Thai iced coffee, must get cardamom. Found you on Pinterest, btw :)

  • Reply April 28, 2012


    Nice! I will also be wondering down the rabbit hole with COLD brewed Coffee! My humble suggestion for any of these is that the day before you try making it, pour some coffee into ice cube trays and freeze it. Then your iced beverage never waters down!

  • Reply June 8, 2012


    I think that Magical Coffee looks like a real winner. The weather here doesn’t start to get warm until July, but what the heck we’ll go for it anyway.

  • Reply July 25, 2012


    Pioneer Woman has a recipe for cold brew iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk. It tastes delish!

  • Reply April 3, 2014


    Ha! Twitching indeed 😉 Locally roasted beans are definitely the better way to go, no matter what, simply because the coffee will be much much fresher. If you like instant better, it is simply because you have some practicing to do with grinding, water temp, and brew time… which are all key factors in creating a delectable cup of jo… but certainly take skill and practice.


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