How To Make Iced Coffee Fast


How To Make Iced Coffee Fast 

There are many ways you can make iced coffee, but what is the fastest way that you can make an ice cold coffee, and still enjoy the amazing flavor? Below we will show you exactly how you can make a very delicious cup of coffee that you can enjoy in a matter of seconds! 

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Super-Quick Iced Coffee

When you’re on the go, knowing how to make iced coffee fast is important. Believe it or not, there are many ways that you can make coffee with ice and cold brew coffee. Below, we are excited to share with you all of the different ways you can go about making delicious, coffee, beginning with the fastest method first. 

How to make perfect Iced coffee at home that is smooth and delicious

There’s nothing like a cup of smooth and delicious drink. This recipe can be enjoyed no matter what time of the year, but it’s got to be prepared correctly to be enjoyed. 

Here’s How to Make Iced Coffee Fast (7 Methods!)

Below we are going to take a deep dive into the many different methods you can use to make iced coffee fast.

Below we will start off with the quickest and easiest method you can learn how to make iced coffee fast, followed by several other methods you can use that will help you make your iced drink quickly as well.

Be sure to check out each method for details! Let’s start off by looking at How to Make Iced Coffee: The Fast Way. 

1-Minute Instant Iced Coffee

Easy Instant Iced Coffee

You can make instant coffee in a matter of seconds with this first method. This is the fastest way you can enjoy coffee. 

Make Instant Coffee Without Hot Water

The great thing about this method is that you only need a few ingredients in order to make amazing iced coffee. You can even make instant coffee without water. All you need is warm water, mixed with cold water. 

Can You Make Instant Coffee With Cold Water?

We have tried making your drink with instant coffee in a few different ways. We have found that it works best to use a mixture of warm water, and cold water which will give you the best results for your coffee.

The ratio that we like to use is equal parts warm water and cold water giving you the perfect combination to dissolve your instant coffee. Check out our easy recipe for cold coffee that will be ready in a matter of seconds. 

Easy Instant Iced Coffee Recipe

Things You’ll Need

1 Tbsp Instant Coffee

½ cup warm water

½ cup cold water

1 cup ice cubes

½ to ¾ cup milk or creamer (enough to fill your glass)

Flavoring as desired 

How to Make Iced Coffee with Instant Coffee

1. Add Water and Dissolve Coffee Grounds

Into a glass add 1 Tbsp instant coffee grounds. Next, add ½ cup of warm water to your instant coffee, and stir until your grounds are dissolved. Add an additional ½ cup of cold water and mix in. 

2. Mix Coffee and Ice 

When your coffee has been mixed, add ice to the coffee to chill it. 

3. Add Creamer and Enjoy

Next, add your milk or creamer along with any flavored syrups you desire to your coffee mixture. Stir it, then enjoy your coffee that has been prepared in less than 1 minute! 


Altering Proportions. One of the great things about making your own drink is that you can make it exactly how you like it.

For example, we recommend using 1 tablespoon of instant coffee, however, if you prefer you can make your coffee stronger.

To do this, you could use 2 tablespoons of instant coffee dissolved in water, you can even choose to reduce the amount of creamer or milk included in your coffee if desired. 

Different Creamers. You can use different creamers and flavored syrups to achieve different flavors to your beverage. When you make this recipe you can use just a basic instant coffee, then flavor your coffee by using your favorite kind of creamer, or syrup. 

Ice. You can also mix up the kind of ice you choose to use in your drink if you want. Typically, we use just regular ice cubes from our refrigerator, however, you can use crushed ice, chewy ice, or whatever your favorite kind of ice is to make your coffee just how you like it. 

Want to see how to make Instant Iced Coffee? Watch the video!

Quick Iced Coffee (Using Hot Coffee)

Another quick way you can make coffee is to use hot coffee made either in a K cup maker, Keurig, or drip coffee maker. This method will take a few minutes to make, but it still tastes delicious. 

How to make iced coffee with a drip coffee machine

To make iced coffee in your drip coffee maker, start off by brewing a pot of coffee to your liking. You can use any kind of beans, and make it as strong as you like. Keep in mind, because we will be adding ice and creamer to your coffee it is a good idea to make it stronger than usual. 

How To Make Ice Coffee Fast Using A Coffee Maker

1. Brew the coffee

Start off making your iced coffee using a coffee maker by brewing your drink. We recommend brewing your coffee slightly stronger than normal. 

2. Prepare your ice

When your coffee has finished brewing, prepare your ice cubes in a cup. You can add as many ice cubes if you want, keep in mind several melt right away because you’re adding hot coffee, so you may want to add extra if you like to drink your coffee while it still has ice in it. You can always add more ice later if needed.

3. Pour the coffee

When your coffee is finished brewing, pour your strong coffee over your ice cubes in your serving glass. 

4. Stir

Stir your coffee and ice mixture so that your coffee cools down and your mixture is combined. 

5. Add dairy and/or sugar

When your coffee has cooled slightly, go ahead and add your milk or creamer as desired, and sugar if you want. You can also add flavored syrups for additional taste if you wish. 

Any time you are making iced coffee from hot coffee it is important to keep in mind a few different things. Below are three important tips to keep in mind when you make cold coffee from hot coffee.

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3 Tips for Making Iced Coffee from Hot Coffee:

1. Make it stronger

First, consider your ratio of coffee to water. Think about when you make your hot coffee, then increase the amount of ground you include for your beverage that you intend to make into iced coffee.

You want your original coffee to be stronger than normal as you will add ice to it, resulting in a diluted coffee. Ultimately, you want stronger brewing methods for this drink. 

2. Let the coffee cool first

If time allows, it’s a good idea to allow your fresh pot of hot coffee to cool first before adding it to your ice and cream.

If you are running low on time, you can transfer it into a cup or mug and plate it into the fridge or freezer to help speed up your cooling process. Ideally, you want it to be slightly cooled before adding your ice, cream, and sweetener. 

3. Coffee ice cubes

Keep in mind you don’t want to overload your coffee with ice cubes, but simply want them to enhance your drink rather than dilute it. You can use whatever type of ice cubes you prefer, whether it’s crushed, cubed, chewy ice, whatever you prefer will work for iced coffee. 

Pour Over Iced Coffee

Pour Over iced coffee is made by using a pour over cone. This is another quick way that you can make coffee. This method will take a few minutes of time to prepare your coffee, as it takes a few minutes for the coffee to brew. 

Pour Over Iced Coffee Recipe:

Things You’ll Want:

 1 pour over cone

1 ½ Tbsp coffee grounds

1 ¼ cup hot water

½ cup milk or creamer

¾ cup ice

A 20 oz coffee cup

How To Make Iced Coffee Fast With A Pour-Over Cone

To make your pour-over coffee begin by taking one and a half cups of water and microwaving it until it is hot.

Add ¾ cup of ice to your coffee cup, then place the pour-over cone on top of your coffee cup, and add your coffee grounds.

Slowly pour your hot water into the pour-over cup, and allow it to drain before adding more. Continue this process until your water has been brewed to coffee.

Allow your warm coffee to sit in the ice cubes for a few minutes then start to combine. Add your desired milk or cream, and sweetener, then stir before serving and enjoy. 

French Press

French press is another way you can brew the liquid for your iced coffee. This method does take a bit of time for your coffee grounds to brew inside of the French press before you can take them and make them into your iced coffee.

Using a French press does allow you to make a lovely rich and creamy glass of cold coffee, but it does take a little while to make as well. 

French Press Iced Coffee Recipe:

2 cups hot water

¼ cup coffee grounds

Ice cubes

Creamer or milk

How to Make Iced Coffee with a French Press

To make French press coffee, add ¼ cup of coffee grounds to your French press. Then, in a small pan bring two cups of water to a boil, once boiling, remove from the heat and allow to sit for one minute. 

Pour your hot water into your French press and allow it to rest for 5-6 minutes for strong coffee. Carefully press the plunger down and pour the coffee into your coffee mug. 

Add ice, allow to sit for a few minutes then stir to combine. Add your desired creamer or milk and sweetener, then serve and enjoy. 

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Mason Jar with Filter

How to Make Iced Coffee Without a Coffee Machine

You can also brew coffee simply by taking a mason jar and a filter then allowing your coffee to brew. For this method, we would recommend allowing the coffee to sit overnight for strong coffee. 

How to Make Cold Brew Iced Coffee

To brew your coffee in a mason jar, take your filter and fill it ¾ of the way with your favorite coffee grounds. Slowly, add warm water through your filter into your mason jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight to allow your coffee to brew for best results. 

Once your coffee is brewed, fill a glass approximately halfway with ice cubes, add your coffee, creamer, or milk, and sweeter. Stir your coffee, then enjoy. 

Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Iced coffee makers can be used to make cold brew coffee. There are several different machines that will make cold drinks that are ready to be made into iced coffee right away. To use a cold brew coffee maker simply follow the instructions for your specific machine. 

Cold Coffee Variations

How to Make Coffee Ice Cubes

Perhaps you like your coffee to not be diluted with so many ice cubes. A great way around this is to create coffee iced cubes that you can add to your coffee. These will chill your coffee without diluting your beverage. 

Step-by-Step instructions:

1. Brew the coffee

First, take your favorite kind of coffee grounds and place them into your coffee maker. Brew your coffee as desired. 

2. Cool the coffee

Once your coffee is brewed, allow it to cool to approximately room temperature. 

3. Fill the ice trays

Then, take ice cube trays and pour your cooled coffee into your ice cube trays. 

4. Store coffee cubes in an airtight container

Freeze your coffee ice cubes, then transfer them to an airtight container in the freezer for long-term storage. 

5. Enjoy your iced coffee!

Whenever you are ready for some cold coffee, remove your coffee ice cubes and add them to your drink. You may consider creating your drink with half ice cubes, and half coffee ice cubes for a delicious cold beverage. 

Iced Coffee vs Cold Brew Coffee

What is the difference between iced coffee and cold brew coffee? Is there really a difference? If you want to get technical, there is a difference. Think of cold brew coffee as coffee that is made cold and can be enjoyed fresh. Iced coffee is often a beverage that is brewed warm and cooled with ice. 

Iced coffee vs. hot coffee

The difference between iced coffee and hot coffee is much more obvious. Hot coffee is your normal coffee that is brewed using your normal coffee makers. Iced coffee can be brewed in a variety of ways and is served over ice. 

5 flavorful ways to fancy up your iced coffee

1: Vanilla. Adding vanilla is a basic yet delicious way you can add a yummy flavor to your coffee. You can do this in a variety of ways, but our two favorite ways are to simply add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to your iced coffee or, to your glass add a scoop of vanilla ice cream then pour your drink over it. Talk about amazing coffee! 

2: Mocha. Another amazing flavor can be easily achieved by adding chocolate syrup to your coffee to enjoy an iced mocha. 

3: Sweetened Condensed Milk. You can also substitute your milk or creamer for sweetened condensed milk. This is another simple, yet tasty way to make your drink! 

4: Torani Syrups. If you want to be like the chain stores, you can also add your choice of flavored syrups to your coffee to get whatever taste you wish. 

5: Simple Syrup. Finally, simple syrup is a very easy, yet great way to get many different flavors into your coffee. To make simple syrup you will take 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water and boil them together. Then you can add in your favorite flavor to make your drink taste great. 

Cinnamon. Add a stick of cinnamon to your simple syrup as it boils for a minute to infuse your sweetener with a lovely cinnamon flavor. 

Vanilla. You can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to your simple syrup after it has come to a boil for a tasty vanilla flavoring. 

Coconut. If you like coconut flavoring, you can add some shredded coconut to your simple syrup, and boil it for a minute, before removing your coconut and then adding your sweetener into your beverage.  

Salted Caramel. Simple syrup can easily be turned into salted caramel syrup, simply take your simple syrup and boil it for approximately 8 minutes over medium heat, keeping a close eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. Once you see your syrup begin to turn a light golden color, remove it from the heat and add a pinch of salt to it. 

Peppermint. You can also flavor your simple syrup to be peppermint by adding a bit of peppermint extract. This makes a lovely mint-flavored drink.  

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How to Store Iced Coffee

Store Without Ice. The best way to store your prepared drink is to refrigerate it without ice cubes. We recommend storing the coffee in your fridge and using it within 3-4 days for best results. 

Keep Sealed. Before you refrigerate transfer your drink to a pitcher with a lid or mason jar with a lid. Keep refrigerated unless you are drinking. 


Are iced coffee and cold brew coffee the same thing?

Although similar, iced coffee and cold brew coffee are not exactly the same thing. Coffee can be prepared in a variety of ways and served over ice. Whereas cold brew coffee is brewed cold and usually has never been warmed. 

Can I Get Iced Coffee With no Ice?

Yes, you can get an iced coffee with no ice, however, depending on how your drink was brewed, it may be warm rather than cold. 

Can I used leftover coffee for iced coffee?

Yes! Sometimes leftover coffee, especially if it is strong, makes excellent coffee. 

Can you drink day old coffee?

As long as your coffee has been refrigerated, you can drink day-old coffee. 

Can You Just Put Ice in Coffee to Make Iced Coffee?

Although you can simply add ice to coffee to make iced coffee, it typically does not work out the best, as it can make your drink very watery. 

Can You Make Iced Coffee With Hot Coffee?

Yes, you can make your drink with hot coffee, but it is best to allow your coffee to cool some. 

Can you put hot coffee in the fridge to make iced coffee?

Yes, brewing hot coffee and chilling it in the fridge will make good iced coffee especially if your liquid was brewed on the strong side. 

How do you cool down hot coffee for iced coffee?

You can cool hot coffee for iced coffee by allowing it to sit at room temperature and cool, or you can chill it in the refrigerator for a few minutes, or even place it into the freezer for a few minutes if needed. 

How Do You Make Iced Coffee Without Watering it Down?

The best way to make iced coffee without watering it down is to brew your beverage strong. That way when you add ice and creamer, it turns out perfectly. 

How do You Make Iced Coffee?

There are many ways you can make iced coffee. Primarily this drink is made by using a strong brew that has cooled and mixing it with ice, creamer, or milk, and your desired sweetener, and flavorings. 

How Long Does it take to Make Iced Coffee?

Depending on your preferred method to make this drink, it can take anywhere from 1 minute to prepare, or as long as overnight. 

Is cold brew the best way to make iced coffee?

Cold brew coffee often produces the best flavored coffee, although it is not the only way to get good flavor. 

Is Iced Coffee Just Cold Coffee?

This drink is strong coffee that you add ice, cream, and sweetener to. 

Is it Safe to Pour Hot Coffee Over Ice?

Yes, pouring hot coffee over ice is not going to harm anything, but it will dilute your coffee. 

What are the ingredients in iced coffee?

In general, this drink is made using ground coffee brewed in water, then added to ice, cream, and sweeteners such as simple syrup. 

What can you make with iced coffee?

You can make a variety of flavored ice drinks using cold coffee and ice cubes. 

What is Japanese-style flash brew coffee?

Japanese style flash brew coffee is when you use hot water to brew the coffee, then immediately chill it after your coffee is brewed. A common method to prepare Japanese Style coffee is outlined above under our section in pour over coffee. 

What is the Difference Between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee?

Cold brewed coffee is usually brewed using warm or cold water. This process typically is done over a longer period of time as well. Ice coffee on the other hand is coffee that has been brewed in a variety of ways, then poured over ice to cool it down. 

How to Make Iced Coffee: The Best Way

There are many different ways you can choose to make your drink. Some methods are much faster than others, while other methods brew a richer cup of coffee. How you choose to brew your coffee for iced coffee is entirely up to you, and how much time you want to spend doing it. 

In general, our favorite method is using a mason jar and filling a filter with coffee grounds, then allowing the coffee to brew in the fridge. This allows you to make coffee that is just right to use in your coffee with ice. However, there are faster methods that still allow you to enjoy the delicious taste. 

    Perfect Iced Coffee

    Now that you know all about how to make iced coffee fast it is time for you to begin making your own cup of delight! Below you will find a detailed recipe on how to make your drink using instant coffee so that you can enjoy your beverage fast! Be sure to try out this recipe, as you can enjoy it in a matter of seconds, plus it tastes great too! 

    Easy Iced Coffee Recipe

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