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    The Best Iced Coffee Recipes: Caramel, Vanilla, and Mocha

    The Best Iced Coffee Recipes: Caramel, Vanilla, and Mocha

    by Alex Brecher June 30, 2023

    A well-made iced coffee can be refreshing and invigorating. You can get iced coffee at a coffee shop, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could make it yourself instead of relying on a coffee shop? This basic recipe can be modified to make caramel, vanilla, and mocha iced coffee. Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee offers pure, low-acid coffee that’s gentle on the stomach and guaranteed fresh.

    Why Make Iced Coffee at Home?

    Your local coffee shop probably makes a great iced coffee, but there are some reasons to make it yourself at home.

    • It’s more convenient. You can have it whenever you want without leaving home.
    • It’s more cost-effective. Coffee beverages are known for being pricey when you go to a coffee shop.
    • It’s more customizable. No matter how kind your local coffee shop is about making modifications, you can control exactly what goes into your coffee. For example, you can choose Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee to have a more intense experience and a low-acid beverage.

    The great news is that this recipe is easy to make.

    Steps to Making Iced Coffee

    Here are the basic steps for iced coffee. 

    1. Make the simple syrup. 
    2. Add flavor to the simple syrup.
    3. Brew your coffee.
    4. Add any other ingredients.
    5. Pour the ingredients over ice.

    It couldn’t be simpler! The simple syrup recipe makes 3 cups, and you can store the extra in the fridge or freezer.

    Ingredients in Iced Coffee

    These are the ingredients in iced coffee.

    • Brewed coffee - brew espresso or strong coffee for a deeper flavor.
    • Simple syrup - choose vanilla, dulce de leche for caramel, or mocha syrup
    • Ice cubes - use crushed ice or any size ice cubes, and consider using ice cubes made from coffee for a more intense coffee flavor

    You can also add ingredients according to your preferred variation.

    More Variations

    Your iced coffee should be based on a great recipe, but it should also reflect your preferences and mood. Don’t despair if you’re not in the mood for caramel, vanilla, or mocha iced coffee, or if you don’t have the exact recommended ingredients in the recipe. There are plenty of other flavors and ingredients you can try.

    These are some examples of additions to try.

    • Mint extract
    • Almond extract
    • Coconut extract
    • Oat, almond milk, coconut milk, or cow’s milk
    • Kahlua or Bailey’s liqueur
    • Nutella
    • Chocolate syrup
    • Ice cream

    Recipe for the Best Low-Acid Caramel, Vanilla, or Mocha Iced Coffee

    Makes servings 


    For simple syrup

    • 3 cups of water
    • 3 cups of sugar

    For Vanilla Latte

    • 1 cup of simple syrup
    • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

    For Caramel Macchiato

    • 1 cup of simple syrup
    • ¼ cup of dulce leche or condensed milk

    For Mocha Latte

    • 1 cup of simple syrup
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder or 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup

    For the Iced Coffee


    1. Make the simple syrup ahead of time by boiling 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar for 1 minute.
    2. Add the vanilla, condensed milk, or cocoa to the simple syrup and stir well.
    3. Add the ice to a large glass. Pour the brewed coffee and 2 tablespoons of flavored syrup over the ice. 
    4. Add any toppings, such as whipped cream.
    5. Serve and enjoy!

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