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How to Make Iced Coffee with Instant Coffee (Easy Recipe)

how to make iced coffee with instant coffee

Many people avoid making iced coffee at home because they think it requires more work than hot coffee. Whereas they can use instant coffee to make a piping hot cup in just a few seconds, they assume they have to go through additional steps and preparation time to create iced coffee.

This is actually not true. You can use instant coffee mix to make iced coffee too. This recipe is so simple, in fact, that it only takes 2 minutes to make with 4 different ingredients. Check out this recipe if you want to make iced coffee with instant coffee mix. It will probably be a life changer and save you a whole lot of money!divider 6

How to Make Iced Coffee with Instant Coffee

Ingredients
Equipment
  • Glass
  • Spoon

Easy Instant Iced Coffee Recipe

1. Mix Coffee Grounds and Creamer

Begin by adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of instant ground coffee and ⅓ cup of your favorite creamer to a glass. Stir well so that the coffee grounds are evenly mixed throughout the creamer. You will notice that the coffee grounds start dissolving, but they probably will not be dissolved all the way yet.

2. Add Water and Dissolve Coffee

Next, add ⅔ cup of cold water to the glass to fully dissolve the coffee. If you want a lighter coffee flavor, you can add up to 1½ cup of water to the glass. Stir consistently until the coffee fully dissolves. This may take a few minutes. So, expect to be stirring for a bit.

3. Add Ice and Enjoy

After the coffee has completely dissolved, add as much ice as you like. Enjoy!

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Variations to the Recipe

Above, we described how to make a really basic instant coffee iced coffee recipe. To add a bit of flavor to your iced coffee, you can add different seasonings or variations to get the exact flavor you want. Here are some variations to try out:

Altering Proportions

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This idea isn’t a specific variation, but it is a note about creating the perfect cup of iced coffee based on your taste buds. One of the best parts about this recipe is that you can slightly alter the proportions to make it sweeter or stronger, depending on what you prefer.

If you like a stronger coffee flavor, make sure to use 2 tablespoons of instant coffee and less water and creamer. This will ensure that the coffee flavor is the strongest and stands out amongst the other flavors of the drink.

In contrast, you can create a lighter flavor by diluting the coffee with more water and creamer. This will create a sweeter flavor that is ideal for those who don’t like strong coffee. You can add as much as 1½ cup of water or ½ cup of creamer for the lightest coffee flavor.

Different Creamers

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In this recipe, we gave you the option to use your favorite creamer. Each creamer can add a slightly different flavor and level of sweetness to the iced coffee. Experiment with different creamers to get the best iced coffee for you.

We recommend starting with an almond-based creamer because it makes the final product taste much creamier and less sugary. If you are allergic to almonds, you can select a regular milk-based or soy-based creamer as well. A French vanilla-flavored creamer is a great classic.

If you don’t have any creamer on hand, you can use 1 teaspoon of sugar and 6 ounces of cold milk instead. This will thicken up the drink without requiring you to buy special creamer.

Ice

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Above, we recommended using cubed ice to chill your coffee while not adding additional steps to the recipe. If you want iced coffee with really thin ice shavings that are almost similar to a malt drink, you can blend the iced coffee instead.

Go through steps 1 and 2 as described above. Then, add the drink to a blender, along with ice. Mix the blender and add more ice until you reach your desired consistency. Pour the drink into your glass and drink.


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Instant Iced Coffee Recipe

Making iced coffee with instant coffee can save you quite a bit of money and time. The process is incredibly easy and the results are surprisingly tasty!
5 star average
Prep Time 2 mins
Mixing Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink(s)
Calories 50 kcal

Equipment

  • Glass
  • Spoon

Ingredients
 

  • 1-2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • cup creamer of your choice
  • cup cold water
  • Ice

Instructions
 

  • Begin by adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of instant ground coffee and ⅓ cup of your favorite creamer to a glass. Stir well so that the coffee grounds are evenly mixed throughout the creamer. You will notice that the coffee grounds start dissolving, but they probably will not be dissolved all the way yet.
  • Next, add ⅔ cup of cold water to the glass to fully dissolve the coffee. If you want a lighter coffee flavor, you can add up to 1½ cup of water to the glass. Stir consistently until the coffee fully dissolves. This may take a few minutes. So, expect to be stirring for a bit.
  • After the coffee has completely dissolved, add as much ice as you like. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal
Keyword iced coffee with instant coffee

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Conclusion

Did you enjoy learning how to make iced coffee with instant coffee? Your days of difficult and expensive iced coffee are over! Just by using your regular instant coffee mix, you can create a delicious, iced coffee in seconds. Feel free to mix up this recipe to make it your own.

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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