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Iced Cappuccino Recipe (Tasty & Refreshing!)

Iced Cappuccino

Making iced cappuccinos is easy to do at home with the right equipment and a few ingredients. With a little practice and finesse, you can have an iced cappuccino without spending money at a coffee chain or restaurant. All it takes is some ice, espresso, and milk to make the perfect espresso coffee. Here’s a recipe to make your very own, at-home iced cappuccino:

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Iced Cappuccino

How to Make an Iced Cappuccino

Too hot for a cappuccino? Try this easy recipe for iced cappuccinos! It's simple, inexpensive, and oh-so-refreshing.
5 star average
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1
Calories 50 kcal

Equipment

  • Espresso machine
  • Milk steamer (electric mixer, hand frother, or French Press will also work)
  • Mason jar (or tall glass)

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Brew the espresso in your espresso machine or manual espresso maker. Regular or strong brewed coffee will not work for cappuccinos. For the best results, use espresso-roast coffee beans.
  • Set the espresso aside to cool off for a few minutes, so it doesn't melt the ice.
  • Prepare the steamed milk, using a milk frother, steam arm, French press, or mixer. Heat the milk before frothing it.
  • Fill a glass with ice, about halfway. Since the espresso is going to cool enough to not melt the ice, don’t overfill the glass.
  • Pour equal parts into the mason jar or glass with ice: espresso, steamed milk, and foam. Sweeten if desired and top it off with cocoa powder for a complete look.

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal
Keyword caffeinated, espresso, iced cappuccino

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Variations & Tips

While the traditional cappuccino contains whole milk and espresso, you can modify our recipe to your taste instead. There are a few changes you can make to fit your needs, whether you prefer certain tastes or have dietary restrictions.

Use Low Fat or Plant-Based Milk

Instead of using whole milk, try using low-fat milk or plant-based milk instead. Low-fat milk will steam and froth just like whole milk, so you won’t lose out on the cappuccino experience. Plant-based milk can be tricky, but soy and oat milk are great alternatives that froth up like cow’s milk.

Lifeboost dark roast with espresso powder

Try Different Espresso Blends

As with regular coffee, espresso blends vary in taste and bitterness. If your iced cappuccino isn’t tasting right, try using a different blend. Look for espresso blends that the flavor profile and notes, which will tell you if it’s to your liking. We particularly recommend Lifeboost’s tasty dark roast for this recipe.

Make Espresso Ice Cubes

Iced cappuccinos sound like a great idea until your drink becomes watered down by ice cubes. Instead of having melted water in your drink, make espresso ice cubes ahead of time. You can add them with regular ice so your cappuccino will still taste delicious.

Here are the easy steps:

  • Brew enough espresso to fill an ice cube tray, filling each cube section about halfway. If you don’t want to use up your espresso, a strong-brewed dark roast dark coffee will work.
  • Put the ice cube tray in the freezer and let it freeze completely, which can take up to a day. Once they’re frozen, add them to any iced coffee or espresso drink.

Read our full coffee ice cube guide!

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Image Credit: Yaroslav Shuraev, Pexels

Chill Espresso Ahead of Time

If you want to enjoy more than one iced cappuccino or have them ready for a few days, make a batch of chilled espresso ahead of time. Brew enough to fill a small bottle or pitcher, then set it aside to chill. Place it in the fridge with a lid to keep it cool.

Place the Mason Jar in the Fridge

To keep your iced cappuccino cool, stick your mason jar in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before making the drink. It’ll help keep the ice from melting quickly, even if you do make the espresso ice cubes.

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Final Thoughts

Making espresso at home may seem difficult, but it’s easy to become your own barista at home. Iced cappuccinos are a tasty and refreshing drink, especially when you’re not spending money to have one. As long as you have a way to brew espresso, you’ll be able to create a decadent iced cappuccino at any time.

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Featured Image: Olha Ruskykh, Pexels

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Jaimie Wisniowski

Jaimie is a freelance writer fueled by coffee, whether it’s hot, iced, or made from a local coffee shop. She enjoys writing all things coffee, especially if it means trying the latest coffee shop trends (hello cold foam!). After spending years writing poems, college essays, and short stories, it only a matter of time to turn writing into a career. Writing about coffee simply combined two of her favorite things! When she’s not drinking coffee by the minute and writing at her laptop, Jaimie spends time hiking, exercising, and living an active life. She also loves to snuggle up with a good book and her dog, Margo. If you catch her without a cup of coffee, she’s probably on her way to the coffee maker now.

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