Fresh Mint Iced Coffee From Scratch

This fresh mint iced coffee will solve your summer coffee cravings! It’s simple to make at home with any coffee maker. This drink will be on repeat all summer in our house. I’m actually drinking a glass of it right now while I write!

over head shot of an iced coffee with mint leaves

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    First, let’s make some coffee!

    To get started with this mint iced coffee recipe, we’re going to need some coffee. To do this, you can use any coffee maker or machine; just ensure it’s a strong brew.

    If you use a light roast, be sure to double the amount of coffee grounds you usually use but keep the same water measurements. When I make this recipe with a 16-ounce French press, I use 5 tablespoons of coffee grounds that are medium-dark roasted.

    You can use a French press, pour-over, instant, Keurig, or any other type of coffee you have. You don’t need an espresso machine to enjoy this recipe.

    But if you do have an espresso machine, you can use two shots of espresso.

    iced coffee on a wooden coaster with mint leaves garnished on top

    Now let’s chat about mint syrup!

    I have the easiest recipe for homemade mint simple syrup that’s perfect for this iced coffee. You simmer cane sugar, water, and fresh mint leaves in a saucepan over medium heat for 10 minutes.

    It makes the most delicious mint syrup you’ve ever had. Sure, you could buy a mint-flavored syrup at the grocery store, but let me tell you, it won’t taste anything like homemade.

    If you really want to treat yourself, take the extra few minutes to whip it up from scratch. You won’t be disappointed! Plus, you’re keeping this recipe wholesome without harmful ingredients.

    We can’t forget the milk!

    In any good iced coffee recipe, you can’t forget to pay a little attention to the milk. Whether you choose a dairy or plant-based milk, make sure it’s creamy. If you use a watery option like store-bought almond or cashew milk, it’ll be way too runny for this recipe.

    I like to use my homemade cashew cream. It makes this mint iced coffee so creamy and smooth!

    cup of iced coffee on a wooden coaster with a green towel by it

    Put together your own iced coffee kitchen tool kit

    If you love iced coffee during the summer, you’ve got to put together a little tool kit. This will make making them at home simple. Here’s what’s in mine:

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    Fresh mint iced coffee: Frequently asked questions

    Can I make this as hot coffee instead of iced coffee?

    Sure! If you want to make this hot coffee, just skip the cool-down period and use a mug instead of a glass. Of course, with no ice. You can check out my vanilla latte recipe to see how I make a creamy latte at home. 

    What’s the difference between iced coffee and cold brew?

    Iced coffee is just cooled-down hot coffee. Cold brew is coffee that’s been brewed in cold water over a long period of time, usually 18–24 hours in the fridge. Cold brew also has a deeper flavor and is less acidic. 

    Can I use mint extract instead of making the syrup?

    I don’t recommend using mint extract for this iced coffee. It will be bitter. I highly recommend making the mint simple syrup at home.

    over head shot of an iced coffee with mint leaves

    Fresh Mint Iced Coffee From Scratch

    Yield: 1 iced coffee
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes

    This fresh mint iced coffee will solve your summer coffee cravings! It's simple to make at home with any type of coffee maker. This drink will be on repeat all summer in our house.

    Ingredients

    Iced Coffee

    • 1 cup strong cooled-down coffee
    • 1/2 cup milk or cream
    • 3 Tbsp homemade mint simple syrup
    • Handful of ice

    Mint Simple Syrup

    • 1/3 cup pure cane sugar
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 4 large fresh mint leaves

    Instructions

    1. Make a pot of strong coffee and pour it into a glass to cool. Set aside. 
    2. Add water and cane sugar to a saucepan and heat over medium heat stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.
    3. Add in mint leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes on low-medium, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn. 
    4. Once mint syrup has finished simmering take it off the heat and let cool while you make the rest of the drink.
    5. Pour the cooled-down coffee into a different glass. Add in milk and mint simple syrup. 
    6. Stir to combine and add ice. Enjoy! 

    Notes

    You can use any kind of coffee as long as it's strong. This means you can do french press, instant, pour-over, etc. If you have an espresso machine use 2 shots of espresso for this recipe.

    When choosing a milk make sure it's not watery. You can use whole milk, homemade cashew cream, full-fat coconut milk, etc.

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