Easy Instant Iced Coffee

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This instant iced coffee recipe is a game changer! If you love to drink iced coffee, this will change your life! Learn how to make iced coffee in less than a minute!

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This is the best easy iced coffee recipe!

  • no hot water required: that’s right, you don’t need hot water to make instant coffee dissolve. This easy iced coffee recipe uses cold water
  • affordable: much cheaper than a trip to Starbucks or a bottle of cold brew, this recipe uses instant coffee granules.
  • easy to customize: the flavor possibilities are endless!
Learn how to make iced coffee with instant coffee

Iced coffee ingredients

  • instant coffee: any brand
  • cold water: this will dissolve the instant coffee without the use of hot water
  • creamer
  • ice
a tablespoon full of instant coffee grounds

Make instant coffee without hot water

You know how you’ve always been told that instant coffee had to be made hot? Well that is not true, it also makes iced coffee! Just mix cold water with instant coffee grounds, add some creamer, and stir. It can take a minute or two for the coffee to dissolve, but it does.

How to make iced coffee from instant coffee

  1. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of instant coffee and ⅔ cup cold water to a glass. Stir constantly for 1-2 minutes, until the instant coffee granules dissolve completely
  2. Add ice
  3. Stir in creamer to taste
iced coffee recipe

I am sitting here enjoying my first homemade iced coffee, thank you!! It’s as good as anything from Starbucks and so easy!! I thought it would take hot water and lots of ice, but nope!! Yay!!!! This is a game changer, thanks so much!!! – Lana

coffee in a glass with creamer and instant coffee grounds in the background

Ways to customize iced coffee

  • add more instant coffee: like your coffee stronger? Use more instant coffee to taste.
  • use more or less water: Play around with the amount of water you use to find your perfect iced coffee.
  • use coffee syrups with your creamer: vanilla syrup, salted caramel syrup, or hazelnut syrup would all be delicious.

Thank you for this life changer! I have tried to make good iced coffee for years and it has always been hit or miss. Cold brew, hot brew over ice, etc. Stumbled across your recipe…had doubts…tried it anyway. Absolutely delicious! No more prepping in advance. Instant perfection. – Kathy

Learn how to make iced coffee at home with these easy delicious tricks!

I usually stir mine up, go do something else for a minute or so, then come back and stir a little more and it is ready.

instant coffee grounds, coffee, and vanilla soy creamer
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4.58 from 467 votes

Instant Iced Coffee

By: Joy Shull
Learn how to make the most delicious instant iced coffee at home in less than two minutes with this simple trick!
Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 ½ tablespoons instant coffee grounds
  • cup cold water
  • Coffee creamer, to taste
  • Ice


  • Add the instant coffee grounds and cold water to a glass and stir well
  • Stir constantly and allow the coffee to completely dissolved (this may take 1-2 minutes)
  • Add ice and creamer to taste



You can make this stronger by adding more coffee grounds or less water


Calories: 60kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 0.4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 38mg, Potassium: 85mg, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 7IU, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.01mg
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  1. Refuse to buy overpriced coffee at Starbuck plus wait in line. Saw 10 cars wrapping around Starbuck cafe. I went to Lowe’s for supplies only to find the same long line
    at Starbuck. I’ll save my $$ by making my own iced coffee per your instructions. Pa. gal.

  2. I’m impressed. Who knew it was this simple? I’m freezing some ice cubes of it for my next iced coffee.

  3. I’ve been using instant coffee for my iced coffee for years. I also don’t drink hot coffee. I even drink iced coffee in the middle of a Manitoba winter.
    I usually dissolved my instant coffee in a splash of hot water, then add some milk and International Delight Macchiato iced coffee. My husband drinks the International Delight iced coffee straight up but I find it way to sweet and prefer my method.