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Easy Instant Iced Coffee

This instant iced coffee recipe is a game changer! I have made this every day for 6 years and I never tire of it. If you love to drink iced coffee, this will change your life! Learn how to make iced coffee in less than a minute!

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

When I first started my blog almost 6 years ago, the very first recipe that I shared was this iced coffee recipe.

I had only tried it for the first time a few months ago, and it was safe to say that I was head over heels in love.

This recipe quite literally changed my life.

Learn how to make iced coffee with instant coffee

I have drank this instant coffee multiple times a day for six years now and never get sick of it.

I’ll admit, before I tried this iced coffee recipe, I actually was not a regular coffee drinker.

a tablespoon full of instant coffee grounds

I didn’t like hot coffee, didn’t want to pay for coffee at Starbucks, and had never found a way to make delicious cold coffee at home.

I’m convinced that 99% of people don’t know about this iced coffee hack that has changed my life.

iced coffee recipe

I honestly prefer making this coffee to buying coffee anywhere out, as I can customize it to be as strong as I want and use healthier creamer options that don’t leave me feeling bad.

If you were to offer me any coffee from any place, I would still pick this one. 

My personal favorite creamers to use are soy milk and almond creamers. 

They are super creamy and less sugary than other traditional creamers. 

coffee in a glass with ice cubes

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

They are sweet enough and taste yummy, but aren’t packed full of sugar and artificial flavor.

You’ll be surprised how simple this little trick is, but once I discovered it I’ve been making iced coffee a LOT more frequently because of how easy it is!

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

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

instant iced coffee recipe

Make instant coffee without hot water

You know how you’ve always been told that instant coffee had to be made hot?

Well 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!

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!

I will include the exact measurements that I use for my perfect iced coffee, or you can experiment to make it just right for you!

instant coffee grounds, coffee, and vanilla soy creamer

Add ice and you have an iced coffee recipe that’s not only cheap and convenient, but much less sugar and junk too!

For another delicious homemade coffee recipe, be sure to try this Whipped Cream Frozen Coffee!

frozen coffee in a glass with a straw

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Yield: 1 cup of coffee

Instant Iced Coffee

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

Learn how to make the most delicious instant iced coffee at home in less than two minutes with this simple trick

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1-2 tablespoons instant coffee grounds (to your preference)
  • Cold water
  • Your favorite creamer
  • Ice


  1. Here are the exact measurements that I use, but I suggest trying your own amounts as creamers will vary in sweetness. 1 and 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee grounds, 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons vanilla soy creamer, 2/3 cup cold water, ice
  2. Add instant coffee grounds and creamer to a glass and stir well
  3. Fill glass with cold water (1 - 1/2 cups depending on what strength you like)
  4. Stir constantly and allow coffee to fully dissolve (can take a few minutes)
  5. Add ice and enjoy!


Different creamers will vary in sweetness, so just add a little at a time until the coffee is to your sweetness. If you are lactose intolerant or just looking for a lighter creamer option, I highly recommend silk brand vanilla soy creamer or one of their flavored almond milk creamers.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

This does not show accurate sugar content, as the coffee will vary depending on the type of creamer you use.

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Angela Petty

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

I stumbled across this by accident three weeks ago and haven't been buying iced coffee out since. Thanks so much.

Joy Shull

Saturday 6th of November 2021

So glad you have enjoyed the recipe!


Saturday 2nd of October 2021

This is the best coffee ive made in the past few years

Sandy G.

Sunday 5th of September 2021

I happened across this wonderful recipe today! I had some Bustelo Instant Espresso Coffee in my pantry and decided to give it a try. This was so easy and had great flavor! I used my little hand pump whisk so the coffee mixed smoothly. My coffee creamer ended up tasting sweeter than it does in regular hot coffee so I’ll definitely look at some of the alternatives mentioned. So happy to have a great alternative to driving to get an iced coffee. I’m looking forward to experimenting with various combinations…


Sunday 5th of September 2021

I just tried this and let me tell u how excited I was. I woke up my husband and said look I made my own ice coffee! He woke up real quick and was so happy. I don't gotta burn a hole in his pocket anymore with my cold coffee addiction. Its a win win situation! Thank u very much from us both!!!

Joy Shull

Monday 6th of September 2021

hah! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

Katie Jeurissen

Saturday 4th of September 2021

This is delicious and soooooo easy! I was able to have my iced coffee in a few minutes, instead of waiting for it to cool or marking it extra strong and using ice. Instead of creamer I used 1/3 cup of milk and chocolate syrup for flavor and it turned out wonderful.

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