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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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Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Outstanding, so inexpensive, so fast and sooooo gooood !!!!!!!

Joy Shull

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

So glad you enjoyed it, it's a staple for us!


Monday 29th of March 2021

I love iced coffee mocha flavored but I don’t want cream, should I just use all water and chocolate syrup?

Joy Shull

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

I have not tried that, but I think you need some kind of milk or cream for best taste.


Thursday 25th of March 2021

I never comment on recipes but wanted to stop and say that I have been trying to make a decent iced coffee with instant grounds for a long time. I tried this one on a whim this morning and wow it’s actually really good! So glad I tried this one! I might still try and tweak it a little until I get that “perfect cup” but I’ll be using this recipe from now on! Thank you!

Joy Shull

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Heather, thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment! I am so glad you enjoyed it. It's been years and I still drink this just about every day. You'll figure out the exact ratios for your taste buds for sure. Enjoy!!


Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Personally this is not my jam but i made it for some friends and they loved this recipe. "To die for." Thank you so much for this.<3 I will be making this anytime friends come over.


Wednesday 20th of January 2021

The video doesn't match your recipe. Recipe says start with the instant coffee and creamer, then add water. The video shows instant coffee and water, then add creamer. which is it, or does it not matter?

Joy Shull

Monday 25th of January 2021

The video was filmed awhile ago, I apologize. It really does not matter much. I usually add coffee and creamer, then water until it's to my desired strength. When you are first learning how strong you want it and water quantity, I would suggest doing it this way. After awhile you will have it down to a science!

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