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Easy Instant Iced Coffee

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!

instant iced coffee

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.

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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instant iced coffee

Instant Iced Coffee

Yield: 1 cup of coffee
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

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


  • 1 ½ tablespoons instant coffee grounds
  • ⅔ cup cold water
  • Coffee creamer, to taste
  • Ice


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


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

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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

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Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

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.

Joy Shull

Friday 4th of August 2023

Love it!


Sunday 30th of July 2023

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


Sunday 11th of June 2023

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. Cheers!


Monday 5th of June 2023

YAYYY it worked now I get starbies (kinda) for freeeee thank uuu


Monday 29th of May 2023

I was very skeptical but this is great! Quick to make and tasty! I used 1/3 cup fat free 1/2 & 1/2 and 1 tablespoon of sugar free vanilla syrup instead of flavored milk or creamer. I also want to try it blended.

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