Ready literally in a minute, this instant iced coffee is the perfect option for summer. It’s easily customizable and there is no brewing needed to make it!
This post includes a quick video on how to make iced coffee with instant coffee from scratch as well as useful tips and possible substitute ideas.
Iced coffee ingredients
This 1 minute iced coffee is the simplest of all iced coffee recipes that are out there! There are no fancy ingredients in it, it’s just a simple combination of instant coffee with sugar, milk, water, and ice cubes!
It’s simple, yet delicious and so refreshing in summer when the high temperatures call for beverages like this.
What coffee to use?
Like the title says, it is instant iced coffee which means it dissolves easily – you might also know it as soluble coffee or coffee granules, powder…
As for the brand, I like using Nescafe coffee to make instant iced coffee. If you have a favorite brand, then feel free to use that one.
This recipe will not work with ground coffee beans, so they cannot be used as a substitute.
If you are planning a get-together and some of your guests are not coffee drinkers, why not make matcha iced tea for them instead? It’s as refreshing as this 1-minute instant iced coffee and tastes amazing!
Tips for making instant iced coffee
This quick iced coffee is made with full-fat milk, but you can use skimmed or semi-skimmed if you like. I also made it with almond milk, and we like it but haven’t tried other milk alternatives, so not sure how they work. If you do try with other milk drinks, please do let us and our readers know how you liked it!
Instead of brown sugar, you can use white sugar or another sweetener of your choice.
You can use either a hand or a stand blender.
Good to know:
Note that this is not a cold-brew coffee (which has a lower acidity level so it is better for your stomach meaning that people who normally can’t drink coffee as it does not agree with them, can do this kind) as it is made with granules instead of coffee beans and it does not need steeping for 12 hours.
Now that being said, I think you could turn a cold-brew coffee into iced coffee if you wanted. I would probably omit the water completely and simply mixed it with ice, sugar, and milk.
More iced coffee recipes for you to try:
Want to see how to make Instant Iced Coffee? Watch the video!
1-Minute Instant Iced Coffee
- 1 cup milk (250 ml)
- ½ cup water (125 ml)
- 1 cup ice cubes + some extra for serving, if desired
- 2-3 teaspoons instant coffee
- 2-3 teaspoons brown sugar
- Throw all ingredients in a blender or a hand blender beaker and blend until smooth and a foam forms (if you are after thicker foam, blend it longer).
- Put some ice cubes in glasses before pouring the coffee in.
- Serve right away!
It was 31C/88F here today. Hot and humid. Instead of coffee I tried this. Unreal and easy to make. Awesome! Thank you!
Julia | Happy Foods Tube says
Thanks for your feedback, Paul!
We LOVE this iced coffee!!! I use my Magic bullet blender. I halved the recipe but instead of 1/4c water I use 1/2c and the quantity is perfect for 1 serving. I make mine using the original recipe with 1% milk & my husband loves it with Nescafe Vanilla instant coffee, 1% milk & E.D. Smith light syrup (he just can’t get enough if it!) They both turn out creamy & wonderful!! I made one for my daughter with oat milk & maple syrup. It didn’t foam up nearly as much and looked a little darker in colour, but was still super yummy! So, I think with a little experimentation you can find YOUR perfect blend. Thank you so much for this recipe Julia!! ♥️
Julia | Happy Foods Tube says
Joanie, thank you so much for your comment and also for letting us and our readers know about other delicious ways to prepare it!