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Iced Coffee Cocktail

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posted: 04/17/20

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This Iced Coffee Cocktail is a the perfect easy summer afternoon treat! Made with just a few ingredients, you will want to sip on it always.

two tall tumblers with ice, iced coffee, and cream swirling in them with metal straws

Welp. My kids officially aren’t going back to school this spring. I may need a minute to process that.

I keep telling myself to take this one day at a time. To be patient, both with myself and with others. To look find the positive moments in each day. To make healthy choices that will end up making me feel better.

Some days I’m really good at that.

And other days I make myself a giant tumbler full of Iced Coffee and vodka for a glorious afternoon Iced Coffee Cocktail.

Today might be an Iced Coffee Cocktail day.


I’ve had this Adult Iced Coffee on my site for YEARS. Like the original post talked about being happy Quinn was down for a nap . . . she’s 8 now.

Iced Coffee is simple to make, and it’s even easier to turn it into an adult beverage.

  1. Brew a big pot of coffee. Allow it to cool. See more about this below.
  2. Add coffee, ice, half and half, simple syrup, and flavored vodka to a large tumbler filled with ice.
  3. Sip it in the sun and forget your worries.
two tall tumblers full of ice and iced coffee on a tea with a mason jar full of cold coffee in the background


Having your coffee cold is really important to this recipe. I like brewing a pot, allowing it to cool off a little bit, and then storing it in a mason jar in the refrigerator.

Making this the night before is a great way to skip the waiting game. Otherwise give your coffee a solid three to four hours in the refrigerator before you go to drink it.

small cream pot pouring half and half into a large tumbler filled with ice and coffee to make an iced coffee


If you like your coffee sweet, pay attention here!

When we add sugar to hot coffee, the heat in the coffee, helps the granulated sugar disintegrate. With coffee that has been cooled, we don’t really have that luxury.

So you have two choices:

  • Add sweetener while the coffee is still hot. A great option if you are only making one for you and know how you like your coffee.
  • Add simple syrup once the coffee is cold.
a hand pouring vodka from a metal jigger into a large tumbler full of iced coffee recipe for an iced coffee cocktail


You know all those different flavored syrups in coffee shops? Well, that’s kind of what we are going after with our flavored vodka. It adds a little something special to this, making it feel like the afternoon treat it was meant to be.

Here are some flavored vodkas that I think are great in this.

  • Cherry
  • Cake
  • Amaretto
  • Whipped Cream

If you don’t have any on hand, I would also recommend regular vodka and Amaretto – about an ounce of each.

And finally, you can top it off with a little homemade chocolate whipped cream.

large glass tumbler completely full of ice and iced coffee topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate jimmies and a metal straw for an adult iced coffee cocktail


If you are looking for some other great summer cocktail ideas, you have come to the right place.

If you make these or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

two tall tumblers with ice, iced coffee, and cream swirling in them with metal straws
5 from 4 votes

Iced Coffee Cocktail

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Iced Coffee Cocktail is a the perfect easy summer afternoon treat! Made with just a few ingredients, you will want to sip on it always.



  • Fill a large tumbler with ice.
  • Add in the coffee, simple syrup, half and half, and vodka.
  • Stir to combine. Top with chocolate whipped cream if desired.


Please note that the nutritional information does not include the chocolate whipped cream.
Calories: 246kcal (12%) Carbohydrates: 22g (7%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 3g (5%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Cholesterol: 10mg (3%) Sodium: 33mg (1%) Potassium: 148mg (4%) Sugar: 21g (23%) Vitamin A: 100IU (2%) Calcium: 30mg (3%) Iron: 1mg (6%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
two tall tumblers with ice, iced coffee, and cream swirling in them with metal straws

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  1. Angela Maciel says

    nobody is now stopping me from trying this out :))) Thanks for sharing

  2. Sandra says

    IT’s almost 1 am and snowing outside, I packed up the last of the Christmas decorations and dishes, cleaned out the fridge and got my home back in order after the long holiday season. I drink Iced Coffee year round and since I got a bottle of UV whipped for Christmas I put a heavy shot in. OMG I know this is going to have a place in my liqueur Cabinet from now on!! I love Kahlua in my iced coffee and Irish cream but this is so good I have to keep it just for this purpose!! LOVE IT

    • Lisa Longley says

      I am so happy you loved it Sandra!

  3. Dawn says

    5 stars
    Living in the Keys I decided to try the coconut vodka I had with this recipe. AAAAmazing!

    • Lisa Longley says

      This makes me so happy! I’m 100% grabbing some coconut vodka next time I can.

      • Dawn says

        New to your site and just gotta tell you it fantastic! Love the recipes, tips and stories! After quarantine I’m gonna need to do a lot of jogging. Thank you!

        • Lisa Longley says

          This makes me so happy! Thanks Dawn!

  4. Barbara Karr says

    Perfect timing!!!!! This quarantine is getting a little hard to take. I love my iced coffee and this is a perfect end of the day cup. Thanks for all the great tips and the recipe. I will be thinking of you tonight as I sip on mine. Stay well.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you loved it Barbara!

  5. Jeanette says

    Thanks for the liqueur Recipes. I had some of these years ago.but I lost them in a fire.

    • Lisa Longley says

      You are so welcome!

  6. Jesus Jose De Maria says

    5 stars
    Ice coffee has become a good idea every evening in the heat of beautiful Ghana on the terrace

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoy it!

  7. Jesus Jose De Maria says

    One question not comment although we love it we don’t add half and half as we don’t know what it is please tell us

    • Lisa Longley says

      No problem! It is a US ingredient that is made with half heavy cream and half whole milk. In some parts of the world it is called “half cream.” Either way, it is pretty easy to make yourself if you can’t find it.


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