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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 2 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. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I need to get that vodka. This coffee is amazing. I would have to stop myself from drinking it at breakfast, ha!

    • Lisa says

      Ooooor . . . don’t! : D This coffee was such a happy little accident, thought I’d give it a try and it was about 100x more delicious than I expected.

  2. PatsyB says

    One of the best things about being an ADULT, we can have coffee whenever we want it!!! And I think I want that coffee for breakfast, brunch, lunch and maybe after dinner too!! And I swear I am only drinking it for the caffeine!!

    • Lisa says

      Ha!! It’s even better than I could capture with a camera . . . be careful, you WILL want to drink it around the clock : )

  3. Karen at Bargain-ista.com says

    Yum! I have Pinnacle Whipped vodka, and am going to have to try this. Today, maybe ;)

  4. Michelles Tasty Creations says

    YUM! I can’t wait to try this. I have the Whipped vodka and haven’t yet used it. Sounds like the perfect recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great week.

  5. Julie Evink says

    YUMMY! Booze. Amazing.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Someday we will sip these on my deck together :)


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