This creamy vanilla mocha iced coffee recipe is quick and easy to prepare, making a refreshing alternative to hot coffee!
Every morning I religiously guzzle down a full pot of black coffee, but my wife has recently turned me on to iced coffee. I still crave my freshly roasted pot of liquid gold, however, I have also come to enjoy iced coffee as a separate treat. As any coffee shop aficionado can attest, purchasing iced coffee drinks can quickly get expensive, but luckily it is pretty easy to make at home.
Vanilla Mocha Iced Coffee
My iced coffee is more than just black coffee and ice cubes. Whole milk, chocolate, and vanilla are added to make a creamy drink similar to Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccinos. Although it is worth noting, this recipe is not meant to be an exact replica of that drink. This recipe yields two servings but can be scaled up as much as desired.
Sugar in Iced Coffee
Coffee shop drinks are famously high in sugar, similar to soda. However, when purchasing from your favorite barista ignorance is bliss, isn't it? Unfortunately, the problem with making your own drink from scratch is you are confronted with exactly how much sugar is being added.
For this drink to taste best, I recommend using all of the sugar called for, but if you want to make a drink with less sugar you can certainly cut back as much as desired. It will still taste good, it just won't have much sweetness.
How to Make Iced Coffee
To make this drink, simply add the instant coffee and sugar to boiling water to dissolve, then vanilla and chocolate are added for flavor and stirred with milk for creaminess. Pour in a glass over ice cubes and enjoy!
How to customize this recipe
I found the easiest way to make my vanilla mocha iced coffee is using Folgers instant coffee. Instant coffee is quick and easy to prepare and does a good job providing the roasted background flavor this drink needs. However, you can use freshly brewed coffee instead as well, just substitute 1 cup of brewed coffee for the boiling water and instant coffee called for.
The flavoring can be customized as well, caramel would be a nice addition to this drink. Alternatively, you can eliminate the vanilla extract for a more chocolatey mocha iced coffee.
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Vanilla Mocha Iced Coffee
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 rounded tablespoon instant coffee grounds
- ¼ cup sugar (see note)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
- Ice Cubes
- Combine instant coffee and sugar with the boiling water and stir until dissolved.
- Add vanilla and chocolate syrup and stir to incorporate.
- Finally stir in milk and serve over ice cubes.
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