How To Make Iced Coffee With Instant Coffee: 3 Step Easy Recipe

Last updated on August 22nd, 2023 by Jules Winnfield

How To Make Iced Coffee With Instant Coffee

Coffee truly makes the world go round. We can’t start the day without one!

And you don’t have to spend all of your hard earned cash on expensive hot coffee from Starbucks baristas either. Especially when you can brew a nice cup of joe from the comfort of your own home.

But let’s face it, no one’s interested in hot coffee anymore. The cool crowd is all about the iced coffee instead! It can be a cool refreshing change of pace in the morning or afternoon.

So if you’re looking to easily learn how to make iced coffee with instant coffee, then you’ll want to try out this recipe for delicious iced coffee at home. Trust us, it’s a real game changer!

A lot of people love iced coffee, but are hesitant to make their own coffee at home, as it sounds like a lot of work. The reality is learning how to make iced coffee with instant coffee is not all that difficult.

The best part? It’s easy and the prep time is super short, so you can have an amazing cold coffee drink in just a few minutes!

How to Make Iced Coffee with Instant Coffee Recipe

For this iced coffee recipe, there’s a few things that you’ll need. For instance, when it comes to ingredients, you’ll need:

  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of instant coffee grounds or instant coffee granules
  • ⅓ cup of creamer of your choice
  • ⅔ cup of cold water
  • Lots of ice cubes
  • Brown sugar, white sugar or sweetener as desired
  • Tall glass
  • Spoon

Ready to start making instant iced coffee? Let’s dive into our instant iced coffee recipe!

iced coffee with instant coffee
Looks delicious doesn’t it?
Photo by Eiliv Sonas Aceron

Step 1: Mix Together Your Instant Coffee Grounds and Creamer

The first step is to start by mixing instant coffee granules with the creamer. We recommend that you use your favorite brand of instant coffee so that the results taste divine. It is also a plus that it would not expire.

Now, most people will try to mix the instant coffee grounds with water first, but this is not the best way. Start by adding about 1-2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules with about 1/3 of a cup of your favorite creamer in a tall glass.

Alternatively, if you do not like creamer or cold milk, or you’re lactose intolerant, then feel free to use almond milk, soy milk or whatever your personal preference is!

If you stir the mixture really well, then the instant coffee grounds can dissolve and become easily mixed and dispersed throughout the coffee creamer. At this point, you should see the coffee grounds beginning to dissolve, but they may not have completely dissolved yet, and make sure your creamer is not chunky.

Step 2: Add in the Water to Fully Dissolve the Instant Coffee

The next step is to add about ⅔ of a cup of cold water to the glass in order to completely dissolve the instant coffee. If you prefer a lighter, brighter cup of coffee, then at this point, you can add about 1 ½ cups of water to the glass.

Then, you will need to stir the mixture consistently for a few minutes or so to completely dissolve the instant coffee. This can take a while, but don’t give up. If you stir long enough, it will dissolve eventually!

Step 3: Add the Ice

Once your instant coffee granules have fully dissolved into the mixture, it’s time to add your ice! You can’t have iced coffee without the primary ingredient! So, you’ll need to fill the glass with ice cubes, and stir the mixture again.

If needed, you can add more ice cubes to make this cold drink a totally refreshing delight.

Finally, you can add any other ingredients, such as sugar to add to the taste and make this recipe your own. It may add to the prep time, but trust us, the results will be delicious.

(Nutritional Information: 50 kcal without additions of extra sugar)

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Alternative Ways To Drink Iced Coffee

There are so many different recipes to follow as everyone likes their iced coffee a different way! Instead of giving you multiple recipes, we’ve decided to give you some hints, tips and advice on how to make an iced coffee taste just right for you.

Whilst our instructions are a good starting point, you can make this recipe your own with flavorings and additions to make your drink more personalized.

  • To add a bit of flavor to your instant iced coffee recipe, then you can throw in some different syrups or sugar to make it sweeter. You could even add some sweet cream cold foam to bump up the delicious factor!
  • We also recommend trying 2 tablespoons of instant coffee and less water/cold milk or creamer to make the coffee taste a little bit stronger!
  • If you have a sweet tooth but watching your calories, then consider an almond based creamer to give you that divine flavor, but without the added sugar.
  • Alternatively, if you’re allergic to almonds, or you can’t have dairy, then you could try a soy based, pea protein, or any number of non dairy creamers. Personally, we love a French vanilla or Hazelnut creamer to really improve the taste of our iced brew.
  • If you’re not a fan of creamer, then you can try this simple hack: Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar and 6 ounces of cold milk (dairy or non dairy) and you can thicken up your iced coffee without the need of a creamer.
  • You could also try crushing the ice cubes if you have a blender, and mixing them in with the drink this way. This will make it feel like you’ve bought it at Starbucks instead of making it yourself!

Our Favorite Brand Instant Coffee & Creamers

With so many different creamers and instant coffee to choose from, you may not know which ones make good iced coffee or not. Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Some of our favorite brands of instant coffee are:

Starbucks Instant Medium Roast Packets

Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee—Medium Roast Coffee—Pike Place Roast—100% Arabica—1 box (50 packets)
  • Starbucks VIA INSTANT COFFEE PACKETS—Starbucks delivers exceptional coffee cup after cup with...
  • PIKE PLACE ROAST—A smooth, well-rounded blend of Latin American coffees with subtly rich notes of...
  • FRESH TASTE—Starbucks adheres to the highest quality standards—freshly shipping you the same...

Last update on 2024-04-17

Starbucks Premium Dark Roast Instant Arabica Coffee

Starbucks Premium Instant Coffee — Dark Roast — 100% Arabica — 1 Tin (up to 40 cups)
  • PREMIUM INSTANT COFFEE: Starbucks Dark Roast Premium Instant Coffee is crafted with the same...
  • BOLD AND ROASTY: Starbucks Dark Roast has a sweet and toasted flavor with delicious notes of dark...
  • SCOOP TO SUIT YOUR TASTES: Starbucks Premium Instant Coffee lets you adjust how much coffee you stir...

Last update on 2024-04-17

Nescafe Gold Espresso Instant Coffee

Nescafe Gold Espresso Jar 95g
  • Made from premium hand-picked Arabica beans
  • Featuring a smooth blend of espresso coffee and a velvety layer of Crema
  • Easy to experiment and customize to your own perfect cup

Last update on 2024-04-17

When it comes to creamer, we recommend:

Nestle Coffee Mate French Vanilla Creamer

Nestle Coffee mate Coffee Creamer, French Vanilla, Concentrated Liquid Pump Bottle, Non Dairy, No Refrigeration, 50.7 Fl. Oz (Pack of 2)
  • Flavored Coffee Creamer: Nestle Coffee mate French Vanilla Flavored Liquid Concentrate Pump Bottle...
  • Simple Indulgence: Stir our bulk liquid creamer into a cup of coffee for delicious added flavor...
  • Delicious Flavor You Can Rely On: Shelf stable, no refrigeration needed, retain their delicious...

Last update on 2024-04-17

Nestle Coffee Mate Original Coffee Creamer

Nestle Coffee Mate Coffee Creamer, Original, Liquid Creamer Singles, Non Dairy, No Refrigeration, Box of 50 Singles (Pack of 4)
  • Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer: Nestle Coffee mate Original coffee creamers add a rich, velvety smooth,...
  • Perfect for Here or On-the-Go: Stir our liquid creamer into a cup of coffee for a delicious flavor...
  • Delicious Flavor You Can Rely On: Shelf stable, no refrigeration needed, retain their delicious...

Last update on 2024-04-17

Califia Farms Unsweetened Better Half Coffee Creamer Coconut Cream & Almond Milk

Califia Farms - Unsweetened Better Half, Half And Half Substitute, 16.9 Oz (Pack of 6), Almond Milk, Coconut Cream, Coffee Creamer, Keto, Shelf Stable, Dairy Free, Plant Based, Vegan
  • SATISFYINGLY SIMILAR: Made with better-for-you ingredients, this plant-based creamer is a close...
  • PERFECTLY CREAMY: The blend of coconut cream and almond milk is deliciously creamy, but not too...
  • MILD-FLAVORED: The balanced blend of almond milk and coconut cream has a mild flavor that’s not...

Last update on 2024-04-17

International Delight Cinnabon Creamer

International Delight Coffee Creamer, Cinnabon, 32 oz.
  • DELIGHT IS IN THE NAME. IT’S NOT A COINCIDENCE. A splash of International Delight Cinnabon Coffee...
  • THE BELOVED TASTE OF CINNABON: Freshly baked cinnamon rolls drizzled with cream cheese frosting
  • SHARE THE DELIGHT: 32 Oz.-sized bottle is a perfect fit for your home or office refrigerator

Last update on 2024-04-17


With this instant iced coffee recipe, you’ll probably forget about normal coffee for awhile. In just a few quick steps, you can make the most delicious, refreshing best iced coffee for the whole family. All you’ll need is our great recipe and some personal customization to create the perfect cup of iced coffee!

While it’s not the most traditional way to brew coffee, instant coffee can play a role in your overall coffee selection at home. Mix it up and change it up (drip coffee, espresso, pour over, French press, cold brew, stove top) every so often to keep your taste buds on their toes and really get the feel of the flavors!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you mix instant coffee with cold water?

Yes, you can mix instant coffee with cold water, but it is a little bit more difficult and time consuming. The granules may not dissolve as quickly as it does with hot water. However, with persistence and a lot of stirring, you can dissolve the instant coffee.

Can you make iced coffee with hot coffee?

Yes, the truth is you can make your own iced coffee recipe just by using a cup of regular coffee. If you’ve brewed a fresh cup of espresso, then you can simply pour the hot cup of coffee over a cup that is filled to the brim with lots and lots of ice.

After a few minutes have passed, and you start to notice the ice floating rather than melting, you’ll want to transfer the coffee into a new cup that is filled with ice. Then, add creamer and sugar as you like it. Stir it up, and take a sip!

Can you just add ice into coffee to make iced coffee?

If you have a brewer or coffee machine, then essentially, you can brew coffee and pour it into a glass with ice to instantly chill the coffee and have an iced coffee.

The ice can cool the drink immediately, but you may need to add more milk to get it chilled and tasting more like a Starbucks iced coffee. Whilst this is a quick fix, the results are better (less watered down coffee) if you follow our recipe for making easy instant iced coffee.

How much instant coffee to make iced coffee?

If you want to make iced coffee with instant coffee, then we recommend using 1-2 tablespoons of instant coffee to make the ultimate iced coffee. If you prefer it lighter and sweeter, then use 1-1 ½ tablespoons. But if you like it stronger, then use 2 or more.

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