Coffee Ice Cubes Recipe
We’ve all had that frustrating experience where you make an iced coffee drink, load it up with ice cubes, enjoy it for a few, cool seconds… and then spit out the next sip because it’s too watered down.
Iced coffees are a wonderful addition to the coffee culinary canon, but figuring out a way to avoid the “watered down” ice factor is imperative if you want to avoid chugging it all before the ice melts!
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution. All you need to sip your iced coffee slowly is a solid coffee ice cubes recipe. (Bonus hack for quick hot coffee - use these in hot water!)
Coffee Ice Cubes
The process of how to make coffee ice cubes is as easy as it gets! Once you start making these, they’ll revolutionize your hot weather coffee treats... and you’ll never want to go back.
Brew the coffee
Let it cool off to room temperature
Once it’s cooled, pour the coffee into ice trays.
Place ice cube tray(s) in the freezer and let them freeze for several hours or until fully frozen.
How to Make Coffee Ice Cubes
The process of how to make coffee ice cubes is as easy as it gets!
Once you start making these, they’ll revolutionize your hot weather coffee treats... and you’ll never want to go back.
What You'll Need
- Approximately 2 cups of freshly brewed coffee
- An ice cube tray
- Brew the coffee.
- Let the coffee sit and cool off to room temperature. This is important, especially if you are using plastic ice cube trays. (see Extra Notes)
- Once it’s cooled, pour the coffee into the trays.
- Place ice cube tray(s) in the freezer and let them freeze for several hours or until fully frozen.
- That’s it! Pull them out when you’re ready, fill up your cup, add coffee, and enjoy!
- QUICK RELEASE HOT COFFEE OPTION - Simply throw a handful of these into a mug with hot water, stir, and you have a 30 second hot coffee that tastes great!
Here’s a quick video of the process for all of you visual learners out there:
- There are many ways to brew the coffee for these. You can brew it stronger if you want your ice cubes to slowly ramp up the overall intensity of your coffee, or you can make it weaker for the opposite effect. For our purposes, we’re going to suggest a French press method, along with this link to our French press tutorial, which includes a chart on how to increase or weaken the strength of the coffee.
- When it comes to ice cube trays, remember that plastic can leach chemicals, even if they’re marked BPA-free. We suggest getting some silicone ice cube trays instead.
Milk, Sweeteners, and More
If you’re a fan of a good black iced coffee, making coffee ice cubes can be the perfect panacea for your problems.
But if you like a little something extra in your cup, you can try a few alterations to the recipe.
The sweetener option
While you can add sugar, honey, or stevia to your drink after the fact, it’s always hard to dissolve a sweetener in a cold drink.
Instead, try adding sweetener directly into the hot coffee before pouring it into the ice cube tray.
The milk option
You can also make your iced coffee cubes with milk instead. Using cow's milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or whatever milk you prefer, simply pour it into your ice cube tray(s) and freeze them!
Just keep in mind that using milk ice cubes on their own means your drink won’t have an even level of creaminess. It will start out with less and become creamier as it melts.
A popular option is to make both coffee and milk cubes and add them in at the ratio you prefer.
Another fun alternative is to add chocolate syrup to the ice cube trays, so you can add a mocha twist to your drink, too!
How Long do Coffee Ice Cubes Last in the Freezer?
Once you’ve brewed and frozen the coffee cubes, they should last for a couple of weeks in the freezer without any problem!
One option that can help keep them from picking up any weird tastes from the freezer is to pop them into a ziplock bag. This will keep them fresher for as long as possible.
Recipes with Coffee Ice Cubes
There are multiple coffee ice cube uses around your kitchen. Obviously, you can use them in any iced coffee beverages, but you can also pop them into a blender for a nice frappuccino effect, too.
Here’s a list of some of our more popular iced coffee recipes, all of which benefit greatly from coffee ice cubes!
- Visit the shores of Japan with this delicious Japanese-style iced coffee recipe.
- Get out the coffee liqueur and whip up this amazing Kahlua Iced Coffee recipe.
- Cool things down with this delicious Vietnamese Iced Coffee recipe.
If this delectable shortlist of coffee recipes has you craving more, check out 21 Recipes for Iced Coffee Around the World.
And there you have it!
A simple coffee product that is as easy to use as it is to make.
A batch of coffee ice cubes can be the perfect upgrade to your iced coffee. They will keep that drink tasting like it was meant to taste!
If you’ve tried the recipe, or are even just considering trying it, comment below and let us know what you think! Also, consider sharing the post.
The more people we can make aware of this simple coffee hack, the better off the coffee drinking world will be!