Making a classic mocha latte at home can feel intimidating. You need an espresso machine and the skills to use it. On the other hand, an iced mocha latte couldn’t be easier! No milk frothing, no pulling shots.
Just shake a few ingredients together, and you’ll enjoy a refreshing treat in no time! We’ll show you how to get your chocolate fix in this easy iced mocha recipe.
WHAT YOU NEED
1 Cup cold coffee
⅓ Cup milk
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon white sugar
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
Whipped cream (optional, for topping)
Chocolate syrup (optional, for topping)
AT A GLANCE:
15 minutes, including chilling time
One 12 ounce drink
You can buy prepared cold brew coffee, buy cold brew concentrate, make your own cold brew, or brew strong coffee and chill it as you would for iced coffee.
If you’re using cold brew concentrate, dilute it 1:1 with cold water (ie: ½ Cup concentrate plus ½ Cup water).
We suggest medium or dark roast coffee beans if you’re brewing your coffee, either cold brew or iced coffee. The natural bittersweet flavors of these beans pair well with the sweetness of this drink. If you need some ideas, there are some great options in our list of coffee beans for espresso.
2% dairy milk is the traditional choice for this drink, and what you’d likely get at Starbucks or your local coffee shop. But because this drink doesn’t require frothed or steamed milk, you can easily substitute any dairy or unsweetened non-dairy milk you prefer, like almond or coconut milk.
You can also use brown sugar if you want a darker, more molasses-like flavor or even try maple syrup for a natural sweetener.
You can either use store-bought chocolate syrup or make your own.
12-ounce mason jar with a tight-fitting lid, chilled in the freezer
I love trail running, rock climbing, coffee, food, and my tiny dog — and writing about all of them. I start every morning with a fresh Americano from my home espresso machine, or I don’t start it at all.