Ever wonder how you can have a delicious iced mocha without breaking the bank at a coffee shop? With warmer days ahead, nothing sounds as refreshing as this cold coffee beverage. The good news is, it’s easy to make an iced mocha at home by following our recipe down below.
In fact, you only need a handful of basic ingredients. The process could take as little as five minutes if you have brewed coffee that is already cold.
- All you need is milk, coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, and ice.
- You can make iced mocha even easier by using pre-made chocolate syrup instead of cocoa powder and sugar.
- Just mix these ingredients together, and your iced mocha is ready in minutes!
- When you make iced mocha – or any other cold coffee beverage – start with pre-chilled coffee. Hot coffee gets diluted when it’s poured over ice.
Which Tools You Need
Chances are, you already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen. That said, there are some tools and accessories that recommended for an enhanced experience.
Here’s how to make one 480 ml serving.
- Mason jar (required) – or a glass coffee cup that can hold 480 ml.
- Cold brew maker (recommended) – here are our picks for the 9 best cold brew makers
- Coffee bean grinder (recommended) – here are our recommended coffee bean grinders and manual coffee grinders
- Reusable straw (recommended) – yep, we have picked the best reusable straws, too
How to Make Cold Coffee
Keep in mind that the process of making any iced coffee beverage will be made much faster if your coffee is already cold. If you pour hot coffee over ice, the ice will melt and make your coffee weaker by diluting it.
For perspective, it takes approximately 30 minutes for hot coffee to cool to room temperature. Of course, this time will vary depending on the amount of coffee, the cup holding your coffee, and the room temperature.
To avoid this, here are some tips for saving yourself some time with this iced mocha recipe.
Remember: coffee can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 week. If you plan on using it up within that time frame, it’s a good idea to make a big batch of coffee and store it in the fridge. Your best bet is to let the coffee chill overnight to ensure that it’s ready for making an iced beverage the next day.
Unlike brewing standard hot coffee, cold brew is brewed with no heat at all. We discuss how to make cold brew coffee in our article How to Make Perfect Coffee Without a Coffee Maker.
The key concept to remember is to use coarse ground coffee and a 1 to 4-5 coffee to water ratio. Cold brew needs lots of time in the fridge to brew: a minimum of 14 hours. Like with the above method, leave it overnight. The longer it sits, the stronger your cold brew concentrate will be.
Once you’re ready to use it, pour your coffee into another jar through a filter (or cheesecloth) to get the grounds out. Now your filtered cold brew concentrate can be kept in the fridge for 7-10 days.
The best way to quickly chill your coffee is to use coffee ice cubes instead of regular ice. Just fill your ice cube trays with coffee and freeze in advance. That way, you can pour hot coffee over ice without diluting its flavour.