Make Your Own Iced Coffee JUST Like Starbucks – The tips from n ex-barista to make your own delicious coffee at home without needing to spend $5 per cup!
Did I mention that coffee is my favorite? Specifically Starbucks coffee with their delicious smoothness and glorious high caffeine levels.
I love coffee. Iced coffee, more specifically. I love everything about it. I especially love how it takes me from a mom-bie to a real person in no time at all. And, in true Basic Girl form, I love me some Starbucks Iced Coffee.
I worked at Starbucks for 4 years, and their iced coffee is still my favorite. I’d go there 3 times a day if I could! But going to Starbucks all the time is not cheap (plus it breaks one of my cardinal rules of living on one income).
So I needed to find a way to make delicious iced coffee at home. I found a few ideas on Pinterest about “the best recipes,” and I’ve tried most of them, but I keep going back to the way it was done back at Starbucks.
To recap: This is how it’s actually done at Starbucks stores around the country (maybe globe?) to make their iced coffee. It’s an easy enough process that you can do it yourself in your own home with the tools that you have.
And – if you’re anything like my husband and myself – if you drink iced coffee like it’s water because life with 4 kids is no joke, then you can put it into a big glass storage container and keep it in the fridge for even less watered down nasty dilution.
This method is easy, it doesn’t take too long from beginning to end, and it’s not wasteful like some other methods are.
Here’s how to make your own DIY Starbucks coffee
Ingredients you’ll need:
- Your favorite coffee (GASP! Yes, it doesn’t have to be Starbucks if you don’t want it to be – personally, I like this brand)
Directions How to Make Your Own DIY Starbucks Iced Coffee At Home:
- Brew coffee double strength (if you want 8 cups of iced coffee, scoop 8 heaping tsp. of coffee and 4 cups of water). It works even better if you have one of those fabulous coffee makers that has a “bold” setting! Always brew on “bold” if you can.
- Pour coffee into a big, temperature appropriate container (some plastics shouldn’t have hot things put in them, and if you use glass, make sure that it’s made for hot things!)
- Add in 4 cups of ice and stir.
- Transfer to a glass pitcher for the fridge.
- When you’re ready to drink some, fill a cup halfway with ice and pour coffee over top. Add sugar and milk and stir.
You can tweak the amount of ice you add to the hot coffee if you prefer the coffee to be stronger.
You can also make coffee ice cubes! Yes, that’s right. No watering it down that way!
Just pour room-temperature coffee into ice cube trays, freeze them, and you’ve got yourself some amazing coffee cubes. You can use them in iced coffee, homemade lattes, smoothies, or just to suck on when it gets hot outside.
Do you make your own coffee to save money?