There is no better way to beat the summer heat than with a cool, refreshing, and creamy caffeinated drink. In fact, there are many kinds of blended iced coffee out there that can quench your thirst, no matter what you’re craving!
A few of my favorites are:
- Iced Caramel Macchiato
- Vietnamese Iced Coffee
- Caramel Coconut Iced Coffee
And yes, true enough, these drinks can cost a pretty penny when ordered often in coffee shops.
For this post, I will be talking about the delicious blended iced coffee drinks you can make in your own home!
But first, let’s look at what makes a blended iced coffee.
What is a Blended Iced Coffee?
Blended iced coffee is a frozen beverage usually made of milk, coffee, syrups, and thrown into a blender for a smooth and creamy texture.
You can add many toppings like Oreos, marshmallows, and nuts to most blended iced coffee drinks.
I prefer double-blended iced coffee because I can really taste the strong coffee flavor. You can have it light blended too, without sugar, if you prefer the mild flavor.
It’s very easy to confuse blended iced coffee for frappé, and for the most part, they do have many similarities! They are both blended, sweet, and foamy.
However, frappés are not strictly limited to coffee only and can be made with a shaker and a frappé maker as well.
Give this video a watch to know the frappé basics.
What is the “Base” of a Blended Iced Coffee?
A blended iced coffee usually has an emulsifier as base that helps hold the ingredients together like glue.
Ever tried making your own blended drink at home and it ended up being a mess? That’s because you’re missing an emulsifier that keeps the ice from separating.
Guar gum and Xanthan gum are the two most common emulsifiers used in iced drinks. They’re both great gluten-free thickeners that give the drink a smooth texture.
However, there are quite a few differences between the two. Xanthan gum is made from fermented corn while guar gum is organically grown.
Because of this, Xanthan gum has a chemical aftertaste while guar gum tastes more natural. Guar gum also works best for cold food while Xanthan is preferred when baking.
How Many Calories Are in a Blended Iced Coffee?
I have created this table to show the calorie content and other nutrients found in blended iced coffee.
|Vitamin C||170 %|
Your regular cup of blended iced coffee amounts to about 220 calories, which means you’d need 33 minutes of cycling or 22 minutes of running to burn it all off!
It is also important to take note of the sugar content in your drink to about the following health conditions linked to sugar:
- heart disease
- suppressed immune response
Corn syrup and artificial flavoring are also regularly added to blended drinks, which come with their own sugar component.
Furthermore, your blended iced coffee may also contain a huge amount of sodium. Too much of it can affect your kidney function.
How to Make Blended Iced Coffee with Instant Coffee
You don’t need fancy ground coffee to whip up a good blended iced coffee! This amazing 5-minute recipe just takes two tablespoons of your favorite instant coffee brand, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 2 cups of milk, and half a cup of ice.
Blend these ingredients on high until smooth and you’re all set. I would suggest adding a little chicory to spice up your drink. You can also add whip cream or other preferred toppings and syrups.
Starbucks Blended Iced Coffee Recipe
Starbucks is famous for its sweet frappuccinos topped with whip cream and drizzled with syrup. I find them irresistible. Who wouldn’t, right?
However, it’s just untenable for your budget to keep guzzling these drinks everyday. Good thing there’s this recipe that copies that Starbucks perfection!
You just need 3/4 cup of strong coffee, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 cup of low-fat milk, and 2 cups of ice. Blend ingredients until smooth and add whip cream and syrup.
You can also switch to half-and-half or use the Starbucks beans to achieve a closer dupe of the original recipe. I’m telling you, you can barely tell the difference!
Best Blended Iced Coffee Recipes To Make At Home
That’s not the only blended iced coffee recipe you can make at home, either! I’ve come up with a list of all the great variations you can easily recreate:
Blended Iced Mocha
This blended iced mocha recipe is a breeze to make! The secret is to freeze the chocolate almond milk into ice cubes for a thicker and creamier blend.
Aside from that, you just need 4 ounces of cold strong coffee or espresso and 1 tablespoon simple syrup. If you want a less sweet take on iced mocha, you can stir in sugar before your coffee cools.
Blended Thai Iced Coffee
Now, here’s one of my absolute favorites! Thai iced coffee has that perfect combination of strong flavors and decadent sweetness. This recipe requires that you freeze both brewed coffee and coconut milk into ice cubes.
Add condensed milk, vanilla flavoring, coconut sugar, and you got it down pat. The coconut milk just brings a different kind of tropical sweetness that will have you coming back again and again.
Frozen Caramel Macchiato
Caramel Macchiato is an undeniably classic drink that you can find in almost any coffee shop. It works great as both hot and cold drinks, but it’s also absolutely delicious as a blended iced drink!
Similar to the earlier recipes, you just need a fresh espresso or double-strength coffee, milk, ice, and a bit of caramel syrup. But this recipe also calls for a tiny amount of Xanthan gum, which will bind everything together into a smooth mixture.
Caramel Macchiato is a staple drink for me. I simply love how you can drink it on any season. Hot caramel macchiato for the colder climes, and this luscious frozen version for the fun summer days!
Blended Iced Cinnamon Latte
This recipe is for all those who love a little kick of spice in their caffeine. The subtle cinnamon elegantly complements the deep coffee flavor. It’s so refreshing, especially when you drink it right around when fall starts to trickle in!
This time, you’ll be needing pure maple syrup and ground cinnamon in addition to the ground coffee and vanilla extract. Don’t forget to sprinkle more cinnamon on top of your drink when finished!
Can you just imagine inhaling the sweet aroma of cinnamon and coffee during balmy afternoons?
Healthy Blended Iced Coffee Recipes
You might be thinking, “Whoah, this is way too much sugar for me.” Don’t worry, you can still enjoy that creamy ice blended goodness without sacrificing your health!
There are healthy alternatives that replaces some of the ingredients of classic blended recipes but still retain their flavor. Check out these healthy blended iced coffee recipes.
Healthy Homemade Frappucino
This recipe provides a vegan alternative to the classic iced drink. You can use dairy-free milk and the healthy sweetener of your choice!
Stevia is a great choice for this recipe, but you can also try maple or agave syrup for that natural sweet kick. I personally prefer honey for that calming taste.
As usual, add these ingredients with cooled coffee and 2 cups ice cubes and blend them until smooth. You can also add vanilla extract if you’re really looking for that sugar high.
Low Fat Iced Mocha Coffee Recipe
This quick and delectable recipe contains only 24 calories and is dairy and sugar-free! Not to mention, it perfectly captures the mocha notes we know and love.
It uses unsweetened almond milk and cocoa powder and the sweetener of your choice. You might want to use liquid chocolate stevia for that gooey sweetness!
Blended iced coffee drinks can take your simple ice cubes in brewed coffee to the next level. It’s delightfully thick, endlessly creamy, and won’t stress your wallet out!
When we see these fancy concoctions in coffee shops, we might think that they’re too time-consuming or expensive to make on our own. But it’s so great to discover that a lot of the homemade ice blended coffee recipes actually only take minutes to make.
However, it’s still important to be cautious of our blended iced coffee drinks’ nutritional value. They can pack quite a lot of sugar, especially if you’re partial to whip cream like I am. Healthy alternatives can save you from too much sugar consumption, but at the end of the day, moderation is still key.
Now, are you excited to take your blender out and make your own blended iced coffee? I’m sure it’ll be fun.