Coffee Recipes

The best frozen coffee

In July I set out on a mission to figure out how to make the best frozen coffee at home, and as an avid smoothie lover, I figured it would be pretty straightforward – false! Turns out, frozen coffees are a bit more finicky than smoothies. That being said, I have come up with what I think is the best possible version without using tons of crazy ingredients! I’ve included some notes regarding different things I have tested and tried for you to use (or not!) on your frozen coffee adventures. Take a look and don’t forget to tag us @mugandmoment when you give this a shot!

Frozen Coffee Recipe



I used a one-cup measuring cup and filled it 3/4 of the way with our cold brew, I prefer darker coffee in frozen coffees because the lighter and medium roast flavors get lost a bit more. Then, I added 1/4 cup of sweet cream, but you can use any creamer you like! I dumped that mixture into a blender, filled my one-cup measuring cup with whipped cream (from a can, not liquid whipping cream), dumped that into the blender, and filled my measuring cup one last time with ice. Once all of these ingredients were in the blender, I let it blend, blend, blend for about a minute.

Once I had it blended smooth I poured it into my favorite glass, topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle!

the best frozen coffee recipe @mugandmoment

But: don’t go away just yet!

This is the BEST recipe I came up with without adding any weird ingredients. Most coffee shops use a powdered mix in their frozen coffees that give it an even smoother texture. If you like, add 1 tsp of xantham gum or 1 tsp of potato starch to smoothen it out even more. Personally, if I were going to use one I think the xantham gum makes it a bit smoother than the potato starch, but my teen actually preferred the one with the potato starch – so to each his own!

If you do want to explore powdered mixes, from my research I’ve found that this brand is a favorite – you can just add your coffee and ice and blend up! It does have a lot more ingredients BUT this is a brand that many coffee shops even use – so you decide!

All that said, going forward I have been making these without either of the thickener options and they are great! I think the whipped cream helps make this nice, smooth, and sweet.

Remember, this is YOUR coffee! All of my tips and instructions here are just a guide, use it as a jumping off point and customize this to create YOUR best frozen coffee at home. If you whip one up, let me know what you think in the comments below or tag us on Instagram or Facebook! Happy blending!

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