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The easy way to make iced coffee

Calling all coffee lovers – the perfect chilled version of your favourite drink.


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Iced coffees are the perfect summertime treat. But what to do when your favourite coffee shop’s closed? Or the nearest one’s a trek? It’s time to make your own at home!

There are a few ways to do this. And they depend on the lengths you’re willing to go for that true cold coffee taste. Lots of them use instant coffee, but you can always level up and use espresso - and for that you'll probably want a coffee machine.

Sugar syrup: for those with a sweet tooth

If you want your iced coffee sweet, you’re going to have to make sugar syrup. It takes some time. But there’s good news: once you’ve made it, you can store it in the fridge for 1-2 weeks in an airtight container.


  • 100g sugar

  • 235ml water

  • ½ tsp vanilla essence

  • Lots of ice

How to:

  1. Combine the sugar and water together in a medium saucepan\

  2. Put the saucepan over a medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved\

  3. Let it cool\

  4. Stir in the vanilla extract

Basic iced coffee: for beginners

This is the easiest method- only taking a few minutes to whip up something tasty.


  • A shot of espresso from an espresso maker OR two teaspoons of instant coffee grounds

  • Sugar syrup (optional)

  • Any kind of milk

How to:

  1. EITHER make your shot of espresso OR add a few tablespoons of boiling water to the instant coffee grounds

  2. Leave it to cool

  3. Add several ice cubes

  4. Pour your chilled milk and syrup on top to your taste

Cold coffee: for coffee purists with a french press


115 g coffee grounds

700ml filtered cold water


Sugar syrup (optional)

Any kind of milk

How to:

1. Pour the coffee grounds into your french press and add the cold water

2. Stir them together so the grounds are completely wet

3. Put your french press lid back on without pushing the plunger down

4. Let the coffee sit and brew for 14-16 hours at room temperature

5. Press the plunger down and your cold coffee is ready to go!

6. Add one or two ice cubes

7. Add your sugar syrup and milk to your tastes

Supercharge your cold/iced coffee

Now is the time to treat yourself. Why? It just is. So why not add a bit of pizzazz to your iced coffee? There’s a bunch of things you could try – just not all at once!

Mint essence

Coconut essence

Almond milk

Coconut milk

Vanilla milk

Chocolate milk

A dollop of ice cream

Make your coffee preparation easier with the tech listed below, or check out our whole range of tech for coffee lovers at Currys!

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