If almond milk is your preferred way to enjoy your morning iced latte, get ready for your new favorite recipe! Here’s the perfect easy recipe for making a coffee-shop quality iced coffee drink with almond milk in the comfort of your own kitchen.
I love a good local coffee shop experience. The smell of the coffee beans in the air. The whispered conversations. The whistling of the espresso machine. The clinking of ice cubes in glasses full of cold coffee.
This quick and easy perfect iced almond milk recipe for coffee takes me right back to that setting, but without the pesky “please pay before you leave” scenario.
Your favorite brand of almond milk is a great canvas for this recipe. If you prefer stevia, maple syrup or caramel syrup to brown sugar, feel free to substitute! The variation possibilities are nearly endless.
If plant-based milk is your jam, check out my Iced Oat Milk Latte Recipe next!
What you’ll need to make this easy and delicious cup of coffee:
Brewed espresso or strong coffee: I’ve used both types of coffee before and enjoy them equally. If you keep coffee concentrate around, that can be substituted, just make the equivalent of 2 espresso shots (or 1/4 cup of strong coffee). Same goes for instant coffee. If that’s your preferred morning coffee choice, make a strong 1/4 cup for this recipe.
Unsweetened almond milk: Any brand of cold almond milk works here. If you’re using sweetened vanilla almond milk, I recommend skipping the brown sugar and vanilla until you taste the combined almond milk latte and then determine if additional sweetener is required. Oat, soy, coconut milk or your favorite non-dairy milk are good substitutes here. And of course, regular cow’s milk or traditional creamer would also work. If using cream, reduce from 1 cup to 1/4 cup, then taste and adjust from there. If the mood strikes, throw all caution the wind and use chocolate almond milk in your delicious vegan beverage.
Brown sugar: Sweeten to taste with brown sugar. I start with 2 tablespoons and adjust from there. Substitute with stevia, raw sugar, pure maple syrup, flavored simple syrup or any of your favorite coffee syrups or caramel sauce.
Vanilla extract: I love the sweet warm flavor that vanilla brings to this party. Skip it if you want, or substitute almond flavor or your favorite flavored extract.
Full measurements and instructions included in the printable recipe card below.
Step-by-step guide for the best almond milk iced coffee:
To begin, brew coffee. You will need 2 shots of espresso, or 1/4 cup of strong coffee in this recipe. I like to start this recipe with hot coffee, as I want the brown sugar to fully dissolve in the warm liquid.
Once brewed, add your brown sugar and vanilla extract to the freshly brewed black coffee. Shake the mixture (in a mason jar with a lid or a cocktail shaker) or stir well to combine. I prefer to refrigerate this mixture so it cools before adding it to my glass of ice and almond milk.
When the coffee has cooled, place ice in your favorite glass. Pour your cup of almond milk over the ice. Add the sweetened coffee. Stir to combine. Enjoy!
FAQ’s and Variations for Iced Almond Milk Coffee Recipe:
Absolutely! For a hot version of almond milk latte, just heat your cold almond milk and use a handheld milk frother to get that frothy milk vibe. Sprinkle the top of your frothed almond milk with cinnamon, cocoa powder or even pumpkin spice to make your own pumpkin spice latte at home!
Using flavored extract is completely optional. Sometimes I’ll use a drop or two of almond extract in this recipe. I love the sweet nutty flavor it brings. Be aware that almond extract is much stronger than vanilla, so reduce your measurement down to just a drop or two, then taste and add more, if desired.
Chilling the expresso or warm coffee before adding it to your almond milk and ice cubes will slow the melting ice and keep your coffee full bodied and flavorful. Another option is to make a tray of coffee ice cubes (just pour brewed coffee into your ice cube tray and freeze!) When the coffee ice cubes melt, they just add more coffee flavor to your drink.
I often make my coffee early, then sweeten and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before drinking it. I’ll add the espresso to my oat milk and ice and enjoy on all those hot summer days.
Once you pour the espresso and milk over ice, it’s best to drink immediately. Once the ice melts, your espresso shot coffee gets watered down and week. To store espresso (sweetened or unsweetened) before using, cover tightly and keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
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Perfect Brown Sugar Almond Milk Iced Coffee Recipe
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
2 shots espresso (or 1/4 cup strong coffee)
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add brown sugar and vanilla extract to freshly brewed espresso or coffee. Shake the mixture (in a mason jar with a lid or cocktail shaker) or stir well to combine and to dissolve the brown sugar in the hot coffee. I prefer to refrigerate this mixture so it cools before adding it to ice and almond milk.
When the coffee has cooled, pour your cup of almond milk over a tall glass of ice. Add the sweetened coffee mixture. Stir to combine. Taste and add additional sweetener, if needed. Enjoy!
Oat milk, soy milk, coconut milk or cow’s milk can be substituted for almond milk, if desired.
- Prep Time: 5
- Category: Easy Recipes
- Method: No Cook
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: almond milk iced coffee, brown sugar coffee, unsweetened almond milk coffee, Ice coffee recipes