Make your own caramel iced coffee at home with this easy recipe. This sweet and creamy DIY version tastes just as good as (if not better than!) any iced coffee you can buy. Plus, making your coffee at home is guaranteed to save you time and money - it's a win-win!
Quick Note: This is an updated version of a post that originally appeared on Bright-Eyed Baker in 2012, with a new and improved rendition of the original recipe.
I love an iced coffee. I don't love spending $5 on a glass of ice topped with what feels like five sips of coffee. And I love a local coffee shop, but I usually don't spare myself 20 minutes to stop for coffee in the morning before work. This recipe is the answer to my dilemmas -- and maybe to yours too! It's a super easy, sweet, creamy iced coffee, swirled with homemade caramel sauce, and made in under 5 minutes. IT IS SO GOOD.
Why make iced coffee at home
In case you need more convincing, here are a few of the perks to making your own caramel iced coffees:
It's cheaper. The most expensive items you'll need for this recipe are coffee and cream, and I guarantee that you can purchase both of these items for the cost of 3-4 iced coffees from a coffee shop. I don't know exactly how many homemade iced coffees you'll get out of one bag of coffee, but it's definitely wayyyy more than 3-4.
It's convenient. Going to a coffee shop involves - at the minimum - getting dressed, walking/driving somewhere, waiting in line, ordering, waiting some more, and finally getting your coffee. Making your own iced coffee involves walking into your kitchen and pouring 4 ingredients into a glass filled with ice. If your coffee and caramel are pre-prepped it literally takes 2 minutes.
It's customizable! Like your coffee a little less sweet? Just add less caramel. Looking for something extra-creamy? Add an extra tablespoon of cream. Make it work for you.
How to make a caramel iced coffee
So now that you're good and convinced, let's dive into how to make a homemade caramel iced coffee:
Start by pouring chilled coffee over ice.
I brew coffee in the morning and always have a little left over that I refrigerate for the afternoon, but you can also use store-bought or homemade cold-brew if you want to be a little fancier about it.
Add milk and cream.
(This swirl action is the best part!)
Add caramel sauce.
For this I use my homemade caramel sauce made with milk. It lasts for a while and one batch will make you plenty of iced coffees.
Stir it all together and you're good to go!
Best types of coffee for this recipe
Like I mentioned above, cold brew coffee is technically the best option for any iced coffee drink. There are plenty of methods for making it at home, or you can purchase pre-made cold brew from the grocery store (I personally love Chameleon cold brew). That being said, buying cold brew can be expensive, and I haven't personally committed to the homemade cold brew bandwagon. Instead, I just brew my coffee as normal using my French press or pour over and refrigerate a small portion for iced coffee.
What caramel to use for this recipe
If at all possible, I would absolutely use homemade caramel sauce for this iced coffee. It's just going to taste better. I highly recommend this caramel sauce recipe -- it really doesn't take very long to make and only requires a few basic ingredients. Make it ahead of time so it's ready to go for iced coffee throughout the week.
Is this an iced latté?
Originally, this post was published as an iced caramel latté. I have since changed the proportions of milk and coffee used in this recipe (in an effort to make it even better!) and it is now more accurately an iced coffee than an iced latté, hence the name change. Iced lattés use espresso, contain much more milk, and should technically involve foam. I personally like having more of a coffee flavor in my drink, and an iced coffee in general is - in my opinion - much more simple and therefore approachable for most people.
More homemade coffee drinks
If you're into this whole coffee-shop-at-home vibe, here are a few more recipes you can try!
Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha - Starbucks only serves this once a year, but you can make your own creamy peppermint white mocha anytime!
Creamy Triple Chocolate Mocha - For true chocolate fans, this mocha is where it's at. It uses three types of chocolate (white, semisweet, and dark) for an extra-indulgent drink.
Boozy Blended Caramel Macchiato - Caramel macchiato, but blend it and add rum. You could also use some homemade caramel in this recipe to make it even more of a treat. ;)Print
Iced Caramel Latte
Make your own iced caramel latté at home with this easy recipe. This sweet and creamy DIY version tastes just as good as (if not better than!) any iced latté you can buy. Plus, making your coffee at home is guaranteed to save you time and money - it's a win-win!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 1 iced latté 1x
- Category: beverages
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- ½ cup (4 fluid ounces) chilled coffee or cold brew
- ¼ cup (2 fluid ounces) milk
- 1 tablespoon whipping cream
- 1 ½ tablespoons caramel sauce
- Combine all ingredients: Add ice to glass. Pour in coffee, milk, cream, and caramel.
- Stir: Stir until entirely smooth and enjoy!
Optionally, you can also blend the coffee, milk, cream, and caramel together and pour over ice for a frothier drink.
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