Iced Vanilla Coffee

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Whether it’s too hot for a cup of coffee or you just need some time to relax with a good book, indulge in an Iced Vanilla Coffee. The combination of vanilla and coffee is a match made in heaven.

Two glasses of iced vanilla coffee on a pale green tablecloth.

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Why You’ll Love Iced Vanilla Coffee

Whether you call this drink an iced vanilla coffee or iced vanilla latte, there’s no denying that iced coffee drinks are popular. Millions of dollars are spent on fancy coffee drinks each year.

  • This iced vanilla coffee is just as good as one you get in a coffee shop.
  • Minimal ingredients. There are only 3 ingredients that are readily available.
  • It’s economical. Saves money making a gourmet coffee at home.
  • There’s little waste.
  • Keep reading to see how you can make this iced vanilla coffee recipe a variety of ways.
  • It’s simple to make.
Ingredients for iced vanilla latte.

Ingredients for vanilla coffee

  • Coffee – I used brewed coffee that I cooled. As an alternative, you could use cold brew.
  • Vanilla Syrup – You can make your own but I use Torani vanilla syrup. It’s just the right amount of sweetness. I don’t add sugar. There is also a sugar free version available too.
  • Half and Half – It’s rich and delicious.
A single glass of iced coffee on a table.

Recipe Tips, Substitutions, and FAQs

For more vanilla taste, use a vanilla coffee rather than plain coffee. If you want a stronger drink, use less half and half.

If you don’t have vanilla syrup or vanilla coffee on hand, you can substitute vanilla creamer.

You can make a cold brew coffee to use in this recipe. If you choose to used brewed coffee, cool it completely. Pouring hot coffee over the ice will melt it quickly and dilute the drink.

If you enjoy a pot of coffee in the morning, once it’s cooled, pour it into a mason jar and refrigerate a few hour to overnight then make this drink.

Hot Tip: When you have leftover coffee, make ice cubes and use in this iced vanilla coffee. No diluted drink!

Overhead photo of two glasses of iced vanilla coffee.

More tasty coffee drinks

If you like to make iced coffee drinks at home try an iced birthday cake latte or a boozy iced caramel vanilla latte.

For a gourmet hot coffee drink try pumpkin spice caramel mocha, it’s perfect when the temperatures drop.

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Iced Vanilla Coffee

Make coffee shop drinks at home with this Iced Vanilla Coffee.
5 from 24 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2


  • Vanilla Syrup


  • 1 cup cooled brewed coffee
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 2-4 tablespoons vanilla syrup or to taste
  • ice


  • Fill 2 glasses with ice.
  • Pour in ½ cup of the cooled coffee into each glass.
    1 cup cooled brewed coffee
  • Add ¼ cup of half and half into each glass.
    ½ cup half and half
  • Starting with 2 tablespoons for each glass, stir in the vanilla syrup to combine. Taste and adjust
    2-4 tablespoons vanilla syrup

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  1. 5 stars
    Vanilla iced coffee is my favorite but this was the first time I made it at home. So good. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was the perfect guide for making iced vanilla coffee at home. It came out better than the local coffee shop.

  3. 5 stars
    The vanilla flavor here was exactly on point – not too strong or overpowering, but just sweet and flavorful enough! I wish I had made a batch so I can keep sipping.

  4. 5 stars
    I love sipping on an iced coffee while working, and this really did the trick! I love the flavor that the vanilla has, but it isnt too strong either! Totally a staple for me now!

  5. 5 stars
    The vanilla syrup really sends this ice coffee over the edge for me! I made a big batch of it for a brunch bookclub and they LOVED it.

  6. 5 stars
    Yum! This was delicious and the iced coffee is perfect for summertime. The vanilla syrup is such a super idea. Tastes just like a Starbucks.

  7. 5 stars
    The combination of vanilla and coffee is genius. I had two glasses, it was so good. I used regular milk instead of half and half and it tasted fabulous.

  8. 5 stars
    This was such a great recipe. I adore iced coffee, but I’ve never thought of adding vanilla syrup to it and it really took it over the top. I think I’ll make it for my next girls brunch

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