Iced Coffee Recipe List: 5 Best Summer Coffee Drink Ideas 2024

RISE coffee box are here to help you to find your favourite new iced coffee recipe for the long awaited summer of 2024! If you are like us, and love delicious specialty coffee, but not to keen on the sugary canned versions that you find on supermarket shelves, then this article is just for you - make the perfect cold coffee at home, that tastes just as good as the hot stuff! 

In this article you will find the recipes for the following summer coffee cocktails:

1. Iced Latte

2. Cold Brew

3. Iced Espresso Tonic

4. Iced Pour Over

5. Affogato Iced Coffee

1. Iced latte 

The iced latte is the cold cousin of the more traditional coffee latte and is made up of simply ice, a shot of espresso and cold milk. The espresso shot is an integral part of the iced latte, and this works best with an espresso machine as opposed to espresso shots made with a moka or cafetieres. It won't work with filter coffee as filter coffee doesn't have the same kick needed by the espresso shot. 

An iced latte is brewed by pouring espresso over ice and adding frothed milk on the top. You can even try brewing an iced latte at home, and if you are feeling adventurous you can add some flavoured syrups! 

What you will need:

  • Ice
  • High quality espresso coffee
  • Espresso machine
  • Milk or alt milk (almond or oat work well too). 


  1. Pile the ice to the top of a chilled long glass.
  2. Pour in your choice of milk until the glass is three quarters full.
  3. Extract a double shot of espresso into an espresso mug as normal from your coffee machine. Give the espresso a little swirl...
  4. Pour the espresso into the glass over the milk and ice. Stir to mix with the milk. Enjoy.

    First, pour your ice cubes into your glass (use a cocktail glass for extra flair), add your favourite milk whether its dairy or an alt or oat equivalent, and then add your shot of espresso coffee.

    To make a proper iced latte, we recommend using a shot of espresso that you have made by a home coffee machine to get the concentrated kick you need for this drink. If you haven't got a coffee machine you can always use a Moka pot or a strong cafeteire but it won't be quite the same. We would recommend an affordable Sage coffee machine here

    Time to make: 90 seconds

    Why we love an iced cold latte coffee: The iced latte is one of the most popular iced coffee drinks of the summer. You get all the frothy milky deliciousness of your usual flat white or latte but chilled quickly over ice leaving a cold creamy coffee. 


    2. Iced coffee cold brew recipe 

    Cold-brewed coffee, or 'cold brew' as its widely known, is coffee made by steeping ground coffee in room-temperature water for several hours, usually 12 to 18 hours or even longer. We tend to steep the coffee overnight so it is ready for you in the morning! You then need to strain out the grounds and chilling it before serving it either as it comes (preferred), over ice if you want it extra cold, or diluted with water. 

    What you will need:

    • Cold brew concentrate or filter coffee
    • Cold brew filter bottle 
    • High quality specialty coffee
    • Water (filtered if possible!) 

    Equipment needed:


    1. Put 400ml cold water into a large jar or cold brew filter bottle and add the coffee grounds, but do not stir. Allowing the coffee to slowing sink through the water allows the coffee to steep through all of the water. Cover and leave to steep for up to 24 hrs - the longer you leave the better the taste! We tend to leave overnight. 
    2. When it is ready, gently stir the coffee and water and then pour it through a funnel with coffee filter paper (or a sheet of kitchen paper will do!) into another large jug. This concentrate will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
    3. To serve dilute 1 part cold brew with 2 parts still or sparkling water (or to your taste) and serve with lots of ice. You can drink as it comes too! 

    Time to make: Steep overnight

    How does cold brew differ to iced coffee drinks? Cold brew coffee recipe is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee in room-temperature water between 6-24 hours. This creates a coffee concentrate you can drink on its own or mix with cold water or milk. We find that cold brew tends to suits those who prefer a smoother, stronger flavour compared to those who enjoy more fruity coffees with a higher acidity.

    Why we love an iced cold latte coffee: We prefer a cold brew coffee to an iced latte as the juicy specialty coffee flavours are much more distinguishable. Ice Lattes are great on a hot day but very milky - so this depends on your own preference. 

    rise coffee box subscription3. Espresso tonic iced coffee recipe

    Like some of the simplest (and most perfect) cocktails — gin and tonic or rum and Coke — the espresso tonic is an easy to make coffee cocktail. This coffee cocktail made from espresso mixed with tonic water to make a delicious, refreshing, sweet-and-bitter drink that your friends will love! 

    What you will need:

    • Tonic (we use FeverTree)
    • High quality espresso coffee
    • Water (filtered if possible!) 

    Equipment needed:


    1. Fill up a glass with ice. We chose a wine glass or a martini glass because it looks fancy, hehe! 
    2. Pour in your favourite tonic water
    3. Freshly brew your espresso or filter coffee, 18g or 36g if for two people. 
    4. Slice a lime or lemon wedge and add to glass.
    5. Enjoy!

    Time to make: 2-3 minutes

    First up, we recommend using one of our delicious speciality coffees we have carefully selected and taste tested for our RISE coffee box subscription. 

    What is exciting about this one is the variety of tonics available for you to experiment with! The pairing of the tonic with the coffee you choose can change the drink completely! If you want a smooth bold refreshing drink, pick a Colombian coffee and pair it with a plain tonic water. A more interesting combination could be our RISE Ugandan coffee paired with a limited edition Fever Tree Damson and sloe berry tonic which would compliment the Ugandan plum notes. 

    rise coffee making iced coffee recipes for 2024 summer

    4. Iced pour over coffee recipe

    Haven't tried this iced coffee recipe yet? If you are a coffee purist, this could be the coffee cocktail of summer 2024 for you! A pour over brew basket containing a filter and ground coffee sits above a carafe filled with ice. Hot water is poured over the ground coffee and brews as it passes through the coffee. The freshly brewed coffee exits the brew basket and over the ice in your carafe.

    What you will need:

    • 17g of coffee, ground medium-fine
    • 150g brewed water (filtered)
    • 100g ice

    Equipment needed:

    • V60 or coffee dripper
    • Filter papers
    • RISE ground coffee
    • Stopwatch (or phone!)


    • Place your filter paper in the V60, and then place the V60 over your brewer.
    • Rinse the paper filter with a little hot water and then empty. This opens up your filter paper and allows your coffee to extract at the same rate. 
    • Add 50g of ice to your brewer, then place the V60 back on top.
    • Pour the 17g of ground coffee into the filter paper and make sure the coffee is level. 
    • Heat 150g of water to 92c. We use a temperature controlled kettle for this. Using a stopwatch on your iPhone, you will be brewing for 3 minutes, total. Begin the timer as you pour 50g of the water over the coffee. You will see the ground coffee bloom. 
    • Between 45 seconds and 1 minute start to our the remaining 100g of water, swirling to ensure an even distribution. 
    • Go at the right pace and ensure all 150g of the brewed water has been poured after 1 minute 30 seconds. 
    • Your total brew time should be 3:00 as the coffee drips.  
    • Use the remaining 50g of ice to chill your favourite glass. Serve, pour, enjoy.

    Time to make: 3+ minutes

    Clean and classic, a pour over is Ben's go to every morning and during summer we prefer to keep to our V60 pour over as opposed to making a cold latte, so this is our go to recipe! Simply follow this method and use your taste tested independent RISE coffee.

    rise coffee making iced coffee recipes for 2024 summer

    5. Affogato Iced coffee recipe 

    Affogato – coffee, delicious dessert and your after dinner drink. It can be whatever you want it to be. Italians have nailed this one. Just pour espresso coffee over vanilla gelato, enjoy the melting coffee swirl through the gelato. 

    What you will need:

    • 1 or 2 scoops of your favourite ice cream but try to use gelato! 
    • Double shot of espresso (pick one from your RISE coffee box)

    Equipment needed:

    • Espresso mug
    • Ice cream or gelato
    • RISE ground coffee
    • Stopwatch (or phone!)
    • Fancy serving dish
      1. Extract the double shot of espresso into an espresso mug. Use a home coffee machine if possible. 
      2. Scoop the gelato into a wide bowl.
      3. Pour the shot of espresso slowly over the ice cream. Serve and enjoy.

      Time to make: 2-3 minutes

        Coffee and ice cream: when summer hots up, we struggle to think of a better combo. You would usually associate Affogato with a dessert menu, but when the suns out, adding gelato to your coffee is an absolute winner! 


        So there you have it our top 5 best summer coffee drink ideas for 2024, I hope it helps you find what you need for some good summer coffee drinks.
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