Three Ways to Make Iced Coffee

How to create cold, café-quality, caffeinated beverages in your kitchen.

Iced coffee on counter with plants.
Iced coffee is a great way to perk up on a hot afternoon when drinking warm coffee is overkill.Lexie Barnhorn

When you need a little boost on sweltering days, hot coffee is usually the furthest thing from your mind. While iced coffee has been popular in cafés for years, today, making iced coffee is as easy as popping a pod into a brewing machine or letting a jug of it steep in the fridge. Here are a few ways to brew up this invigorating concoction.

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With Iced Coffee Capability, Brushed Gold
You can set this product to deliver 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounces at a time.Keurig

Some automatic-drip brewers have a setting specifically for dispensing hot coffee over ice. The advantage of brewing hot is that it creates a coffee that has more flavor compared to steeping methods. Additionally, hot/cold brewing machines featuring a hot water only setting are great for stirring up a cup of oatmeal or instant noodles.

Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker with Airtight Lid & Silicone Handle, 1 Quart
This product is made from BPA-free materials.Takeya

To get the exact strength of coffee you desire, try using a cold filtering coffee maker and adding either iced or boiling water to the resulting coffee concentrate. Brewing cold reduces acid in some coffees and creates a smoother tasting drink you can enjoy any time of day.

Cold Brew Mason Jar Coffee Maker with Handle by County Line Kitchen - 2 Quart, 64 oz – Durable Glass Jar, Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Filter, Flip Cap Lid With Handle For Easy Pouring
This product is dishwasher safe.County Line Kitchen

A small infuser offers the same taste and flavor of steeped coffee concentrate. Just add filtered water, chill overnight in the fridge, then pour and enjoy. You can also use the mesh infuser for brewing tea or for flavoring water with fruit.