Iced Coffee Two Ways

With summer in full swing and the days hitting 90s or more, it’s time for a picnic!  Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations is hosting a virtual picnic and I’ve been invited! And to balance out all of the lovely food, I am bringing Iced Coffee with two options, straight for daytime and an iced coffee martini–in case the picnic lasts into the evening!

Iced Coffee Martini

Iced Coffee Martini

To play, participating bloggers choose a letter of the alphabet, make something to bring to a picnic starting with that letter, and list all the letters/foods that come before, like this…                 

“I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing:

A-Artichokes, steamed and dressed with mayonnaise
B-Baked beans
C-Cauliflower Tabbouleh
D-Dunkin’ Donuts with maple syrup and honey frosting
E-Eggplant Casserole
F-Frosty Summer Salad with Cranberry, Pineapple & Beets
G-Goat Cheese Mixed Green Salad with Cocoa Nibs
H-Halibut and Salsa Verde
I-Iced Coffee  (See Below!!)

Iced Coffee in Brandy Glass

Iced Coffee

Sweetened Iced Coffee

Sweetened Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee


  • 1 quart cold water (cold water is supposed to produce a mellower, less bitter coffee)
  • 1 cup finely ground coffee
  • sweetened condensed milk (optional for serving)
  • maple syrup or liquid stevia (optional for serving)


1.  Combine ground coffee and cold water in half gallon container (ideally glass).

Combine Cold Water and Coffee

Combine Cold Water and Coffee

2.  Let sit between 5 and 8 hours (the Good Housekeeping Research Institute reports that coffee may become bitter if left too long).


Iced Coffee Steeping

3.  After steeping, strain through coffee filters or cheesecloth.  Store in refrigerator.


FiIlter Through Coffee Filter or Cheesecloth

Strain Iced Coffee

Strain Coffee

4.  To serve, pour strained coffee over ice.  Add up to a tablespoon (I used 1/2 T) of sweetened condensed milk and added sweetener to taste.  Stir to combine.

Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee Served

And if that isn’t enough, you can take the iced coffee into the evening as a martini.  Hmmm, perhaps I should have made a double batch!

Iced Coffee Martini Ingredients

Iced Coffee Martini Ingredients

Iced Coffee Martini


  • 1 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounce kahlua
  • 1 1/2 ounce iced coffee


1. Fill shaker with ice

2. Add vodka, kahlua and iced coffee

3.  Shake well to combine

4.  Strain ice and serve in chilled glass

Strain and Serve Iced Martini

Strain and Serve Iced Martini

35 thoughts on “Iced Coffee Two Ways

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  4. bakingaddict

    Visiting from the Picnic Game. Love your iced coffee both ways! I don’t liking drinking coffee but I love it in desserts and bakes and for some off reason iced coffee is ok especially when sweetened so yes please 🙂

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      Yes, somehow it seems more dessert-like than regular coffee, doesn’t it? (You would know about dessert-like–I was amazed at the treats on your latest post!)

  5. Barbara

    What a fabulous post for the picnic game! My mother adored iced coffee and loved adding cream and watching it circle around in the glass. Condensed milk would be divine! Great post!

  6. Promenade Claire

    a virtual picnic what fun!! And iced coffee is a taste of summer to me, I remmeber having it for the fist time in Greece and falling in love with it. I’m loving the evening time version too!!

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    Your iced coffee looks wonderful…I will have to give it a try! My husband is a huge fan of iced coffee. Sounds like a great drink to be bringing on the picnic…very refreshing!

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  10. kitchen flavours

    Hi, I’m stopping by from The Picnic Game. I want them both! I absolutely love coffee! Got to have a cuppa first thing in the morning before I could open my eyes!! Both your iced coffee looks so good. I’ll be having more than a cuppa at the picnic!
    Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      Now that I have my post done, I an excited to start visiting the other picnic game participants. It has been such a fun event, I think it put me in the mood for a non-virtual picnic this weekend! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend too!

  11. Louise

    Oh my gosh, Inger! I don’t know which I’m more excited about, the Iced Coffee or the Iced Coffee Martini. I’m sure I’ll be having at least one of each at the Picnic!!!

    Your blog looks fabulous!!! This post is just perfect and I am patiently waiting to hit those blankets!!!

    Thank you so much for joining us on the Picnic. It is going to be outstanding this year just you wait and see!!!

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