Delicious and Refreshing Iced Coffee Recipe to Beat the Heat

Imagine waking up on a warm summer morning and being greeted by a delicious cup of iced coffee that is so smooth it seems to glide down your throat like silk. It’s the perfect way to start your day, and Starbucks Reserve has got you covered with their Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee Recipe.

As a barista, I have had the opportunity to sample and make countless coffee recipes, but this iced coffee recipe from Starbucks Reserve has become one of my personal favorites. The Cold Brew coffee concentrate blended with milk and raw sugar creates an unbeatable combination of sweet, smooth flavor.

Whether you’re lounging on the porch or heading out on a busy day, this iced coffee is an excellent pick-me-up for any occasion. In this recipe article, I will be sharing the exact measurements and tips for making this great iced coffee beverage in the comfort of your own home. Get ready to indulge in a refreshing and satisfying drink that will have you feeling energized all day long!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee
Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee

Welcome, coffee lovers! I am thrilled to share with you a scrumptious recipe that will leave you refreshed and energized throughout the day. Are you in the mood for a great iced coffee recipe? Look no further than the Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee Recipe.

Starbucks Reserve is world-renowned for its premium beans and unique flavors. This recipe features Starbucks Reserve’s excellent roasted coffee that has been steeped for 20 hours in cold water. The result is a smooth and robust flavor that will satisfy your taste buds like no other.

What’s more, this recipe uses raw sugar instead of regular white sugar, delivering a natural sweetness that enhances the complex coffee flavor to create an unforgettable taste. Additionally, the chilled coffee pairs perfectly with milk or cream for those of you who love an Iced Latte on a hot summer day.

Not only is this iced coffee recipe perfect for any occasion, but it’s also easy to make. All you need is cold-brewed coffee, milk or cream, raw sugar, and ice cubes. You can refrigerate the coffee for at least an hour before serving or overnight for added convenience.

This recipe is perfect for those who want to enjoy a premium iced coffee drink at home without spending much time on preparation. With its smooth and delicious flavors, Starbucks Reserve Cold Brew Coffee Recipe will take your iced coffee game to the next level. So why not give it a try today? Trust me; it will be love at first sip!

Ingredient List

 Cool down with our refreshing Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee.
Cool down with our refreshing Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee.

Before starting, it’s crucial to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients to make this Starbucks Reserve Iced Coffee recipe. Head to your nearest grocery store and grab the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Starbucks Reserve coffee beans

  • 2 tablespoons of raw sugar

  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup

  • 1 cup of cold water

  • Your choice of milk (dairy, oat, almond, or soy)

  • 1 cup of ice cubes

Optional: add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a fun twist or garnish with additional chocolate syrup.

With this list in hand, you’re ready to create a refreshing drink that will help you beat the summer heat.

The Recipe How-To

 Give your taste buds a wake-up call with this energizing drink.
Give your taste buds a wake-up call with this energizing drink.

If you’re craving for a great iced coffee drink, Starbucks Reserve Iced Coffee Recipe might be the perfect fit for you. To start off, you’ll need to steep coffee cold requested from your favorite Starbucks store or brew your own Starbucks Reserve coffee using the method of your choice. Either way, make sure that the coffee is refrigerated and cold at least 1-2 hours before making the recipe.

| Ingredients: |
| —————————–|
| 3 tablespoons raw sugar |
| 1 tablespoon brown sugar |
| 2 tablespoons milk |
| 1 cup water |
| Starbucks Reserve brewed coffee |

  1. First, dissolve the raw sugar and brown sugar in hot water. Stir well until fully dissolved.
  2. Add milk to the sugar mixture and mix well again.
  3. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes until it is about three-fourths full.
  4. Pour in the sweetened milk mixture up to about one-third of the glass.
  5. Add brewed Starbucks Reserve coffee into the glass until it is almost fully filled.
  6. Top with chocolate syrup or whipped cream as desired.

Note: If using instant coffee instead of brewing it, use less water to create a concentrated brew.

The process is simple – dissolving sugars, adding milk and brewed coffee over ice and voila! You can also substitute some ingredients depending on your desired taste preference or dietary restrictions.

Substitutions and Variations

 Beat the heat with this delicious Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee.
Beat the heat with this delicious Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee.

Are you looking to shake things up with your iced coffee routine? Here are a few substitutions and variations to try with the Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee Recipe:

1. Switch up the sweetener: Instead of raw sugar or brown sugar, try using honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup for a natural twist on your preferred sweetness level.

2. Experiment with milk alternatives: If you’re not a fan of cow’s milk, try almond, soy or oat milk. They add a nutty, creamy flavor to the coffee without overpowering it.

3. Add chocolatey goodness: If you’re craving a mocha flavor, add a drizzle of chocolate syrup to your iced coffee. For an extra decadent treat, stir in some ice cream or make an affogato by pouring a shot of hot espresso over a scoop of ice cream.

4. Use different brewing methods: While cold brew is the best for this recipe, you can also use instant coffee or brew malt Starbucks reserve for a different taste. Try steeping the coffee for longer (up to 24 hours) for a bold, strong flavor.

5. Play with serving sizes: Don’t be afraid to customize your serving size based on your mood! Make it into an iced latte by adding more milk or create a fun-looking drink by pouring into a clear Mason jar with fun straws for an Instagram-worthy moment.

These substitutions and variations allow you to personalize your Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee Recipe according to your taste preferences and create different variations every time you serve it. Dream big and get creative- there are endless possibilities!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for a hot summer day, our iced coffee is a must-try.
Perfect for a hot summer day, our iced coffee is a must-try.

Now that you’ve made this delicious Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee, it’s time to talk about serving and pairing.

The first thing you’ll want to consider is how to serve your iced coffee. I suggest using a tall glass that not only highlights the layered colors of your drink, but also provides enough space for ice and any additional toppings you might desire. A clear glass can be especially inviting, as it allows the rich hues of your beverage to shine through.

Now, let’s talk about pairing. This iced coffee has a smooth and bold taste that complements several light snacks or baked goods. One great pairing option is a simple croissant or a flaky pastry with buttery layers that can balance the sweet and bitter notes of the coffee. If you’re looking for something more savory, try having this refreshing drink with bacon and eggs or even an avocado toast. For dessert, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or affogato would be divine when paired with this Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee.

Overall, the best way to pair this iced coffee is with foods that bring out its flavors without overwhelming them. Be sure to experiment with different pairings until you find what works for you!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Take a sip of our Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee and taste the difference.
Take a sip of our Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee and taste the difference.

Ah, the sweet taste of relief when we can enjoy a chilled coffee without the fanfare of making it in sweltering heat! And what’s better than having a reserve of iced coffee ready to pour for that instant caffeine hit? I’ll let you in on a little trick – preparing the iced coffee ahead of time works wonders, so long as you know how to store and reheat it properly.

Step 1 is to refrigerate the coffee cold for at least 1-2 hours, or preferably overnight. This helps dissolve the flavors and add more depth to the coffee drink. Chill some glasses for presentation, so that when you’re ready to serve, all you have to do is pour in your favorite tall glass and voila! The perfect temperature against your parched lips.

Step 2: If you have leftover iced latte or any other iced coffee drinks, store them in the fridge immediately. Make sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap or a lid. Aerate your drink (use an open container with wax paper for example) only after it is thoroughly chilled.

Finally, Step 3: reheating the coffee. If you want to enjoy hot coffee instead of cold, no problem! Reheating can be accomplished easily by microwaving it for about a minute or until heated through. But be careful not to overheat the milk since that can cause curdling. If you’re concerned about watered-down taste from melting ice cubes while reheating, try keeping instant coffee on hand that can be mixed with regular brewed coffee as per your taste.

Iced coffees are like fine wine – their flavors mature over time, so don’t be afraid to make use of leftover brews by mixing them into new recipes like affogato or brewing malt starbucks reserve-style beverages. Remember, preparation is key in elevating your morning cuppa to something extraordinary!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Savor the rich and bold flavors of our iced coffee.
Savor the rich and bold flavors of our iced coffee.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a barista, it’s that the little things matter when it comes to making great coffee. Here are some tips to ensure that your Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee comes out perfectly every time.

1. Brew the coffee cold: Brewing coffee hot and then chilling it will inevitably leave you with a watered-down drink. Instead, use cold brew coffee and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve.

2. Use the freshest ingredients: Always make sure your coffee beans are freshly ground, and your milk is not past its expiration date.

3. Sweeten with raw sugar or brown sugar: Instead of using regular sugar, try using raw sugar or brown sugar for a richer flavor with a hint of caramel.

4. Vary the amounts of ice and milk depending on preference: If you prefer a creamier taste, add more milk. If you like your iced coffee strong, use fewer ice cubes.

5. Experiment with different flavors: If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a pump of chocolate syrup or a scoop of ice cream for an affogato-style treat.

6. Use a tall glass: The traditional vessel for iced coffee is a tall glass – use one to achieve the full experience.

7. The longer the coffee is steeped, the better: Letting your coffee steep for at least 20 hours in cold water before brewing will give you a smooth and non-bitter taste.

8. Use Starbucks Reserve Roastery Coffee for optimal taste: Starbucks Reserve Roastery Coffee gives off an exceptional taste because it is carefully roasted in smaller batches resulting in deep caramel notes – perfect for this recipe.

Remember, making coffee is an art that takes time and patience to perfect. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you!


As a seasoned barista, I understand that crafting the perfect iced coffee can be tricky. That’s why I’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions that customers have asked me to ensure that you are confidently on your way to creating the perfect iced coffee using the Starbucks Reserve brew. So, without further ado, let’s dive into some frequently asked questions about this recipe.

What is the secret to making good iced coffee?

As a barista, I have some expert tips and tricks on how to make different types of coffee to achieve that perfect cup that’ll energize you for the day ahead. Read on to learn more about various coffee-making methods and how to ace them.

Let’s start with the Japanese Method. The key to making a delicious coffee using this method is by using filtered water to brew the coffee. The filtered water ensures that there are no impurities, which can affect the taste. Next, use fresh and good quality coffee beans to maximize the flavor. Don’t forget to grind the coffee beans into a coarse or extra coarse texture for cold brew. Adding syrups to the coffee can make it taste even more delightful. Lastly, make sure to make Coffee Ice Cube Melts, which will make your iced coffee taste even better without getting diluted.

Shaking your espresso in a cocktail shaker sounds wild, but it’s actually a thing! If you want to elevate your morning routine, a shaken espresso can work wonders. It’s all about technique- the shaking process creates a creamy texture and a foamy top that’ll make your espresso taste like a dream.

If you love to have iced coffee ready to go, making a large batch can save you time, effort, and money. Make sure to use fresh beans and filtered water for the perfect taste. Once you have brewed the batch, store it in the fridge, and don’t forget to stir in your favorite syrups and sweeteners before you serve it.

In conclusion, the secret to excellent coffee is using the right ingredients and preparation techniques. Follow these tips, experiment with different methods, and create a cup that’s perfect for your taste buds.

How do you make coffee for iced coffee?

Making a delicious cold brew coffee is easier than you might think. All you need to do is mix water and coffee grounds together, let the mixture sit overnight, and then strain it through a sieve and a coffee filter the next day to remove any grounds or silt. Dilute the resulting brew with water, and you’ll have a refreshing cup of cold brew ready to drink!

How do you make iced coffee taste like coffee ice cream?

To create a delicious coffee concoction, following the proper order of ingredients is key. Begin by pouring coffee into a cup, followed by milk, vanilla, heavy cream, and loose brown sugar. Mix thoroughly with a spoon to ensure even distribution of the flavors.

For an extra sweet and satisfying coffee experience, add in one to two tablespoons of whipped cream on top. Drizzle some chocolate syrup on the whipped cream for an added layer of decadence. Give it one more stir and indulge in the delightful mixture. Enjoy your coffee creation!

How do you add flavor to iced coffee?

For those searching for a more flavorful iced coffee experience, there are a few alterations that can be made to the standard iced coffee recipe. Vanilla syrup, brown sugar syrup, and cinnamon syrup can all add a rich layer of sweetness to a plain iced coffee. For those who desire a chocolate twist, adding chocolate syrup can transform a regular iced coffee into a delicious iced mocha. For those who wish to streamline the process, using a coffee creamer like an easy-to-make homemade French vanilla creamer can add both creaminess and a sweet taste to the iced coffee.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee Recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy a refreshing and delicious coffee drink on a hot summer day. With its blend of rich, cold-brewed coffee and creamy milk, this recipe has all the flavor and satisfaction of a Starbucks iced latte but with a unique twist that will keep you coming back for more.

And with its simple preparation, easy ingredient list, and versatile serving options, this recipe is perfect for satisfying your caffeine cravings at any time of day. Whether you want a quick pick-me-up or a leisurely afternoon treat, this Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee Recipe has got you covered.

So why not give it a try? Brew up a batch of Starbucks Cold Brew with your favorite Reserve Roastery coffee, add some milk and raw sugar to taste, and enjoy it over ice in your favorite tall glass. Or get creative with some of the variations and substitutions we’ve recommended.

Either way, we’re confident that once you’ve tasted the great flavor of this coffee recipe, you’ll never look back. So make your own iced coffee drinks with Coffee Reserve and impress yourself as best Starbucks does!

Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee

Coffee Reserve Iced Coffee Recipe

As temperatures begin to climb, don’t forget about one of the oldest, yet most refreshing beverages around – iced coffee. Made properly, iced coffee will please the palate and quench the thirst. Here is what I recommend:
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Beverage
Cuisine Coffee
Servings 8 glasses


  • your favorite gourmet dark roast coffee
  • cocoa or turbinado raw sugar
  • ice
  • cream or milk


  • Brew up a pot of your favorite gourmet coffee. Dark roast is recommended.
  • Refrigerate the coffee until cold, at least 1-2 hours.
  • Chill your favorite tall glass.
  • Coat the rim of the glass with either Cocoa or turbinado natural sugar.
  • Fill the tall glass with ice.
  • Pour in the coffee.
  • Drizzle in cream or milk for a nice “waterfall” effect.
  • Sip to your heart’s content.

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Serving: 21g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Beverages, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Very Low Carbs
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