Refreshing Iced Cappuccino Recipe for Hot Summer Days

Dearest coffee lovers,

I hope this message finds you well, as there is nothing better than sipping an iced cappuccino on a hot summer day. Allow me to share with you my recipe for a refreshing and frothy iced cappuccino that I have been perfecting over many years.

As the sun shines brightly outside, there’s no need to break a sweat in your kitchen or break your wallet at your favorite café. You can now indulge in the luxury of a homemade iced cappuccino! Not only is it simple and easy to make, but it also saves you money while satisfying those intense caffeine cravings.

Whether you are a true coffee aficionado or just someone who enjoys a cool and creamy treat, my iced cappuccino recipe will become your new obsession.

So, grab your notepad and pen, head straight to your kitchen, and let’s start brewing!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Iced Cappuccino
Iced Cappuccino

My dear readers, I am thrilled to share with you an irresistible recipe that is certain to leave you craving more. If you are a lover of coffee, then this iced cappuccino recipe will become your new obsession.

This delightful drink is perfect for those sweltering summer days when you long for a pick-me-up but dread the thought of sipping on something hot. The iced cappuccino is the ultimate solution to keep you energized and refreshed in the heat.

But why settle for an average iced coffee when you can indulge in the luxuriousness of a creamy cappuccino? With just a few key ingredients, this recipe takes your refreshing beverage game to the next level. The smooth espresso coffee mixed with cold milk foam, garnished with cocoa powder and ground cinnamon, create an ideal combination of flavors that will please your taste buds.

Whether you’re a busy student rushing to class or an office worker pushing through deadlines, the iced cappuccino will give you the boost you need to tackle any task that comes your way. It’s not only a delicious treat but also a necessary tool in any productive lifestyle.

Don’t take my word for it, try this mouthwatering iced cappuccino recipe yourself, and your taste buds will be thanking you all year long!

Ingredient List

 Chill out with an iced cappuccino!
Chill out with an iced cappuccino!

Let’s gather the ingredients we will need for this Iced Cappuccino Recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or simple syrup
  • 1 shot espresso coffee
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • 1 ½ cups of cold milk of your choice
  • Cocoa powder and/or ground cinnamon, for topping


  • Instead of maple syrup, you can sweeten with sugar (1 tablespoon) or caramel syrup.
  • To make it dairy-free, use non-dairy milk and a substitute for whipped cream.
  • For a thicker drink, blend the mixture with extra ice.
  • For an Iced Latte variation, omit the espresso shot and add more milk instead.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect pick-me-up for a hot summer day.
The perfect pick-me-up for a hot summer day.

Now that we have gathered all the ingredients required to create the perfect iced cappuccino, it’s time to put them all together. Don your apron and let’s get started on this simple and fun recipe.

Step 1: Brew a shot of espresso

First off, brew a shot of espresso using an espresso machine. A single shot should measure around 2 ounces or ¼ cup. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use instant coffee. Mix hot water with 1-2 tablespoons of instant coffee and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl until dissolved.

Step 2: Prepare sweetener

Next, sweeten your drink to your liking. You can use simple syrup or maple syrup for a more unique taste. To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. For maple syrup, mix maple syrup and water in equal parts in a separate container.

Step 3: Combine ingredients

Now it’s time to put all our ingredients together! In a mixing glass or any tall glass, combine your espresso shot, sweetener, and 6-8 ice cubes. You can also add flavored syrups like caramel for that extra oomph in every sip.

Step 4: Add milk foam

The next step is where the magic happens – adding milk foam. This is what differentiates an iced cappuccino from an iced latte – the additional layer of frothy milk on top of the drink. To make milk foam, simply use a frothing wand to steam and froth ½ cup of cold milk of your choice. Pour the milk foam over your drink mixture in the glass.

Step 5: Sweeten and garnish

Finally, add any additional sweetener if desired, and garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or ground cinnamon. If you want to take it up a notch, try creating a homemade caramel sauce to drizzle on top.

Your homemade iced cappuccino is now ready! You don’t have to wait in line at Tim Hortons for this delicious beverage anymore. Sit back, relax and enjoy your refreshing iced cappuccino on a hot summer day.

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Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your caffeine craves with a kick of espresso.
Satisfy your caffeine craves with a kick of espresso.

If you’re a coffee lover like myself, you’ll appreciate how versatile this iced cappuccino recipe is. Here are some ingredients you can use to switch up your drink and give it a different flavor:

1. Milk Options: You can use your milk of choice for this recipe. If you’re looking for a creamier taste and texture, I recommend using whole milk or half-and-half. But if you prefer plant-based options, almond milk, oat milk or coconut milk are great dairy-free substitutes.

2. Sweeteners: In this recipe, I suggest using maple syrup as a natural sweetener. However, you can substitute it with honey, agave nectar or simple syrup.

3. Caramel Variation: For a caramel twist on the classic cappuccino, add 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce to your mixing glass along with the other ingredients.

4. Cold Foam Version: To achieve the trendy cold foam on top of your iced cappuccino, simply blend cold milk and sugar until it becomes frothy and creamy. Pour it over your espresso and ice cubes and enjoy!

5. Cocoa or Cinnamon Flavor: If you’re in the mood for some chocolate or cinnamon taste into your cappuccino, sprinkle some cocoa powder or ground cinnamon on top of the whipped cream.

Remember that these are not the only substitutions and variations that exist; feel free to experiment with further varieties until you find your favorite one!

Serving and Pairing

 A refreshing twist on the classic cappuccino.
A refreshing twist on the classic cappuccino.


When it comes to serving this chilled, creamy delight, the possibilities are endless. Enjoy it all by itself as a refreshing pick-me-up in the middle of a sweltering afternoon or pair it up with a light dessert after dinner.

I recommend trying out some delicious breakfast pastries alongside an iced cappuccino for an energizing and fulfilling morning meal. Scones, muffins, or croissants would all make splendid choices. You could even try making some homemade biscotti to enjoy along with your beloved beverage.

If you’re looking for something more substantial, consider pairing iced cappuccino with a fresh salad or sandwich. They’ll balance each other out perfectly and leave your taste buds satisfied and your stomach feeling fuller for longer.

Alternatively, if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, why not try garnishing your iced cappuccino with some whipped cream and shaved chocolate? The combination of flavors is simply divine and might satisfy those sugar cravings.

No matter how you choose to enjoy it, be sure to savor every last drop of this iced cappuccino recipe. It’s sure to become a staple in your beverage rotation all year round!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Iced to perfection.
Iced to perfection.

Dearest readers,

The beauty of this iced cappuccino recipe is that it can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge for whenever you need a refreshing pick-me-up. Simply make a large batch of the cappuccino mix and keep it in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

To serve, pour the chilled cappuccino mix over ice cubes and blend if desired. The result will be a deliciously frothy and flavorful iced cappuccino that will awaken your senses and brighten even the hottest day.

As for reheating, there isn’t really a way to reheat this particular drink without compromising its texture and flavor. However, if you prefer a warm coffee beverage, I would recommend trying our hot cappuccino or latte recipes instead.

So my dear readers, make sure to prepare a large batch of this iced cappuccino mix to store in your fridge for those moments when you need an instant caffeine fix on a hot summer day. Cheers to decadent drinks with convenience!

Yours truly,

The Barista

Tips for Perfect Results

 Great for coffee lovers who don't want a hot drink in summer.
Great for coffee lovers who don’t want a hot drink in summer.

Now that you have the recipe and ingredients for an iced cappuccino, let me share some tips to ensure your drink comes out perfectly. Here are some things that will help you get the best results.

1. Use cold milk: The key to making a good iced cappuccino is to use cold milk. Hot milk will not blend well with ice cubes and can make the drink watery. So, make sure your milk is very cold before using it.

2. Use a shot of espresso: A shot of espresso is an essential ingredient in this recipe. It gives the drink its signature strong flavor and boldness. If you don’t have an espresso machine at home, you can use instant coffee as a substitute.

3. Make the milk foam: To make the milk foam, heat the milk until it’s hot but not boiling. Then pour it into a blender and blend it for a few seconds until you get froth on top of the milk.

4. Sweeten as desired: Some people prefer their cappuccinos sweet, while others like them bitter. So, sweeten your iced cappuccino with syrup, maple syrup or simple syrup based on your preference.

5. Add some cocoa powder: Adding some cocoa powder or ground cinnamon during blending is also another way to give your iced cappuccino its unique taste and aroma.

6. Don’t overcrowd mixing glass: Overcrowding the mixing glass with ice cubes or adding too much liquid will dilute the coffee’s taste and thin out the milk foam.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make an excellent iced cappuccino in just a matter of minutes that can give Tim Horton’s a run for its money!


Before we wrap up this recipe article, let’s answer a few commonly asked questions about this indulgent Iced Cappuccino recipe. Here are some helpful tips and insights that will make your coffee-making experience more delightful and successful.

What is in an Iced Cappuccino?

An iced cappuccino is a beverage that consists of espresso, milk, ice, and the option to add sweetener. It shares many similarities with an iced latte, as the ingredients included in both drinks have a resemblance.

Is an Iced Cappuccino the same as iced latte?

When it comes to iced coffee preferences, some people may wonder about the distinction between an iced cappuccino and an iced latte. Essentially, an iced cappuccino contains a higher proportion of foam and less milk, whereas an iced latte has more milk and less foam. These differences result in distinct tastes and textures that distinguish the two drinks from one another.

How to make blended Iced Cappuccino?

Alright, let’s whip up a delicious coffee treat! First, grab a small bowl and mix some hot water and instant coffee until it’s completely dissolved. Then, pour the mixture into a blender.

Next up, add some sugar, ice cubes and some chocolate milk into the blender. Give it a whirl until it’s nice and frothy. Then, toss in some cream and blend again until it’s silky and smooth.

Now, it’s time to pour your creation into a glass and indulge in your decadent beverage!

What is in the cold cappuccino at Starbucks?

Looking for a revitalizing version of your go-to coffee order? Try layering a touch of sweetness with your preferred espresso onto a creamy, cold milk foam.

How do you make a Starbucks Iced Capp?

Alright, let’s talk about making a refreshing iced latte using Starbucks® Espresso Roast by NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®. First up, grab a shot of espresso and add a pinch of cinnamon for an extra kick of flavor. Next, grab 6-8 ice cubes and add them to your glass. Now, let’s pour in some cold milk – the amount is up to you, depending on how creamy you want it. Finally, top it all off with your shot of espresso and give it a quick stir. Voila! You’ve got yourself a delicious iced latte to enjoy on a warm day.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, nothing beats a refreshing iced cappuccino on a hot summer day. Once you have mastered this iced cappuccino recipe, you will never want to go back to your old drinks. Take your time to gather all the ingredients and follow the detailed steps in making this delicious drink. Remember, experiment with the recipe and make it your own. Customize it to satisfy your taste buds.

From the smooth milk foam to the perfect espresso shot and sugar syrup, everything plays a crucial role in creating a perfect iced cappuccino. With these tips and instructions, you can become a barista in no time and make the perfect iced cappuccino right from the comfort of your home.

So go ahead, impress your friends with your new barista skills and enjoy every sip of your homemade iced cappuccino. You will be surprised how easy it is to make and how good it tastes compared to other drinks. Treat yourself today and turn off the hot coffee machine, as iced cappuccinos are ruling this summer!

Iced Cappuccino

Iced Cappuccino Recipe

Refreshing and cool, you can sweeten this with your favorite flavor of coffee syrup.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Italian
Calories 98.7 kcal


  • 2 -3 ounces espresso (double shot)
  • 2 -3 teaspoons sugar, to taste (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla coffee syrup or 2 teaspoons other flavor coffee syrup
  • 5 ounces milk, to taste
  • ice (as needed)


  • Using an espresso machine or cappuccino maker, prepare 2 shots espresso.
  • Fill a large serving glass 2/3 with ice.
  • Do not use extract or ice cream topping in place of syrup (use types specially made for beverages).
  • Add vanilla syrup, sugar (if desired), and espresso to glass and top up with cold milk.
  • Stir or shake briskly until syrup and sugar is nicely blended in the drink.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 238gCalories: 98.7kcalCarbohydrates: 7.1gProtein: 5.1gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 3.5gCholesterol: 21.4mgSodium: 82.7mg
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, European, Summer
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