Good strong filter coffee + ice + condensed milk = Match made in heaven! You can choose how you would like to present it. Construct the whole thing and hand it to your guest ready to drink. This way you can add all the bells and whistles you'd like beforehand and make it look all the more impressive. Alternatively, let each guest add their own condensed milk to taste.
Why make this recipe?
- Very easy, very quick - no room for failure
- Get your coffee kick without the heat
- Customisable to various levels of sweetness and coffee strength
What do I need to make iced coffee with condensed milk?
- Ground coffee: Needless to say, if you can, use the best quality ground coffee you have. People 'taste’ iced coffee differently to a cup of coffee, so there won't be anywhere to hide bad quality.
- Boiled water
- Ice: Ice is ice, right? See, I don't think it is. I've had iced coffee with whole ice cubes and I've had coffee with crushed ice. I like an 'in-between' sized ice cube. You still want to experience the ice, but crushed ice disappears too fast. Whole ice cubes on the other hand are too...whole? I would therefore suggest trying bashed ice, it's the sweet spot in between. Simply bash the ice in a bag with a rolling pin until it's 'just right'. First world pedanticism, right? I know. But it's a 'mouthfeel' thing and you will want to spend some quality time with this drink, slowly sipping it, hoping it will never end.
- Condensed milk: Last but not least, the star of the show that makes it stand apart from a standard iced coffee.
- French press/coffee machine/stove top coffee maker/brew-it-stick (my favourite): Just use whatever you have to hand to brew some good Joe.
- Rolling pin: To get perfect ice
- A tall glass: This recipe was written based on one tall 400ml glass
- Embellishments: Like straws and tall spoons, all optional
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Substitutions and Variations:
- Use less coffee if you care about your sleep. This is a strong brew, but it will be diluted with the ice and it needs to compete with the creamy condensed milk
- Use more or less condensed milk
- If you are an instant coffee drinker and dislike the taste of filter coffee, you can use instant. Just double the amount of coffee you would normally use
How to make this recipe:
Step 1: Start by brewing your coffee and putting it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to cool down.
Step 2: Meanwhile, if you'd like smaller pieces, bash the ice in a plastic bag, or in a folded tea towel. If you are not yet ready for serving, place the bashed ice back in the freezer until needed.
Step 3: Add the condensed milk to the cooled coffee and stir through.
Step 4: Fill the rest of the glass up with ice and serve.
How to serve iced coffee with condensed milk:
- Add whipped cream on top
- Add foamy milk froth on top
- Topped with a spoon of Dalgona coffee foam (which is what I used in the photo)
- Add a straw
- Serve a dainty biscuit on the side
- You can withhold the condensed milk and serve it in a small jar instead so people can decide themselves how much they would like to add.
Make ahead instructions:
You can prepare both the coffee and the ice beforehand and store in the fridge and freezer respectively. Just assemble when ready and don't dilly dally too long once you have added the ice.
Iced coffee with condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons good quality ground coffee
- 300 millilitre boiled water
- 120 gram ice cubes
- 4 tablespoons condensed milk
- Brew the coffee in the boiled water until strong, about 4 minutes. Use the method available to you, whether that be a French press, percolator, coffee machine, brew-it-stick etc
- Place the coffee in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes to cool down
- Meanwhile, place the ice cubes in a plastic bag, or wrap it in a clean tea towel. Bash with a rolling pin until the cubes are somewhere between whole and crushed. Place the bashed ice back in the freezer until needed
- When the coffee has cooled down, pour in a tall glass and add the four tablespoons of condensed milk. Stir through and fill up the rest of glass with the ice
- Serve immediately or decorate with whipped cream, frothy foam or a scoop of Dalgona coffee foam. Add a straw, because why not?
In simple terms, iced coffee is made with cold brewed coffee with the addition of milk or a milk alternative, like condensed milk. The milk to coffee ratio is about 10%.
Iced latte on the other hand, is an espresso based drink. It also has a lot more milk added, usually about 75% milk to 25% espresso (plus ice).
That would be down to their parents due to the caffeine content.
Not really. It's milky, rich and sweet like a milkshake, but it's not thick