This iced coffee sweetened with condensed milk is completely delicious and the coffee ice cubes adds even more punch without diluting your drink.
This post was first published in 2013.
I am an iced coffee addict. I drink it whenever I can and am often disappointed. That’s why I try to make it myself whenever I can and have experimented with different flavours and forms of dairy and have finally come up with my ultimate version.
I like to make mine in a similar way to the classic Vietnamese coffee which is strong black coffee sweetened with condensed milk. What I don’t like however is when the ice melts and waters down the coffee so I like to freeze coffee in ice cube trays and use that to cool down my coffee. Just writing about it has me salivating and believe me, this iced coffee is incredibly addictive!
My ultimate Iced Coffee
- 2-3 cups strong black coffee cooled
- 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon full cream milk
- coffee ice cubes
- Pour cool strong coffee into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
- Fill a glass with coffee ice cubes and top with cold coffee.
- Mix together the condensed milk and milk and pour into the coffee.
- Stir and serve.
Absolutely my go to coffee drink for a “pick me up” moood, love it ? ?
Amazing photos, Really I liked it!!!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
Perfect for that afternoon slump Alida! LOVE the coffee ice cubes! Great idea.
Thanks Mary Ann!
What brand coffee do you like? I have tried several and can’t seem to get a good tasting coffee made from my regular coffee maker. Not sure what the deal is. Any suggestions for me? I’m excited to try this! If I made the coffee before work how long do you think it’d take to cool down? I’m usually a wake up and out the door kinda gal.
I don’t have a specific brand that I like, to be honest. If you add the ice cubes it should take no longer than a few minutes to cool down.
You might try not getting pre-ground beans, I’ve found that is better (I get the brand Pablo’s pride.)
Vietnemese coffee is my favorite for iced coffee because it’s often roasted with cocoa & butter oil and robusta is used for strength. Most Arabica is too weak when used with sweetened condensed milk.
Most people brew Vietnemese coffee with too much water so when the ice melts the coffee is too weak. The authentic way is to brew it at a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part coffee. Example: 25 grams coffee with 75 grams water, that way it’s so strong that some melting ice doesn’t effect taste dramatically.
People in North Vietnam use less sweetened condensed milk so the coffee looks brown. In the South they use more so it’s more like a milky beige color. My favorite coffee is Trung Nguyen Creative #4.
I could use one of these right about now! Yum!!
Sandi, I just keep it in the fridge and it does thicken up slightly but nothing too bad. Perhaps add it to the coffee before adding the ice cubes to prevent it from settling at the bottom?
How do you store your SCM? I store mine in the fridge but have to heat it up before putting it in iced coffee ( or else it won’t mix in well) .
Darlene, I just use whatever I have in the house. Often Jacobs, sometimes I’ll use a Nespresso pod. Really just whatever I have, really.
What brand of coffee do you use?
It’s such a pleasure! Glad you liked it.
Wow! Just tried this! All I can say is YUM and THANK YOU!!! 🙂
coffee ice cubes. = ftw!!!
Oh My Goodness!!! O.O Your pictures are STUNNING!!! Like naughty Coffee Porn … Tastefully done though. LOL! ;] (Spotted this pix on Pinterest, which lead me to your lovely blog!)
I LOVE iced coffee, but a STRONG version. And only recently started making my own iced “coffee” cubes to add to in my drink. Great idea!!! Without all the watering down accompanied by boring iced cubes. On top of that I just discovered sweetened condensed milk is WONDERFUL!!! It’s silky creamy sweet consistency mix very well into a “cold” drink. I have no idea why I had not heard or thought of this before? These two things brought my boring iced coffee to the next realm.
Now iced coffee perfection (my opinion only) is a cold brewed coffee concentrate. Give it a try … There truly is a world of difference. Cold brewing gives an outstanding SMOOTH coffee. It’s significantly less bitter and less acidic, something that hadn’t bothered me in my hot brewed version, that is until I tasted the difference in a cold brewed coffee. It takes a little more preparation/time and more patience (in filtering), but a big batch of concentrate will last you for a bit. I highly suggest giving it a whirl. I think you’d be surprised at just how much it could improve your GORGEOUS iced coffee!!! :]
Thanks for your lovely comment! I will definitely give that cold brewed a try! x
I was reading your “food styling” post, and saw the pic from this iced coffee post. After I made myself a nice cold one, I then visited this post of yours. The pics are SO STUNNING. I love your recipe and everything.
And Thank you for all the posts for new blogger like me. They are really helpful & you are very thoughtful for doing that. 🙂
Thank you for your lovely comment Pang. And It’s the biggest pleasure. I know that when I first started I would’ve loved to have a more seasoned blogger giving me tips! 🙂
So glad you liked it. It’s a goodie!
Literally got up, walked into my kitchen and made this! Delicious!! Thank you!!
My biggest pleasure!
oh my. this is amazing thank you so much.
Shall we start a club? 😉
Kelly @ IdealistMom.com
Oh dear. I’ve never been an iced coffee person, but these photos have me drooling! Pinning now…
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How “strong” do you make the coffee? Can you estimate amount of coffee per cup?
Anita, you should make it as strong as you would drink it. So make each cup as you would drink it.
I like the same. I buy condensed milk like there is no tomorrow . Have you tried tea and condensed milk . Tea must be strong too. More tea less brewing time = less bitterness. YUMMO
Made my coffee ice cubes yesterday & bought some sweetened condensed milk, can’t wait to try my iced coffee today 🙂
And? What did you think?
Perfect! I also now love sweetened condensed milk in my coffee whether it is hot or cold.
When you say “black coffee”, do you mean espresso or do you mean regular american coffee with nothing added (cream or sugar)?
Regular American coffee with nothing added will be best.
Thank you!! Thank you! Thank you! Have been looking for a good Iced coffee like you have tried several diffrent recipes. Just so happen to have all the ingredients and made me a tall glass, just do have the coffee ice cudes. OMG!! So good!! Sitting on my deck enjoying the morning with a excellant iced cofee 🙂
That sounds like the perfect place to be enjoying the perfect iced coffee. 🙂
Your photos are amazing and the drink sounds delicious!
Thanks so much Emily!
I’ve never tried coffee and condensed milk together, but it sounds so good! I can’t wait to try this!
Rosie, you will love it!
Ek is nou so lus vir so ‘n koffie! Love die idee om koffie-ys te maak. Jou fotos en styling is pragtig!
Absolutely Gorgeous phodies!! Love the recipe! xxx
Beautiful photos 😉
Why, thank you!