Try this creamy, frothy Cafe-Style Cold Coffee at home using 4 simple ingredients. It comes together in just 5 minutes, and you will love the foamy layer on top (vegetarian, gluten-free).
About Cafe Style Cold Coffee
Cafe Style Cold Coffee (Cold Coffee Shake, Cold Coffee Milkshake) is a creamy cold beverage with mainly five ingredients – instant coffee, cold milk, milk powder, vanilla ice cream, and sugar.
It is a very popular beverage on almost all cafe menus and is a perfect drink to sip on hot summer days.
Cold Coffee is creamy, rich, and sweet, and the frothy foam layer on top makes this drink super addictive.
I have been making this cafe-style cold coffee recipe for a very long time, and trust me; it’s a notch better than most cafes you go to.
It comes together in just 5 minutes using a few simple ingredients, and it is much more economical to make at home too.
This recipe is the basic version, but you can play around with it and make new flavors. Think chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, cinnamon, etc.
This coffee shop style coffee recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free; you can easily make it vegan. You can double or triple the recipe as per your requirements.
If you are a coffee addict like me, here are some more coffee recipes for you
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- Dalgona Coffee
- Nutella Coffee
- Beaten Coffee
- Turmeric Coffee
- Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew
- French Press Cold Brew
- Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino
- Iced Caramel Macchiato
Coffee – I like to make this frothy cold coffee using instant coffee powder, and that’s how it is made in the cafes too. Instant coffee powder is also easily available, easy to use, and tastes delicious.
Having said that, you can use any type of you like to make it – espresso shots, cold brew coffee, drip coffee, and filter coffee decoction work great. Use ¼ cup of these in place of coffee powder.
Milk – For the creamiest version of coffee, use whole milk (full-fat milk). You can also use low-fat milk or skim milk to make healthier coffee, but the texture won’t be as creamy.
For a vegan version, replace dairy milk with non-dairy options such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or any other vegan milk you prefer.
Sugar – I like to use granulated white sugar to sweeten my coffee. You can increase or decrease the quantity as per your liking.
You can replace white sugar with brown sugar, coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or sugar-free substitutes like stevia or monk fruit.
Milk Powder – Adding milk powder (dairy whitener) is optional but will add a creamy texture to your coffee. If you are making a vegan version, you can skip adding it.
Ice Cream – This homemade cold coffee recipe is super rich from the addition of vanilla ice cream. You can replace it with chocolate ice cream if you like chocolaty coffee.
Ice Cubes – Throw in a few ice cubes while blending. It is an essential step to get frothy coffee.
Chocolate Syrup – Use it to garnish the serving glasses like in cafes.
How To Make Cold Coffee
Garnish two tall glasses by drizzling some chocolate syrup on the sides. Freeze the glasses for 10 minutes.
Stir together 4 teaspoon instant coffee powder, 2 tablespoon sugar, and 2 tablespoon warm milk in a small mixing bowl.
Mix until the sugar is dissolved.
- 2 cups of chilled milk
- 1 tablespoon milk powder
- 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 3-4 ice cubes
- coffee mixture
to the medium jar of a blender and blend for a minute.
Pour the coffee into the prepared glasses.
Scoop the froth using a spoon and top it over the coffee.
Sprinkle some coffee powder on top and serve immediately.
You can serve this coffee drink as it is with a frothy top or top it with some interesting and yummy ingredients such as ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, or coffee-flavored), caramel syrup, chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, chocolate wafers, sprinkles, whipped cream, etc.
Pro Tips By Neha
If you want the coffee to be stronger, increase the quantity of instant coffee powder and vice versa.
Make it fresh and serve. The frothy top tends to go away if kept for longer.
You can add some chocolate syrup or cocoa powder to make it a little more chocolaty. You can also add some hot chocolate powder but cook it in water or milk as per the package instruction before adding it to the recipe.
You can freeze some brewed coffee in ice cube trays and use the coffee ice cubes instead of regular ice cubes to make stronger coffee.
This coffee tastes the best when served immediately after blending. The foam tends to settle down if kept for a longer time.
However, if you have leftover coffee, store it in an airtight container or a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Just shake it vigorously just before serving to make some new foam.
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Easy Cafe Style Cold Coffee Recipe
- 4 teaspoons instant coffee powder
- 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
- 2 tablespoons warm milk
- 2 cups chilled milk (whole, skim, low fat or plant-based)
- 1 tablespoons milk powder (dairy whitener)
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Garnish two tall glasses by drizzling some chocolate syrup on the sides. Freeze the glasses for 10 minutes.
- Stir together instant coffee powder, sugar, and warm milk in a small mixing bowl.
- Mix until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add chilled milk, milk powder, vanilla ice cream, ice cubes, and the coffee mixture to the medium jar of a blender and blend for a minute.
- Pour the coffee into the prepared glasses.
- Scoop the froth using a spoon and top it over the coffee.
- Sprinkle some coffee powder on top and serve immediately.