Cafe Style Cold Coffee

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Try this creamy, frothy Cafe-Style Cold Coffee at home using 5 simple ingredients. It comes together in just 5 minutes, and you will love the foamy layer on top (vegetarian, gluten-free).

Cafe style cold coffee served in a glass.
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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 powder, 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 use it to 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

Ingredients

Cafe style cold coffee ingredients

Coffee – I like to make this frothy coffee using instant coffee powder, and that’s how it is made in the cafes, too. Instant coffee powder is also readily available, easy to use, and tastes delicious.

Having said that, you can use any coffee 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.

Chocolate syrup drizzled on the sides of the glass.

Stir together

  • 4 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 2 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoon warm milk

in a small mixing bowl.

Coffee powder, sugar and milk added to a bowl.

Mix until the sugar is dissolved.

Mixed well.

Add

  • 2 cups of chilled whole 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.

Check for sugar and add more if needed.

All the ingredients added to a blender.
Blend until smooth.

Pour the coffee into the prepared glasses.

Coffee poured in the prepared glass.

Scoop the froth using a spoon and top it over the coffee.

Sprinkle some coffee powder on top and serve immediately.

Ready cafe style cold coffee.

Topping Suggestions

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 add some hot chocolate powder, but cook it in water or milk as per the package instructions 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.

Storage Suggestions

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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Try this creamy, frothy Cafe-Style Cold Coffee at home using 5 simple ingredients. It comes together in just 5 minutes, and you will love the foamy layer on top (vegetarian, gluten-free).
5 from 5 votes

Easy Cafe Style Cold Coffee Recipe

Try this creamy, frothy Cafe-Style Cold Coffee at home using 5 simple ingredients. It comes together in just 5 minutes, and you will love the foamy layer on top.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 4 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients 

  • 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
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Instructions 

  • Garnish 2 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.
  • Check for sugar and add more if needed.
  • 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.

Video

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Notes

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 in some chocolate syrup or cocoa powder, along with instant coffee powder, to make it a little more chocolaty.
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.

Nutrition

Calories: 372kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 168mg, Potassium: 591mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 697IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 407mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Quick and delicious. There are so many ways to “dress up” the basic recipe if you so desire, but it’s great just as is.