Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk Recipe
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This recipe makes 1 Gallon of Iced Coffee Concentrate. You can easily double everything if you’re serving a large crowd. By the way, this is an awesome party drink on a hot summer day (or even if it’s just a little warm out, you should go ahead and make a batch).
I took my jug of coffee to my parents house for Sunday lunch and my creative sister Alla added a little extra condensed milk and poured it into a blender to make an amazing coffee frappe. Yeah it’s seriously awesome. It’s just as good (maybe
a little a lot better) as the stuff in coffee shops that are $4-$5 a cup.
Be your own barista and offer iced or blended (don’t forget to put out a tip jar!). We love having this iced coffee concentrate in the fridge; it’s so easy to make an amazing iced coffee on the go!
Ingredients for Perfect Iced Coffee:
1/2 lb Ground Coffee (~3 1/4 cups)
8 cups Boiling Water
8 cups Ice Cold Water
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
What You’ll Need:
Either a large french press or a fine mesh sieve with 6 layers of cheese cloth
How To Make Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk:
1. Pour ground coffee in a large heat proof bowl or pot. Add in 8 cups boiling hot water. Stir to get all of the coffee grounds wet then let it sit 5 minutes. (Note: if grinding your own coffee, don’t grind it too fine or it will go right through your cheese cloth).
2. If you have a french press, put it through the press in a couple batches, otherwise, Place the colander over a clean, heat proof bowl or jug and line the sieve with 6 layers of cheesecloth (this will catch the stray coffee grounds)
3. After the coffee is all strained, discard the coffee grounds and add in 8 cups ice cold water to the coffee. Refrigerate until ready to use. This concentrate lasts 3 weeks to a month in the fridge (it will likely be consumed long before that, but just in case you’re wondering).
4. To serve, fill a tall glass or mason jar almost to the top with ice. Pour your coffee concentrate to the top of the ice. Add 1-2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk depending on how much of a sweet tooth you’ve got. I thought it was perfect with 1 1/2 Tbsp. Stir with a spoon until the condensed milk is well incorporated (it tends to sink to the bottom). Add a straw and drink it on a hammock in the shade. 🙂
Oh yeah… I just don’t think you could really over-do it with condensed milk (It’s just as good as nutella; there I said it).
So, iced or a blended frappuccino?
What’s your favorite summer drink?
Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk Recipe
- 1/2 lb Ground Coffee, ~3 1/4 cups
- 8 cups Boiling Water
- 8 cups Ice Cold Water
- 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
Pour ground coffee in a large heat proof bowl or pot. Add in 8 cups boiling hot water. Stir to get all of the coffee grounds wet then let it sit 5 minutes. (Note: if grinding your own coffee, don't grind it too fine or it will go right through your cheese cloth).
If you have a french press, put it through the press in a couple batches, otherwise, Place the colander over a clean, heat proof bowl or jug and line the sieve with 6 layers of cheesecloth (this will catch the stray coffee grounds).
After the coffee is all strained, discard the coffee grounds and add in 8 cups ice cold water to the coffee. Refrigerate until ready to use. This concentrate lasts 3 weeks to a month in the fridge.
To serve, fill a tall glass or mason jar almost to the top with ice. Pour your coffee concentrate to the top of the ice. Add 1-2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk depending on how much of a sweet tooth you've got. Stir with a spoon until the condensed milk is well incorporated (it tends to sink to the bottom).
This recipe was adapted from 2 lovely ladies: The pioneer woman’s iced coffee and Steamy Kitchen’s Vietnamese Coffee.
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This is pretty much Vietnamese coffee 🙂 only difference is the coffee is slowly dripped through a metal filter.
Can you use already brewed coffee or instant coffee for this?
Hi Cindy! That should work!
Mahn I so love all your recipes. They’re so easy and make and super yummy. More importantly your ingredients are very much affordable and healthy. Thank you so much for sharing your skills and knowledge with us.
You are very welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying my recipes, I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try.
When I lived on Oahu, the nice lady at Hilo Hattie told me this similar recipe (it’s what they were serving as free samples): Brew a pot of flavored Hawaiian coffee, put in fridge. Next day, mix in a jug with a small can of sweetened condensed milk, serve over ice.
Yum! That sounds delicious!
love all those recipes and try to make and eat as many as I can. LOL,high metabolism, wow I needed to get a large pickle jar for all of that coffee.then had to lay the jar over on its side but it it very good, Thank you again.
You’re welcome! Thanks for your great feedback, Kenny.
Love all your recipe!! Love to see all your video which I enjoyed and laugh with you. I made most of your recipes and came out so good. Thanks my friend.!!!
My pleasure! Thanks for always watching my videos, so great to hear that you are enjoying them!
Can I add instant coffee?
It would work, but I don’t think it would taste as good. Maybe as a last resort if the store ran out of coffee. lol.
Really loved this recipe thanks Natasha!
You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it.
I was wondering if I can add a caramel or chocolate sauce to this iced coffee? My husband likes a mocha iced coffee
Hi Gail! I haven’t tested that but I think it could work & that sounds delicious! If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe
I’m vegan, can a swap the condense milk with another type of milk that would give the same taste, or close to it. Thanks!
Hi Linda, yes you can definitely substitute with different ways of sweetening the coffee.
I was wondering if you could use coffee filters? Thank you for the coffee recipe.
Hi, Coffee filters filter very slowly and it’s tricky figuring out what to set them in unless you have the right size colander where the grounds won’t spill over the side. If you are very patient, you can make it work with coffee filters.
Thanks for the best coffee recipe!
It looks yummy!
will definitely try it.
I hope you love it Liza, thank you for that great review!
This is what I am looking for my coffee listing to treat my friends at weekend. Thanks for your great recipes. I will be back with reviews.
I look forward to hearing how you like it!
Wow, Such a great recipe you have shared. I love the article too much. I read all the details very carefully. I enjoyed to read your post because you have described the process one by one. Off course I will try this recipe at home. Thank you. Ignatius
Thank you so much Ignatius!
I’m wondering why you can’t add the condensed milk to the whole batch. Seems like it would be easier if serving at a brunch it it were ready to drink. And I know 3-stars is a low rating but I find it misleading when people rate things as 5-Star when they haven’t tried it.
Hi Sue, everyone has a different preference for sweetness; some love their coffee black, some love it super sweet and some love just a drop of sweetness. This is why we let people mix in as much as they desire.
Thanks for clarifying. I’ll have to find a pretty way to present the condensed milk on the buffet table.
Life is always busy, always thinking but when a cup of iced coffee with condensed milk of any kind, it also gives us a fresh start and excitement to be able to complete the work of the day.
Yes! I completely agree Jennifer! Thank you for sharing that with us!
Look Awesome! This will be a great drink for my friends to enjoy when we have gossips.
That sounds fun!
As amazing as this recipe was, I was disappointed when I got towards the end of my pitcher of coffee. I would shake it every day when I used it and at the end there was this thick black powdered residue that made the coffee taste horrible. Almost like a smoke taste. I gagged as I tried the last cup and had to just dump the rest out. I followed the recipe to the “t” as they say. And the first few cups were great. Anyone experience something like this?
Hi Alexandra, a little bit of sediment is pretty typical for coffee drinks. I would suggest not stirring and when you get to the last 1/2 cup of liquid or so, discard what is left with the sediment. If you are seeing a ton of sediment, that is not normal and maybe try adding an extra couple of layers of cheesecloth to make sure too much sediment isn’t getting through. I hope that helps for next time!
This is expected and very normal for any coffee recipe like this. There’s really no way around it. Your better off not shaking it and let it settle and discard the last little bit at the end. Just the way it works.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Have been looking for a good Iced coffee like you have tried several different recipes. Just so happen to have all the ingredients and made me a tall glass, just do have the coffee ice cubes. OMG!! So good!! Sitting on my deck enjoying the morning with a excellant iced cofee 🙂
You’re welcome Sasha! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe so much. Thanks for sharing your outstanding review!
I plan on trying this, just wanted to tell you I’ve tried so many of your recipes and loved them all! I really enjoy following you.
I’m happy to hear how much you’re enjoying the recipes. Thanks for following and please let me know what you think of this one JoAnn!
This is one of the easiest and best iced-frappe recipes I’ve tried out – and trust me, I’ve been around the block with those! Thank you for taking the time out to provide such an elaborate and well-illustrated guide. 🙂
That’s quite the compliment! I’m so glad to hear how much you enjoy this recipe. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review!
Excellent blog post. I absolutely love this site.
My pleasure! Thank you for following! 🙂
Hi Natasha! I try it with both Nutella & Condensed milk. I love it with Nutella more than Condensed milk.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
My pleasure! Yum, that sounds delicious, I never would have thought of that! Thanks for sharing Jeem! 🙂
Jeem you told right! Nutella adds a rich,sweet flavor to the coffee. What I love to drink is that cold brew coffee adding ice cream that makes your coffee thick and creamy and nutella for delicious drink! oh..yes..condensed milk is also good to try! enjoyed Natasha’s recipe.
Hi Natasha! Oh my, I have been trying to make a good iced coffee for years, tried cold press, tried hot coffee, and they were all failures so decided to try your recipe and I’m glad I did!!
It’s perfect. I didn’t have espresso on hand so used French Vanilla medium roast with the 1-1/2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk and it was delicious. My husband and I had two cups each hahaha.
I’m trying to figure it out since like you we like the sweetness of 1-1/2 tbsp condensed milk,if I could add it right to the pitcher of coffee instead of each cup individually? Would I add the whole can (300ml) What do you think?
Hi Diane, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Sorry for the late reply – I completely missed your comment. That sounds about right – 1 can of sweetened condensed milk for the full batch.
Great recipe! The combination of iced coffee and condensed milk is the perfect marriage! ….I’m in heaven!
Thanks Mark, I’m all smiles 😁.
Awesome. I always order Vietnamese coffee when I have a craving for a good pho and broth.
I noticed you adapted this recipe from the pioneer woman and steamy kitchen.
The cheesecloth you could easily get from most dollarstores, and some decent ground coffee from Costco (Kirkland). This is great for making a large batch of coffee for guests during the hot summer months without busting a budget while getting praise (well, the praise is your recipe I would say).
But I wonder if getting a Vietnamese coffee filter set for personal consumption may be better for the long run. Anyway, I’m thinking of adding just a tad bit of whipping cream on top.
Rima’s idea of adding a shot of Bailey’s is also inspiring…
Thank you Natasha
I absolutely agree it is a great, economical and delicious way to serve coffee to a crowd :). I’m also curious about the Vietnamese Coffee filter – it would probably be more economical in the long run since we make this often in summer 🙂
Well guess what, apparently, these vietnamese coffee filters are available on Amazon as well and it’s cheaper than I thought. Just search that term and you should see several options.
Now we just need that condensed milk 🙂
That’s great to know! Thank you so much! 🙂
This is a perfect base for coffee lovers. Used 10 oz cup of ice and filled all the empty space in it with your coffee concentrate. Dumped everything in the blender, added 1 Tbsp of condensed milk, 1 scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a dash of organic vanilla extract. The rest was done by my Vitamix. So easy!
As for the taste, this is much better and pleasing for my taste buds than that slimy, xantan gum filled Frappuccino sold nationwide.
Thanks a lot, Natasha.
Wow your coffee blend sounds amazing!! Thanks for sharing that with me 🙂
I make something similar… I use regular instant coffe, mix it with some hot water, just enough for the coffe to desolve, then add some milk and condensed milk for sweetness, and then if the coffe is too strong I add more milk or more coffee if it’s not enough
It’s so simple and you only have one cup to wash after;)
I love your quick method. There’s something wonderful about condensed milk in iced coffee… mmm 🙂
Iced coffee and condensed milk is a perfect combination! I’m glad it’s this easy to make. I will for sure make one when I get my favorite coffee. Thanks for this recipe. 🙂
woo Hoo! I accomplished 2 things today. 1. I actually did something I pinned on Pinterest and 2. I made a batch of iced coffee! This was super easy to make (I thought it would be hard). I’m so please with it! And it made 1 gallon, perfect when I’m on the run and want coffee put dont want to drink hot coffee. Thank you for sharing!!
Hannah, thank you for the great review and giving me the idea of what to make today :).
Hi Natasha, i was wondering when i grind the coffee, should i have it grinned medium corse? or should i do more fine??
Hi Elena, grind it to medium; as you would for a standard coffee maker. It will be difficult to strain if it’s too fine.
Wow! I look forward to making and sharing with my customers.
Let me know what do you think :). I’m making some this week.
Love the recipe, Natasha! Can’t wait to try! Now that it’s finally warm enough for iced coffee.
I know and it’s so quick and easy when it’s in the fridge! 🙂
My favourite iced coffee recipe
10 to 12 cups drip coffee(more coffee, less sweet product. Also good made with hazlenut coffee)
1can sweetened condensed milk. (don’t forget to carefully pour a little hot coffee into the SCM can after you empty it out; that way you get every drop!)
1 heaping tablespoon hot chocolate mix
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mix all together in a pitcher, let cool at room temp, chill overnight. Serve straight or over ice. A shot of baily’s, or Tia Maria, or Kaluha if you like. My husband likes a little hazlenut liquor on occasion.
Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll probably have to try the non-alcoholic version with this baby on the way, but I’m sure a liquor would enhance the flavor of the coffee nicely 🙂
Natasha, thanks for helping us all out so much with all your wonderful recipes! 🙂
I had a question about the iced coffee-
I only have 2 cups coffee instead of 3 1/4. How much water would I need then if I only use 2 cups coffee? Could that work?
Tanya, you’ll need 5 cups of cold and 5 cups of hot water. I hope this helps 🙂
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and immediately went to the store to get coffee & sweetened condensed milk! I added the can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk directly into the coffee when it was still warm & before I added the chilled water. I now have creamy & perfectly sweetened iced coffee ready to go! All that is needed is ice! Thanks for the inspiration & tasty treat!
That’s even easier! You’re brilliant! 🙂 I”m so happy you are enjoying it 🙂
Thanks for the delicious iced coffee recipe. I could hardly wait to try it, and have kept a jar in the fridge since then. It is so good and utterly addicting!
You are welcome Robyn :), I totally share your feelings, lol.
So yummy! Isn’t condensed milk the best? In Russia we used to spread it on bread and eat it just like that (so low carb!). I agree with you, it IS better than Nutella!
We speak the same language girl! 😉 I can just gobble it up by the spoonful! 🙂
This looks really delicious, but if I’m not trying to make a whole gallon, is there a different way to get coffee concentrate? Could I just make drip coffee with twice as much coffee grounds? Thanks!
I think that would work. The coffee has a richer depth of flavor when you use the method I shared since it actually sits in the hot water 5 minutes rather than water pushing through coffee right away. If you have a slow/strong setting; use it 🙂
Thank you!! 🙂 I’ll see what I can do.
Just what I was looking for for my Eid day open house. Pakistanis are crazy tea drinkers and I can’t be making tea all day long with two toddlers on top if everything else. I’m going to try a variation and add choc to this recipe. Really want something like that these days and hopefully it will satisfy the guests’ caffeine craving.
Let me know how adding chocolate works out, I’m curious now… I hope your open house goes well :).
Ohhhh this is an awesome recipe! I have a 12 cup coffee maker and wonder if I could make this using a coffee maker? Would I brew the coffee with 8 cups water and then add another 8 cups after it’s brewed?
I don’t know if it will be strong enough. If you are going to use a coffee maker, use the “strong” setting if you have one. I think this is best outside of a coffee maker, but I guess it can be done 🙂
I just happened to stumble across your website while looking for ways to use up leftover sweetened condensed milk. I’m a HUGE iced coffee lover and was hoping to find something regarding this and that and was thrilled to see this! I make my own iced coffee at home and even though I don’t use a french press, I just use a regular coffee maker and just brew the coffee extra strong. 🙂 I’m wondering though, I’m not a milk drinker. I don’t like the taste of it at all. But, I’m assuming the coffee would hide the milky taste?
Anyways, I can’t wait to try this! Perhaps I will tomorrow!! 🙂
Oh the coffee maker sounds like an easy way to do it! I wish mine had an extra strong setting. Do you mean you don’t like the taste of condensed milk?
Just made a batch! Very yummy! Thanks!
You are welcome, I need to make some for this weekend too :).
Where can you buy those jars?
Winco, Walmart or FredMeryer 🙂
Started making iced coffee last year, and have my first batch for the summer in the fridge right now. I’ve only made Ree’s recipe , but I will try yours next. This might be a little excessive , but I also add chocolate syrup and half and half to mine. Yummy!! I’ve also used some of the coffee and made ice cubes. If I get really adventurous I blend the coffee with a few ice cubes and make a frozen drink. Add the syrup, half and half and condensed milk and you have a frappacino.
Oh yum! Your additions sound amazing!!
Great recipe! My husband also adds condensed milk to his coffee.
Have you tried to add the condensed milk earlier in the process? So that it mixes in better?
You could if you want to; add it in a half glass of coffee then add the ice.
Will it work with instant coffee?
It would work, but I don’t think it would taste as good. Maybe as a last resort if the store ran out of coffee. lol.
Looks and looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it, especially with summer just around the corner.
I know!! Just in time for summer. We will have a steady supply of this in the fridge this summer!
If I bought whole bean coffee, could you tell me what I would need to use to ground it? 🙂
You need a coffee grinder and grind it to a medium grind; not too fine.
It’s a nice picture of you, Natasha! I am sure that this coffee tastes great. Have to try it soon!
Thanks D 🙂
Genius! I love condensed milk and it would go great with coffee! Even though I stopped drinking coffee long ago, but I would have a drink here and there, sometimes.
It is a nice treat and the condensed milk is just the cherry on top!
Wow! I have been looking for a good coffee drink and this is perfect. I usually made it with instant coffee but it is way better with ground coffee. Natasha, you’re awesome!
Oh you know, that’s how I roll. lol. Thanks Snow 🙂
Another great idea I found on-line(to go with the iced coffee) to make some coffee ice cubes! That way it doesn’t deluit the coffee when it melts! Or you could just pour milk over the frozen coffee iced cubes, condensed milk(of coarse:)) and blend it! Yum! Love iced coffee! Gotta try your recipe! And homemade is tastier and lighter in the wallet too:)
Oh that’s briliant! I bet that would be especially amazing blended. I should put some of my coffee concentrate into ice cube trays!!
Whoever loves anything and everything WHITE CHOCOLATE at Starbucks here’s a surprise…it’s sweetened condensed milk with some additives. Believe me I know, my sister ordered a jug of white chocolate online and we read the ingredients. So save your pocket money and add as much of your “white chocolate” as you want at home without paying those extra 80 cents or so for an extra pump. Plus, its a much healthier choice cause your excluding all those additives. I’m a coffee addict as well so I’m always looking for ways to save money and drink healthier cause with coffee prices these days, one can afford a whole vacation at the end of the year just buy making their own cup of joe everyday, rather than buying it from the coffee shop. EnJoY!
I had no idea!! I guess I was on to something ;). So true about the cost savings! It’s ridiculous how much a cup of coffee costs these days!
Irina, I know you wrote this like 2 years ago, but I just wanted to say thank you for this information! I’ve been having a grande iced 3 pump white mocha soy coffee every single day for the past 5 months. It’s sad. Really. Thank you for sharing this!! I had no idea!
That’s just what I was hoping you would post next on your blog!!((((:
LOVE LOVE COFFEEEEEEE….. it gives me energy…….too much sometimes.lol.
I’m sipping this iced coffee while replying to your comment :D. It’s that time of the year where we transition from hot coffee to iced coffee :).
AAA! I love iced coffee! Beautiful pics. You can also cold-brew it which gives a better flavor–try it next time!
Although that does mean an overnight process instead of ready right away, so that’s definitely a plus for your recipe!
You are absolutely right Veronica, long way of making it, is to cold-brew it overnight or for 8 hours. I would try that option next time :).
oh man, looks so good. I wish that condensed milk had 0 calories 🙂 I also like adding dulce de leche.
Ooh thy does sound good! Does it still blend pretty easily with the dulce?
I dissolve it in hot coffee and combine everything together later.
Condensed milk does dissolve in hot coffee much faster :).
It looks so yummy! I am a coffee fan, and this will hit the spot. Definitely going to try this soon. I love the addition of condensed milk.
It will be a great drink at the party on a warm day :). I love coffee as well, just recently stopped buying all the artificial creamers, switched to condensed milk.
Iced coffee makes my heart flutter! Yum! I have a batch of Ree’s iced coffee in my fridge right now but I’ll definitely give your recipe a whirl. I like that it has less ‘wait’ time, for those moments where you can’t wait 8 hours for a cup of iced coffee. 😉
Trader Joes makes a great organic sweetened condensed milk in a sqeezable bottle which tastes great in iced coffee. The only 2 ingredients are milk, and cane sugar.
Trader Joes is coming to our city very soon :), I always go there whenever visiting CA.
Great to know about the condensed milk. Thanks! Let me know how my method compares to Ree’s I’m very curious. I know she uses the cold pressed method.
Checking back in here to let you know that I just made your iced coffee and it was just as delicious as Rees! I halved your recipe and used a French Press (x2), to make a batch for the week. THANK YOU!
aaaand I’m so very excited that you guys are getting a TJ’s soon. It will rock your world. 😉
I know! I really like that store; we just stocked up in Salt Lake 🙂 thank you and I’m so glad you loved the coffee 🙂
Yeah I like that one from Trader Joes
Thank you for coffee recipe, I really really like the way you explained it, Me and my family this coffee so i’m going to try this one in upcoming weekend where we set together once in a week so this will be amazing can you please tell me if i use persian saffron in it ? Because i have purchased saffron in good saffron price that is why thinking to make a twist in it, this will be perfect or not give me some suggestion