Easy Brown Sugar Iced Coffee

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A sweet and delicious brown sugar iced coffee drink made easy at home. Get tips and tricks to make it layered.

Layered iced coffee with brown sugar

Brown Sugar Iced Coffee Latte

  • Easy to make with either cold brew coffee or cooled down hot brewed coffee.
  • Layered with brown sugar simple syrup, milk, and coffee.
  • Sweet, creamy, and delicious.

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Questions You May Have

What’s the secret to making the drink layered?
Sugar and ice. The sweetest liquid should be the bottom layer. Pouring on top of the ice instead of the liquid below it directly helps to keep layers separate.

What kind of coffee should I use?
I like to make this with cold brew coffee, but you can use cooled down, strong brewed hot coffee, espresso from an espresso machine, or instant coffee. It all works great!

How do I make this with instant coffee?
Use 2 teaspoons of instant coffee and 1/3 cup of hot water and stir.

Can I use any kid of sweetener or does it need to be brown sugar?
Any sweetener will work! You can use honey, maple syrup, or date syrup.

Can I use any kind of milk?
Yes, you can make it with regular milk or with milk alternatives like oat milk.

Can I cut down the sugar?
Yes, but be aware that once you do, the layer between the sugar and milk won’t be as clean. To cut down the sugar, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar instead of 1 tablespoon.

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Iced Brown Sugar coffee Tips

  • If you want a stronger coffee taste, use less milk than iced coffee. I use equal parts milk and coffee for this recipe.
  • All ingredients can be made separately ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator.
  • Hot brewing coffee then cooling it down (15 minutes) takes less time than cold brewing coffee (12 hours).
Brown Sugar Iced Coffee Ingredients

What You’ll Need

How to Make it

There are three parts to this drink:

  • Brown sugar simple syrup
  • Milk and ice
  • Coffee

STEP 1: Make coffee.

There are multiple ways to make the coffee for this drink: Cold brew (my preference), strong brewed coffee that has been cooled down, instant coffee, or espresso from a machine.

If you’re using drip coffee, make sure to brew it double strength so it’s nice and strong.

STEP 2: Stir together brown sugar and hot water.

I use an electric kettle to boil water. This is how I make a quick simple syrup without cooking anything on the stovetop. Set aside to cool.

STEP 3: Pour brown sugar simple syrup into a cup and add ice.

Because I’m adding ice, I don’t wait for the brown sugar simple syrup to cool down completely.

STEP 4: Slowly add milk, then coffee.

Make sure to pour the milk then the coffee onto the ice cubes to help keep the layers separated.

Stir before drinking.

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Easy Iced Brown Sugar Coffee

Easy Iced Brown Sugar Coffee

Yield: Makes 1 serving

A sweet and delicious brown sugar iced coffee drink made easy at home. Get tips and tricks to make it layered.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Make coffee.
    There are multiple ways to make the coffee for this drink: Cold brew, strong brewed coffee that has been cooled down, instant coffee, or espresso from a machine. I like using cold brewed coffee for this drink. If you're using drip coffee, make sure to brew it double strength so it's nice and strong.
  2. Stir together brown sugar and hot water.
    I use an electric kettle to boil water. This is how I make a quick simple syrup without cooking anything on the stovetop. Set aside to cool.
  3. Pour brown sugar simple syrup into a cup and add ice.
  4. Slowly add milk, then coffee.
    Make sure to pour the milk then the coffee onto the ice cubes to help keep the layers separated.
    Stir before drinking.

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