How to Make Iced Coffee Whether you want to make it special or just have some leftover coffee from breakfast, iced coffee can be a refreshing afternoon treat. If it's really hot outside and you want to cool down but still get your caffeine and coffee flavor, iced coffee is the way to go. Difficulty: Easy Instructions Things You'll Need Pitcher or carafe Dark-roasted coffee grounds Sweetener Coffee maker Ice 10- to 12-oz. glass Milk Water Tall plastic cups 1. Standard Iced Coffee o 1 Brew a pot of fresh coffee using 2 tablespoons of dark-roasted ground coffee per cup. o 2 Transfer the hot coffee to a carafe or pitcher. o 3 Let the coffee stand at room temperature for 3 to 5 hours, or refrigerate it until cold, about 1 1/2 to 3 hours. o 4 Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. o 5 Pour the chilled coffee into the glass. o 6 Stir the coffee to equalize its temperature. Add milk if you like. 2. Quick Iced Coffee o 1 Brew a pot of fresh coffee using 3 to 4 tablespoons of dark-roasted ground coffee per cup. o 2 Add sugar to the hot coffee if you would like to sweeten the whole pot of coffee; it will dissolve more easily in hot coffee than in iced coffee. o 3 Fill tall, plastic (not glass!) glasses with ice cubes and pour the hot coffee over them. Tips & Warnings Iced coffee is best with darker-roast coffee blends. Experiment to find the one you like best. Make ice cubes out of room-temperature coffee. Store them in the freezer and make undiluted iced coffee any time. For a decadent version of iced coffee, stir sweetened condensed milk into warm coffee before pouring it over ice. Never put a pot of hot coffee directly in the refrigerator. The rapid change in temperature can crack the glass.