If you are looking for festive Christmas coffee drinks to make at home, you really can’t go past this cute Christmas iced coffee with coffee ice cubes.
Made with just two ingredients, this Christmas iced coffee recipe is super easy to prepare.
So regardless of whether you enjoy a warmer climate during the holiday season or you just love to drink iced coffees year round, this is one of the best holiday coffee drinks to try this Christmas.
Why I Love This Christmas Iced Coffee With Coffee Ice Cubes
But there are so many places that still have pretty warm weather over the holidays. And don’t forget the whole of the Southern Hemisphere is in the middle of Summer at Christmas time!
So I think this Christmas iced coffee recipe is perfect for those celebrating Christmas in warmer climates.
But not only is it a practical homemade iced coffee recipe, it is so much fun too thanks to the coffee ice cubes shaped like gingerbread boys and girls!
What You Need To Make Holiday Iced Coffee
To make this holiday drink with coffee ice cubes all you need is a coffee maker and an ice cube tray.
This super fun Wilton gingerbread silicone mold is perfect for making Christmas coffee cubes.
With boy gingerbread boys and girls, the shapes are around 1.75″ h x 1.25″ w x 1″ d, which is ideal for adding to your glass.
You could even use a mold like this one with a range of Christmas shapes. Be as creative as you like!
Christmas Coffee Ingredients
This really is one of the easiest iced coffee recipes, as it has just two ingredients:
- Brewed coffee
The first batch of brewed coffee is for the ice cubes.
You can make these with just brewed coffee, or add a couple of teaspoons of sugar to sweeten them up before you pop them in the freezer.
I use whole milk, but you can use any kind of dairy or dairy free / plant based milks to make this simple iced coffee recipe at home.
How To Make Christmas Coffee At Home
Step 1 – Make Coffee Ice Cubes
The first step to make your Christmas iced coffee at home is to make your coffee cubes.
Obviously you will need to do this ahead of time.
Simply brew 2 cups of coffee using your favorite coffee maker or use any left over coffee from your morning brew.
Once brewed, add sugar (if using), stir to combine and leave to cool slightly before pouring.
Carefully pour the coffee into your holiday ice cube tray and leave to cool before putting in the freezer.
Leave in overnight or for at least 4 hours to freeze completely. The time needed will depend on the size of the mold and your freezer.
Step 2 – Make Iced Coffee
Once your holiday ice cubes are frozen it is time to make your iced coffee!
Brew your coffee using your favorite coffee maker. I recommend making it strong as you will be combining it with equal parts milk.
Once brewed you will need to leave it to cool.
It doesn’t need to be completely cold before using, but it will be more refreshing if you don’t use piping hot coffee to make your iced coffee.
So you can either pop it in the fridge to quickly cool down, or leave to cool on the countertop for an hour or so.
The other option is to add more coffee ice cubes to your glass, which will help cool the coffee down quickly.
The downside of this method is that your cute gingerbread boys may melt more quickly.
Step 3 – Make Your Christmas Coffee Drink!
Now your coffee has cooled it is time to put your Christmas coffee drink together.
Add milk to your glass then top with equal parts cooled brewed coffee (see recipe below for quantities).
Then top with 2 or 3 coffee ice cubes (or more for an extra cold drink) and enjoy.
Christmas Iced Coffee Recipe Variations
If you are looking for more iced coffee ideas for Christmas, try some of these iced coffee variations.
- Use cold brew coffee instead of hot brewed coffee to make your iced coffee.
- Add 1 oz (30ml) of Baileys Irish Cream to each glass for an alcoholic coffee drink option during the holidays.
- Add a tablespoon or two of your favorite coffee syrup to your glass when adding the milk and coffee. Classic holiday flavors include vanilla, caramel and peppermint.
- Swap out the milk and use your favorite creamer instead. Try this Christmas peppermint mocha creamer or this super creamy Italian sweet cream coffee creamer.
More Christmas coffee recipes to try
If you loved this easy iced coffee recipe, here are some more great Christmas coffee drink recipes to try at home.
- Holiday eggnog coffee
- Frangelico espresso martini
- Eggnog espresso martini
- Irish cream cold brew
- Traditional Irish coffee
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Christmas Iced Coffee With Coffee Ice Cubes
Coffee Ice Cubes
- 2 cups brewed coffee
Christmas Iced Coffee
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup strong brewed coffee
- 4 coffee ice cubes
Coffee Ice Cubes
- Brew 2 cups of coffee, flavored to your liking (see note 1) and pour brewed coffee into ice cube tray.2 cups brewed coffee
- Leave to cool and then place in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight to freeze.
Christmas Iced Coffee
- When ice cubes are frozen, brew strong coffee (see note 2) and leave to cool.1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
- Pour milk into glass and top with cooled brewed coffee.1/2 cup milk
- Add several gingerbread man coffee ice cubes to your drink and serve!4 coffee ice cubes
- Coffee ice cubes can be made with any kind of brewed coffee (drip, french press, pour over). If you prefer a sweeter iced coffee, stir in a couple of teaspoons of sugar to the hot coffee before freezing.
- Brew a strong batch of coffee using your favorite method. It could be drip coffee, french press coffee, stovetop coffee or even espresso.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.