Instagram-worthy iced coffee concoctions


When my Nespresso broke a few weeks ago because my brother dropped it on the floor during my move I fell into a bad habit of buying my iced coffee every morning on my way to the gym (this is third time a machine of mine broke… Maybe I’m cursed? The first time I was the one who dropped it and the second time I plugged it into a 220 outlet on an extended trip to Israel…yes, I took the Pixie with me!). Buying coffee is a total waste of money. Plus my options (Starbucks, Le Pain Quotidien, Gourmet Garage…) all make coffee that is totally sub-par compared to Nespresso. When I found out that they launched Intenso on Ice and Leggero on Ice, coffees designed specifically to be had iced I called up the Nespresso Club and sent in my machine for repair. A sleeve of ten capsules is $8 – the price of two store bought iced coffees.

On a typical day I’ll fill my water bottle with ice cubes and then pour one hot espresso shot over it along with water (basically an Americano), but when I’m not jetting off to the gym it’s nice to make something a little more involved. Here’s a look at some Instagram-worthy iced coffee recipes!

Iced Almond Macadamia Milk Latte (makes 1 quart)


  • 1 generous cup of blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts
  • 1/3 cup of pitted dates
  • 1 liter of filtered water
    2 shots of hot espresso

In a large, lidded plastic container, combine almonds, macadamia nuts and dates. Add water to cover and let soak overnight, at room temperature, for at least 12 hours. Process mixture in a blender, at highest speed, for 3 to 4 minutes until finely pureed. Strain the mixture through a nut bag or jelly bag or a fine mesh sieve over a bowl with two layers of cheesecloth. Strain mixture. The nut milk should be silky and creamy. To make a latte: combine  8 ounces of chilled nut milk, a double shot of espresso and ice in a glass or cocktail shaker. Shake or stir for 30 second, strain into a chilled glass with fresh ice.

Condensed Milk Iced Coffee (serves 6-8)

  • 4 cups of very strong hot coffee
  • ¼ cup condensed milk
  • 6 cardamom pots, optional
  • 2 cups whole milk
In a serving pitcher, add the hot coffee and mix in the condensed milk. Add the cardamom seeds and let the coffee cool. Once cooled, remove the cardamom seeds and add the whole milk. Place it in the refrigerator until really cold. Serve over ice.

The Portuguese Mazagran (serves 1)


  • 1 Nespresso Intenso on Ice capsule (or a shot of espresso)
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons cane sugar syrup
  • 3 small ice cubes
  • Lemon zest *optional

Mix cane sugar syrup, lemon juice, and 4 teaspoons of water in a tall glass. Add 3 ice cubes. Brew Nespresso Intenso on Ice as an espresso into a small cup, and pour delicately into tall glass. Mix ingredients together and garnish with lemon zest.

Matcha Iced Coffee  (serves 1)


  • 1 Nespresso Intenso on Ice capsule (or one shot of espresso)
  • 1 ice cube
  • ¼ teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 2 teaspoons of cane sugar syrup
  • 3 ½ tablespoons milk, frothed using a milk frother or whisked vigorously if no milk frother

Brew Intenso on Ice and pour into a cappuccino cup or glass. Add matcha green tea powder and cane sugar syrup and stir. Add ice cube. Fill the rest of the cup with cold milk froth.

Blended Iced Cappuccino (serves 1)


  • ⅛ cup hot water
  • 2 Tbsp instant coffee
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar, to taste (2 Tbsp is quite sweet but delicious)
  • 8-10 ice cubes
  • ½ cup chocolate milk
  • ¼ cup cream
Mix hot water and instant coffee in a small bowl until dissolved. Pour into a blender. Add sugar, ice cubes and chocolate milk and blend until frothy. Add in cream, blend until creamy. Pour into a glass serve.
Ice Coffee Frappe (serves 1)

Blend all ingredients.

Illy Caffe Rosso (serves 1)


  • 80 ml illy Cold Brew
  • 30 ml Campari
  • 30 ml Martini Rosso
  • 1 Orange
  • Ice Cubes

Fill glass ¾ with crushed ice, add Campari, Martini Rosso and illy cold brew, mix all with spoon and add slice of orange. Garnish glass with orange peel.

Illy Mojito Coffee Coconut (serves 1)


  • illy Cold Brew
  • 40 ml Malibu
  • Fresh Mint
  • 3 Teaspoons Cane Sugar
  • Ice Cubes

Crush mint leaves in glass with cane sugar and Malibu, add crushed ice, fill glass with illy cold brew, use mixing spoon to mix from the bottom up so the mint leaves and sugar come to the top. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve with straw.

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