This mocha iced latte is a perfect refreshment for hot summer days. The recipe is very easy and contains only three basic cupboard ingredients. Save yourself time and money by making it at home! The recipe is also very versatile – try white iced mocha or peppermint iced mocha today!
Why You Will Love This Mocha Iced Latte
- It’s super refreshing and tasty
This iced coffee helps you stay cool in hot weather whilst providing a delicious and indulgent chocolatey flavour.
PS. If you're a chocolate lover, make sure you try this triple chocolate crepe recipe!
- It’s very simple
This recipe for iced mocha contains only three basic ingredients! Most of them already are in your kitchen cupboard - including instant coffee!
- No special equipment needed
You can easily make this iced mocha latte in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a glass (300 ml), a spoon, and a straw! Yes, you don’t need to have an espresso machine to make this!
- It is healthy-ish
Homemade coffee is normally less calorific than the ones that are available in cafes. Reason? Professional baristas usually use full-fat milk (it froths better) and pre-made powders to create iced cold drinks such as iced mocha, iced latte, frappe etc. – this is more efficient for them, however, these powders are full of added sugar.
By making both ice and hot coffees at home, you take back control of the drinks’ contents without any sacrifice on taste! (PS. These findings are from my own experience working as a barista for an independent coffee shop and a worldwide chain.)
- It is very versatile
There are many variations of this iced coffee drink – from white to orange or peppermint. Be creative and enjoy a new flavour every day of the week! See more details for variations and twists below.
- It saves you money
Making (iced) coffee at home is way cheaper than buying it from a café (or supermarket) each time. This could save you a lot of money, especially if you’re used to buying it often!
Iced coffee fans will appreciate this pumpkin-spiced iced latte.
Key Ingredients & Substitutes
This iced mocha coffee recipe contains just three basic ingredients, which can be found in most pantries:
- Cold water from the tap will work here well. For an extra cold coffee drink, you can also fill up a water bottle and keep it in the fridge until serving.
- Dry instant coffee or cold brew from earlier will be a great coffee base. No espresso needed.
- Sugar-free chocolate syrup or chocolate sauce will provide maximum flavour to this iced mocha. Use a sauce or syrup as it’s easier to mix and it saves you time melting bar of chocolate.
- Cold semi-skimmed milk – mocha tastes always better with a little bit of milk in it. Cow's, oat, soya and other plant-based milk will all work in this recipe.
- Ice to keep the drink chilled for longer. This is completely optional, you can skip adding ice altogether and the recipe will still work.
- Whipped cream (optional) from a spray can will make a wonderful finish on top of this ice-cold coffee drink.
- Optional: Sprinkle it with a bit of cocoa or chocolate powder or decorate with shaves of dark chocolate just before you’re ready to serve it.
If you don’t have chocolate sauce (syrup), you can instead use:
- Hot chocolate powder or cacao (2 teaspoons per glass)
- Cocoa powder (2 teaspoons) + sweetener (or 1 teaspoon sugar)
Good news, you don’t need any special barista equipment to make this chocolate-flavoured iced coffee!
All you need is a glass (high ball or tumbler; 300ml), a measuring cup, and a latte spoon.
Optional: Handheld milk frother for speedy stirring.
How to Make Iced Mocha
This incredibly refreshing caffeinated drink can be made in 5 simple steps:
- Mix instant coffee with cold water.
- Add chocolate sauce.
- Fill a glass with ice (optional).
- Pour over the coffee and chocolate mix. Add milk.
- Top with whipped cream and decorate. Enjoy!
For detailed instructions with exact measurements, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
This chocolate iced café latte can be special every time you make it! Try these exciting variations, and you will never need to go to Starbucks again:
- White iced mocha – use white chocolate syrup instead of classic (brown) chocolate sauce.
- Iced raspberry mocha latte – add 1-2 teaspoons of raspberry syrup and enjoy this delightful iced coffee with a hint of raspberries.
- Caramel iced mocha – add a dash of caramel or salted caramel syrup (sauce) to create this delicious treat at home.
- Peppermint iced mocha – add a few drops of peppermint extract for a special festive flavour drink. Add it gradually as less is more and it can be easily overdone.
- Orange mocha iced latte – use orange extract to make this wonderful Christmassy flavoured-drink.
- Caffeine-free – swap your usual instant coffee for a good quality decaf coffee.
- Vegan – use oat or other plant-based milk (unsweetened), vegan alternative to whipped cream and vegan-friendly sauces, extracts and toppings.
This iced coffee is best enjoyed cold. The simple recipe literally takes only a few minutes, so don’t worry, your coffee won’t get warm at any stage.
To ensure your drink is as cold as possible, use pre-chilled water, chilled milk and ice cubes just from the freezer.
You can also chill the glass by putting it in the fridge for at least 1 hour before making this iced mocha. The drink will stay even cooler that way.
This iced coffee drink is recommended for immediate consumption. Although you can also make it in advance.
Store the coffee, chocolate and milk blend in a bottle in the fridge for up to 1 day. Shake well to pick up any residue from the bottom of the bottle. Pour over ice just before serving.
Iced mocha coffee can also be frozen. Pour the cold coffee & chocolate blend into an ice cube tray and freeze for up to 2 months. Serve several frozen coffee cubes right into a glass, pour over chilled milk, wait a couple of minutes for it to soften, stir, add whipped cream and enjoy.
Iced mocha is a cold coffee blend with milk and chocolate served with ice. It is often served with whipped cream on top. There are also various flavours of iced mocha, ie. peppermint, white chocolate, orange or raspberry.
Yes, you can. Freeze the cold coffee blend by pouring it into an ice cube tray. This way, defrosting will take only a few minutes and you won’t have to add any more ice. Just add fresh milk, top with cream and enjoy!
Instant coffee dissolves surprisingly well in cold water. Just stir it with a spoon until there is no coffee residue. Add remaining ingredients and enjoy it with ice.
They are both iced cold coffee drinks with milk. Iced mocha contains chocolate syrup or cocoa powder for an extra chocolatey flavour. A classic iced latte has no added flavours (syrups).
This iced coffee will go well with
- Cold hazelnut coffee
- Cold brew latte
- Caramel iced latte
- Irish cappuccino
- Pumpkin spiced iced latte
- Non-alcoholic Pimm's
📖 The Recipe
Homemade Mocha Iced Latte
- 175 ml cold water
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- 2 teaspoon sugar-free chocolate sauce or syrup
- 100 ml chilled semi-skimmed milk
For serving (optional)
- whipped cream
- cocoa (chocolate) powder or shaves of dark chocolate
- Mix instant coffee with cold water and stir until all coffee granules are dissolved.
- Add chocolate syrup and stir until smooth and no lumps of chocolate sauce are apparent.
- Fill ⅓ of a tall glass with ice (if using), pour over the coffee and chocolate mix. Add chilled milk.
- Top with whipped cream and decorate with cocoa powder, chocolate powder or shaves of chocolate. Serve with a straw and a latte spoon.
- Hot chocolate powder (2 teaspoons), or
- Cocoa powder (2 teaspoons) + sweetener (or 1 teaspoon sugar).
Nutritional Information (Estimates Only)
This is a recipe for a cold coffee drink which is intended to be served on hot days, however, please make sure that you are hydrated and drink plenty of water in addition to this, as caffeine tends to dehydrate.