Saturday, May 16, 2009



McDonald's flavored iced coffees include Vanilla, Chocolate, Caramel, and Hazelnut. Use your favorite favor. If you are going to purchase flavored syrups I suggest using Monin Natural Flavored Syrups. They have loads of flavors including those listed above, use your favorite.
If you have an espresso machine use 2 shots of espresso.

This first version is closest to the way they make these drinks at McDonalds

For a 24 ounce iced coffee
Brew coffee and refrigerate to cool.
Fill cup with ice.
Add 1 ounce flavored syrup of choice to ice.
Add 1/4 cup light cream.
Fill with cold coffee to top of cup.

The Following two versions are geared more towards the home kitchen. You can use what you have on hand. If you don't have any flavored syrups on hand there is also a recipe for a vanilla syrup you can make at home.

If you use the flavored syrup DO NOT add the sugar, unless you like your drink very sweet. If you prefer using vanilla flavored syrup but don't have any on hand, I have included a recipe for a vanilla syrup.

Like McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee (method 1)

1 cup heavy cream or half and half
4 to 5 teaspoons good quality Instant Coffee Granules
3 teaspoons granulated sugar* (if using vanilla extract)
2 Tablespoons Natural Vanilla Syrup*
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (don't use imitation vanilla)
Ice cubes

Combine cream, coffee granules and sugar (if not using flavored syrup) in 2-cup glass measure. Microwave on high power for 1 minute; stir to dissolve sugar. Add vanilla syrup or extract. Pour over ice cubes.

* If using a flavored syrup do not add sugar, unless you like your iced coffee very sweet.

Like McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee (method 2)

1/4 Cup double-strength coffee
sugar to taste (up to 1/4 cup)
1 Cup cold water
2 Tablespoon Natural Vanilla Syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4-1/3 Cup heavy cream or half and half.

If adding sugar, stir sugar with hot coffee until dissolved. Add water and remaining ingredients and refrigerate until cool. Fill glass 2/3 full of ice. Pour vanilla coffee over ice.

1 serving

Vanilla Syrup

2 Cups water
1-1/2 Cups granulated sugar
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract - please do not use imitation vanilla

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract. Remove from heat and cool. Store in a covered container.


  1. I really enjoy iced coffee. I've looked for those flavored syrups in my grocery stores of my little city and apparently we haven't caught up with such "fancy food" yet.

    I really appreciate the recipe for the vanilla syrup. Never knew or thought about making it from scratch! Perfect solution. Thank you so much for posting.

  2. Katy~,
    You are very welcome.

    The better coffee places here have Monin or Da Vinci, I have never seen them in the grocery stores. Both are excellent and natural. Any syrup you enjoy will work including making your own, which can be pretty darn handy.

    Hope you enjoy the iced coffee.

  3. If your town has a local Starbucks... you can also purchase syrups from them as well.

  4. Anonymous,

    You are so right and if you are a big Starbucks fan using their syrups will help to make your coffee drink closer to theirs. Unfortunately they won't sell their pumpkin syrup! Darn!
    They are a great source for syrups, thanks for mentioning that you can buy the syrups at their stores.



  6. Anonymous,

    Thank you for taking the time to let me know how this recipe turned out for you. It's so nice to be able to make this at home because there are some times when you just can't get out to McDonald's!

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  7. I have been trying to make iced coffee at home to taste like mcdonalds. Hopefully this works lol gets a little pricey wanting one in the morning and one after work everyday! I will give this a try for sure thanks =)

  8. Tiffany,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please let me know how this turned out for you.
    Hope you stop by again.