If you need a treat on a budget, try this Chick-fil-A iced coffee recipe. It’s sweet, creamy, and perfect for the summer.
And believe it or not, all you need is a little sugar and some vanilla!
Copycat Chick-fil-A Iced Coffee Recipe
You know when you get smoothies from a shop, and they taste so much better than homemade? Well, that’s all down to the simple syrup.
You see, even ripe fruit often needs a little sugar to enhance and lift the flavors. And coffee is no different.
So if you’ve ever made a sad iced coffee at home, chances are you didn’t add enough sugar.
That’s where this recipe comes in! Add simple syrup and vanilla to your favorite cold brew coffee, and you’re in iced coffee heaven.
You can use regular sugar if you like, but simple syrup is easy to make and blends into iced drinks better.
So grab a nice glass jar for storage - like these - and it’ll keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
Also, you can easily make this keto with this sugar-free simple syrup recipe!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this vanilla iced coffee:
- Cold Brew Coffee - cold brew is best because it won’t melt the ice and it’s much smoother/less acidic
- Vanilla - for sweet warmth
- Simple Syrup - to cut through the bitterness. Liquid sweeteners mix better into ice drinks
- Milk - use any milk you prefer. Just keep in mind, if you use coconut milk (for example) it will affect the flavor of the drink
- Ice - add plenty of ice to make it frosty! I like to make coffee ice cubes so it doesn’t water down the drink when it melts
How to Make This Copycat Chick-Fil-A Iced Coffee
If you’ve ever made a sad iced coffee at home that just didn’t taste quite right, try this simple recipe.
- Make the cold brew the day before - let it sit in the fridge overnight then strain away the coffee grounds
- Fill two glasses with ice
- Divide the coffee between the glasses
- Add the vanilla, simple syrup, and milk
- Stir, then enjoy!
How to Make Cold Brew
I think iced coffee is best made with cold brew because it’s already cold, so the hot coffee won’t melt the ice. Plus, it’s much smoother in taste.
And luckily, you can make a whole picther and keep it in the fridge for a few days, so you can have iced coffee whenever the mood strikes.
Here’s how to make it:
- Coarsely grind your favorite coffee beans (use decaf if you like).
- Add 6 ounces to a pitcher or glass container and top it up with 6 cups of water.
- Mix well, cover the container, and pop it in the fridge for 12-24 hours.
- Strain the cold brew through a fine-mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter into a new, clean container.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 weeks.
For extra-strong cold brew, use 8 ounces of coffee to 6 cups of water.
The OG Chick-fil-A iced coffee recipe is very vanilla-forward. It’s wonderfully sweet, rich, and balanced.
But you can easily make it your own:
- Try flavored coffee syrup - like this gingerbread syrup
- Make it mocha - try adding chocolate syrup
- Try it with caramel - drizzle in some caramel and a pinch of salt
- Frozen coffee - blend everything until smooth
- Make it extra creamy - use sweetened condensed milk instead of simple syrup and milk
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of coffee does Chick-Fil-A use?
Per the website, Chick-fil-A uses “a custom blend made from arabica beans grown at high altitudes.”
Does chick-fil-a iced coffee have chocolate syrup?
The original iced coffee and Chick-fil-A doesn’t have chocolate syrup.
Instead, it’s a blend of cold brew coffee, milk (usually 2%), pure cane sugar, and ice. That’s it.
However, the Mocha Cream Cold Brew does include chocolate syrup and sweetened cream over ice.
How much does Chick-fil-A iced coffee cost?
Chick-fil-A put their prices up recently, so the iced coffee is around $3.49 (though some locations are charging $3.29 or $3.59).
Chick-fil-A Iced Coffee Recipe
- 355 - 475 ml of Cold Brew Coffee (1.5 - 2 cups)
- 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
- 6 tablespoons of Simple Syrup
- 235 ml of Milk (1 cup)
- Cold brew the coffee the day before - mix 1 part coffee with 4 parts water (1 cup + 4 cups), then leave in the fridge overnight. Strain before use.
- Fill 2 cups with ice, then divide the coffee equally.
- Add the vanilla and simple syrup, then stir well to combine.
- Top the glasses with cold milk, serve, and enjoy!
- Optional: pour the milk into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10-20 seconds until thick and foamy.
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