How to Make Iced Coffee at Home

Iced Coffee
Iced Coffee

Today is the first day of summer and nothing says summer’s to me like the switch from hot to iced coffee.

Have you seen the most recent Tim Horton’s™ commercials (the one with the red canoe on the roof of the car parked at Tim’s)? Well that was filmed at my local Tim’s here in Muskoka. I drove by when they were filming it and learned that it takes a whole lot of people and equipment to make a Tim’s commercial!

I spend a lot of time at this particular Tim Horton’s™. I’m a regular in the drive-thru line, picking up a large double cream, 1 sugar in the winter and a large iced coffee in the summer. But I live 10 kms. from that store and sometimes, I just want to have an iced coffee at home without making the drive.

So I set out to figure out how to make Tim Horton’s™ style iced coffee at home. And by gosh, I think I’ve come pretty darned close! Here’s how …

Cook’s Notes: You can play around with the proportions of coffee concentrate and water to taste, as well as the amount of added cream and milk. You may be surprised by the amount of sugar, but trust me, if you’re looking for a clone of TH, you’ll need that much.



  • Hannah says:

    Wow! This coffee is truly, truly, truly outrageous (in a good way)! “Woahh!” I said to myself after trying this, “What a gem!” Thank you so much! I wish I had known about this at the beginning of the summer, but better late than never!

  • Brett says:

    Hey there! Just made my coffee concentrate and my sugar syrup! Can’t wait to try it! Just a question, how much of the syrup should i add? and also can i add everything together in a big container and then just keep it in my fridge? or do i have to make it every time?

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Brett. The amount of sugar syrup is really to taste and depends also on the size of your glass. Add a bit at a time until it tastes good to you. And yes, you can make a big container and keep it in the fridge.

  • jane says:

    I have a question about making the coffee portion. It is already perked coffee? Can you use instant coffee? I noticed you said to strain the coffee. Please let me know. thanks

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Jane, The coffee part is cold brewed coffee concentrate. It’s nice to use if you make a lot of iced coffee because you make it a batch and refrigerate, then it’s cold and ready any time. That said, you can use brewed, cold coffee (or instant). Just eliminate the water in the iced coffee recipe.

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