How To Make Iced Coffee With a Keurig In 5 Easy Steps

Got a Keurig and craving a delicious iced coffee? No problem. 

I've just made an amazing iced coffee using my Keurig machine, and all it took was 5 easy steps. In this guide I'll show you how to do it, what you need, and why it's a great option. 

This will help you get more from your Keurig and, more importantly, let you cool down this summer with delicious iced coffee drinks. 

A Keurig coffee maker is primarily used for hot coffee brew options, but, you can use them just as well for iced coffee recipes. 

In fact, Keurig coffee makers are great for making iced coffee at home because you get the full coffee taste from their Green Mountain coffee in a cold beverage. 

Making cold brewed coffee with your Keurig is a great alternative to getting an iced coffee from your local coffee shop. Here are a few of the reasons to give it a go: 

  • Lots of flavors
    It is easy to find the right K-Cup Pod to help you get the flavoring you want in each cup of iced coffee. Alongside specific flavors you can also choose light, medium, or dark roast K-Cups to alter the taste.
  • Quick
    The Keurig coffee maker can get the iced coffee made in just a few minutes and it only takes a few simple steps, saving you time and getting you on the road in no time. 
  • Control the strength of the coffee:
    You can choose the strength of the Keurig by selecting the right K-cups and adjusting the ratio of ice to coffee until it's the perfect strength for you. 
  • Easy cleanup
    Once the coffee is made, cleanup will only take a few minutes to get done. 
How To Make Iced Coffee With A Keurig

Making Iced Coffee In A Keurig: What You’ll Need 

Making iced coffee in your Keurig machine is pretty simple, but there are a few things you'll need:


You can use any K-Cup for your iced coffee and there are no specific ice K-Cups. However, you can choose from a range of flavors to choose from. Vanilla works really well, but you can just use one of your favorites. 

Bottled Or Filtered Water

Bottled or filtered water is often the best choice for making iced coffee with your Keurig. You could choose to use the water from the tap, but it can affect the taste of your iced coffee. Bottled or filtered water will make it taste better. 

Sugar, Sweetener, And Milk To Serve

Most people like to add some cold milk to their coffee, and it works just as well in a cold coffee. 

If you want something really rich you can add sweetened condensed milk. This gives your iced coffee a creamier consistency and is great for making an iced latte style drink.

You can also use plant based milks if you are lactose free or on a keto diet. Almond milk works best, but oat and soy are also good. 

Sugar and sweetener can also be added to suit your tastes.

Flavored Syrups

Flavored syrups and sauces help to enhance the flavor of your coffee. Vanilla or caramel sauce are the most popular, but you can also use chocolate syrup to make the perfect iced mocha coffee.

Keurig Coffee Machine

It goes without saying, but you need a Keurig coffee maker to actually brew the coffee.

Heat Proof Glass

You will brew the coffee right into the cup hot, so picking out a heatproof glass or mug is the best option. A coffee mug will work for this or a stainless-steel cup. 

Ice Or Coffee Ice Cubes

You need ice cubes for this coffee so you'll need a few on hand. A portable ice maker or an ice cube tray will help with this. 

If you like a stronger iced coffee you can also make coffee ice cubes. These iced coffee cubes are made from freezing coffee, and as they melt they give the ice coffee even more flavor.

cup of cold beverage

How To Make Iced Coffee With A Keurig (Step By Step Process) 

There's no specific cold coffee or iced coffee option on a Keurig machine, but it's still really straightforward. 

Here are the 5 steps I use to make an iced coffee with my Keurig:

1. Set Up The Keurig

Bring out the Keurig machine and check how much water is already in the device. If the machine needs more water, make sure to fill it up. Then it is time to turn the Keurig on to warm up.  

2. Add K-Cup Pod 

Choose the flavor that you would like to use and can add this into the machine.

It is also possible to use the coffee grounds and add them into the My K-Cup Reusable Filter and add the filter into the machine.  

3. Prepare The Cup of Ice

Grab the cup that you want to use and put ice cubes, or coffee cubes into the mug or cup, filling it close to the top.

Make sure you use a stainless-steel cup or mug that is heat resistant as some glass cups will not do well with higher temperatures.  

4. Brew The Coffee

Place the cup with ice under the Keurig machine and then press the Brew button. This will get the fresh coffee to brew right into the cup of ice.

Be aware that you need to make this strong because the ice will melt and can water down the taste of the coffee.  

5. Add The Extras

Once the coffee is brewed, you can add in extras to make it taste to your preference.

I like to pour the coffee into a second cup before I add milk and syrup (usually chocolate syrup or vanilla syrup) because it helps it to cool down quicker, but you don't have to. 

There you have it, a delicious Keurig iced coffee in just a few minutes! 

Do You Need Special K-Cups To Make Iced Coffee?

No, you don't need special K-Cups to make iced coffee with your Keurig. 

I'll show you exactly what you need to make Keurig iced coffee in a minute, but you don't need any specific K-Cups.

In fact, there aren't any special ice coffee K-Cup options at the moment, so you'll be wasting your time looking for them!

How To Turn Hot Coffee Into Iced Coffee With Keurig? 

Want to brew the hot coffee first, and then make it into an iced coffee? No problem, there's an easy technique for that. Just bear in mind that this can make the coffee quite strong and the end product is similar to a cold brew. 

Here's how to do it:

  • Brew your Keurig cup of coffee but only using half the water.
  • Once the coffee maker is finished, add in ice cubes or coffee ice cubes to the cup so it cools the coffee down. This won't make the Keurig iced coffee too watery because you only used half the water. 
  • Add in some cold water to top up your mug.
  • Once the ice cubes start floating without melting, transfer it to a new glass with fresh ice.
  • Add in cream, sugar, milk, syrup, or sweetener as required. 
  • Enjoy your fresh iced coffee made from hot coffee!
iced coffee

Common Questions About Keurig Coffee

What is the iced button on Keurig? 

The iced button does not make the coffee cold in the Keurig. This button is instead designed to make the coffee hot, providing a full flavor when it is done. When you pour it over some ice, it will still be strong enough for you to enjoy all the good flavor, rather than having a cup of watered-down coffee.  

How do you make Starbucks vanilla iced coffee with Keurig? 

There are several ways to make a Starbucks vanilla iced coffee with Keurig. The best way is to get the right k-cup pods at the store and then make it at home. Starbucks has partnered with Keurig to create k-cups that you can use at any time. Simply pick the k-cup pods that you want, in this case, the vanilla, and brew up one. 

How does Dunkin Donuts make their iced coffee? 

Dunkin Donuts has their own special blend to make iced coffee for the store. The good news is that they also provide their brand of coffee beans at the store to make sure you can create great iced coffee as well. With some Dunkin Donuts coffee beans, filtered water, a bit of sugar, and milk, you are ready to go. Brew the coffee and let it cool before pouring over ice and adding the milk and sugar.  

What Keurig model makes the best iced coffee? 

Each user will have their own preference on the best Keurig model to make some iced coffee. However, the K-Elite is often the best for this. This machine has a lot of versatility, making it easier to create a ton of great cups of coffee.  


Using your Keurig coffee maker for iced coffee is quick and easy and it's honestly changed my coffee life!

It means you can have a delicious cup of cold brew style coffee whenever you want, and makes your Keurig so much more useful on hot days. 

Hopefully this guide has given you a straight forward guide to follow and you're now ready to make your own perfect iced coffee at home. 

Kayla Stavridis

Kayla Stavridis

Kayla Stavridis is the Head of Marketing here at Barista HQ. While keeping up-to-date on the latest trends in coffee, you can find her sipping a cold brew with just a touch of milk on the beach in the afternoon and a Corona with lime in the evening. She is passionate about keeping you informed about what’s new in coffee.

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