As a regular Keurig user and iced coffee fan, it baffles me that I never figured out how to make Keurig iced coffee sooner. The saga of how I came to my discovery goes a little something like this: Growing up an iced coffee lover in a hot coffee-drinking family, my needs for the chilled beverage could only be satisfied by a trip to Starbucks or Dunks.

This lifestyle proved to be highly unsustainable last summer during my unpaid internship. Simply put, I didn't have room in my budget to fund a $4 coffee every day. Reality was a hard pill to swallow. It was goodbye masterfully prepared drive-thru medium iced coffee with skim, two pumps of sugar-free vanilla, and an extra shot or two of espresso, and hello original ground coffee!

Since the summer is obviously peak iced coffee season and anyone in their right mind can’t be bothered with drinking hot coffee, I had to jump into gear to get my caffeine fix. In the midst of a hectic morning rushing to work, I grabbed a red solo cup, filled it with ice, poured some sizzling hot coffee on it with a splash of skim, grabbed a straw for garnish, and rushed out the door. From then on, I was a changed woman. This was the most fabulous concoction I'd ever had. I'd even go so far as to say it's better than my Starbucks order. 

For all of you college students out there, your prayers have been answered. I'm going to show you an easy way to make Keurig iced coffee faster than you can finish telling the barista your coffee order. 

#SpoonTip: Don't make this iced coffee in a glass cup—it'll crack when you combine the hot coffee with the ice. 

Keurig Iced Coffee

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:3 mins
  • Total Time:8 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • Preferred K-Cup flavor
  • Ice
  • Water for the coffee maker
  • Coffee mug
  • Red solo cup
  • Milk or cream — optional
  • Sweetener — optional
Claire Miller
  • Step 1

    Fill your mug with water, then pour it into your coffee maker. Brew your K-Cup into the coffee mug.

    #SpoonTip: My favorite K-Cup is Folgers Classic Roast because it's not strong or funky, it's just standard coffee.

    Claire Miller
  • Step 2

    While the coffee is brewing, fill the red solo cup with ice.

    #SpoonTip: Drinking from a RSC while doing homework in the library makes you look like a total chiller.

    Claire Miller
  • Step 3

    Once the coffee is done brewing, it's time for the best part. Combine the hot coffee and the ice.

    Claire Miller
  • Step 4

    Add whatever milk, cream, or sweeteners you want. I use vanilla almond milk because it kind of tastes like my Starbs order and I feel boujee using almond milk. But you can use whatever you'd like.

    Claire Miller

#SpoonTip: Brew an extra K-Cup one morning and freeze the coffee in an ice cube tray. Toss the frozen coffee into your morning beverage to prevent it from getting watered down. If you're still in the mini fridge stage of college and lack a freezer, I promise you it gets better.

Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by how much money you'll save by swapping your coffee order with this hack. As quite literally everyone told me—even though I refused to listen until I was nearly broke—those seemingly small, daily coffee charges really do add up. Not only does this homemade Keurig iced coffee save money, but it also lets you customize it any way you want. You'll be glad you skipped those five minutes of scrolling through Instagram in bed and prepared your own iced coffee instead.