When it comes to iced coffee, there are two schools of thought: iced coffee vs iced latte. Which one is better? It really depends on your personal preferences. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the two drinks so you can decide for yourself.
What is an Iced Latte?
An iced latte is a cold, refreshing drink made with espresso, milk, and ice. It’s the perfect pick-me-up on a hot day or anytime you need an energizing boost. An iced latte starts with a double shot of espresso, which is then combined with milk and poured over ice. The milk can be cold or steamed, and the ratio of espresso to milk can be customized to your liking. Once the ingredients are combined, the drink is served cold and refreshing.
A regular hot latte is made with steamed milk, but a cold latte is made with milk that is not frothed or steamed.
Iced lattes are a great way to enjoy espresso without the bitter taste that can sometimes accompany it. The milk and ice help balance the flavors and create a smooth, refreshing drink.
How to Make Iced Latte at Home
Here’s what you’ll need to make your iced latte:
- 1 cup of ice.
- 4 oz of espresso.
- 3/4 cup of whole milk.
- Sweeteners of choice, such as vanilla or classic syrup (optional).
Here’s how to make an iced latte:
- Fill a glass with ice and pour in the espresso.
- Fill a mason jar ¾ full with milk and optional sweetener.
- Close the jar securely, and shake it vigorously.
- Add the milk and foam to the glass with the ice and espresso.
P/s: If you don’t drink cow’s milk, you’ll be pleased to know that you can make your favorite iced coffee or iced latte without using cow’s milk.
What is an Iced Coffee?
Iced coffee is a cold coffee drink made with coffee, milk, sugar, and ice. It is a refreshing and energizing drink that can be enjoyed all year round.
Iced coffee has become a popular drink recently, as more people look for ways to cool down in the summer heat. There are many different ways to make iced coffee, and each person can tailor the drink to their taste.
Of course, the most important ingredient in iced coffee is coffee. It is essential to use a good quality coffee, as the flavor of the coffee will be more pronounced in the cold drink. For the best results, use coffee that has been freshly ground.
I’m confident that many coffee aficionados would concur that iced coffee usually tastes more flavorful when you purchase it from your beloved coffee shop.
How to Make Iced Coffee at Home
This iced coffee recipe is super simple and requires only a few ingredients you probably already have. All you need:
- 1 1/2 cups of hot coffee.
- 1 teaspoon of sugar (or to taste).
- 1/2 cup of milk (2% or whole milk is best).
Here’s how to make it:
- Start by brewing your coffee. I like dark roast coffee for this recipe, but you can use whatever type of coffee you want.
- Once the coffee is brewed, add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Add milk to your iced coffee and stir again.
- Pour the coffee over ice into a glass and enjoy!
I like to garnish my iced coffee with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, but you can add whatever toppings you like. I think a chocolate drizzle would be amazing.
The Differences Between Iced Latte Vs. Iced Coffee
This difference in ingredients results in a few key flavor differences. Iced coffee will be stronger and have a more intense coffee flavor, while iced lattes will be creamier and have a more mellow coffee flavor.
Iced coffee is made mostly with cooled brewed coffee, with only a small amount of milk or milk alternative added for sweetness. In contrast, an iced latte contains a quarter strong espresso coffee and three-quarters milk.
Iced coffee can also be made by cooling brewed coffee and adding ice cubes without using dairy. This creates a refreshing drink that does not use dairy products, which depends on the person’s preferences.
And finally, when it comes to price, iced coffee is typically going to be less expensive than an iced latte.
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Is Iced Coffee Stronger Than an Iced Latte?
No, an iced latte is not stronger than iced coffee. Iced coffee generally has a more intense flavor than regular coffee, which can taste acidic, bitter, or slightly sweet depending on the type and amount of coffee beans used. An iced latte uses a lot of milk, which results in a smoother flavor that is less intense than coffee. (The ratio of coffee to milk ratio is much higher in an iced latte than in iced coffee).
If you’re looking for a caffeine kick, iced coffee is probably your best bet.
About Brewing Method
Iced latte is made with espresso, while iced coffee does not require espresso (iced coffee uses any type of brewed coffee). You can make iced coffee in a french press or pour-over, while an iced latte must be made with an espresso machine.
Which is Healthier: Iced Latte Vs Iced Coffee?
Here’s a look at the key differences between an iced latte and iced coffee to make the best health decision.
When it comes to calories and sugar, an iced latte is a clear winner. A grande iced latte from Starbucks has 130 calories and 11 grams of sugar. In comparison, a grande iced coffee from Starbucks has just 80 calories and 20 grams of sugar. So, if you’re watching your calorie intake, iced coffee is the way to go.
However, iced coffee has more caffeine than an iced latte. A grande iced coffee from Starbucks has 165 milligrams of caffeine, while a grande iced latte has just 75 milligrams. So, if you’re looking for a caffeine boost, iced coffee is your best bet.
Regarding fat content, both iced latte and iced coffee are pretty low in fat. A grande iced latte has 1.5 grams of fat, while a grande iced coffee has just 0-1 gram of fat. So, if you’re trying to limit your fat intake, either drink is a good choice.
The bottom line is that both iced latte and iced coffee have pros and cons. If you’re trying to watch your calorie intake, iced coffee is the better choice. However, an iced latte is a way to go if you want a caffeine boost. Ultimately, the best option for you is the one you enjoy the most!
What Are Some Other Iced Drinks?
Here are a few of our favorite iced coffee drinks to get you through the summer:
- Cold Brew Iced Coffee: Cold brew coffee is perfect for iced coffee because it’s already brewed cold, so it’s less likely to get watered down when you add ice. Just pour it over ice and enjoy!
- Iced Coffee Float: This is a delicious twist on classic iced coffee. Start with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, then add cold brew or iced coffee until the glass is full. Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry, and enjoy!
- Coffee Milkshake: This one is for the true coffee drinker lovers. Start with a cup of cold brew coffee or iced coffee, then add a scoop of ice cream and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
- Iced Mocha: This is a delicious iced coffee drink perfect for summer. Start with cold brew coffee or iced coffee, then add chocolate syrup and milk or cream to taste. Pour over ice and enjoy!
- Iced macchiato is a coffee drink made with espresso, milk, and ice. It’s similar to a latte but with less milk and more espresso. The espresso was strong, and the caramel was a perfectly sweet addition.
- Iced cappuccino: Iced cappuccino is a refreshing and delicious coffee drink that is perfect for summer. It is made with espresso, milk, and ice and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Iced cappuccino is the ideal drink to enjoy on a hot summer day.
Tips For The Best-Iced Coffee And Iced Lattes
For the best-iced coffee, start with cold coffee. If you make coffee at home, brew a pot twice the grounds you would typically use. Once it’s brewed, pour it into a container and stick it in the fridge to cool. Or, you can brew a smaller pot using the cold brew method. This involves steeping coffee grounds in cold water for 12 hours or more. The resulting coffee is much less acidic and has a smoother flavor, making it perfect for iced coffee.
Once you have your cold coffee, it’s time to make your iced coffee. Fill a glass with ice and pour in the coffee. For iced lattes, add a little milk and some flavored syrup. You can also add a shot of espresso to make a cold brew latte. If you want a frothy iced latte, use a handheld milk frother to froth the milk before adding it to the coffee.
Finally, add your ice. I like to use big ice cubes, as they melt more slowly and don’t water down the drink as much. If you’re using a blender, you can add the ice after you blend the coffee and milk.
One tip: if you find your iced coffee or iced latte is too strong, add a little more ice or milk until it’s the perfect strength for you. Enjoy!
Is Iced Coffee The Same As Cold Brew?
No, they are not the same. Cold brew is less acidic and has a smoother flavor, while iced coffee is more intense and flavorful. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which type of iced coffee you prefer.
What is the Difference Between a Cappuccino And a Latte?
A typical cappuccino is made with equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. A latte contains more steamed milk and less foam.
Iced Coffee And an Iced Latte With Milk?
Iced coffee contains very little milk or doesn’t use milk, while an iced latte is mostly milk.
Can You Make Iced Coffees And Iced Lattes With Oat Milk?
Yes, you can make iced coffees and iced lattes with oat milk. You may need to experiment with the amount of oat milk, as it is thinner than regular milk.
Is an Iced Latte Stronger Than Iced Coffee?
No, an iced latte is not stronger than iced coffee.
So, what’s the best-iced drink for you? It depends on your personal preferences. Iced coffee is an excellent choice if you like a strong coffee flavor and don’t mind a thinner texture. An iced latte is probably a better option if you prefer a creamier drink with a mellower coffee flavor.
No matter your choice, iced coffee and iced lattes are delicious ways to enjoy a cold cup of coffee on a hot summer day.
I think the following tips will help you get your favorite coffee the next time.