Perfect Vegan Iced Coffee

Vegan iced coffee is a total staple for the warmer months. I love my coffee to be strong, slightly sweet, and creamy. Thanks to the overnight cold brew method, this iced coffee will not be a weak, watered down mess.

A glass cup of iced coffee

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Overnight Vegan Iced Coffee

Ahh, that first sip of the perfect iced coffee is just heaven, isn’t it?

I love a classic cup of hot coffee in the morning to soothe my soul and get me ready for the day – but iced coffee is such a delicious treat. Especially during these humid, southern summers.

Making iced coffee at home is so much more cost effective than stopping at Starbucks every afternoon. Don’t get me wrong, I love a grande coconut milk iced vanilla latte if I am out and about. And, my son and I like having “Starbucks Dates” after a trip to the library or grocery store. His drink of choice is always the strawberry frappucino made with almond milk.

But buying expensive coffee is certainly not on my to-do list every time I am craving a cold treat.

How to Make Iced Coffee

I used to make iced coffee by brewing hot coffee, pouring it into a mason jar, and sticking it in the fridge to cool.

And while this worked, once I tried the overnight cold brew method, I changed my ways pretty quick.

Why? 1) Iced cold brew just tastes better and 2) Cold brew is significantly less acidic than hot coffee. If you have a sensitive stomach like me, less acid is always the goal.

A jar with coffee grounds, water being poured in

The method is fairly simple. You will need coffee grounds, filtered water, a jar or container, and a way to filter out the coffee grounds the next day.

The first step is to add coffee and water to a jar. Shake it up and leave it in the fridge overnight.

The next morning, you will need to filter out the coffee grounds. I choose to double filter. First, I run it through a fine mesh strainer . Then, I pour the coffee through an actual coffee filter.

Coffee filtered over a jar

Another option for straining the coffee is using a cheesecloth. Personally, I just don’t like having to wash out a cheesecloth when I’d rather go straight to sippin’ on an iced coffee! But if you don’t want to double filter, a cheesecloth is the best option.

Vegan Iced Coffee Creamer Options

Vegan Iced Coffee Flavor Ideas

  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Syrup (recipe below!)
  • Chocolate Syrup (recipe below!)
  • Date syrup
A glass cup of iced coffee

Vegan Iced Coffee

Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
Overnight cold brew method for vegan iced coffee.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Brew time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 3
Calories 5 kcal


  • 1 cup coffee grounds
  • 3 cups cold water flitered
  • ice or frozen coffee cubes
  • vegan milk or creamer of choice

Vanilla Syrup for Vanilla Iced Coffee

Chocolate Syrup for an Iced Mocha


Iced Coffee

  • In a large jar or container, shake together the coffee grounds and water.
  • Let sit overnight in the fridge.
  • Strain out the coffee grounds by using a fine mesh strainer, coffee filter, or a cheesecloth.
  • Prep your flavor syrup of choice.
  • Assemble your iced coffee! Add ice, coffee, syrup, and vegan milk of choice. Sip away! Consider using a reusable straw instead of a plastic one.

Vanilla Syrup

  • On medium heat, bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small pot. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the heat.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and let cool completely.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks.

Chocolate Syrup

  • In a small pot, warm the maple syrup on low heat. Once warm, whisk in the cocoa powder until fully dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and store in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks.


For a dark, rich coffee I recommend using french roast. My favorite is Newman’s Own French Roast. 
TIP: Freeze coffee into ice cube molds to keep your coffee strong! 


Calories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 1gSodium: 2mgSugar: 1g
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