One of our favorite treats to get on any hot or cold day is a Mcdonald’s sugar free vanilla iced coffee recipe! We like the regular (not sugar free), too, but my wife likes this one better. I have created a copy-cat recipe that you can make it from your home for a fraction of the cost. This post has some affiliate links to find the ingredients & appliances on Amazon. I think you’re going to make this one every morning…
So several months back, Becky (my wife) and I were introduced to McDonald’s Iced Coffee, during one of their “free iced coffee all months” specials. We started drinking them when our local McDonalds was giving away a free small iced coffee as a promotion. After drinking them everyday, sometimes 2 times a day, it was easy to say we were now hooked!
So I wanted to come up with a copy cat McDonald’s Iced Coffee recipe. This helped to keep a few bucks in our pockets, avoid those pesky drive-thru lines and avoid repeating 3 times: “I would like a small sugar free french vanilla iced coffee!” Yeah that is a mouth full! After the second time I have to look at Becky just to make sure I was still ordering it correctly!
Now It is super easy and all the ingredients can be found at most major retailers. The syrup is usually the hardest to find, but it can also be purchased through Amazon. It is generally much cheaper and you can get more for your money.
I will go through it step by step including the coffee. I found that the coffee was the one area that I had to adjust. I personally like to drink straight black coffee in the morning, and I prefer a mild coffee. However, it was not the right coffee for this recipe. Instead you will want a dark, full bodied coffee for the job!
First, start by brewing your coffee in your coffee maker. I start with 12 cups of cold water and add 3/4 cup of coffee. I personally prefer Folders Gourmet Supreme-Dark Roast. Once the coffee is brewed I put the pot directly in the refrigerator to cool for a few hours.
Tip: Once cooled I usually transfer the coffee to some used water bottles and store them in the refrigerator.
A pot of coffee usually makes 3 water bottles. This makes it easy to use and to store. I also make the
coffee daily to ensure I have some on hand when needed.
Now it is time to create that McDonald’s Iced Coffee that you love so much! Remember all the ingredients can be found in most major retailers. Here is what you need!
1/8 cup of Torani Flavoring Syrup (We like sugar free French Vanilla)-found in the coffee section.
1/4 cup of Half-and-Half (use original-If you use fat-free it is up to you, but may not taste that good!)
1 cup of your cold brewed coffee
2 cups of Ice
Pitcher of Iced Coffee
1/2 cup of Torani Flavoring Syrup
1 cup of Half-and-Half
4 cups of cold brewed coffee
To make it a little easier to mix, I recommend to mix all the ingredients together 1st then to add the ice. It will just make the stirring process a little easier. You can also make a larger batch to have ready for the day as well. We usually make one at a time, just to help cut back on the amount that we drink. If not we would end up drinking it all day long!