This Iced Mocha Latte is the ultimate fusion of coffee and chocolate. Two velvety shots of espresso blended with decadent chocolate syrup and sweetened to perfection.
Pour this luscious mixture over a handful of ice cubes and add a touch of creamy milk for a frosty delight. It’ll leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and oh-so-satisfied!
What is an Iced Mocha Latte?
An iced mocha latte is a popular coffee-based beverage that combines the flavors of espresso, chocolate, milk, and ice.
It’s a chilled version of the classic mocha latte. And it typically begins with a base of espresso or strong coffee. Then, it’s mixed with chocolate syrup or cocoa powder to infuse it with a rich and indulgent chocolate taste.
Combine it with milk to create a creamy and smooth texture. Then serve it over ice for a refreshing and cool beverage that’s perfect for warm weather or when you’re in need of a chilled coffee treat.
Why You’ll Love It
Coffee lovers and chocolate lovers can unite over the indulgent deliciousness of an Iced Mocha Latte. Its unique combination of flavors makes it an irresistible choice for anyone. Here’s why it works so well,
- The perfect marriage of coffee and chocolate. The blend of rich espresso with luscious chocolate sauce is nothing short of decadent. The harmonious flavor combination satisfies both coffee and chocolate cravings.
- Refreshing and cool. Served over ice, this mocha latte provides a refreshing and chilled experience. It’s the one of the ideal coffee drinks for hot summer days or whenever you need a cooling pick-me-up.
- Versatile and customizable. You have control over the sweetness level by adjusting the amount of chocolate syrup or adding sugar to suit your taste preferences. This way, you can create the perfect balance of flavors. Plus, you can add optional extras like whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or flavored syrups that’ll allow you to tailor the coffee to your liking.
- Espresso – Use your favorite medium or dark roast espresso for a classic dark mocha flavor. Or try lighter and highly caffeinated blonde espresso in this recipe. Lattes typically include espresso, but you can use strong coffee instead. I recommend brewing espresso beans for the best flavor. But you could even use instant espresso in a pinch.
- Milk – You can use whatever kind of milk you prefer. The more fat content in the milk, the more rich and creamy the result will be. If you’re using non-dairy milk, see if your favorite brand has a barista-style milk that’ll lend that same thick, indulgent texture to the beverage.
- Chocolate Syrup – Any chocolate syrup or mocha sauce will work to create the mocha flavor. I recommend this collection of Ghirardelli Barista Sauces to up your coffee-making game. If you’re trying to use what you already have on hand, cocoa powder is an excellent alternative.
- Sugar (Optional) – If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add a couple of teaspoons of sugar, especially if you’re using unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Ice Cubes
- Whipped Cream (Optional)
- Chocolate Shavings (Optional)
- Way To Brew – Whether it’s an espresso machine, Nespresso machine, or Moka Pot, you’ll need a way to brew espresso or strong coffee.
- Digital Scale (Optional) – For consistent flavor, it’s important to measure coffee grounds by weight instead of volume. A digital scale makes this process simple and convenient.
- Coffee Grinder (Optional) – Pre-ground coffee tends to taste stale right from the bag. But a personal coffee grinder allows you to buy whole-bean coffee for the freshest, most intense flavor possible.
1. Pull your shots
Brew 2 shots of espresso or ½ cup of strong coffee.
2. Cool and transfer
Allow the coffee to cool slightly. Then, transfer it to a glass or container.
3. Incorporate the chocolate
Add the chocolate syrup or cocoa powder to the coffee to make it a mocha.
4. Combine with milk
Add milk to the coffee mixture and mix until combined.
Fill your drinking glass with a cup of ice and pour the mocha latte over the top. Then, stir gently until the beverage is chilled and frosty.
Garnish (optional) and serve. Top the iced mocha latte with whipped cream, extra chocolate drizzle, and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings or cocoa powder for garnish. Then, take a sip and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- If you’re using coffee instead of espresso, you can make a big batch of iced coffee ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Then, all you have to do is add some chocolate and milk, and you can make your easy iced mocha recipe in no time at all.
- Don’t pour the espresso or coffee directly over the ice because it’ll melt and water down the drink. The coffee will have cooled between the time it takes to add the chocolate flavor, sweetener, and milk. So, when you transfer it to an ice-filled glass, it’ll make the perfect frosty (not watery) beverage. Or if you want to avoid the drink getting watery at all, trying using coffee ice cubes to keep your drink from getting too watery.
- Try using a cocktail shaker to ensure your chocolate syrup, ice, and coffee have been shaken up enough.
- Feel free to experiment and making your own delicious recipes by adding coffee syrups or by even making your own homemade chocolate syrup! In a few simple steps, you could incorporate hazelnut syrup for an Iced Nutella-Style Latte. Or mix in caramel syrup or white chocolate mocha with the mocha syrup for the most indulgent combination of chocolate and coffee.
An Iced Mocha Latte is a chilly treat perfect and simple recipe for leisurely sipping on a hot day. But it’s not so fussy that you can’t toss it in a travel cup or mason jar and take it with you for a quick energy boost throughout the day.
As with most coffee beverages, the best way to enjoy an iced mocha latte with sweet treats like cookies, muffins, or danishes. The choc-a-holic in you will rejoice at the idea of a warm chocolate croissant washed down with an ice-cold mocha latte.
Whether you’re enjoying it solo, taking it on the go, or pairing it with a delectable treat, homemade mocha lattes are a versatile and satisfying cold drinks that you can enjoy any time of the year.
Iced Mocha Latte Recipe
- 2 shots (3oz) of espresso or ½ cup of strong coffee
- 4-6 oz of any milk of your choice
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup or cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (Optional)
- ice cubes
- Whipped cream (Optional, topping)
- Chocolate shavings (Optional, garnish)
- Brew 2 shots of espresso (3oz) or ½ cup of strong coffee using your preferred method. You can use instant coffee as well, but the flavor may vary.
- Let the coffee cool for a few minutes, then transfer it to a glass or container that can hold at least 2 cups of liquid.
- Add the chocolate syrup or cocoa powder to the coffee. Mix cocoa powder with a small amount of hot water first to dissolve it before adding it to the coffee.
- If you like your coffee sweet, stir in the sugar and mix well until the chocolate and sugar dissolve.
- Add the milk to the coffee mixture and stir until well combined.
- Fill a separate glass with ice cubes and pour the coffee and milk mixture over the top.
- Stir gently to chill the beverage.
- If desired, top the iced mocha latte with whipped cream or extra chocolate drizzle. Consider adding a sprinkle of chocolate shavings or cocoa powder for garnish.
- Serve immediately, and enjoy your homemade iced mocha latte!
- Feel free to add sweetener or adjust the chocolate intensity according to your taste preferences. You can also experiment with incorporating a dash of vanilla extract or a flavored syrup for extra flavor variations.
The basic ingredients of an iced mocha latte are espresso, chocolate, and milk. You could add sweetener or substitute the espresso for strong coffee from there. You can swap out the kind of chocolate you use or get creative with your milk of choice such as whole milk, or non-dairy milks like, almond milk, coconut milk and oat milk.
The only difference between an iced mocha and an iced latte is that the mocha includes chocolate. An iced mocha features chocolate syrup, sauce, or cacao powder alongside the basic milk and espresso latte combination.
An Iced Mocha Latte typically includes espresso as one of its main ingredients. A latte is a combination of espresso and milk. It’s possible to make a latte-style Iced Mocha by replacing the espresso with strong coffee.