The only thing better than a good recipe? When something’s so easy that you don’t even need one. Welcome to It’s That Simple, a column where we talk you through the dishes and drinks we can make with our eyes closed.
It’s Monday morning. Your alarm rings and you hit snooze—twice. After finally dragging yourself out of bed, you wander to the kitchen with crusty eyes for your reward: caffeine. You throw some ice cubes in a glass, slosh some coffee and milk on top, and feel inner peace. But then you check your email, forget all about your drink, and by the time you go to take that first sacred sip, it’s a watered-down, murky mess.
Don’t jeopardize your java vibe. Next time, maintain your cool with a frozen coffee slushy. There’s no risk of it getting diluted, because there’s no ice cubes involved. Or at least, not ice cubes made of water.
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All you have to do is anticipate that you’ll want this pick-me-up—believe me, you will—and freeze coffee in ice cube trays the night prior. With just three ingredients (coffee, milk, and sweetener) and the hit of a power button, the drink will mix up in seconds. This recipe makes enough for one person, but you can easily double, triple, or quadruple per your caffeine needs. I don’t judge.
Here’s how to make a Frozen Coffee Slushy
Brew a pot of coffee, then stick it in the fridge to chill completely.
Pour about half of the cold coffee into an ice cube tray, then pop that in the freezer for at least 6 hours, until frozen solid. (Ice cube trays vary in size, but aim for a standard-ish mold, with 1″–1¼” cubes.) Refrigerate the rest of the coffee. Feel free to do this step the weekend before you intend to drink it, so you can whip up the drink in a pinch throughout the week.
Empty 6–8 coffee cubes (depending on their size and how frosty you want your slushy) into a blender. Top with ¾ cup milk (my preference is oat milk but any kind works), ¼ cup cold coffee, and 1 Tbsp. liquid sweetener (like maple, agave, or simple syrup). If you’re feeling extra, add a splash of vanilla extract, a pinch of ground spices like cardamom or cinnamon, or even a healthy squeeze of chocolate syrup. Blend on high until a slushy consistency forms, adding more coffee or milk if needed.
Pour it into a glass, ideally with a reusable straw, and enjoy your coffee buzz.