Honey In Iced Coffee - An Amazing Iced Honey Latte Recipe

Honey In Iced Coffee – An Amazing Iced Honey Latte Recipe

Last updated on October 26th, 2023 at 15:50

Honey in iced coffee is an excellent addition for two principal reasons: taste and nutrition. Honey is a very tasty addition to both iced coffee and hot coffee, adding vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phenolic compounds as you mix it in and sweeten your coffee.

Keep reading for an excellent and tasty iced honey latte recipe.

Honey In Iced Coffee – An Overview

Honey in iced coffee and cold brew iced coffee is a much better choice and more convenient choice for adding honey to.

Honey is a little inconvenient to add to hot coffee drinks as you need to wait until the temperature of your coffee drops to below 60C (140F) because if you add honey to your coffee above this temperature it will denature, lose its nutritional value and give off a toxic substance.

As a matter of fact, this is true for all sugars, natural or refined as the toxic substance is given off by the sugar in the not actual honey.

Perhaps something to keep in mind when adding sugar to your coffee and other hot drinks.

Adding honey in iced coffee and cold brew coffee is much more convenient as you can add it straight away when you are making your cold brew coffee or cold brew concentrate, which is what I do as a matter of convenience or add your honey to your iced coffee, be it an iced latte or iced cappuccino as soon as it is served to you or when you have finished making it.

Honey In Iced Coffee
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Milk And Honey Coffee Recipe – Iced Honey Latte

Making an iced honey latte at home is easy, and it really doesn’t matter if you have a home espresso machine or not as I’ll talk about a way of making your iced honey latte with the next best piece of coffee brewing gear, a moka pot.

Let’s get down and talk about the equipment and ingredients that you will need.

Equipment And Ingredients Needed

The ingredients and equipment that you will need are as follows:

  • A home espresso machine or a moka pot.
  • A ceramic conical burr grinder.
  • Digital coffee scale.
  • Premium quality medium roast whole coffee beans.
  • High quality organic raw honey.
  • Whole fat or skim milk.

That is all the ingredients that you will need. At Latte Love Brew we encourage you to follow the baristas principle of using the best ingredients and equipment to get the best results.

Instructions For Making Iced Honey Latte

I’ll talk in this part how to make your iced honey latte using both a home espresso machine and a moka pot.

Using a Home Espresso Machine

Start by checking your espresso machine and ensuring it is clean, free from scale and mineral build up. Now would be a good time to run a descaling cycle if you have not run one in a while.

Ensuring your machine is clean internally will also ensure that it produces the best possible cup of coffee for you.

Start by checking your espresso machine and ensuring it is clean, free from scale and mineral build up. Now would be a good time to run a descaling cycle if you have not run one in a while.

Ensuring your machine is clean internally will also ensure that it produces the best possible cup of coffee for you.

Check your setting. Check your hot water temperature is between 92C to 96C (195F to 205F) and nearer the 96C (205F) and then check the pressure is 9 bars.

If all is good, your machine is perfect and ready to brew great coffee for you.

Pro Tip: Check these regularly to ensure your espresso machine is in peak condition for making perfect shots of espresso.

Milk And Honey Coffee Recipe - Iced Honey Latte
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Step 1: Weigh Your Coffee Beans

Weigh your coffee beans as whole beans before you grind them. Their mass is the same ground as they are whole. By weighing your beans when they are whole, you win in the freshness factor as you delaying the grinding until the point in which you are going to use them for brewing your espresso shot.

The “win” comes because when you grind your beans you increase their surface area and as consequence accelerate their degradation.

Weigh 20 grams of espresso beans per shot of espresso that you want to make. We are making this with a double espresso and thus, weigh 40 grams of coffee beans using your digital coffee sales.

Step 2: Grind Your Coffee Beans

Grind your coffee beans in 10 second bursts to a fine powder like grind size of approximately 200 microns.

Step 3: Tamp Your Grounds

Tamping is an overlooked skill. Poor tamping will need to channels and other issues that will lead to an imperfect shot. It’s easy to do, child’s play! Just pay attention and ensure that your tamp and portafilter are level, and you tamp at an even and steady pressure of 30 kg.

Step 4: Pull Your Shot

Pull your shot of espresso. Your brew time should be 25 seconds with a variance of 5 seconds.

If your shot is outside of this range, you may need to make an adjustment or two. The best starting point is to check your grind size.

If your shot takes too long to brew use a larger grind size to encourage the hot water to flow easier.

If your shot is brewed too quickly, adjust your grind size and use a smaller grind.

Step 5: Steam Your Milk

Fill your milk jug to no more than an inch below the point where the spout begins.

Start steaming by dipping the tip of your steam wand in your milk and inserting it only half an inch and start steaming.

Whne you start to hear a ripping sound getting too loud, dip your milk steaming wand further into your milk and watch for the formation of a whirlpool/vortex.

The vortex will turn your forth into your milk as it heats it. When your milk reaches 55C (130F) stop steaming. Your milk will still continue to rise slightly in temperature.

Bang your milk jug off the countertop a couple of times to free trapped air. Let your milk rest before you shine it. Shine your milk by swirling your milk jug in a similar way to swirling a glass or red wine.

Step 6: Putting It Together

Pour your shot of espresso over ice and into a tall glass. Pour your steamed milk over your espresso shot using an espresso to milk ratio of 1:2.

Add a teaspoon or two of honey and stir well.

Serve and enjoy.

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Can You Use Honey To Sweeten Iced Coffee

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Using A Moka Pot

If you have not yet invested in an espresso machine, a moka pot will get you reasonable good results as they brew strong espresso like coffee.

With a moka pot it is best that you make 4 Oz (120 ml) of coffee and alter the coffee to water ratio of 1:10 to 1:8 to get that more dominating flavor.

Weight 15 grams of coffee beans and grind them to a fine espresso-like grind size and add them to your moka pot.

Preheat your water to 70C (158F), then add it to the water chamber of your moka pot and start to brew your coffee.

Preheating your water creates a much better brew due to less water evaporating, wetting the bottom of the coffee grounds and slightly spoiling them.

Pour your coffee over ice into a tall glass.

Steamed or frothed milk is ease. Use a milk frother to frother your milk. Add milk to a tall glass and insert your milk frother and froth for 25 to 35 seconds while moving your wand through the milk from top to bottom.

When you have the desired consistency, pour your milk into your coffee using a coffee to milk ratio of 1:2. Add a teaspoon or two of honey and stir well.

Serve and enjoy.

Can You Use Honey To Sweeten Iced Coffee?

Yes, honey is a great sweetener to use for all drinks and recipes, be it hot or cold coffee drinks, as unlike regular sugar it is anti-inflammatory and adds nutrients, antioxidants, antimicrobial agents and antibacterial agents to your beverages, making it healthier than using sugar.

Another plus point of adding honey is to add a great flavor to your iced coffee.

Since iced coffee is brewed with hot coffee and the ice is added to chill it. Swirl your ice cubes first for a few seconds, then add your honey and stir well.

Serve and Enjoy.

Coffee With Honey And Milk Calories
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Coffee With Honey And Milk Calories

Two teaspoons of honey will add 40 calories, no fat and 12 grams of sugar to your iced latte, bringing the total calorie count to 240 calories for a 12 oz (360 ml) Tall iced honey latte.

Honey Iced Coffee Starbucks

There are a few tasty honey iced coffee drinks at Starbucks that are popular.

  • Honey Oat milk shaken espresso.
  • Honey Almond milk cold brew.
  • Iced honey almond milk flat white.
  • Regular hot honey almond milk flat white.

The honey in these drinks, which can be added by request to any beverage. The honey used by Starbucks is a custom honey blend that is 50% honey and 50% water. Water is added to make the substance more liquid and easier to pump.

Frequently Asked Questions About Honey In Iced Coffee

Does Honey Work In Iced Coffee?

Yes, honey works very well in all iced coffee drinks like an iced latte, iced cappuccino, cold brew coffee and an iced Americano, to name a few.

The addition of honey adds flavor and nutrients to your drink and goes well with all kinds of milk, including regular cows milk, almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk and soy milk.

How Do You Mix Honey In A Cold Drink?

Add slowly and stir well. A cold drink takes honey longer to dissolve. Iced coffee drinks are made with hot coffee and then chilled with ice. Your coffee will not be too cold to add honey for it to mix well.

Don’t add your honey while your coffee is hot, prior to adding the ice as honey gives off toxic compounds when it denatures above 60C (140F).

Does Starbucks Put Honey In Coffee?

Yes, Starbucks put honey in coffee. They have a very popular honey almond milk honey flat white and a honey oat milk latte.

It is worthy of knowing that Starbucks add water to their honey to make it more liquid and easier to pump.

What Does Starbucks Use To Sweeten Iced Coffee?

Starbucks uses two different simple syrups to sweeten iced coffee: cane sugar simple syrup and classic simple syrup.

You can of course request that your iced coffee is sweetened with brown sugar simple syrup. Flavored iced coffee drinks are sweetened with a flavored simple syrup like vanilla, caramel, salted caramel and other available or requested flavors.

Does Honey Make Coffee Taste Better?

In my opinion and experience, yes. If you like to sweeten your coffee, honey, especially manuka honey, is a great option due to the nutrients and flavor. There are many different types of honey; be careful of adding a honey that doesn’t mix well with coffee in terms of flavor or doesn’t suit your own personal taste.

Eucalyptus honey I tried, not a good taste at all but is a handy addition if you are constipated.

Is Honey Inflammatory Like Sugar?

No, honey, unlike sugar, is an anti-inflammatory and fights inflammation without causing it. While honey is mostly sugar, it has a mix of amino acids, antibacterial agents, phenolic compounds, antioxidants and a whole host of vitamins and minerals.

How Do You Sweeten Iced Coffee Naturally?

You can sweeten your iced coffee naturally by using:

  • Agave.
  • Stevia.
  • Coconut sugar.
  • Coconut cream.
  • Honey.
  • Coconut milk.
  • Vanilla.
  • Natural, unsweetened cocoa powder.

What Does Honey Process Coffee Taste Like?

Honey-processed coffee has a medium-high acidity similar to what you would expect from a washed or wet processed coffee. Their body is sweeter and heavier. They are very middle ground when it comes to the flavor. The extra hint and touches of sweetness are great.

Final Thoughts – Honey In Iced Coffee

Honey in coffee is an excellent addition and if you have not tried it, I strongly advise that you do. If you have, or are making this recipe I suggest making a coffee with honey your morning coffee to kick-start your day in a healthy way and get off to a great start.

Join our cool coffee community and tell us about your own experiences with honey in iced coffee.

Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or Derek@LatteLoveBrew.com, mentioning your name and location

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