Making an iced Americano with cream at home is easy when you follow the instructions in this step-by-step recipe.
Following the instructions will help you to make the perfect espresso shots for any espresso based drink that you want to make including a latte, cappuccino, cortado or whatever it may.
Keep reading for the details for making a great iced Americano with cream.
What Is Iced Americano With Cream?
It is very easy to figure out what an iced Americano with cream is. It’s a regular Americano coffee that instead of having hot water added to water it down, cold water is used with ice added to chill the drink.
The “with cream” part is just as obvious! Cream is added to the drink to add a rich creamy taste and texture.
Any cream can be used from regular cream to whipped cream and half-and-half cream.
If you are unsure of what a caffé Americano is, it’s a coffee drink made with shots of espresso and watered down with either hot water for a regular Americano or cold water for an iced Americano.
Read: Iced Americano Vs Iced coffee
Iced Americano With Cream Recipe
Making an iced Americano with cream is easy. To make it perfectly and to emulate what you get from a coffee shop, including Starbucks, you will need to use an espresso machine.
An iced Americano made in any other way without the espresso base is iced coffee.
Let’s get to making this drink and emulate Starbucks iced Americano.
Making The Espresso Shots Step By Step
To make the shots of espresso and to make a copycat Starbucks iced Americano, use Starbucks espresso roast coffee beans.
Step 1: Weigh Your Beans
Weigh your coffee beans at 20 grams per shot that you want to make. An iced Americano, per Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) serving has 2 shots of espresso. weigh 40 grams of whole coffee beans.
Step 2: Grind Your Coffee Beans
After weighing your coffee beans, grind them in short 10 to 15 second bursts to a fine powder-like grind size. 200 microns is a good size for espresso.
A conical ceramic burr grinder is the best type of grinder to use.
Step 3: Tamp Your Ground Coffee
Tamp your ground coffee with an even pressure of 30 kg. Tamping is a very important and under-rated skill in terms of its importance.
Poor tamping results in channeling and sub-par espresso shots.
Step 4: Pull Your Shots
Pull your shots. The brew time should take 25 seconds with a variance of 5 seconds.
If your brew time is less than 20 seconds, you will need to adjust your grind size and make it smaller to encourage greater contact between your hot water and coffee grinds.
If your brew time is longer than 30 seconds, you will need to make your grind size slightly larger to encourage less contact and allow your hot water to flow easier.
Read: Venti Americano
Step 5: Add Cold Water
Transfer your shots to a tall glass with ice. To emulate Starbucks iced Americano, you will need to use an espresso to water ratio of 1:5 and add 10 ounces (300 ml) of cold water to your double espresso.
Step 6: Add Your Cream
Add your cream to your drink, slowly pour it in. If you want a layered drink I advise that you pour it over the back of a tablespoon to diffuse the pour.
Serve and enjoy.
Making The Cream
Use 3 Oz (90 ml) of heavy whipping cream. You can experiment with coconut whipped cream for an exotic taste and sweet cream too, or sweet cream with a pump or two of vanilla syrup.
Personally, I love adding maple syrup.
Add your cream to a bowl, add a tablespoon of maple syrup, vanilla syrup or any flavored syrup that you wish; caramel and salted caramel work well.
Start by mixing well to get a good, even distribution of your flavors. Transfer your cream to a tall glass and use your milk frothing wand to froth the cream. Start by inserting your wand to the bottom and slowly moving it to the top and back to the bottom. Stop when you have the consistency that you are seeking.
Iced Americano With Oat Milk
To make a delicious Americano with oat milk or almond milk, follow the instructions above to make the perfect espresso shots and use the Starbucks iced Americano ratio of 1:5 to add cold water. Add ice to chill your drink.
Oat milk, almond milk can be added directly to cascade into your drink. You can froth it too by using your electric milk frother.
Add your oat milk or almond milk to a tall glass, insert your frothing wand to the bottom and froth while moving it slowly and evenly through your milk from bottom to top.
3 ounces (90 ml) is enough oat milk to use.
Iced Americano Recipe Without Machine
Making an iced Americano without a machine is possible, but the results produced will be more like an iced coffee as you really need genuine shots of espresso to make an Americano.
A moka pot is the brewing apparatus and method that will produce the best results.
For this recipe and this particular coffee I advise adjusting the coffee to water ratio when brewing from 1:10 to 1:8 and increasing the volume of coffee used when compared to making this drink with an espresso machine. Instead of 60 ml (2 Oz) use 120 ml (4 Oz).
Start by weighing 15 grams (½ oz) of whole coffee beans per iced Americano that you want to make. Measure 120 ml (4 oz) of water per cup of iced Americano that you want to make.
Pre-heat your water to 70C (158F) and grind your coffee beans to fine powder like grind size and add it to your moka pot, add your preheated water to the water chamber and brew your coffee.
When ready, pour 4 Oz of your espresso like coffee over ice in a tall glass and add cold water.
Add your cold water slowly and taste test frequently; stop when you have the taste that you love and desire.
Serve and enjoy.
Note: Preheating your water to 70C (158F) results in a better tasting coffee.
Read: What is an iced Americano?
Iced Americano With Cream Calories
An iced Americano with cream for all drink sizes is a low calorie beverage:
- Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 13 calories.
- Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 17 calories.
- Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 26 calories.
Iced Americano With Cream Caffeine
The amount of caffeine in an iced Americano with cream for all drink sizes are as follows:
- Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 150 milligrams of caffeine.
- Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 225 milligrams of caffeine.
- Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 300 milligrams of caffeine.
Frequently Asked Questions About Iced Americano With Cream
Can You Add Cream To An Iced Americano?
Yes, you can add regular cream, half-and-half cream or heavy cream to an iced Americano. The addition of cream takes the edge off of the acidity and bitter notes from your coffee.
If you are thinking of adding it to a regular Americano, steam the cream first.
Is An Americano Good With Cream?
Yes, the addition of cream to an Americano coffee is good. It makes it fairly similar to a French café au lait but with a richer texture and flavor. It’s also broadly similar to a latte without the foamed milk.
What Can I Add To An Iced Americano?
There are a lot of options that you have for adding to an iced Americano; here are some:
- Simple syrup.
- Brown sugar syrup.
- Toffee syrup.
- Caramel syrup.
- Hazelnut syrup.
- Vanilla syrup.
- Cold foam.
- Sweet cream cold foam.
- Heavy cream.
- Half-and-half cream.
- Whipped cream.
- Oat milk.
- soy milk.
- Almond milk.
- Coconut milk.
These are all great options that you can experiment with on their own or as part of a combination.
What Is An Iced Americano With Milk Called?
An iced Americano with milk is called an iced Americano misto. To truly be an iced Americano misto the milk has to be steamed. Steamed milk due to the stretching of the fats and proteins has a different texture than cold milk.
Is An Americano With Cream A Latte?
No, a latte is made with a shot or two of espresso and twice as much steamed milk and a fine layer of foamed milk. No water is added to a latte.
An Americano is made with a shot of espresso and, keeping with traditional ratios, an equal amount of hot water is added. Adding cream to it does not make it a latte even though it may look similar. It’s more similar to a café au lait.
Is An Americano With Milk Still An Americano?
No, when you add milk to an Americano, particularly steamed milk, it becomes an Americano misto, an entirely different coffee drink.
- Caffe Americano: Espresso and an equal amount of hot water.
- Americano Misto: Espresso, and equal amount of hot water and steamed milk.
Final Thoughts – Iced Americano With Cream
I hope that you enjoyed making this iced Americano with cream and tried the oat milk and almond milk versions too.
You can get very creative and flavor the cream in any way that you wish – let us all know what you own special customization is and tell us on our cool coffee community where we share recipes, coffee creations, latte art, and hilarious coffee memes and jokes. Find us on Facebook/Meta.