Iced Flat White: Quick & Dazzling Iced Coffee Recipe

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You have tried Iced Flat White, and now you are craving it every day?

I feel you – that is one delicious cold coffee.

So, what if I told you that you can make an Iced Flat White at your home in no time?

All you need is an espresso shot, some fine milk, and ice cubes.

Trust me, it is so easy to make.

Just follow my instructions, and you will make yourself coffee like a professional barista.

Now, let’s begin!

What is an Iced Flat White?

iced flat white coffee drink

Iced Flat White is a cold, made-for-summer, twist on standard Flat White.

Regular Flat White is a bolder version of latte or cappuccino.

It’s made with ristretto espresso and steamed milk.

As you can already guess, Iced Flat White is ristretto with cold foam, poured over ice cubes.

It has a strong and rich coffee taste, which will tackle your taste buds. But it is milky and refreshing at the same time.

Also, it’s super-powered with caffeine, so it will give you a nice boost.

Make Iced Flat White at Home: A Quick Recipe

This one is really a no-brainer. It is super easy to make Iced Flat White at home.

And it will be ready for your enjoyment in just a few minutes.


  • finely ground coffee (for ristretto)
  • cold milk (2% milk is the best for steaming, but any other milk will do the trick)
  • ice cubes
  • sugar or another sweetener you like (optional)


  • espresso machine
  • smaller glass
  • milk frother (optional)

Step-by-step instructions

Do you have everything ready?


Now follow the instructions below, and you’ll be drinking your delicious iced flat white in no time!

  1. Prepare your milk

To be honest, milk is the game changer in this beverage.

I know Iced Flat White sounds a lot like Iced Latte, but there is a significant difference. Iced Latte is made with frothed milk, but Iced Flat White is typically made with steamed milk (microfoam).

Since steamed milk is hot, you will have to leave it for a couple of minutes in the fridge to cool down.

Steamed milk gives us nicer, more delicate foam, also called microfoam. It is creamy and puffy. At the same time, it appears heavier, and it makes that rich, velvety texture of Iced Flat White.

But, if you don’t have a proper steamer at your home, it’s not the end of the world.

You can use an automatic milk frother. A great addition is that today, most of those have an option for cold frothing.

If you don’t have a milk frother, you can still make cold foam in a few different ways, using tools like a blender, handheld milk frother, french press, etc.

However, if you’re in a hurry, and want to cut this step, it is totally fine just to use cold milk and pour it over espresso and ice cubes.

  1. Brew the coffee

While your milk is foaming, brew your coffee. Prepare two shots of ristretto espresso.

Although you can prepare regular espresso shots, the taste of ristretto is so much better option for this coffee.

Ristretto is sweeter, less bitter, and thicker, so it goes so well with the creamy texture of steamed milk.

Ristretto is made with the same amount of coffee ground, but concentrated. So, the best proportion of coffee and milk is 1:2.

If you are using 1 oz of coffee, dilute it with 2 oz of milk.

  1. Serve it

First, Take a glass and fill it with a handful of ice cubes.

Then, pour your espresso coffee over it. After that, gently pour the foamed milk and stir it up.

If you like your coffee sweet, add sugar, honey, or any other sweetener you want.

Feel free to admire your beautiful iced coffee, while milk is blending in.


Let’s see some nutrition facts about your Iced Flat White coffee drink.


Although it’s hard to tell the exact caffeine content, there is research on the estimated amount of caffeine in different types of coffee.

We can estimate that there is about 33 mg of caffeine in one ristretto shot.

So, if you’re doing a double ristretto shot for Iced Flat White, it will have approximately 65 mg of caffeine.


The number of calories depends on what type of milk you are using and if you added any sugar or sweetener to your coffee.

In this recipe, there is 2 oz of 2% milk, so you will have 30 calories in it.

Serving tips

iced flat white coffee in glass

This coffee is simple and elegant. So, let’s not overdo with serving.

Sometimes, less is more. Tall, see-through glass is all you need.

Milk and coffee mixing looks mesmerizing on its own. Plus, you will see floating ice cubes moving inside the glass.


With Iced Flat White, there isn’t plenty of space for variations.

But, even small changes can make a huge difference.

Here are some of the ways you can spice up your recipe.


As I mentioned before, you can use standard espresso instead of a ristretto shot. 

But, keep in mind the coffee taste will be more bitter in that case.

Also, if you don’t have an espresso machine at your home, you can definitely use Moka pot or AeroPress.


Although 2% milk is my choice for steaming, you can freely use any milk you like.

I recommend you try almond milk. It has such a nice aroma and fewer calories.

Syrups and sugar

Add any flavored syrup and change the whole experience. If you just want some sweetness and no additional flavors, just add some sugar or other sweetener.

pouring coffee on ice cubes in glass

Iced Flat White

Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 small glass


  • Espresso machine
  • small glass (6 oz)
  • optionally: milk frother 


  • finely ground coffee (for ristretto)
  • cold milk (2% milk is the best for steaming, but you can use any other milk)
  • ice cubes 
  • optionally: sugar or another sweetener that you like  


  • Make cold milk foam
  • Pull two ristretto shots
  • Put ice cuber into glass
  • Pour coffee and milk foam over ice cubes


If you want to know more about Iced Flat White, stay with me. You will find the answers to a few frequently asked questions right away.

How is an Iced Flat White made at Starbucks?

Starbucks Iced Flat White is made with three ristretto shots. If this is too much caffeine for you (130 mg), just ask your barista to make it with two shots. They use whole milk, but you can choose another type of milk if you want. The standard serving size is Grande (16 oz.)

Is an Iced Flat White strong?

Iced Flat White is made with two ristretto shots, which is about 65 mg of caffeine. It isn’t too strong, but it has a fair amount of caffeine to energize you.

What does an Iced Flat White taste like?

It tastes amazing! Iced Flat White is milky, smooth, and has sweet notes. But, you will still get that rich coffee taste from the ristretto.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it.

A quick and simple recipe for Iced Flat White. It will be ready in just a few minutes.

And all you have to do is lay back and enjoy your refreshing coffee.

Love cold coffees? I recommend you try cold brew espresso, which is a bit more complicated to make, but it sure pays off.

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Tijana Veljovic
Tijana spent a few years working as a barista. Now she’s enjoying writing about everything she learned about coffee and sharing it with you. Her weapon of choice for making it through the day is a hot latte. Besides writing and coffee, she loves traveling, camping, cooking, and good music.