Easy McDonald’s Caramel Iced Coffee Copycat Recipe

Learn how to make McDonald’s Caramel Iced Coffee at home with this easy copycat recipe! With a few basic ingredients and simple steps, you can quickly make this delicious coffee drink in the comfort of your own home!

mcdonalds caramel iced coffee with whipcream on top drizzled with caramel sauce.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • REFRESHING – It’s the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.
  • EASY RECIPE – Made with just a few simple ingredients, it comes together in less than 5 minutes.
  • INEXPENSIVE – It is way less expensive to make homemade iced caramel coffee than to buy it at your local coffee shop.
  • DELICIOUS – This is a delicious way to get your caffeine fix. You will love the rich flavor.

Ingredients & substitutions

Ingredients for McDonalds iced coffee: caramel sauce, milk, and coffee on a wooden table.
  • Coffee. Use McDonald’s coffee beans for the same rich coffee flavor. McDonald’s uses premium roast coffee – a blend of 100% fine Arabica beans from Indonesia and Central and South America. You can find McDonald’s coffee at your local grocery store. You can also use cold brew coffee, strong cold coffee, or espresso shots.
  • Milk. I used whole milk, but you can also use almond milk, coconut milk, or even heavy cream for a richer coffee.
  • Caramel sauce. I used Torani caramel sauce, but you could use homemade caramel sauce. Any sweet caramel syrup will work. No simple syrup is needed as the caramel syrup sweetens the chilled drink.

See the printable recipe card below for quantities and a complete list of ingredients.

How to make McDonald’s Caramel Iced Coffee

Quick overview

  • Brew strong coffee.
  • Mix caramel and milk.
  • Add ingredients to a cup.
  • Garnish and serve.

Step by step instructions

Using a milk frother to combine the milk and caramel sauce in a tall glass.

Step 1: Mix the milk and caramel sauce in a tall glass.

The tall glass filled with ice cubes.

Step 2: Fill the glass with ice cubes.

The cold coffee poured into the tall glass.

Step 3: Add the cold coffee over the ice cubes. Stir well.

The caramel iced coffee topped with whipped cream and caramel syrup.

Step 4: Garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup. Serve immediately.

Pro Tip: To make this an even easier way, brew a strong pot of coffee with your coffee maker and store it in the fridge. Then, next time you want to make this recipe, you can easily grab a cup of coffee anytime you want.

Expert tips

  • For the best flavor, use premium-roast coffee like McDonald’s or a similar Arabica blend.
  • Adjust the amount of caramel sauce based on how sweet you want your drink.
  • Keep strong-brew coffee in the fridge for quick preparation.
  • Use coffee ice cubes to prevent the coffee drink from getting watered down too quickly.

Additions & variations

  • Blend the coffee, milk, and caramel with ice in a blender for a frappe version.
  • Add a splash of vanilla simple syrup for a sweeter version.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Use sugar-free caramel syrup for a low-calorie version.
  • Use decaffeinated coffee for an evening treat.
  • Top with a sprinkle of sea salt for a salted caramel version.
A tall glass of caramel iced coffee topped with whipped cream and caramel syrup.

FAQs about McDonald’s Caramel Iced Coffee

Yes, you can use any strong-brewed coffee. However, I recommend a blend similar to McDonald’s premium roast.

Yes, you can brew the coffee and store it in the refrigerator. Just add the chilled coffee to the milk and caramel mixture when ready to serve.

Brew the coffee stronger than you would for a regular cup. You can do this by using more coffee grounds or less water when brewing.

Yes, simply skip the ice and add the caramel and milk mixture to hot coffee. Stir well and serve.

Yes, using espresso will give a stronger coffee flavor and is a great alternative if you prefer a more intense coffee taste.

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Easy McDonald’s Caramel Iced Coffee Copycat Recipe

A tall glass of McDonalds caramel iced coffee, topped with whipped cream and caramel syrup.
Learn how to make McDonald's Caramel Iced Coffee at home with this easy copycat recipe! With a few basic ingredients and simple steps, you can quickly make this delicious coffee drink in the comfort of your own home!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strong-brewed cold coffee (McDonald's brand)
  • ΒΌ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce or caramel syrup
  • 1-1Β½ cups ice cubes
  • whipped cream optional

Instructions

  • Combine caramel sauce and milk in the bottom of a large glass.
    2 tablespoons caramel sauce, ΒΌ cup milk
  • Fill the glass β…” of the way with ice cubes.
    1-1Β½ cups ice cubes
  • Add the cold coffee over the top. Stir well.
    1 cup strong-brewed cold coffee
  • Garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of extra caramel sauce if desired. Serve immediately.
    whipped cream

Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and is meant as a guideline only.
Expert Tips:
  • For the best flavor, use premium-roast coffee like McDonald’s or a similar Arabica blend.
  • Adjust the amount of caramel sauce based on how sweet you want your drink.
  • Keep strong-brew coffee in the fridge for quick preparation.
  • Use coffee ice cubes to prevent the coffee drink from getting watered down too quickly.

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