Cardamom Iced Coffee

A glass mug with cardamom iced coffee

This simple iced coffee recipe is made with cardamon infused water and sweetened with simple syrup.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar + 1/2 cup water (for simple syrup)
  • 8 tablespoons coffee
  • 4 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon whole cardamom pods *
  • Ice cubes
  • Milk or coffee creamer, to taste


Make the Cardamom Water & Brew Coffee

In a medium saucepan combine 4 1/2 cups of water with the cardamom pods. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, grind your coffee beans and place the grounds in your coffee machine or French press. 

Use 4 cups of the cardamom water to brew your coffee. ** For a regular coffee maker, remove the cardamom pods. If using a French press you can add the pods to the press along with the water since they will be strained out. In a French press, brew for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Make the Simple Syrup

While the coffee is brewing combine the 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, gently whisking the entire time.

When you can’t see the sugar granules anymore and the liquid is clear, the syrup is done. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. ***

Make the Iced Coffee

Fill two glasses halfway with ice cubes.

Pour coffee over the ice. Add milk or coffee creamer according to your tastes. Sweeten with simple syrup and give it a good stir. Enjoy! (I use about 2 tablespoons of syrup & about 1/2 cup low-fat milk per glass. My husband prefers more milk and more syrup.)


*Depending on how strong you want the cardamom flavor to be

** Feel free to adjust my coffee-water ratio if you have a preferred balance. You are essentially going to brew your coffee the way you like it, except you’ll use cardamom infused water.

*** You can store leftover syrup in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. Store it in a sealed mason jar or other airtight container.

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