German Eiskaffee is nothing like American iced coffee – it’s so much better! Rather than adding ice to your coffee which just waters it down, add vanilla ice cream for a creamy, milkshake style drink and top it with whipped cream!
If you go to Germany and order an Iced Coffee (which directly translates to an Eiskaffee), you’ll probably be surprised to find your coffee filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream! Growing up it was my favorite! And to be honest, it still is. The ice cream melts into the coffee creating a cold and creamy drink perfect for a hot summer day.
Eiskaffee is perfect for both kids and adults and has endless opportunities! Classically, it is made with vanilla ice cream, but if you’re feeling adventurous – try something new.
Tips for making Eiskaffee
- Make sure your coffee is cold! If your coffee is too warm, it will melt the ice cream too fast and create a lukewarm drink.
- Buy (or make) a high quality ice cream. You want this to be delicious and the better the Eis the better the Eiskaffee!
- I wouldn’t recommend using an ice cream with chunks in it – this will lead to strange chunks in your drink.
- Topping the coffee with whipped cream is optional but really brings this to the next LEVEL.
What type of coffee should I use?
Use your favorite coffee for this Eiskaffee recipe! It can be anything from regular drip to a fancy pour over, just make sure it is on the stronger side otherwise you’ll end up with a watery drink. To make sure your coffee is cold enough, brew it the night before and let it cool to room temperature, then put it in the fridge overnight to chill.
- Coffee: Any coffee will work for this recipe, including decaf. It should be strongly brewed but not quite espresso.
- Vanilla Ice Cream: Classically this recipe is made with vanilla ice cream which is so delicious with the coffee but feel free to try out other flavors!
- Heavy Cream: Heavy cream and heavy whipping cream will work for this, the cream is just there for the whipped cream topping so it is optional.
- Powdered Sugar: I like to add a touch of sweetness to the whipped cream. I find that the powdered sugar dissolves better into the cream than granulated sugar. However, you could also substitute honey or maple syrup.
How to make Eiskaffee at home
Prepare the Whipped Cream
- In a medium bowl, combine the cold heavy cream and powdered sugar. Use an electric mixer to whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over whip the cream, otherwise you will end up with a bowl full of sweetened butter.
- Place the whipped cream in the fridge until the Eiskaffee’s are ready.
Make the Eiskaffee
- In a 1 liter measuring glass, add in two scoops of vanilla ice cream and then fill the glass to the 750 ml line with cold coffee.
- Using a whisk or a spoon, stir together the ice cream and coffee until the ice cream has mixed into the coffee.
- Add one scoop of ice cream into all 3 glasses. Then pour the coffee/ice cream mixture over the scoop of ice cream leaving at least a 1/2″ at the top of the glass for whipped cream.
- Top each glass with the chilled whipped cream and enjoy!
- 5 scoops Vanilla ice cream
- 725 ml coffee cold
- 125 ml heavy cream cold
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar
Make the Whipped Cream
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream and powdered sugar.
- Using an electric mixer (can also be done by hand) whisk together the cream and sugar at high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Place the whipped cream in the fridge to chill while preparing the rest of the Eiskaffee.
Make the Eiskaffee
- In a 1 liter measuring glass, add in 2 scoops of ice cream.
- Pour the cold coffee into the glass with the ice cream until it reaches 750 ml.
- Whisk the coffee and ice cream together until you have one smooth mixture.
- Add one scoop of ice cream to each glass, then pour the coffee/ice cream mixture into the glasses leaving about a 1/2" of space at the top for the whipped cream.
- Top each drink with whipped cream and enjoy immediately.