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Vanilla mint iced coffee in two glasses, one with a metal straw.

Vanilla Mint Iced Coffee

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: enough simple syrup for about 8 iced coffees


Creamy, subtly sweet, Vanilla Mint Iced Coffee on repeat! Smooth and lush thanks to the cold brew and oat milk, with a special blend of flavor from bright, fresh mint, and a gently split whole vanilla bean. 


Units Scale

Mint Syrup:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • fresh mint (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup mint leaves, or one .75 ounce package)
  • vanilla bean (optional – see notes)

My Ideal Vanilla Mint Iced Coffee:

  • 1/2 cup strong cold brew
  • 1 cup oatmilk, or milk of choice
  • 23 tablespoons mint syrup
  • a couple of ice cubes


  1. Simple Syrup: Add the water, sugar, and mint to a small saucepan and bring to a low simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup tastes like mint. If using the vanilla bean, split it down the middle and scrape out the seeds; add both the seeds and pod to the saucepan for simmering. Store the simple syrup in the fridge – you can even leave the mint leaves and/or vanilla bean in the jar to concentrate the flavor further. (I usually pull out the mint after a day or two.) 
  2. Iced Coffee: To make the iced coffees, just pour the cold brew, milk of choice, and as much simple syrup as you want into a glass with ice cubes.



As an alternative to using a vanilla bean in the simple syrup, just add a tiny bit of vanilla extract to each individual iced coffee, or use a vanilla flavored milk like vanilla almond milk. I’ve also used just half of the vanilla bean in one batch so you can get twice the amount of usage from your expensive vanilla beans. 🙂

This syrup also makes for a delicious hot coffee – I like to brew strong coffee, load up with half and half or heavy cream to make it nice and rich, and then add a couple tablespoons of syrup. It’s a bit more coffee-forward and it’s more of a slow sipper and less of a straw drinker, like the iced coffee, but perfect for colder or rainy mornings.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: ice coffee, mint iced coffee, vanilla mint iced coffee, cold brew