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Milk and Honey Iced Coffee

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This deliciously milky sweet iced coffee brought to you by Nespresso.

Milk and Honey Iced Coffee: oh, you sweet, roasty, light, milky perfection.

No, wait, just reread that one more time. The fact that I can use all those describing words together to try to transfer this heavenly drink through the computer and into your mouth is proof that there is a magic trick involved here.

That magic trick has a name called Nespresso VertuoLine System. It takes that small space on my kitchen counter and creates a kind of homemade coffee shop fairy tale where *poof* I'm sitting out on the deck with a cute mug of iced coffee complete with striped paper straw and bonus -> I am still wearing my ratty high school hoodie and yogies and my hair is in a bedhead braid. Coffee shop in the house, yo.

Ice in a steel container and coffee in a mug.

The story of coffee in my life started back in high school. I know, shame on my 18-year-old self for drinking caffeine. I think I was tricking myself into being ready for college, where I would go on to be a “coffee” drinker slash champion guzzler of candy flavored creamers. Gah.

Then came married life - with two coffee drinkers in the fam, we got a single serve coffee maker with the little capsules and buttons and all that sparkly jazz. It was fun, but then it quit working and it took up a lot of space and created unnecessary waste (honestly, why has someone not come up with a recyclable single serve coffee capsule yet?) and so, long story short, we parted ways and haven't looked back.

Currently we're in Phase: French Press. Yummy yum yum. We love the French press and it's used every morning in our house for the two rounds of daily coffee. Bjork is the champion coffee grinder and water steeper, so he and the French press have something special going on. I just reap the roasty-delicious-warmth-in-a-mug-yes-I-CAN-get-out-of-bed benefits and I do. not. complain.

Iced coffee in a steel container.

In the last two years, I've really had two defining coffee experiences that have led us to this newest coffee phase that includes that wonderful thing called Iced Espresso Drinks.

First, when we were in the Philippines, for the life of me, I could not drink hot coffee. I'd wake up and step out of our intensely air conditioned bedroom only to be hit by a wall of smothering, honestly not to be dramatic but I'm totally serious almost nauseating heat. I think this started a trend for me to move away from coffee. Sadness on multiple levels, I know. I just couldn't do it anymore. My love for all things coffee revived once we got back to the ice land of Minnesota, but I feel like it never fully recovered. Like, coffee. Okay sure meh.

Secondly, just not that long ago when we went on vacation with Bjork's family, I decided to order an Americano during one of our must-have coffee stops. HELLO AMAZING this is the kind of coffee I've been dreaming about all my life but I just never knew this was it. And so it began: my ❤ journey with espresso. I like it and I want it and I need more of it on all of the days.

Milk and Honey Iced Coffee in a jar.

Conveniently, this was also about the time that we got the chance to try out a Nespresso VertuoLine System, which, uhh yahh, makes espresso. Annnnd makes you feel like you might be living in the future thanks to the one button phenomenon. It's the single serving capsule thing all over again, but with extremely delicious coffee that even gets a little frothy on top. F-r-o-t-h-y. It's creamy + rich + yummy to begin with, and then you go and add that milk and honey, shake it up with some ice, and plunk a cute little straw in that mason jar.

Put on your happy pants, frands. This is the oh my simplest wonderful thing of summer.

Man and woman drinking iced coffee.

(And yes I did pack the Nespresso up and bring it to the cabin with me this week. with the straws, obvi.)

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Milk and Honey Iced Coffee


This Milk and Honey Iced Coffee is so simple - just four ingredients to the most deliciously sweet and creamy homemade coffee drink!


  • 1 Nespresso Altissio capsule
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup skim or almond milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6-8 ice cubes


  1. Brew the Altissio using a Nespresso VertuoLine System. It should make about 1/4 cup of espresso. Stir the honey into the hot espresso to dissolve. Add the milk, cream, and vanilla and stir to combine.
  2. Place the ice cubes in a shaker and pour the coffee and milk mixture over the ice. Cover and shake for 20 seconds. Pour into a glass with the ice cubes. Serve immediately.


I've tried using vanilla beans but they were sort of clumpy. I preferred the vanilla extract in this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Brew
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: milk and honey iced coffee, iced coffee recipe, honey iced coffee

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Is I sit here drinking my hot cup of coffee, I am hankering for this iced beauty.
    Actually, I used to be a coffee HATAH until I got married, and my husband coaxed me into drinking it. Now, I get a headache without it. Coffee problems.
    I have yet to try espresso, so thanks for this fab giveaway! Pinning!

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      I agree wonderful giveaway and yes like you I need my cup of Joe every morning but I haven’t experienced the headaches. I started needing the coffee after our first girl was born. She was super colicky and didn’t sleep more than two hours until six months. Yeah it was rough but the coffee got me through.

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      I tried the nepresso in paris and omg i would love to win one, they are awesome…brings back awesome memories of my trip!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Love your relationship with coffee story! 🙂
    I’ve totally got the love/hate deal with coffee going on. I love chai tea too much.

    I’ve never tried a Nespresso machine but it sounds amazing!!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    I am sitting with my steaming cup of coffee at our family’s cottage and yet I can almost taste the concoction you’ve described. yum! Thanks for hosting a giveaway, Lindsey!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    I used to drink sweet vanilla iced coffee all the time! Now I’ve switched to cold icey icey americano. I’ve tried Nespresso to make iced americano before, and it was awesome!

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    I drink iced coffee every afternoon and this looks like a fantastic new way to make it!!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    I spent some time in the Dominican Republic this summer and now I’ll always have a soft spot for their coffee, which they take black and VERY sweet (though my doñas always swore they only added UN POQUITO de azúcar haha…) (I think “un poquito” was actually like 25 teaspoons hahaha). But I also love simple black coffee, hot. And cappuccinos. And frappuccinos… xD

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      I was hoping someone would have mentioned this already! Love my ekobrew cup and I buy a bag of grinds and it lasts great! Also good for hot teas, just buy your own tea bags, or looseleaf and steep.

      Also, I have been learning that Keurig is incredible for sending out replacement machines when your goes kaput. A girl at work bought one at a YARD SALE and it didn’t work, naturally. They called the company and they sent them a BRAND NEW one! We had a similar issue with the one at the office. We just had to send the cup corral back to them. So nice.

      This does look super yummy, though, bee tee dubs. Loving your blog! 🙂

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        Hi Sarah! The ecobrew cup is fantastic. We have two so there is always a clean one ready to fill. I agree the Keurig is so convenient, and thank you for the info on getting it replaced if it breaks. Good to know!

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        I should have called! Ours struggled off and on again for a few years and so we eventually just called it quits. And as for the ekobrew, we actually had one, but I never could ever get the coffee to taste that good when using it. Maybe I was grinding the coffee beans wrong or soemthing.

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    Being are retired barista, espresso runs through my veins. I love an iced Americano!

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    I love flavored lattes, hot in the winter and iced in the summer. I can’t do coffee unless it has a flavor shot! My husband, on the other hand, is a “coffee snob” and can’t stand when I put anything in my coffee.

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    We have friends with this same machine. It is awesome!! I make cold coffee with coconut milk, maple syrup and a few ice cubes thrown into the blender with my cup of joe. Yum!

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    This coffee sounds amazing! I can’t wake up without some iced coffee in the morning – not a huge fan of hot coffee! The striped pink paper straws are obviously necessary to make it taste better. 🙂

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    This sounds delicious…I love a good iced coffee drink and am looking forward to trying this out.