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How to Make an Ice-Blended Espresso Mocha

by Ashley Walton, studioD

An ice-blended espresso mocha is a coffee drink made of blended ice, milk, espresso, sugar and chocolate. You can easily make the sweet coffee drink at home using ingredients you may already have on hand. Add as much espresso and chocolate as you want to create the drink to your taste.

Brew Your Espresso

The best ice-blended mochas use at least a couple of shots of freshly brewed espresso. If you have an espresso machine at home, then you’re in business. However, you can use a stovetop espresso maker; it uses ground espresso that’s heated over the stove with water. Or use instant espresso powder instead—no brewing necessary.

Pour Your Milk

Add your espesso to your milk. Whole milk gives your iced mocha the most flavor, but you can also use 2 percent or skim. If you’d like your drink to be dairy-free, use soy milk. Or, if you prefer, you can use almond milk or coconut milk. Almond and coconut milk often come with sweeteners or flavors mixed in, making them sweeter than regular milk, so if you use a sweetened almond or coconut milk, you’ll probably want to add less sugar to your concoction.

Sweeten Your Drink

Now the fun part begins: sweetening your drink. Because this coffee drink is cold, using regular sugar can be a difficult because it takes it much longer to dissolve in a cold drink. If you plan on making iced coffee beverages at home, buy some liquid simple syrup to sweeten your drinks—this is sugar in liquid form. Next, mix some chocolate into your drink. Use your favorite chocolate syrup or a couple tablespoons of rich cocoa powder.


Once you’ve mixed all your ingredients together, put it all in a blender with some ice. Blend well until all the ingredients have been mixed and the ice has been blended to the consistency of a smoothie. If you’re in the mood for a special treat, you can also add some mocha ice cream or sherbet to sweeten the deal. Simply blend it in with the ice until you have the consistency of a shake. Once you’ve blended your drink, pour it into a glass and add some whip cream to top it off.

About the Author

Ashley Walton holds a master's degree in English and has taught various courses at Brigham Young University, including rhetoric in new media and transatlantic literature. She has worked as an online copywriter for the last five years, and has eight years of copy editing experience.

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