Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee

Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee | Fork Knife Swoon

It was just after 8 o-clock in the morning, and one of the movers was methodically surveying our kitchen; opening the cabinets and scanning the counters with a stern look on his face. He was quickly discovering that he had drawn the short straw, designated with packing up the kitchen, pantry and my dishware and prop collection.

“Y’all have three coffee machines?”

I glanced at the counter, then back at him, blushing slightly… He hadn’t discovered the french press or the porcelain pour-over Melitta cup in the cupboard above yet.

Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee | Fork Knife Swoon

“I have a thing for coffee,” I replied, flashing him a smile and silently saying goodbye to all five coffee makers for the next few weeks.

He nodded, but looked unimpressed, no doubt distracted by the sheer volume of kitchen equipment and gadgetry he was about to pack, so I didn’t explain that each one was different: there was the standard coffee machine, the little workhorse of an espresso machine, and the hybrid (and brand spanking new addition to the family).

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Admittedly, owning five different methods for brewing coffee and espresso could be considered excessive. My Honey is in that camp. I married an otherwise wonderful man who does not share my fondness for coffee. He doesn’t wake up inspired by the aroma of freshly brewed espresso or excited to start his day with a steamy almond milk cappuccino. He doesn’t sigh contently over a sweet vanilla latte or look forward to trying new coffee blends.

But he knows that a great cup of coffee makes me very happy, and indulges my daily coffee ritual. A couple of Christmases ago, he surprised me with a Nespresso Pixie espresso machine and milk frother, a splurge that has been enjoyed just about every day since. I love that I can make a single cup of foamy, flavorful espresso (or cappuccino/latte/etc.) in just a minute or two, any time of day.

Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee | Fork Knife Swoon

So when Nespresso reached out to me about recipe-testing with their new VertuoLine machine, I was thrilled. The VertuoLine launched earlier this year as Nespresso’s first foray into brewing American style large-cup coffee in addition to espresso. Like with their current espresso offerings, there are multiple styles, intensities and flavors of coffee to choose from, all of which brew up quickly with a lovely, thick crema on top.

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This time of year, in our stifling southern heat, my coffee obsession almost exclusively revolves around iced coffee. I crave it all day long, and have started making it at home, with homemade syrups and flavorings.

The pre-portioned single-serving Nespresso capsules make it incredibly easy to whip up a coffee whenever the mood strikes, and I’ve been playing around with tons of flavor combinations. My favorite iced coffee creation of the moment? This minty vanilla and coconut iced coffee, an incredibly light and refreshing drink that’s perfect for summer. Creamy coconut milk is infused with rich vanilla, then swirled with homemade mint syrup and freshly-brewed Nespresso coffee for a seriously cool and reviving beverage.

I. Am. Obsessed.

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If you want to take the coconut flavor of your iced coffee to another level, you can also make coconut ice cubes. I simply freeze pure coconut water with fresh mint – which are nice to have on hand for water or lemonade too – but you can also make flavored ice cubes from the vanilla coconut cream or fresh coffee (or a combination of the two) as well.

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And here’s the most exciting part: Nespresso is giving away a brand new VertuoLine coffee machine (a $299 value) so that one of you lovelies can join in on the homemade iced coffee fun!

UPDATE: A winner has been selected (!), and this giveaway is now closed. To enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment below, mentioning your favorite type or flavor of iced coffee drink.  It’s that easy, and I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Please note: This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be randomly selected and all comments must be entered by Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 11:59pm (PST) to be considered.


Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee | Fork Knife Swoon

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Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee | Fork Knife Swoon

Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee + A Nespresso Giveaway!

  • Author: Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 Iced Coffee 1x



Mint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large bunch of fresh mint leaves (about 1 cup)

Vanilla Coconut Cream

Minty Coconut Ice Cubes

  • 15 oz pure coconut water
  • 1520 fresh mint leaves

Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee

  • 1 Nespresso Vanizio or Melozio coffee capsule (about 8 oz)
  • 23 tbsp mint syrup, to taste
  • 1/4 cup vanilla coconut cream
  • regular crushed ice or coconut ice cubes
  • optional: fresh mint leaves, for garnish


Mint Simple Syrup

  1. Combine the water, sugar and mint in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  2. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, and discard the mint. Transfer the mint syrup to an air-tight bottle or container and refrigerate until ready to use. The syrup can be made in advance, and stored for up to two weeks.

Vanilla Coconut Cream

  1. Carefully split open the vanilla pod and use the sharp tip of a knife to scrape out the vanilla seeds inside. Combine the coconut milk, agave syrup (or sugar), scraped vanilla seeds, vanilla pod and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Transfer the coconut cream to an air-tight bottle or container and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. You can either remove the vanilla pod at this point or leave it in the coconut cream to continue infusing vanilla flavor. The coconut cream can be made in advance, and stored for up to 3 days.

Minty Coconut Ice Cubes

  1. Fill a 15-cube ice tray with the coconut water. Place one or two leaves in each section of the mold. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee

  1. Brew the coffee into a heat-proof glass. Let cool for a few moments. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice (or coconut cubes). Add the mint syrup, then pour the coffee over top. Shake well to chill, then pour into a glass. Stir in the coconut cream, top with a sprig of fresh mint, and enjoy!


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  1. 1.3.18
    Emma said:

    Definitely making a batch for my work mornings this week! Thanks for the share, saving this recipe!

  2. 7.23.14

    I have a mint plant that is growing like crazy and have been looking for new ways to use it up. I love this recipe it sounds so refreshing and delicious! Good luck on your move. I too have my share of movers looking at all my kitchen gadgets and cookbooks in disbelief. I had 4 blenders lined up in the pantry and asked why I had so many. Everything has a different purpose 😀

  3. 7.20.14
    Megan said:

    I LOVE mint iced coffee…have never tried almond milk with it though….& think that I might give it a go this week! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE nespresso’s new machine…what a treat that would be!

  4. 7.19.14

    I just blogged about my favorite iced coffee—-which is Chocolate Chai iced coffee. However you recipe
    might make me change my mind. Gosh pretty cool of your husband to get you that gift, when he doesn’t even like coffee. I love coffee, but I am in the Pacific NW and we truly take our coffee seriously too.

  5. 7.19.14
    Lily Sheng said:

    I like putting ice cream in my coffee! Especially coffee flavored ice cream, haha, it’s not redundant at all! Thanks for the giveaway, and this iced coffee drink sounds really refreshing!

  6. 7.18.14
    Jackie McClellan said:

    I have drink ice coffee half my life.Love it with vanilla and mocha.

  7. 7.18.14
    Niki said:

    I usually take my ice coffee black, but if I’m in the mood for something special, I’ll add sweetened condensed milk and maybe a bit of cardamon.

  8. 7.18.14
    Jessie C. said:

    I like iced latte in summer!

  9. 7.17.14
    Stephanie Dillingham said:

    This season I have fallen in love with iced coffee! I have always been a hot only coffee drinker, but wow…what I have missed! Love it with chocolate, mint, vanilla or toffee. Sugar in the raw adds a nice touch.

  10. 7.17.14
    julianne said:

    just a simple coconut iced coffee is my all time favorite!

  11. 7.17.14
    Deb Christie said:

    Any coffee drink , hot or cold, for me, has to have chocolate. I love one with English Toffee flavor. I also have to have a lot of milk or cream in my coffee drinks. That’s me and my coffee.

  12. 7.17.14
    Lorr said:

    I’m afraid my iced coffee has to include chocolate. You just can’t go wrong with any coconut/chocolate combo though! Would love to make mine with a new Nespresso VertuoLine — here’s hoping!

  13. 7.16.14
    Austin Baroudi said:

    I love caramel iced coffee!!!

  14. 7.16.14
    Carolyn G said:

    I love iced chai tea

  15. 7.16.14
    monica said:

    woweeee iced minty vanilla coconut. thanks for the beautiful pics. and I just drink plain ole french vanilla! will try this soon.

  16. 7.16.14
    Jessica F said:

    my favorite is iced vanilla lattes!

  17. 7.16.14
    Dee said:

    Lattes and mochas.

  18. 7.16.14
    Dee Park said:

    Iced, with a drizzle of condensed milk. Indulgent, but so yummy!

  19. 7.16.14
    Aisha said:

    My very favorite coffee flavor is ………..PUMPKIN!!!!!!!!!! I love pumpkin all year round and keep a little pumpkin pie spice on hand to sprinkle in my morning pick me up!

    • 7.21.14
      Laura said:

      I am a pumpkin fiend too! I always look forward to that time of year when coffee shops start their seasonal pumpkin spice coffees 🙂

  20. 7.16.14
    Nornee said:

    Cream, sugar, lots of ice! Thanks!

  21. 7.16.14
    Jessica Lodge said:

    I like my iced coffee with a little bit of simple syrup and 1% milk. If I’m being luxurious I might go for a little almond or vanilla syrup instead.

  22. 7.16.14
    Wendy Hampton said:

    Ooohhhh Smooth columbian coffee with foam, Vanilla iced coffee with cinnamon, or Vietnamese iced coffee or Bailey’s Irish or maybe Kahlua. I wish I had one of these machines. I would take it with me in the RV when I go camping in a couple of weeks.

  23. 7.16.14

    I like iced coffee with a rich cream like half and half or heavy whipping cream. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win!

  24. 7.15.14
    Cheryl Sanders said:

    Any coffee hot or cold with creamy delicious vanilla bean flavor 🙂 I do love to try different flavors with my coffee. YUM!

  25. 7.15.14
    NOT GUS said:

    Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee

  26. 7.15.14
    TB said:

    Sounds very tasty, but where’s the chocolate??

  27. 7.15.14
    Haley Bloom said:

    The new recipe sounds really good! I love irish cream in my iced coffee. Has anyone heard of the new bullet coffee? You add a little butter and coconut oil to the hot coffee. Supposed to prolong the caffeine. Oh…and I forgot! During the holidays, I LOVE eggnog in my coffee : ) SO GOOD!

  28. 7.15.14
    Doreen said:

    I love Hazelnut lattes!

  29. 7.15.14
    Christy Qualin said:


  30. 7.15.14
    Ellie said:

    I would loooove one!!! Anything caramel is my fave and these look deeelish too 🙂

  31. 7.15.14
    rachel said:

    I like coconut!!!

  32. 7.15.14
    Samantha said:

    I LOVE an iced latte in the summer, with almond milk and a touch of maple syrup! I will definitely be trying this recipe – it sounds so refreshing!

  33. 7.15.14
    Patty Bechstein said:

    I love anything caramel, so my favorite flavor of iced coffee is, of course, caramel. When I buy coffee beans, I look for caramel or toffee flavored beans too!

  34. 7.15.14
    Dawn said:

    Mocha with a dollop of marshmallow fluff (instead of whipped cream)

  35. 7.15.14
    Kelly D said:

    I like a Caramel Iced Coffee.

  36. 7.15.14
    Alison said:

    I am a plain old decaf mocha girl! YUMMO!

  37. 7.15.14
    Mary Ann Garaven said:

    A pumpkin spice coffee works for me!

  38. 7.15.14
    Candice said:

    I love New Orleans Iced Coffee.

  39. 7.15.14
    Jen Palmer said:

    I get an iced trenta with 10 pumps sf cinnamon dolce syrup from Starbuckies every day, extra ice!!

  40. 7.15.14
    Maureen said:

    I tend to lean towards a French vanilla Iced coffee.

  41. 7.15.14
    Conni von Zweck said:

    I love just plain cold Java with extra sugar! It’s a great pick me up in the afternoon.

  42. 7.15.14
    Michele W said:

    Iced coffee for sure in this Florida heat.

  43. 7.15.14
    Raynette Boyer said:


  44. 7.15.14
    Joan said:

    I love a dollop of French vanilla ice cream!

  45. 7.15.14
    Miriam said:

    Loving iced coffee right now–especially with caramel! Your recipe sounds awesome and I will definitely have to try. And I love my Nespresso machine–use every day!

  46. 7.15.14
    Gina Guthrie said:

    This recipe is a must try, looks great. I like my coffee with vanilla or coconut flavors added to it.

  47. 7.15.14

    My day is not complete without my iced coffee with caramel syrup and almond milk!

  48. 7.15.14
    ali said:

    LOVE me some iced coffee! and my favorite at home variety is iced espresso with a little maple syrup and some half and half… although coconut milk would probably be amazing! hope i win 🙂

  49. 7.15.14
    Joy said:

    Iced four-shot Americano with a shot of strong herby peppermint, doused with cream, heavily iced.

  50. 7.15.14

    I love a carmel iced coffee.

  51. 7.15.14
    Catherine said:

    Love your pictures! My favorite would be a mocha iced coffee!

  52. 7.15.14
    Lynn said:

    What a brilliant idea. Can’t wait to try this recipe. I love an almond iced coffee.

  53. 7.15.14

    What beautiful photos and a beautiful drink! I would love to try this flavor! I especially love your idea to freeze coconut water with fresh mint! Genius!

  54. 7.15.14
    Andrea E. said:

    Vanilla bean raw sugar latte over ice – made in my own kitchen- best ever!!!

  55. 7.15.14
    Dana said:

    vietnamese iced coffee!

  56. 7.15.14
    Charlotte said:

    Just a simple iced latte 🙂 Happy moving!

  57. 7.15.14
    Melissa said:

    I love a good iced mocha!

  58. 7.15.14

    I’m alllll about the iced coffee these days, and I just love the coconut here. I especially love the coconut water ice cube tip! Must do!

  59. 7.14.14
    Rena said:

    You write beautifully!! Salted caramel lattes are my fave!!

  60. 7.14.14
    Erika said:

    I love iced vanilla soy lattes!

  61. 7.14.14
    Karen said:

    Vanilla lattes as a treat but usually plain with half and half

  62. 7.14.14
    Cindy A. said:

    I love my iced coffee with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Yum!

  63. 7.14.14

    I love my coffee (iced or hot) straight up black! However, when I’m in the mood for a little additional flavor I like to add some almond milk, a little bit of honey, and a dash up cinnamon.

    • 7.21.14
      Laura said:

      Congrats Jenna! You are the winner of this Nespresso giveaway!! I will be emailing you with details…

  64. 7.14.14
    grace said:

    i love coconut in my iced coffee–your drink sounds great! cinnamon is yummy too. 🙂

  65. 7.14.14
    Becky S said:

    Vanilla with half and half, and apple pie spice sprinkled on top.

  66. 7.14.14
    Lois S said:

    I’ve always thought that caramel iced coffee was my favorite but I’m going to have to try this coconut recipe- sounds yummy.

  67. 7.14.14
    Duane S said:

    Hard to get me off the regular java but that recipe sounds fabulous. I would probably be more inclined to a hazelnut with some strong spirits added for zip.

  68. 7.14.14
    Rebecca Sentgeorge said:

    Beautiful photos! It quenched my thirst just looking at it. My favorite would be iced caramel and cream.

  69. 7.14.14
    Kate said:

    I love mocha iced coffees… probably a little too much. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  70. 7.14.14
    Gracie P. said:

    Wow that looks so tasty! Usually I go for something pretty simple…vanilla iced coffee is one of my favorites! 🙂

  71. 7.14.14
    Cora said:

    Vanilla lavender iced coffee. OMG!

  72. 7.14.14

    I can’t think of anything else in my life (in the edible category, that is) that’s a higher priority than my coffee. It’s a wonderful thing, and so is a great coffee maker, I’m not surprised you have several! I like my coffee plain, thank you.

  73. 7.14.14
    Katrina said:

    My fave is iced mocha with a shot of coconut syrup. Yum!

  74. 7.14.14
    CK said:

    Vanilla iced coffee is my favorite!

  75. 7.14.14
    Heather said:

    Iced coffee with a few ice cubes, a good splash of homemade nut milk, and a dash of cinnamon on top are all I need!

  76. 7.14.14
    Chelsea said:

    I’m very simple when it comes to my iced coffee, but I love to put sugar in the raw in mine for a nice sweet crunch!

  77. 7.14.14
    amanda said:


  78. 7.14.14
    Sarah O said:

    I love New Orleans iced coffee!

  79. 7.14.14

    I love iced coffee and adding vanilla or coconut extract to it is my latest favorite way to drink it! pinned!

  80. 7.14.14

    I’m definitely not a coffee fanatic or connoisseur like you are, but I do crave a good iced coffee often after long runs in the Florida summer! This recipe sounds divine!

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