How To Make An Iced Frappe

A frappé is a deliciously refreshing iced drink that is ideal for a hot summer day. It’s like a coffee-based dessert in a cup. Most importantly, this frappe recipe will save your annoying back-and-forth to your café, especially on those hot summer days. Note that the word “frappé” is a French word, but it was first invented by a Greek Nescafe representative back in 1957!

What’s A Frappé?

Dimitris Vakondios, a Nescafe representative who was at a trade fair in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, decided to have some Nescafe during a break.

He didn’t have any access to hot water, so he decided to mix the coffee with cold water instead. Inside of a shaker, he also threw in some sugar with the ice and coffee, and, voila! The Frappe was made!

Fast forward 65 years and there is no single recipe for a frappe! It’s a cold blended slushy-like drink now. In French, “frappe” means “beaten”, just like a slushy.

With a preferred sweetener, coffee, and ice cubes, the mixture gets shaken or blended and poured over into a glass. The French version has the addition of ice cream too. The American frappe recipe has coffee, milk, sugar, ice, and whipped cream in it. A mocha frappé requires a touch of chocolate.

Ingredients And Instruments


  • 200ml of strong coffee. Note: We strongly recommend that you use freshly made coffee. In a pinch, you can also use leftover coffee. Make sure to chill the coffee before using it.
  • 50ml of whole milk. Non-dairy options are also suitable here.
  • 3–7 ice cubes. You can alter the number to suit your taste and consistency. Note: Avoid using too many ice cubes as they’ll end up making the drink watery and weak.
  • 1-3 tablespoons of sugar syrup. Other flavored syrups are also acceptable here.
  • Whipped cream or ice cream (optional topping ingredient).


  • A coffee maker.
  • A kitchen-grade blender.
  • A tall glass for your frappe.

Making Frappe Step-By-Step

Coffee Brewing

Make the coffee with your coffee maker first and let it chill down. You can also use instant coffee for this recipe.

Put Them All In The Blender

Pour the ice cubes, sugar, coffee, and milk into your blender. Simply blend the mixture until it achieves a slushy-like consistency.

Tip: if you find it difficult to blend the mixture thoroughly in one go, wait for a couple of minutes and start blending again.

Topping It Off

Once you’re done with the blend, pour it into your glass. Now, simply use your favorite whipped cream and drizzle a bit of flavored syrup on top.

Pro Tip:

If you desire a stronger coffee flavor and taste (in case you’re using weakened leftover coffee), add a bit more freshly brewed instant coffee.

You can defrost the ice cubes beforehand by microwaving them for about 45 seconds before putting them in the blender. It’ll soften them up a bit and will also help you blend the mixture quicker.

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