Greek-Style Frappe

For the Greek who lives by this sensationally frothy iced coffee frappe and the non-Greek initiate who swears by it, the way they drink their frappe—one, two, or more teaspoons (level, rounded, or heaping) of coffee; with milk or black; unsweetened, medium-sweet, or super-sugary—is a matter of personal expression. Setting down specific quantities for its preparation therefore contradicts the frappe spirit. The amounts suggested below are best used only as a departure point; adjustments should then be made according to personal taste and mood.–Daniel Young

Greek-Style Frappe Recipe

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  • 5 M
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  • Makes 1 serving


  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Cold water
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated or regular milk


  • 1. Place the coffee, sugar, and 2 tablespoons cold water in a shaker, jar, blender, or drink mixer. Cover and shake well for 30 seconds, or, if using a blender, drink mixer, or handheld frother, mix for 15 seconds to produce a thick, light-brown foam.
  • 2. Place a few ice cubes in a tall glass. Slowly pour the coffee foam into the glass. Fill the glass with water, adding milk if desired. Serve the frappe immediately with a thin, flexible straw and glass of cold water on the side.
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