Greek-Style Frappe

This Greek-style frappe, made with coffee, sugar, water, and milk, is a summer staple. Cool, refreshing, and completely customizable. Here’s how to make it. No blender required.

Two tall glasses filled with Greek-style frappe, with colorful straws standing up in them.

A Greek-style frappe is, for the uninitiated, a frothy iced coffee that’s made simply from coffee, milk, and sugar and easily customizable in terms of sweetness. A summer essential, no matter your heritage. Here’s how to make it.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Greek-Style Frappe

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Place the coffee, sugar, and 2 tablespoons cold water in a shaker, jar, blender, or drink mixer. Cover and shake well for about 30 seconds, or, if using a blender, drink mixer, or handheld frother, mix for 15 seconds until you have a thick foam.

Toss a few ice cubes in a tall glass. Slowly pour the foamy coffee mixture into the glass. Fill the glass with water, adding milk if desired. Serve the frappe immediately. Originally published July 28, 2009.

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This summer refresher summons all of my super powers as a Greek girl and a coffee lover and also beautifully solves the problem of the heat of summer.

Tip: Buy Greek Nescafé with the Greek writing on the can. Any good international or Greek market will have it. It's the classic that virtually any Greek cafe will be using.

I tweaked it a little for my own taste (less sweet, adjusting the milk) and it reached perfection and resembled the drink I ordered from cafe to cafe lingering in the shade of an umbrella for over a sweltering month in Greece. Frappe became my safe word to avoid heat stroke.

I settled on a proportion of 1 teaspoon sugar to 3 teaspoons Nescafé, shook up in a jar (or better, the nifty shaker bottle you might find from Nescafé at the Greek store) for 30 to 40 seconds with 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water until a lush foam fills the bottle, then poured it over a tall (16-ounce) narrow tumbler with 5 to 6 ice cubes, added about 1/4 cup ice water, and then 3 tablespoons evaporated milk. Sit and sip while imagining the Aegean in front of you.
Two tall glasses filled with Greek-style frappe, with colorful straws standing up in them.

A self-proclaimed coffee snob, I couldn't imagine liking something that includes instant coffee. I only had instant espresso on hand so I used it. And to my surprise, in less than 2 minutes, I was drinking something that was coffee flavored yet sweet and frothy and sort of refreshing on a summer day. I haven't had this in any Greek restaurant nor have I been to Greece to I can't speak to its authenticity but I can say that, based upon my efforts, I was pleased with the outcome.

I used a lidded jar as I couldn't see dirtying my blender. In 30 seconds I had plenty of froth. I used a 16-ounce glass filled with ice cubes and ended up adding 4 ounces water and a drop of milk as that is how I prefer to drink coffee. No relationship to a root beer float but a nice drink nonetheless. This serves 1 adult. Next time I may actually dirty my blender!


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  1. Late to the party. I was making these blindfolded for a couple of years, bought an espresso machine and suddenly wanted a quick iced coffee. I couldn’t find my recipe and yours was the first hit on google. I use 3 tsp instant decaf – yeah, go ahead and judge me. The brand is Tastle and it’s amazing, I tried the Greek-branded Nescafe, but found it to be too bitter. I also use a couple of TB heavy cream instead of milk and use my handheld milk frother to whip a stiff beige foam before adding the water and cream. Plop in a couple of ice cubes and it’s better than any dalgona/coffee shop iced coffee.

    1. Nice, Lari! Keep making them like that and soon you’ll have people lining up at your door for iced coffee.

  2. We live in Canada close to the U.S. border. I found San instant latte when shopping at Costco in Bellingham, a 3 pound bag, absolutely delicious. Can not get it in Canada and I have been unable to find a substitute, not for lack of trying. Borders are closed. Today I happened to come across this recipe. Hallelujah! It is sooo good and easy. Love it.

    1. Jean, we’re thrilled that you happened across the recipe and that it worked so well for you. It’s always a great day when you realize that you can make an equally satisfying version of something at home!

    1. Thank you Lily, for taking the time to share your lovely image with us. We’re delighted we can help you reminisce in such an enjoyable way!

  3. Awesome! I followed Irene Seales’ version above and it is perfect! I’d totally forgotten about all the frappes I had in Greece in the 1990’s so thank you! Now I need to buy some proper Greek Nescafe as I only have decaf in the house atm!

    1. Gosh Nick, Ti kànis! I know that feeling, especially as the summer heats up and you order a frappé. When I make one at home now, it also takes me right there, seated outside by the sea, across the road from the cafe. I think getting the Greek spray-dried version of the Nescafe is key, and I try keep both decaf and full-leaded on hand, especially when hot weather means multiple afternoon servings!

  4. I really like this recipe, just wondering if it’s meant to taste this watery? Is there any way to alleviate this taste?

    1. Hi Ben, what kind of instant coffee did you use? Nescafe makes an instant Greek frappe that is perfect for this recipe.

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