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
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- Makes 1 serving
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- About 2/3 cup cold water
- Ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1. 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.
- 2. 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.
Recipe Testers Reviews
I love iced coffee beverages and this one is terrific! The coffee flavor was rich but not bitter and had a very nice mocha-tasting finish. It reminded me of an affogato without the guilt of ice cream!
It couldn’t be quicker to make, as it took me a total of 7 minutes to round up the ingredient items, shake in a cocktail shaker, pour over ice in a tall glass, and add water and milk. The foamy froth held up well while I was drinking it.
I was a little hesitant about using instant coffee since I don’t like the taste (even in moments of desperation!), so I tried this recipe with Café Bustelo instant espresso. I used 1 1/4 (.09 oz) packets to equal 2 teaspoons instant coffee. Definitely not watered down as I would have expected from instant coffee, especially once ice is added.
This frothy iced coffee is a great no-fuss afternoon treat!!! Definitely just 1 serving. Not sharing!!!
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.
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 21 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 1water and a drop of milk as that is how I prefer to drink coffee. No111 relationship to a root beer float but a nice drink nonetheless. This serves 1 adult. Next time I may actually dirty my blender!
This took me back to that time I was at a bar overlooking the beach on a Greek island. I honestly didn't think it would work so well, especially since I shook it in a jar, but it was perfect and, better yet, it was so simple. This is going to be my new summer drink addiction!