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. Just like we had on our trip to Greece this summer! I brought back some packets of Nescafé – which is what they use in Greece. It froths up beautifully with a handheld frother. Cheers to “Greek frappé all day” as they say!

  2. Would this recipe work if I don’t have instant coffee? All I have is an espresso maker and I’m curious as to if I could substitute espresso for the instant coffee. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


  3. Love this Frappe! I never heard of it until tonight when I was looking for a recipe for French Press cold brew coffee. Of course I made it right away! I love Nestle Classico, I always have it on hand. I did prefer 3 tsp of Nestle (the 2nd glass) as 2 tsp was not quite strong enough for me. But then I love strong coffee!

    I used my hand-held, battery operated frother and it created a beautiful, full foam. I was surprised at how beautifully it foamed! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe! Definitely a 5 star recipe!

    1. Kathleen, so happy to hear this frappe worked so perfectly for you! Love that you tweaked it to make it your own. You’re so very welcome. Looking forward to hearing which recipe on the site you try next!

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