Frappe Recipe

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This creamy homemade coffee frappe is made with espresso and milk. It’s such an easy way to make iced coffee and a must have recipe for summer!

Coffee Frappe served in a tall glass and topped with whipped cream and a straw.


What is a Frappe?

A frappe is a cold, foamed coffee drink made with espresso, milk, sugar, and ice. It’s vigorously shaken or blended until a frothy texture is achieved and then served cold. It makes for a perfect summer favorite coffee-house treat, and it’s a must-have coffee drink if you’re hanging out at the pool, beach, or even your backyard. But forget about heading to a café or even Starbucks for your Frappe fix. I will show you how I make my own at home, which tastes amazing.

Why You’ll Love This Coffee Frappe Recipe

  • Easy. You’ll only need a few minutes and a handful of simple ingredients to make this recipe.
  • Great pick-me-up. Thanks to the espresso, it provides a quick energy boost when you need it!
  • Refreshing. There is nothing like sipping on a chilled, sweet coffee on a hot afternoon. I like to add a dollop of whipped cream on top and then serve it with a big straw.
Two drinking glasses filled with iced coffee.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Instant Espresso Coffee – You could also use strongly brewed coffee.
  • Milk – Any kind of milk will work so use your favorite.
  • Sugar – I usually use granulated white sugar, but you could also use light brown sugar to add caramel notes. Simple syrup is also a good choice and will dissolve better.
  • Ice – Lots of ice!
A white mug with espresso.

How to Make a Frappe

  1. Make the espresso and let it chill. Prepare the espresso and then chill it until completely cooled down.
  2. Blend chilled espresso with other ingredients. The next step is to combine the espresso, milk, sugar, and ice in a blender. Begin to blend on low speed, slowly increasing the speed to high, and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve. Pour into glasses and serve right away.

Variation Ideas

  • Caramel Frappe. Replace the white sugar in the recipe with light brown sugar. Drizzle caramel sauce to the insides of the glass before pouring in the blended frappe, then drizzle more caramel on top.
  • Mocha Frappe. Add a drizzle of chocolate syrup on the inside of your glass before pouring in the blended coffee, then drizzle more chocolate on top. You could also add one to two tablespoons of chocolate syrup or even a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder to the blender with all the other ingredients.
Two tall drinking glasses filled with coffee Frappe.
Close-up image of a Frappe topped with whipped cream.

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Coffee Frappe Recipe

An easy frappe recipe prepared with espresso and milk. This rich and creamy homemade coffee frappe is incredibly delicious!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Chilling Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Serves


  • ½ cup prepared Instant Espresso,, completely cooled
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar,, or to taste
  • whipped cream,, to serve, optional
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  • In your blender, combine ice, cold espresso, milk, and sugar.
  • Begin to blend on Low, then slowly increase the speed. Blend on High for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  • Divide between 2 glasses, top with whipped cream, and serve immediately.


  • To Make Caramel Frappe: Swap the white sugar in the recipe for light brown sugar. Give the glass a good swirl of caramel sauce before adding the coffee mix, and don’t forget a caramel drizzle finish on top.
  • To Make Mocha Frappe: Before filling your glass, streak it with chocolate syrup, then pour the blended Frappe in. Drizzle some chocolate right over the top, too.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 34mg

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  1. Tracey says:

    I have made dozens od frappes and could never seems to come across the right blend…until now! Thank you, this is amazing and I need not look any further!! 😋

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m so glad to hear that you’ve finally found the perfect blend! Enjoy your amazing frappes, and here’s to many more delightful sips ahead! 😊 Thank YOU! 🙂

  2. Ali says:

    This turned out exactly like the pictures posted and tasted lovely. I halved the sugar though as I don’t have a massive sweet tooth. I made one straight coffee and the other with an additional flat teaspoon of hot chocolate powder to make a mocha frappe. Again both were very good.

    1. Katerina Petrvoska says:

      I am so happy you enjoyed the Coffee Frappe! Thank YOU! 🙂

  3. VZ says:

    The original frappe coffee comes from Greece and is prepared using instant coffee (without whipped cream etc).
    The one you are describing here is actually more like a freddo espresso.
    Cheers anyway!

    1. nikko says:

      That would be correct, it just has coffee, milk and sugar. I can however see how whipped cream would be a nice addition.

  4. Cold brew coffee india says:

    And now I’m off to buy some coffee filters! HA! This looks amazing!

  5. Joanna says:

    I make this frappe recipe with a sweetener instead of sugar to keep the carbs low. Sometimes I add a touch of heavy whipping cream. YUM! HEAVEN!!

    1. Meenu Sodhi says:

      Can we add Vanilla icecream in it

  6. Jennie says:

    This seems like such a silly question. Could you tell me where to find instant espresso coffee, or maybe just a brand name? I’ve looked at my local grocery stores, Walmart and Target and haven’t been able to find it! Am I just looking for the wrong thing? I really want to try this recipe! Thank you!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi!! It’s in the coffee section, but it’s in little jars. This is the one that I always buy >>>

  7. Healthy Kitchen 101 says:

    Good to know one thing about Turkey 🙂 In summer days, frappe is indeed an ideal drink to refresh!
    – Natalie Ellis

  8. Sabrina B says:

    thank you for engineering a relatively low calorie coffee drink, at least compared with those sugar bombs at any coffee shop, even the independent ones, enjoy your vacation!

  9. Dawn Smith says:

    This is such a great recipe and I can’t wait to make it!! I am thinking about adding a little pumpkin to it. Have a great time in Turkey 🙂

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank you!! It’s an incredible place and the weather is amazing! I also didn’t expect the Mediterranean Sea to be as warm as it is.

  10. A_Boleyn says:

    Yummy looking drink. I wish my blender was powerful enough to crush the ice rather than just whirl it around until it all melts. 🙂

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s true…standard blenders aren’t as powerful. :-/ There’s a high speed blender by Ninja and those run about 50 bucks on Amazon. If you are into smoothies and such, it’s definitely worth getting one.