Making an Authentic Greek Frappe is so easy to do in the comfort of your own home. Just a couple ingredients and about 60 seconds and you have yourself a Frappe the Greek's would be proud of!
With warm summer months upon us, we are all switching our hot coffee beverages to cold ones. Well maybe. We can keep the morning warm cup of joe, but when that 2 pm slump hits, there is nothing quite like an ice-cold authentic Greek frappe to perk you right up!
Last summer we went on a Mediterranean cruise with my in-laws and it was EVERYTHING! Ugh, I want to go back so badly right now! I wrote all about how we ate and drank our way Greece and Italy here and I truly left a part of my heart there.
I am counting down the days till we can go back!
Our tummies were filled with all the gyros, tzatziki sauce, red wine, gelato, pizza, Mediterranean salads, and frappes our hearts could handle! You haven't tasted food like this until you are over there. Everything is so fresh and flavorful and I have not been able to come close to recreating anything we had there except the Frappe!
First off, what is an Authentic Greek Frappe?
It is a foamy, delicious, iced coffee beverage that apparently the Greek's made by accident. How that happened I am not quite sure, but that's beside the point.
All of our tour guides, locals we met, and cruise workers told us we HAD to try a frappe while in Greece. So I continued with my philosophy that week and ate and drank what the Greeks & Italians do. It did not steer me wrong. 🙂
I first got one for myself and my father-in-law when we were waiting for our bus to go see Olympia. I ran into a coffee shop (which by the way, are EVERYWHERE!) and asked for 2 to go.
First off, the sweet lady asked if I wanted sugar or no sugar. I asked for one of each because honestly I didn't really know what I was ordering and I had in mind it may be a sugar bomb like some American Iced coffees.
I was wrong.
She grabbed 2 cups, scooped what looked like instant coffee, put a dash of sugar in, and the just barely covered each with bottled water.
Then she took it over and used what I now know was a coffee frother and whizzed away until it almost filled the glass with this luscious, thick, foamy coffee.
From there she puts in ice cubes, tops the rest off with more bottled water until it filled the glass when asked if we wanted milk.
I of course said sure, and she splashes just a bit of milk in, pops in a straw, and handed it my way. The odd part about that was, the milk she used was in a tiny can that was what looked like evaporated milk. Since that's not typically used in American coffee drinks, I was a little caught off guard.
It was so different and not like anything I had seen before but with one sip I was sold and instantly in love. I knew I had to learn how to recreate this at home asap.
How to Make an Authentic Greek Frappe
- You need a tall glass for this drink.
- In my research for an instant coffee to use for this at-home recipe, I came across an actual Frappe powder from Nescafe. I could only find it on Amazon and not in stores - but that's ok. We all couldn't survive without Prime anyway. (*affiliate link). Add in 1 teaspoon to the glass.
- Add in ½ teaspoon of sugar. This part is optional and it is just as delicious without the sugar. The drink I had in Greece was barely sweetened, so a ½ teaspoon, if not less if you prefer, I found to be perfect. You can also use Stevia or your preferred powdered sweetener if you would like.
- Fill with water just until the grounds and sugar are covered - no more than that - about a tablespoon.
- Using a coffee frother - which is a necessary - froth until ¾ of the cup is full of thick luscious foam. A good test to see if it is finished is being able to hold upside down and nothing comes out. Just like the blizzard test. 🙂 I didn't have a frother so I grabbed this one off Amazon and it works perfectly!
- Add in a handful of ice cubes.
- Add in more water until the glass is full.
- Lastly, add in a splash of evaporated milk, add a straw, and enjoy!
Is a Frappe the Same as a Frappuccino?
This is a traditional Greek frappe that is basically made by mixing instant coffee/frappe powder with water.
A frappuccino is a line of drinks at Starbucks that isn't made the same.
That's it! Just a couple of ingredients and about 60 seconds and you can have yourself an authentic greek frappe made anywhere and anytime!
This is the perfect afternoon pick me up while the summer heat is still around (bless!).Print
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