Summer is in the air! The sun is shining, birds are singing, and it’s the perfect time to head outside and make the most of the great weather. One of the best ways to chill out in the sunshine is with a nice cold beverage, and we couldn’t recommend an ice-cold Frappé to cool down with!
Of course, heading to the coffee shop every day this summer isn’t going to be good for your wallet, so why not take the time to make a Frappé from home?
It couldn’t be easier to do, and there are several ways to prepare the beverage, giving plenty of reason to start enjoying homemade Frappés this summer!
About the Frappé
The Frappé has an interesting history, with two unique origins stories. It’s believed that the first ever Frappé originated from Greece in 1957. This version of the Frappé used instant coffee, water, and sugar to create a rich coffee beverage that is still popular to this day.
The Frappé we know and love in the US has a different origin story that isn’t connected to it’s Greek cousin. The American Frappé originates from New England, where the term ‘frappe’ referred to milkshake drink that included ice cream, espresso and frothed milk.
This frappe was exclusive to the New England area, with the owner of a Massachusetts-based chain of coffee shops called ‘The Coffee Connection’ trademarking the term Frappuccino. The business was eventually bought-over by Starbucks, who received ownership of the copyright, going on to first introduce the Frappé nationwide in 1995.
Tips for a Great Frappé
Coffee is obviously the key ingredient to the Frappé, with different types of coffee resulting in unique tastes, so the type of coffee used has a big impact on the overall flavour of your Frappé.
While instant coffee is a quick and easy option, we personally love brewed ground coffee for a Frappé, especially those with a high acidity.
Now, you may have heard a lot of things about high acid coffees, but the one thing to remember is that this type of coffee is the highest quality available, with connoisseurs appreciating the much richer flavours produced.
So, when making Frappé, we recommend using a high acid ground coffee such as the Dominican Coffeefrom Volcanica Coffee. The reason we love high acid coffees for a Frappé is because it really enhances the overall flavour of the drink, and this high acid coffee is the perfect choice for creating a rich, delicious Frappé.
Acid is the main reason behind bright and fruity flavours in a coffee, so the more acidic the coffee the more vibrant the beverage tastes. When combined with milk and sugar, it genuinely tastes like a coffee-flavoured ice cream!
This makes for a delicious Frappé that is perfect for the summer!
How to make a Frappé
Step One - Gather the ingredients
There are only a few ingredients required to make a Frappé at home, all of which are easily found at most supermarkets. You need the following ingredients:
- Cold milk
- Sweetened condensed milk
- White sugar
- Coffee of your choosing
- Crushed ice
- Flavored syrup (optional)
- Brewed coffee - 1 ½ cup
Step Two - Prepare the milk
Standard milk is the traditional choice for a Frappé, but you can easily use coconut or almond milk should you prefer.
You can use ½ or 1 cup of milk depending on how big you want your Frappé to be, so start by pouring the cold milk into a suitable sized cup.
Add around 2-3 tsp of sugar to the milk - add more sugar for a sweeter beverage!
Froth the milk and sugar together to create a smooth, foamy consistency.
Step Three - Adding Coffee
There are various options when it comes to adding coffee to your Frappé.
A quick and easy option is to add 1-2 tsp of instant coffee into the milk, but you can use any type of coffee you want, whether it’s brewed, coffee pods, or anything else.
The more milk and sugar used, the more coffee should be added to help balance the flavour, so don’t be afraid of testing out different measurements to get the perfect mix for your tastes.
A good place to start is the following measurements:
Step Four - Blend ingredients together and serve
Use a blender to combine all the ingredients together to finish of the Frappé.
Pour the Frappé into a large cup filled with ice cubes and enjoy! It should take a minute to settle, with a foam appearing at the top of the drink.
Another option is to blend the ice cubes together with the Frappé, which makes it a lot colder if that is your preference.
Step Five - Add personal touches
There are more ingredients that can be used to create that perfect Frappé, so don’t be afraid to add some things to your drink to make it that bit better.
For instance, why not add some whipped cream to the top of your Frappé? Another great option is to add some syrup to give a more unique flavor, with chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnut being great additions to a Frappé!
Simply add a syrup to the Frappé during step four (blending) to get that awesome flavor running through your drink!