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Greek Iced Coffee Frappe Recipe

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Frappuccinos are everywhere now, especially since Starbucks made them madly popular. The thing is, iced coffee is much older than that. The original blended icy coffee was invented in Greece, and it’s still better than any other rendition.

This summer specialty was created in 1957 for the International Trade Fair by Giannis Dritsas, a representative for Nestlé. He was looking for creative ways of selling the newly discovered freeze-dried espresso — or instant coffee.

Whenever I want an icy drink, I use instant coffee, which is basically the only way I drink it. But it makes sense, regular coffee dilutes the drink, but instant coffee adds all the coffee’s flavors with no dilution.

You’ll need a milk base too, and because we want a thick café frappe, I use half & half. Use any type of milk you want, though, but consider that the thicker, the better.


With our coffee and our milk, the only thing you need to do is blend the ingredients with ice. But wait, we need a sweetener, too, so add to your ingredient list a tablespoon of brown sugar. Use your favorite sweetener, even low carb alternatives work nicely.

Here’s the secret behind the perfect Greek Iced Coffee Frappe: Combine the milk, the sugar and the coffee beforehand, and mix them well. If you try to blend the ingredients without mixing them first, you won’t get consistent results. Trust me in this one.

So, start by making thick coffee-flavored milk, then blend it with ice. Keep in mind not all blenders can handle ice. Make sure yours does, and if it gets stuck, add a splash of milk or half & half to get it going again.

Greek Iced Coffee Frappe Recipe Variations

Add an ounce of chocolate syrup for a mocha frappé or add a pinch of cinnamon powder for a spicy coffee with an exotic feel. Substitute the milk with vanilla-flavored almond milk for a real treat, to which you can also add a few drops of vanilla extract. Get creative with this one, there’s no way you can get this recipe wrong, and the sky’s the limit!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy271 cal


  • 1 cup of ice



In a container, add the half & half, the coffee and the sugar. Combine until completely dissolved.


Add the ice and sweetened half and half-coffee mixture into a blender.


Blend until smooth. Add a splash of half & half if the blender gets stuck.


Pour and enjoy immediately. Optionally top with whipped cream.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories271
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat20.9 g78 g26.79%
  • Saturated Fat13 g20 g65%
  • Cholesterol67 mg300 mg22.33%
  • Sodium85 mg2300 mg3.7%
  • Total Carbohydrate16.6 g275 g6.04%
  • Total Sugars9 g
  • Protein5.5 g50 g11%
  • Calcium199 mg1300 mg15.31%
  • Potassium313 mg4700 mg6.66%