Greek frappe is with no doubt the most popular coffee throughout Greece especially at summer time, when you need a cold and refreshing drink. Some call frappe Greek National drink and of course this is true, as it is served everywhere in Greece. Friends together sipping their favourite Greek iced coffee and relaxing is part of Greek lifestyle. Greek frappe coffee is really easy and quick to make at home, so we have put together this authentic Greek frappe coffee recipe with everything you need to know to master the art of making the perfect frappe as served traditionally throughout Greece.
History of Greek Frappe coffee
Greek frappe or Nescafe frappe was invented in 1957 in Thessaloniki at the International Trade Fair, where Yannis Dritsas, the representative of the Nestlé Company was exhibiting a new product for children. The product was a chocolate beverage, which was produced instantly by mixing with milk and shaking in a shaker. Dimitris Vakondios (Dritsas’ employee) was looking for a way to make hot instant coffee during his break, but couldn’t find hot water. So he decided to mix in a shaker instant coffee with cold water and ice cubes in a shaker.
What is Greek Frappe coffee (Greek iced coffee)?
Greek frappe coffee is an iced coffee made using instant coffee (Nescafe) and water, that has been shaken to produce a foamy, and refreshing drink. You can add ice cubes after beating the coffee and also sugar and milk, according to preference. Greek iced coffee can be “sketos”, “metrios”, “glykos”, ‘me gala”, according to the proportions of the ingredients and personal preference.
Variations of Frappe coffee according to proportions of ingredients
- “Sketos” (plain, no sugar, no milk): If you like your frappe coffee without sugar and milk, then add only 1-2 tsps of instant coffee, depending on how strong you want your coffee, and cold water.
- “Metrios” (medium sweetness) : 1-2 tsps of instant coffee, depending on how strong you want your coffee, 1-2 tsps of sugar (equal amount of coffee and sugar)
- “Glykos” (sweet) : 1-2 tsps of instant coffee, depending on how strong you want your coffee, 2-4 tsps of sugar (double the amount of sugar than coffee)
- “Me gala” (with milk) : 1 tbsp evaporated milk (the amount of milk can vary according to preference)
Frappe recipe – How to make Greek frappe?
To prepare a Greek frappe coffee you will need a frappe mixer. A standard cocktail shaker will be ok, but you can also use an electric milk frother or a milkshake machine to achieve a creamier froth. We find the best way to make Greek frappe is first to get a tall glass, a teaspoon and an electric whizzer. Then add instant coffee (Nescafe), sugar and a shot of cold water. Whiz the mixture until a thick, creamy foam is made. Pour the mixture into the serving glass. Then add 3 ice cubes and milk if you like, fill up the glass with cold water and serve with a drinking straw. There you go! Your Frappe is ready to serve and enjoy!
This is how you will make the authentic Greek frappe coffee as served at the best Cafés! A recipe to master the art of Greek frappe!
- instant coffee (Nescafe)
- ice cubes
- cold water
- drinking straw
- frappe mixer
Exact amount of Ingredients according to each coffee
- “Sketos”: 1-2 tsps of instant coffee and cold water.
- “Metrios” : 1-2 tsps of instant coffee, 1-2 tsps of sugar (equal amount of coffee and sugar)
- “Glykos” : 1-2 tsps of instant coffee, 2-4 tsps of sugar (double the amount of sugar than coffee)
- “Me gala” : 1 tbsp evaporated milk (the amount of milk can vary according to preference)
- To prepare this Greek frappe coffee recipe, first of all get a tall glass, a teaspoon and an electric whizzer.
- Then add instant coffee (Nescafe), sugar and a shot of cold water.
- Whiz the mixture until a thick, creamy foam is produced.
- Pour the mixture into the serving glass.
- Then add 3 ice cubes and evaporated milk if you like.
- Fill up the glass with cold water and serve with a drinking straw.
*The exact proportions of the ingredients vary according to preferance. See also above for the recommended proportions of the ingredients.
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