Especially on hot summer days, there is nothing better than a delicious frappuccino. The popular coffee specialty not only looks fantastic but also provides pleasant refreshment!
Today we will show you how you can easily prepare this coffee trend from espresso, milk, and ice cubes at home and refine it with various toppings.
What Is A Frappuccino?
A frappuccino is basically a cold mixed drink that consists mostly of espresso, milk, and ice cubes. Depending on your taste, you can spice up the trend drink with other ingredients such as cream, chocolate, or syrup.
You can easily prepare a frappuccino at home in just a few simple steps. There are no limits to your imagination when it comes to preparation because the basic recipe can be individually adapted to your personal preferences. For example, you can use a vegan milk alternative instead of cow’s milk or vary the toppings used.
The frappuccino is often confused with a café frappé. However, this drink consists of foamed instant coffee mixed with ice cubes. The first café frappé was created by accident in Greece in 1957. When Dimitrios Vakondios didn’t have any hot water at hand, he decided without further ado to make a kind of iced coffee to manufacture. To do this, he mixed instant coffee powder, which was already very common in Greece at the time, with cold water and a little sugar.
Then he added some ice cubes and shook everything well in a shaker. Since the creation was also very well received by Vakondios’ colleagues, it quickly gained notoriety. The café frappé, which was created through simple experimentation, is now the most popular cold drink in Greece. The decisive difference in the frappuccino is the addition of the toppings because a caffé frappé is not originally enriched with milk, cream, or syrup.
The History of the Frappuccino
Although the cold drink is associated in particular with the Starbucks company, it was not invented by the American cult coffee house chain. In fact, the history of the Frappuccino began way back in 1992. That was the year George Howell found out, coffee connection owner, about the trend of mixing chilled cappuccino drinks. Enthusiastic about the idea, he asked his young marketing manager to develop such a coffee specialty for his own café.
After a few tries, he finally managed to create a unique mixture of coffee, milk, sugar, and ice cream. He finally gave this creation the name “Frappuccino”. Not only did the drink help Howell double the business to 23 cafés in the years that followed, but it also convinced Starbucks, the Coffee Connection chain to take over. With the purchase of the chain in 1994, Starbucks also acquired the rights to the name. After revising the recipe slightly, the company was able to generate $52 million in annual sales in 1996 from Frappuccino sales alone.
Equipment for a Frappuccino
You don’t need a lot of accessories to make a frappuccino. All you need is a tall glass, a long spoon, and a blender. In order for the ice cubes to be optimally crushed and the consistency of the drink to be nice and creamy, you need a high-performance blender. Of course, you will also find attractive glasses in which the beautiful coffee mix comes into its own in our exquisite roast market range.
The preparation of the frappuccino is fortunately quite simple. You can vary both sweetness and flavor according to your taste. You can therefore see our quantities as a pure recommendation, which you do not have to adhere to exactly. In the following we will explain how you can prepare the perfect frappuccino at home in no time at all – on the espresso, ready, go:
- Espresso Machine
- 60 ml Espresso
- 150 ml Milk Or Milk Substitute
- 10 Ice Cubes
- 2 tbsp Syrup (E.g. Chocolate Or Caramel)
- 1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Whipped Cream
- Put 60ml of the cooled espresso into a blender. If you cannot prepare an espresso at home, you can also switch to strongly brewed filter coffee as an alternative.
- Now add 150 ml milk and mix both ingredients in the blender.
- Now add 2 tablespoons of syrup and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and then mix these components in as well.
- Add about 10 ice cubes and mix them with the ingredients. In the mixer, these are ideally processed into evenly crushed iced.
- Then pour the mix into a large glass, eg a latte macchiato glass.
- Finally, you can garnish the frappuccino with whipped cream and various toppings.
Would You Like More Frappuccino Variants?
This coffee specialty is guaranteed not to be monotonous because the possible variations are endless and there are practically no limits to your imagination! In addition to chocolate or sprinkles, you can also use fruit or biscuit crumbs for the toppings. Are you looking for an alternative to classic sugar? Then simply sweeten your creation with honey or agave syrup!
Those with a sweet tooth will love the popular Java Chip Frappuccino including chocolate sauce guaranteed to love! And all coffee lovers who like it a little fruitier can garnish the cold drink with strawberries or raspberries. One thing is certain: With the Frappuccino basic recipe, you can easily prepare many Starbucks drinks at home and refine them to your individual taste!
Tips & Tricks For The Preparation
To ensure that the preparation at home is perfect, we would like to give you a few useful tips and tricks:
- Be bold and try different flavors.
- You don’t have to pay close attention to the quantities. Depending on your preference, you can use more or less syrup or use sugar alternatives such as honey or maple syrup.
- You can also prepare your frappuccino with a hand blender. However, this is a bit more cumbersome than with a stable and high-quality stand mixer.
- Don’t be disappointed if your first frappuccino doesn’t look as good as a professional barista’s creations. With a little practice, you will soon be able to make the trend drink in no time at all – and the taste of the coffee specialty is always convincing!
Of course, we tested the recipe for you at home – and we are thrilled! We opted for the classic version with whipped cream and chocolate sauce and also refined the drink with a little vanilla flavoring. You can marvel at our result to the right of this section of text. What do you think: did our frappuccino turn out well? Can you do it even better? Then feel free to share your photo with us on Instagram – tag us with @coffeebeaneries and #coffeebeaneries. We look forward to your Frappuccino creations!
A frappuccino essentially consists of espresso, milk or milk substitute, and ice cubes. Was not invented by Starbucks but by the Coffee Connection chain. Depending on your taste, you can garnish the trend drink with syrup and various toppings.
There are no limits to your imagination because the frappuccino can be varied as desired. Especially in summer, the cold drink is an ideal refreshment or dessert alternative.