All over Greece people are slowly sipping their favourite drink through colourful straws – Greek Iced Coffee – Also know as Frappé. Coffee is a part of Greek culture and over the warmer months, Greeks are known for spending hours sipping on their iced coffee.  It’s part of the Greek Lifestyle and is one of the most popular caffeinated beverages that can be enjoyed all year round. Whether it’s for a morning pick me up, a mid-afternoon coffee run, or just relaxing under the hot Greek sun on the beach. Iced coffee and Greek summer go hand in hand!

If you want to recreate this drink for yourself, we have created a very easy step-by-step guide on how to make your very own Frappé at home. If you have never had one before then you are definitely in for a treat.

Firstly let’s see exactly what is a Frappé and how it all came about.

Who created the Frappé

The Greek frappé was accidentally invented in Northern Greece, Thessaloniki in 1957. The representative of the Nestlé Company, Yannis Dritsas, was exhibiting a new product for children, a chocolate beverage produced instantly by mixing it with milk and shaking it in a shaker. One of Dritsas’ employees named Dimitris Vakondios was looking to enjoy his usual instant coffee during a break but could not find any hot water available. In response, he decided to mix the coffee with cold water and ice cubes in a shaker. This is what we have come to know as the Greek Frappé and now it’s served all throughout the country.

Some people fondly call it the Greek National Drink. Making the perfect frappé is considered an art form. There is no set recipe which is why you may find the taste varies between different cafes and from those who make it at home. The amount and thickness of the foam, coldness, the level of sweetness all play a factor in the final outcome. You may decide to have it without sugar or milk, black with sugar, or milk with no sugar. It’s a completely personal choice that can be customized exactly to your preference.

How to make

Frappé is made very simply from any instant coffee, but it is best to use Greek Nescafe instant coffee. The amount of sugar and milk you add is optional, so make it according to how you like it. Follow up with evaporated milk and ice cold water. This Frappé recipe is easy and fast to make.


Base ingredients

  • Instant coffee (Nescafe)
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Ice Cubes
  • Cold Water
  • Drinking Straw
  • Frappé Mixer


  1. First of all, gather all your ingredients together along with a tall glass, a teaspoon, and an electric Whizzer.
  2. Next add the instant coffee (Nescafe), sugar, and a shot of cold water.
  3. Then whiz the drink with a handheld mixture until a thick, creamy foam is produced.
  4. Once blended, pour the mixture into the tall serving glass.
  5. Then add a few ice cubes and a touch of evaporated milk according to your taste.
  6. Finally, fill up the glass with cold water and serve with a drinking straw.

We hope you enjoying giving this recipe a try and let us know in the comments below how you customized your own frappé.

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