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Greek Frappe

In Greek: φραπέ, pronounced frah-PEH. A favourite summer drink, frappé is a cool refresher on a hot day for coffee lovers. It's easy to make using instant coffee (decaf or full octane), and while it can be whipped, the traditional version is shaken ... never stirred.


  • 3 teaspoons instant coffee, preferably Nescafé, preferably the Greek version
  • 2-3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Milk



  1. In a shaker or cup or jar with a tight fitting lid, combine instant coffee, sugar, enough water to come about 1” up the side of your container and a couple of ice cubes. Seal and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds until very frothy. Alternatively, add coffee, sugar and water to your tall serving glass and use the milk frother until very frothy.
  2. If shaken, pour the frothy coffee, along with the ice cubes, into a tall glass filled about halfway up with more ice. Top with as much milk as you like and finish off with cold water. Otherwise, drop ice into your glass filled with the frothy coffee and top with milk and cold water. Serve with a spoon to mix in any undissolved granules of sugar.

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