Frappé (Foamy Iced Coffee) Recipe

Frothy iced coffee in an instant.

Photographs: Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • The concentrated solids in instant coffee help make a stable and thick foam.

Greek café culture revolves around this frothy iced coffee drink. Instant coffee is shaken up into a thick foam and then topped off with a splash of water for a creamy and refreshing drink.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Makes: 1 drink

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  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (see note)
  • sugar, to taste (optional)
  • evaporated milk, to taste (optional)


  1. In a cocktail shaker or jar, add 2 tablespoons of water, the instant coffee, and sugar (if using). Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

  2. Add 1 cup of ice cubes to the shaker or jar. Cover and shake again for 30 seconds. Pour the foam and ice into a tall glass. Add more water, ice, and milk if desired. Serve right away.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker


There's no need to add sugar if you're using a spray-dried instant coffee, such as Nescafé. However, if your instant coffee was produced through freeze-drying you will need to add at least 1 teaspoon of sugar to the coffee in step 1.

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