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Frappe

Frappe at a Greek cafe

(Greek iced coffee)

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The frappé (Φραπέ) is Greece's favorite summer drink. During hot weather, Athenians lounge at street cafes, slowly sip a frappé and leisurely watch as people stroll by.

The European version of Nescafé instant coffee is made in a way that encourages the formation of foam. Instant coffee produced in the United States is often made by a different process, so an American frappé might not be as frothy as one in Greece. It will still taste splendid!

Makes 1 glass

Ingredients

  • Instant coffee (preferably Nescafé) -- 1 1/2 to 3 teaspoons
  • Cold water -- 2/3 cup
  • Sugar (optional) -- 2 to 3 teaspoons
  • Milk (optional) -- 1/4 cup
  • Ice cubes (optional) -- 2 to 3 each

Method

  1. Add desired amount of coffee, sugar and 2 or 3 tablespoons of the water to a cocktail shaker or blender. Shake or blend until the mixture forms a thick and frothy foam.
  2. Pour the foam into a tall glass and stir in the remaining water and the sugar, milk and ice cubes if desired. Drink with a straw.

Frappé Variations

  • Skétos: No sugar added.
  • Métrios: Medium-sweet (about 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar).
  • Glykós: Sweet (2 to 3 teaspoons sugar).
  • Horis Gala: Without milk.

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