An Ode to the Frappé

When I say “frappé”, I’m not referring to a Starbucks Frappuccino, I am talking about the Greek-style drink, frappé. 

A frappé is basically a stronger version of iced coffee, only with the perfect blend of bitter-sweet foam towering atop.  As someone who has had her fair share of iced coffees around the US and Europe,  this drink is simply unique in both its taste and texture.

During the summers I traditionally head down to the southern sea-side city of Saranda, Albania where I visit my extended family. While we relax along the rocky beaches on the Mediterranean, there’s no better way to enjoy it than with a frappé in hand.

Albania and Greece border each other by both land and sea, so the two happen to share a lot of similarities when it comes to food and drink. Greek imports are also one of the most common to be found throughout the country, one of my personal favorites being the Nescafé instant coffee.

Hold on; instant coffee??

Hell yeah. Don’t get me wrong, the frappé is just about the only instant coffee I think I could ever drink. The thing with Nescafé’s is that it is purposely made for the (perfect) frappé. In this case it is made in a way that increases the production of the iconic foam.

Frappés are enjoyed in a variety of ways, and since the European lifestyle is heavily focused on leisure time, they are mainly consumed when relaxing. My favorite time and place to sip on one would have to be at the beach, where they are usually served by local restaurants and cafés. They are also enjoyed are in cafés with friends and family, after a meal, in the morning or at night.


Start by adding around 2 teaspoons of instant coffee (preferably Nescafé, but if you can’t get your hands on that, any kind will do) to something like a cocktail shaker, protein shaker, or a blender for best results. Next, add in cold water (about 2/3 cup) and your desired amount of sugar and milk.

I usually add as much sugar as I do the Nescafé, just because it is fairly strong espresso. Feel free to add in a few ice cubes if you’d like then shake it until it forms a super thick and frothy foam.

Pour it into a tall glass, sip it out of a fun colored straw and enjoy!