While Matt and I were in Greece I noticed that everyone was drinking some iced coffee beverage with a thick layer of what, from far away, looked like whipped cream on top. In spite of the fact that I hate whipped cream, I had to try one of these immediately because: 1) I like iced coffee. 2) I like to try new things. 3) I’m a lemming and do whatever everyone else is doing.
While practicing my Greek literacy on a menu at a beachside taverna, I deduced that the mystery drink was called a frappe since that was the only coffee beverage offered.
A Greek frappe is iced coffee with a layer of foam on top. It is made with instant coffee (a fact I learned later) and is usually served sweetened and sometimes with milk.
My mind was boggled, wondering aloud How do they DO this? to Matt every time I drank one which was, admittedly, pretty often.
Of course I had to replicate this beverage as soon as I got home. Turns out it’s extremely easy to make- just takes a little shaking. It’s made with instant coffee which turns into a foam when mixed with a bit of water and agitated.
How to make a Greek Frappe
1) Put 2 heaped teaspoons of instant coffee and 2 teaspoons of sugar (or to taste) in a 500mL jar.
2) Add 30mL (~1 oz) of cold water.
3) Cover the jar with a lid and shake vigorously until the water started to foam up.
It will look something like this.
4) Add ice and top the jar up with cold water. A splash of milk is optional. Drink with a straw on a Cretan beach.
2 tsp instant coffee
2 tsp sugar (or to taste)
500mL cold water
ice and a splash of milk for serving.
Put the coffee and sugar in a 500mL jar.
Add 30mL of the cold water.
Put a lid on the jar and shake vigorously until the water starts to creat a foam.
Add ice and top the jar up with the remaining cold water. A splash of milk is optional for serving.