What is a frappe, and why should you make one? This tasty drink is Greece’s “official” coffee drink, with Greeks drinking it all year! It is made with coffee, sugar, ice, and water. The ingredients are blended, shaken, or beaten to create a refreshing drink.

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What is a frappe coffee?

A frappe coffee is an iced instant coffee prepared in a shaker or in a blender. Its name is from the French word of the same name (frappe), which means beaten. Frappe coffee is accompanied by many ice cubes and enjoyed with a straw.

Is frappe coffee Greek?

Yes, it is. Frappe is often referred to as our national coffee. It was accidentally invented in 1957 at the Thessaloniki International Fair by Dimitris Vakondios, an employee of the Swiss company Nestlé, the maker of Nescafé instant coffee.

At the time Nestlé was introducing a new children’s drink based on chocolate.
During a break, Dimitris wanted to drink his usual Nescafe with hot water and sugar. He couldn’t find any hot water and having seen his manager many times presenting the chocolate drink with a shaker, he decided to do the same using instant coffee mixed with cold water in a shaker.

This is how this popular coffee drink was created and would later enter the Greeks’ daily lives. The company had indeed launched an iced instant coffee some years earlier, and Vakondios invented the rich foam of the frappe as we know it. Frappe consumption skyrocketed, and Nestle adopted this version of the story as the birth of the frappe.

Frappe coffee has accompanied many generations of Greeks in their most enjoyable moments and is identified with the summer months of relaxation and carelessness.

Here is what you need

Instant coffee, sugar, ice cubes and cream on a table, overhead view.

There is no specific recipe for a frappe. Everyone can follow their own, depending on their tastes and preferences.

Basic recipe: Put two teaspoons of instant coffee, one teaspoon of sugar, and a little room-temperature water in a glass. The amount of water should not be much because a lot of foam will be created during blending. Use a milk frother and blend the coffee into a creamy foam. Add ice and fill the glass with cold water. Stir well and add some cream* if you like.

Our frappe recipe

Our recipe pays homage to a famous cafe in Athens. The recipe was created by Christos Lentzos in his famous cafe in the Pagrati district in 1965. The Lentzos frappe is legendary, a recipe kept a top secret for years. It was unique and delicious. Their coffee became very popular in the 70s and an element of pleasure for decades. In the 90s I used to frequent the cafe and enjoy the thick creamy coffee before my night club escapades or on a lazy afternoon chatting for ages with a friend.

Here is how to make the Lentzos frappe

Coffee and sugar in a blender.
Add four full tablespoons of instant coffee of your choice and half a cup of sugar in a blender.
Water pouring inside a blender with coffee and sugar on a table, in front of a window.
Pour one and a half cups of water.
A blender from above with grape coffee blending.
Blend until coffee is creamy and silky, at least 2 minutes.
Frappe coffee pouring in a tall glass with ice cubes.
Fill two tall glasses with ice. Divide the coffee between them.
Water pouring in a tall glass with coffee and ice cubes.
Add water to the brim.
Cream being poured over frappe coffee and ice cubes.
Add cream if you like and a straw. Stir and enjoy!
Two tall glasses with frappe coffee in front of an open window.
A black and white icon of a cocktail.

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How To Make A Frappe coffee

by Jenny | The Greek Foodie
This tasty drink is Greece's "official" coffee drink! It is made with coffee, sugar, ice, and water. The ingredients are blended, shaken, or beaten to create a refreshing drink.
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Greek
Servings 2
Calories 128 kcal


  • blender or immersion blender


  • 4 tablespoons instant coffee full tablespoons
  • ½ cup sugar for a medium sweet coffee
  • cups water room temperature
  • heavy cream or your favorite creamer, optional
  • ice cubes
  • cold water


  • Add the coffee, sugar and the water in a blender.
    Blend for a few minutes until mixtute is thick an silky.
  • Add ice cubes to two tall glasses.
    Divide the blended coffee between them, and fill with cold water.
    Stir gently and add heavy cream if you like to taste. Enjoy!


A frappe recipe can be used as a base to create other drinks.
  • Try a frappe with a scoop of ice cream like chocolate or vanilla. 
  • Pour a tablespoon or two of creamy Baileys for a velvety texture.
  • Add some whipped cream on top with either caramel or chocolate syrup.
Nutritional Info – Please remember that the nutritional information provided is only estimated and can vary based on the products used.


Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 354mgSugar: 24gCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.5mg
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