Iced Coffee Frappe at home

Keep cool and caffeine-fuelled with this homemade version of an iced coffee frappuccino.

The advertisement at a local drive-thru joint beckoned to me yesterday: a tall, frosty iced coffee concoction, its whipped cream topping perfectly formed, appealed to my sagging energy levels.

The three kids and I had just left the park, and we were all hot and tired, not to mention bothered.

Then I remembered the dregs of a jar of cold-brewed iced coffee waylaid at the back of my fridge, and a recipe in Alice’s book, Savory Sweet Life for an iced coffee frappe. Bingo.

So I stepped on the gas and headed toward my own kitchen. Shortly afterward, I had my ice-cold caffeine fix in hand and I had saved five bucks.

I couldn’t just stop at the coffee, though. Whipped cream was needed, after the week I’ve had, shaved chocolate, too, and an espresso bean for good measure.

Thanks to this extra tall iced frappe (and its over-the-top-espresso-bean-garnish), I was sufficiently fuelled and cooled for the task of catch-up. Here’s the recipe should you find yourself with a monster to-do list and few alternatives.

A few notes on this simple summer beverage:

My frappe is shown as separated, mostly because as SOON as I had it made and was ready to photograph the drink, Clara woke up and needed to be changed, fed, burped, etc.

The recipe blends up nice and smooth and really delivers a frosty iced coffee frappe. 

Okay: sugar content. Alice’s original recipe called for three tablespoons of granulated sugar, and I’m guessing that if you want a frappe that tastes close to a Starbucks version, you’d better go ahead and add the sugar.

But it is just as delicious with coffee as the star ingredient. Don’t forget the whipped cream!

If you’re looking for a simple cold brew ice coffee, I’ve got that too.

Iced Coffee Frappe

Keep cool and caffeine-fueled with this homemade version of an iced coffee frappuccino. Recipe adapted from the Savory Sweet Life cookbook.
4.67 from 12 votes
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Course: Drinks
Servings: 1
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Aimee


  • 1 1/4 cups ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup cold-brewed coffee or extra-strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon raw cane sugar or demerera sugar
  • Whipped cream optional, to garnish.


  • Combine the ice, strong coffee, milk, and sugar in a blender and pulse/puree until frothy and ice is pulverized.
  • Taste and adjust sweetener if desired.
  • Pour into a tall glass or jar and serve with a straw.
  • Optional: Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 248mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 138mg

Iced tea or iced coffee: what’s your pick?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Ariana {And Here We Are...} says

    Hey, that’s almost exactly what I’ve been doing every day! I use espresso and more ice, and I’ve been amazed by how the whole thing takes on a really light and fluffy texture, even without any whipped cream. I did add some coconut milk (the creamy stuff from the top) and that was a winner, too! Good for you for passing up the $5 version and using what you have!

  2. Neither. I’m strange when it comes to beverages, I don’t like tea, coffee or even chocolate milk. Lemonade though, now that gets me excited.

  3. Just printed this recipe…iced coffee gets my vote, even in the winter and I live in Maine! I have been making my own iced coffee this year, due to the cost. I love Dunkin’ Donuts, but my habit was really starting to add up. Since I love to junk and thrift, it seemed silly to look for bargains and then drop $4 on a coffee. Thanks for this recipe. I enjoy your blog and your food perspective. Now, if I could rediscover the latent cooking person I used to be…:-)

  4. Iced tea is my favorite summer drink – its so refreshing. My favorite is Moroccan: gunpowder green tea with lots of fresh mint a bit of honey and a hint of rosewater – steeped in a jar in the sun. Its great warm and as well as iced.
    However, a certain chocolate chip frappe has been heavily advertised lately and has certainly gotten my attention, but there is something about iced coffee that almost seems like a snack to me. I certainly plan to try the recipe above as I always have some leftover from my morning press. Thanks for sharing and saving me a few bucks and a few hundred calories!

  5. I love iced tea AND iced coffee! I make a strong brewed coffee or cold brew it, and then make ice cubes from it so that my iced coffees don’t get watery/watered down on a hot day 🙂 yum!

  6. Both! We make decaf sun tea all summer but love to start the day with iced coffee. Usually made the night before.
    Love the glass straw in the picture!

  7. Can I have the jar in the top photo, please? I’ll take the coffee to go with it, too.

  8. Oh! I hope next week goes better for you. Playing catch-up is never fun. 🙁 But, that frappe sure does look delicious!

  9. Great substitute for an overpriced frappe! Thanks!

  10. Being from Seattle, like Alice, I take my coffee seriously and probably spend way too much money at Starbucks. This recipe could save me a lot of money! Thanks for sharing – your pictures look beautiful!

  11. Iced coffee, for sure! Since I live in the deep south I don’t go around saying that much (borderline blasphemy to not drop everything for iced tea!), but I adore iced coffee, even in the winter!
    I think I’ll make this with lunch today. I’ve had “one of those weeks”, too;)

  12. Kaitlin Jenkins says

    We make these several times a week during the summer (not always with whipped cream, maybe I need to revise my strategy!) but we step it up a notch by using frozen coffee cubes so they don’t get watered down while we’re sipping away slowly.

  13. Iced coffee for sure…and this frappe looks delicious! I’ll definitely have to make one of these very soon!

  14. The reminds me of a treat I make for my kids–homemade chocolate syrup, milk, eggs (we use straight-from-the farm eggs that I’m comfortable using raw, but they could be omitted), and ice whizzed together in the blender. I often add a spoonful of espresso powder to my own portion.

  15. Looks delicious, Aimée! I will definitely try this, and I like your version with less sugar because I love the taste of coffee. Yum!

  16. Ashley Johnson says

    5 stars
    Just made these & they’re awesome!! Saves SO much money. Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    I could have died when I saw your sweet coffee in a little jar so I had to make my own too. What an amazing way for me to start my day, thanks!

  18. Love both iced tea and iced coffee – they each have their place! But today IS a frappe day, and I’m glad that I don’t have to go anywhere or pay for anything to make my own. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  19. I love drinking ice coffee. This is perfect for the hot summer we have right now. In fact, I just drink ice coffee.

  20. 5 stars
    This is wonderful and so simple. I’ll never gat drive through Iced coffee again!

  21. Tried this today and oh my it was good! Thanks for the recipe I made one adjustment but other then that it was perfect.

  22. A little xantham gum will keep it from separating too quickly. *It still will separate eventually, because I think a lot of places use non dairy creamer to get the consistency. But that’s the best trick I’ve found 🙂

  23. I love to try this. Can I use granulated sugar as a substitute of raw cane sugar?

  24. Maria Hancock says

    5 stars
    Thanks, that’s the best coffee frappe I’ve managed to make

  25. 5 stars
    Thank you for this option, it’ll save me my retirement funds from being used at Starbucks :P. Absolutely love the pic, I hope I can do it justice when I try making it myself. Thank you for this!!

  26. Iced tea with black tea and lemongrass. Cheap sweet and easy. I cold brew it by making a tea pot of 3cups cold water, 5 black tea bags and 2 lemongrass bags. Steep 3 hours. No less. Remove the black tea but leave in the lemon. Add sweetner or whatever. You can cut it with a cup of cold water but i add ice. Guzzle and grin. Grab the remote… No one.s gettin in! Mk. Il.

  27. 5 stars
    How to combine Coffee & Frappuccino together, and make a cup of Frappe; i have just known perfectly now.

  28. Genesis Pacheco says

    5 stars
    Made this on a hot day and it tasted so good!! I also added in a little bit of vanilla just for some extra flavor and it was amazing. Definitly going to use this recipe to make my iced coffee from now on!

  29. Luis Montero says

    5 stars
    Thank you Aimee for this great recipe! My wife and I have been enjoying your Iced Coffee Frappes for these hot summer days in Puerto Rico! And since we only had one rack of ice cubes, I increased the chill factor by adding some vanilla bean iced cream. It came out delicious! May God bless you for your creativity and helping us all save some money!

  30. Hi,

    Love the frap its a good recipe. Always gonna use this site. Thanks for the recipe.

  31. Deanna Tourville says

    5 stars
    Great recipe…with the hot weather right now this is perfect. And at very little cost.

  32. 5 stars
    Five Stars. This coffee was AMAZING!!

  33. 1 star
    Far weaker then all other recipes, which use milk ice cubes (because why add water). This is how I made it for the first time ever without researching, and uh. Yea. Looks like the author did the same.

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