I love coffee.
Some of you may already know that about me. Coffee has been a vital part of my existence since I was eight years old. Yes, I said eight years old. I had always adored the smell of coffee. And from the time I was a younger nipper I delighted in sneaking sips from my grandmother’s forgotten cold cups of coffee left on her side table. But at the ripe age of eight, at the recommendation of my pediatrician, I was given permission to drink a tiny cup of coffee to calm down my otherwise bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed nature.
It was then that my love affair with coffee began.
Fast forward to my honeymoon in Greece with My Yanni. This. This is where I fell in love with a frappé. You see I’m a hot coffee girl. I drink hot coffee on a 102 degree day. It’s just what I do. My Yanni on the other hand drinks cold coffee on a 32 below zero day. It’s just what he does. However, when in Greece do as the Greeks, right? So I tried a delicious frothy, perfectly chilly frappé on a 102 degree day and fell head-over-heels in love. We drank those glorious drinks every day all summer long whilst sitting underneath his grandmother’s gorgeous grapevines eating apricot jam.
From time to time I like to go back to Greece by sipping on a frappé with my eyes closed and my mind wide open on a chilly winter’s day. Turns a ho-hum day into a happy one in minutes.
You can too! This is all it takes.
Some instant coffee.
My Yanni & I love to use Nescafé ® instant coffee for our frappés. For one thing…Nescafé rhymes with frappé, *just kidding* in truth, we used it in Greece for our frappés 19 years ago so it holds a fond place in our frappé loving hearts. (This is not a paid post for Nescafé by the way.)
You’ll want to use a large glass to allow for proper froth-to-coffee-ratio. You’ll see what I mean later.
First, pour a heaping tablespoon of instant coffee into your large glass.
Next, add a teaspoon of sugar (or more if you like it really sweet).
Then pour in some milk to taste. We like to use a very large splash of milk or to be more precise, about 1/8 cup.
Next, add some ice cold water until the glass is a little over half full.
Now, at this point, the next step is to mix the concoction until it has a fabulous froth that almost fills the rest of the glass. I found a neat little battery operated hand held milk frother that we like to use. But in Greece we used a shaker with a lid and it worked like a dream. If using a shaker just add the ice cubes before you shake the daylights out of it for about 30 seconds and you should get the same fabulous frothy effect.
So, if using a neat little battery operated hand held mixer, mix the frappé until you see that everything is evenly incorporated…
and long enough that you’ve got a fabulous froth that equals the amount of coffee in your glass but leaves some room at the top for a handful of ice cubes.
Remember that proper froth-to-coffee-ratio I mentioned earlier?
Cold is key for a fantastic frappé. I’m always amazed at how many ice cubes My Yanni can fit into his glass.
Then insert a straw through the frothy foam…
and sip away until you find yourself smack dab in Greece underneath the grapevines on Yaya’s front porch.
Oh, happy day.
Here’s the easy recipe:
Happy Day Frappé
1 heaping Tablespoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 cup milk
1 cup cold water
handful of ice cubes
In a large glass, pour in a heaping spoonful of instant coffee, add a teaspoon of sugar, 1/8 cup of milk and 1 cold cup of water.
Place a battery operated hand held mixer into cup and mix until incorporated and frothy. Add handful of ice cubes.
If using a shaker with a lid, add ice cubes before shaking vigorously for at least 30 seconds.