Greek Iced Coffee

Greek Iced Coffee

27 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2004

This frothy delight is a great summer treat when the summer heat makes hot coffee less appealing.

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  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 ice cubes
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ⅓ cup chilled milk


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  1. Place instant coffee, sugar, ice cubes and water in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake vigorously for 30 seconds, or until frothy. Stir in milk.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup
  • Per serving: 57 calories; 1 g fat(1 g sat); 0 g fiber; 10 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 4 mcg folate; 4 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 159 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 106 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 38 mg sodium; 193 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ low-fat milk

Reviews 27

July 21, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
This is such a delicious and simple coffee drink. I think most commenters are WAY overthinking this whole thing. Just enjoy some caffeine and get on with your day. :-)
July 09, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
One thing the recipe forgot to mention... The recipe forgets one key ingredient. The way instant coffee is brewed is different here in the USA and you cannot use just any instant coffee. Look for the Nescafe Greek Instant Coffee in your local Mediterranean grocer or even over on (but watch the prices, some are way too expensive.) And yes the right instant coffee WILL froth up so thick you can barely pour it in less than 30 seconds. Pros: Refreshing! Cons: Won't work as well as the real ones in Greece.
May 14, 2011
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By: roanletx
Add ice cubes according to how long you wnat to sip it! Frappe is a foam covered iced coffee drink usually made with spray-dried instant coffee and evap milk. Its invention dates back to the 1957 International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki. A representative of the Nestle company, Yannis Dritsas, was exhibiting a new product for children, a chocolate beverage produced instantly by mixing it with milk and shaking it in a shaker. Dritsas' employee Dimitris Vakondios was looking for a way to have his usual instant coffee during his break but he could not find any hot water, so he mixed the coffee with cold water in a shaker. This improvised drink has been called the national coffee of Greece, and is available at virtually all Greek cafes. Pros: neat-looking presentation Cons: I prefer espresso as the base
May 12, 2011
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By: Alaina
Brings back memories I've been in love with these since I spent a summer in Cyprus. My variation is slightly different though. I use the same amount of sugar/coffee, but only use a couple tbsp of water; just enough to cover the sugar & coffee. As another reviewer suggested I mix it with a drink mixer, I really think this is essential. I can't see shaking it producing the same amount of foam, and I bet it's way harder. I usually fill the rest of the glass with ice/milk. So fast, easy and delicious
April 01, 2011
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By: sallymanchester3745
Mocha Healthy I add a scoop of chocolate 100 cal whey protein power for a quick breakfast!
March 31, 2011
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By: suffie777
So Good These are served in Greek cafes all over NYC, Astoria and in Greece. They are so good. I've never liked instant coffee and always thought frappes (pronounced frappay) like this were made with a fine espresso because they taste so good. Can't believe how simple the ingredients are. I always use a blender at home and that helps, but it never comes out as good as it does in the cafes. Pros: Light, Frothy, Delicious Cons: Greek Cafe's make it better than I can at home
August 19, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I too didn't realize there needed to be a recipe for coffee + ice + whatever :P
August 16, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This is the classic summer ( and not only) coffee type we greeks call Frappe. It calls for a teaspoon of instant coffee ( like Nestle Nescafe) in a glass (long drink glass not a soda glass), add suger if you like and a tablespoon of water, mix with the machine we use to mix drinks until it doubles its volume and is like a foam. Then add the milk ( a shot of evaporated milk is the standard quantity). Add about 3-4 ice cubes ( depends on how slowly you want to drink your coffe) and top the glass with iced water. Use a drinking straw to mix and that's it. It makes a nice afternoon drink if instead of milk you use irish cream liquer or more of a snack if instead of milk you scoop a ball of vanilla ice cream.
August 06, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
When I read all the comments here and tried it, it tasted okay-ish, but I decided to change it a little bit and it tasted great. Here's my variation of it: 2-3 tea spoons of instant coffee 2-3 tea spoons of sugar 2 tea spoons of condensed milk 1/4 cup of hot water (to melt the coffee, sugar, and condensed milk in order to mix it together properly) 1/4 cup of cool or cold water 4 ice cubes -Shake it all together for about 30 seconds or more- Now add 1/4 or 1/3 of milk If you do this I promise that it'll taste great, well to sweet lovers it will, the condensed milk adds a lot more sweetness to the coffee. And wha la, great tasting coffee in the comfort of your own home.
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