How to Make a Frappe in a Blender

Frosty and sweet, frappes are a delightful way to enjoy your morning cup of coffee and make unique beverages for your next brunch gathering. With this guide, you can easily make these blended beverages at home with the help of your blender to create new frosted coffee flavor combinations.


What is a frappe?

A frappe is an iced coffee beverage that blends freshly made espresso with ice, milk, sweeteners, flavored syrups and occasionally ice cream. These java treats are completely customizable as you can create different flavor combinations and add toppings to suit your taste.

How is frappe different from other coffee drinks?

Unlike cappuccinos, lattes, cold brews and traditional iced coffee, frappes blend fresh espresso with ice and other ingredients to create a thick, milkshake-like texture that makes your cup of joe feel more like a decadent dessert.

Blender frappe recipe

Your blender can help you easily create homemade frappes. Follow the steps below to learn the basics of making frappes in a blender, but you can get creative and add fresh seasonal ingredients and your favorite indulgent toppings to turn a traditional coffee into dessert in a glass.

  • Espresso

  • Milk, like whole, skim, oat or almond

  • Sugar or sweetener like honey or agave nectar 

  • Ice cubes

  • Flavored syrups (optional)

  • Ice cream (optional)

Prep Time
  • 10 minutes

Total Time
  • 15 minutes

Silver KitchenAid® blender with two blender jars

Step 1: Assemble blender

Set your blender on a cool, flat surface and plug it into a nearby outlet. Attach the blender jar and remove the lid. 

Red KitchenAid® espresso machine

Step 2: Make espresso

The best way to enjoy a frappe is to use freshly-brewed espresso. Preheat your espresso maker, then place finely ground espresso beans in the filter basket. Tamp the espresso grounds to create an even and level puck, then lock the filter basket into place on the espresso machine. If you have an automated espresso maker, select the number of shots you desire and watch your espresso brew.

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Step 3: Add ingredients in blender

Once your espresso shots have been pulled, you can begin adding your frappe ingredients into the blender. Start with liquids like the espresso, milk and any flavored syrups, then add in your sugar and ice cream (if using) and top it off with ice cubes. 


If you do choose to make a frappe with ice cream, you may want to add less ice to ensure the right consistency.

Frappe blending in a KitchenAid® blender

Step 4: Blend ingredients

Secure the blender lid to the jar, then turn your blender on low. Slowly increase the blending speed to high and let the mixture blend for at least 30 seconds or until your desired consistency has been reached. Some KitchenAid® blenders, like the KitchenAid® K400 Variable Speed Blender, feature an Icy Drinks Preset Recipe Program that takes the guesswork out of blending everything from frappes to margaritas.

Frappe pouring into a tall glass

Step 5: Pour into glass

Once your frosty coffee treat is completely blended, pour the beverage into a glass to serve. To make the drink even more decadent, you can top it with homemade whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate shavings or even caramel sauce.

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Step 6: Clean and store blender

To clean your blender, first remove the lid and jar. Use a warm, damp cloth to clean the base of any spills or splatters, then add warm water and a few drops of dish soap to the jar. Place the jar back onto the base and secure the lid. Then simply let it run on high speed for about 15–20 seconds. Unplug the base and empty the jar into your sink and rinse out any remaining residue, then allow to dry completely before storing.

Can I add flavors to my frappe?

You can experiment with a variety of different flavor profiles when making frappes in a blender. Read on below to explore some popular frappe flavors.

Vanilla ice cream with three vanilla bean pods

How to make a vanilla frappe

There are a few ways to create a vanilla frappe in your blender. You can slice open vanilla bean pods and scoop out the seeds and add them into your blender along with your other frappe ingredients for a bold, sweet flavor. If you don’t have vanilla beans on hand, homemade vanilla extract or vanilla syrup can also be added.

Square pieces of caramel

How to make a caramel frappe

A caramel frappe is a classic frozen beverage that you can easily make in your blender. Homemade caramel syrup can be added to the blender along with your other ingredients to give your frappe a rich and sticky sweet flavor. You can even add additional caramel syrup to your glass before you pour in your frappe for extra flavor.

Four pieces of chocolate

How to make a mocha frappe

Mocha frappes combine coffee and chocolate for a rich and bittersweet flavor. To make a mocha frappe, you can add homemade chocolate syrup or chocolate shavings into your blender and top the frappe with a chocolate drizzle before serving.

Coconut and a banana

How to make a coconut frappe

Fresh or toasted coconut can give your frappe a tropical twist. Simply add shaved coconut to your blender to incorporate the fruit into your frappe. Top your frappes with whipped cream and toasted coconut for indulgent results.

What recipes pair well with frappe?

Though a frappe can be a treat that is enjoyed on its own, you can pair it with your favorite breakfast recipes to start your day on the right foot. Frappes always pair well with breakfast confections like Buttermilk Old Fashioned Donuts, Apple Ricotta Pancakes or Eggnog Waffles and can be a sweet complement to savory breakfast dishes like Asparagus Red Pepper Quiche or this Grilled Breakfast Pizza with Pesto.

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