How to Make a Frappuccino

Five Parts:Prepare the CoffeeMixing the frappuccino, Version OneMixing the frappuccino, Version TwoDecorating and ServingAdditional Frappuccino Recipes

A good homemade frappuccino can rival the taste of the fanciest coffee house blend, and best of all, making your own frappuccino at home costs significantly less. There are a couple of ways to make a frappuccino, and each one allows you to personalize the flavor. If you're interested in trying this culinary adventure yourself, keep reading for a few basic instructions and specific flavor ideas.


Makes 1 frappuccino

Sugar Method

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) double-strength coffee
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) whole milk
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp (15 to 30 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp (15 to 30 ml) flavored syrup, any flavor
  • 1 to 2 cups (250 to 500 ml) ice

Pudding Method

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) strong brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk, any kind
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp (37.5 ml) instant pudding mix, any flavor
  • 1 cup (250 ml) ice


  • Whipped cream
  • Flavored syrup
  • Flavored confection chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, etc.)
  • Colored crystal sugar sprinkles

Part 1
Prepare the Coffee

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    Grind the coffee beans. A homemade frappuccino will taste best if you start with fresh coffee beans, even though this is not strictly a necessity.
    • For a standard 6-oz (180-ml) cup of coffee, you will need to use roughly 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of coffee beans. This translates into 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of coffee beans per 3 oz (90 ml), or 1 tsp (5 ml) of coffee beans per 1 oz (30 ml) of water.
    • You will need 4 oz (125 ml) of freshly brewed coffee for both recipes, but the coffee needs to be at double strength. For a normal 4-oz serving of coffee, you would need 4 tsp (20 ml) of coffee beans. For this recipe, you will need 8 tsp (40 ml) of coffee beans.
    • Grind the beans down using a manual or electric coffee grinder. Do this immediately before you intend to prepare your frappuccino since the coffee grounds will lose flavor as they sit out.
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    Brew the coffee. Add 1/2 cup (125 ml) water and your freshly ground coffee to your coffee maker. Allow the machine to cycle through the brewing process.
    • You can use commercially processed and packaged coffee grounds, if desired, instead of freshly ground.
    • Use a coffee maker that can prepare individual portions, if you have one. If not, you may need to make more coffee than necessary for this recipe. Make sure to grind more beans or measure more coffee grounds according to the information explained in the grinding step.
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    Alternatively, use instant coffee. If you do not own a coffee maker, you could use instant coffee granules, instead.
    • A standard 6-oz (180-ml) cup of coffee requires anywhere from 1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 ml) of coffee granules. Use this same amount for your frappuccino blend, but reduce the amount of water down to 4 oz (125 ml).
    • Pour boiling water into a mug with your pre-measured coffee granules. Stir well to combine.
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    Let the coffee cool. The coffee needs to cool to be used in your frappuccino; otherwise, it will be shocked as it hits the ice and will taste worse as a result.
    • Let the coffee cool naturally at room temperature for best results.
    • You could also cool the coffee in the refrigerator, but you should not cool it in the freezer.

Part 2
Mixing the frappuccino, Version One[1]

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    Combine the coffee, sugar, milk, and syrup. Add the cooled coffee, granulated sugar, whole milk, and flavored syrup to a blender and mix, on high speed, for 20 seconds to combine well.
    • If you have an espresso machine, you could also skip the coffee altogether and brew a shot of espresso, instead.
    • The amount of sugar and flavored syrup you need depends on how sweet you want the drink or how strong you want the flavor to be. You should use at least 1 Tbsp (15 ml) each of sugar and flavored syrup, but if you have a stronger sweet tooth or want a stronger flavor, use up to 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of each.
    • Common flavored syrups include mocha, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.
    • Whole milk really does work best for this recipe due to the taste and texture, but low-fat or no-fat milk can be used instead if you prefer a healthier version.
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    Add the ice. Add 1 cup (250 ml) of ice to the blender and blend, on high, for another 20 seconds.
    • The finished texture of the drink should be fairly slushy.
    • If possible, use crushed ice. Some refrigerators can produce crushed ice, but if yours does not have that feature, you can place ice cubes into a thick resealable plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Crushed ice is much easier for your blender to chop.
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    Add more ice as needed. If the drink is still too thin, continue adding more ice to the blender. Blend for 10 to 20 more seconds after each addition.
    • Add to an additional 1 cup (250 ml) crushed ice.

Part 3
Mixing the frappuccino, Version Two[2]

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    Combine the ice, instant pudding, coffee, and milk. Place the ingredients in a blender and close the lid. Blend, on high speed, until you no longer hear the sound of crushing ice.
    • If you prefer a thicker frappuccino, you could stop the blender when you hear the "crushing" sound slow, but not stop entirely. For a thinner frappuccino, continue blending the mixture a full 10 to 15 seconds after you hear the sounds stop.
    • Since you are using powdered pudding mix, you do not need to add sugar to this recipe. The pudding mix is sweet enough.
    • You will use about half of a standard 4-serving size box of instant pudding. Chocolate and vanilla are common flavors, but you can experiment with other flavors like butterscotch, as well.
    • This recipe works well with milk, include whole, low-fat, non-fat, almond, and soy.
    • For an even stronger flavor, you could skip the liquid coffee and add a 1-oz (30 ml) packet of instant coffee granules, instead.
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    Add more milk as needed. If the mixture is still too thick for your preference, add a little more milk to make it thinner. Add the milk 1 or 2 Tbsp (15 or 30 ml) at a time.
    • You can add up to another 1/4 cup (60 ml) of milk.
    • Blend the drink for another 5 to 10 seconds after adding the milk to incorporate it.

Part 4
Decorating and Serving

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    Top generously with whipped cream. At the very least, you should consider decorating your finished frappuccino with a heavy dollop or swirl of whipped cream.
    • You can use whipped cream as your only garnish, or you could use it as a "base" for your other garnishes.
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    Drizzle with flavored syrup. Drizzle flavored syrup back and forth across the whipped cream, creating a zig-zag pattern on top.
    • Use the same flavor for your garnish as the flavor used in your frappuccino. If you do not use the same flavor, at least use one that compliments the original flavor instead of clashing with it.
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    Garnish with flavored confection chips or sugar sprinkles. If you want to create a more colorful, fun decoration, you could use confection chips or colored crystal sugar sprinkles.
    • Use flavored chips that compliment the flavor of your frappuccino.
    • As a general rule, stay away from the combination of confection chips and sprinkles, as this may be overkill.
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    Serve immediately. This drink is best served as soon as it is prepared. If it sits out too long, it will becomes soupy. Pour the drink into your glass, garnish as desired, and enjoy.

Part 5
Additional Frappuccino Recipes

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    Make a simplified, cheaper frappuccino. Blend bottle frappuccino and ice. You can add a few dashes of flavored syrup or sugar, if desired, but it usually will not be necessary.
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    Blend together a mocha frappuccino. You can combine dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, and nonfat milk to create a mocha frappuccino. For a stronger flavor, freeze the coffee using an ice cube tray instead of using normal ice.
    • Make a mocha creme frappuccino if you enjoy the mocha taste but prefer a creamier texture. This version can be made with milk, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, sugar, and ice. Make a java chip frappuccino using the same basic set of ingredients.
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    Prepare a vanilla frappuccino. A vanilla frappuccino is very simple to make and only requires coffee, milk, sweetener, ice, and vanilla syrup.
    • Be sure to use vanilla syrup, though, and not vanilla extract.
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    Try something new with a coffee jelly frappuccino. Prepare a batch of coffee-flavored gelatin using coffee, gelatin powder, sugar, and water. Add this gelatin to a cappuccino made of coffee, milk, ice, and sugar.


  • If you have a “bullet” style blender that is capable of blending single serving size drinks, use that instead of a full-size standard blender.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee grinder
  • Coffee maker
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Blender
  • Serving glass

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