Afternoon Coffee Break: Recipe For Homemade Frappuccinos

by Alice Currah on July 17, 2009. Updated April 12, 2011

Before buying a nice espresso machine, my husband and I would go to Starbucks daily sometimes even twice.  With the current state of the economy we cannot in good conscience or afford to continue spending $12/daily.  Instead we opted to invest in a nice home espresso machine knowing the machine would pay itself off in a few months.  And for the record it has.  Now we just make our favorite espresso drinks at home. Most  mornings I usually drink a hot latte but by afternoon you can find me drinking an iced coffee beverage including my own home version of a Starbucks Frappuccino. Besides saving Instead of giving Starbucks almost $5  for a frappuccino, I feel better knowing I have broken free from the power of the green topless mermaid.  Let me tell you right now how much I love making these at home because of the flexibility of controlling the amount of sugar, type of milk(s), and flavoring (therefore calories) to cater to whatever it is I’m craving.  It is my own personal opinion that these homemade iced coffee blended drinks are just as good as the local mermaid-cafe if not better.  As an added bonus, it only take less than 2 minutes from start to finish.  So if you find yourself trying to save some money (and who isn’t?) but love frappuccinos may I present to you my version of this beloved favorite.

**Disclaimer: This is not Starbuck’s actual proprietary recipe. This is my own version copycat clone frappuccino recipe of it. This recipe is for a blended icy coffee frappe / beverage similar to but not the same as Starbucks.

Alice’s Copycat Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe
Recipe type: beverage
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Serves: 1
Homemade version of Starbucks Frappuccinos
  • 1½ cups crushed iced
  • 2-1 ounce shots of espresso OR use ¾ cup of double strength (strong) coffee mixed with ½ cup of milk and increased crushed iced amount by ¼ cup.
  • ¾ cup your choice of milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (more or less depending on preference)
  • optional whipped cream in a can or freshly made and chocolate syrup
  1. Blend all the ingredients except the whipped cream in a blender for 30-45 seconds. Pour into a tall glass and top off with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate syrup. Best served with a straw. Enjoy!
Mocha Frappuccino Variation: Prepare everything the same as a regular Frappuccino (recipe above) except reduce sugar to 2 tablespoons and add 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup. Enjoy! **Other Variations** *Use Splenda, flavored coffee syrups, or flavored coffee creamers for a portion of the milk. For a richer beverage, use half and half, or heavy cream for a portion of the milk.
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ThePrestoShow February 11, 2014 at 4:20 am

I will need to give this recipe a try, thanks for taking the time to post it :o), I took a stab at making my own Starbucks cold coffee based that is used to make both the Mocha / Caramel Frappuccino, I think it tastes better than Starbucks lol


Misty Elam April 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

What a great idea!!! Do you mind sharing which espresso machine you use? I’ve purchased a few now & haven’t had the best of luck with them…


Alice Currah April 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Hi, I have an older Delonghi machine, so it prob. wouldn’t help since there are so many great ones out there. I bought it at Starbucks and I do know if you go there they will help you pick one.


Briana Booker May 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I tried this with some homemade banana muffins. :) Much better than Starbucks! I don’t have an espresso machine. Instead, I put ground espresso in a french press and small amount of hot water. I put the concentrated coffee in a small cup and dissolved the sugar in it so it wouldn’t be grainy. Tastes the same! Really nice recipe for my finals study break too :) Thank you very much for sharing!


Rosalie Swan May 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

Although coffee makes me insomniac, but I can’t stop enjoying it at anywhere. I have gone to many coffee shop to have Frappuccino, but I like my own production most. Thanks anyways!


Bailey Bywater June 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I tried this today and it was great.

Thanks for posting this recipe.


Alice Currah June 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for stopping by!


Brooke July 2, 2014 at 10:19 am

Sorry but this was the worst recipe of a frappe that I’ve tried so far… It came out completely watery and nothing even close to a normal frappe :(


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