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.
- 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
- 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!