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Christmas Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is perfect when you want something cold and refreshing, but so can frappuccino be (if you don’t add too much heavy cream).

Why not combine these incredible drinks to one perfect creation?

What you’ll Need

  • Coffee Beans (or ground coffee)
  • 1/2 Cup Milk or 1/4 Cup Cream
  • Sugar or Syrup
  • Ice 

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So, when I got the suggestion for a cold brew coffee frappuccino recipe from one of our members inside the DripBeans facebook group, I knew that I had to do it.


Cold brew coffee has less acidity and a smoother coffee taste than hot brewed coffee. Therefore you can not make cold brew frappuccino the same way as you would make “normal” frappuccino.

You will have to adjust. The big difference is that you can’t use as much dairy as with hot brewed coffee. If you do, the frappuccino won’t taste much coffee.


The advantage of using cold brew for your frappuccino is that you will end up with a smoother tasting and much more refreshing result.


Frappucino is often a sweetened drink, but I think the need for extra sweetness is less needed using cold brew.

If you are using heavy cream, I would suggest you to add at least a little sugar or syrup. 

But if you are going for a more refreshing and less heavy drink using only milk, a sweetener is not needed. Unless you want it sweet, then you can, of course, add how much you want to!

Step 1 – cold brew coffee

If you want to make cold brew frappuccino, you obviously need some cold brew coffee.


If you’re going to add cream to your cold brew (heavy or half and half), I would suggest going with a dark roast. If you want to use milk for your frappuccino, I would suggest using a medium or dark roast.

Use a cold brew brewing method of your choice and let it brew for 12-24hrs.

For this recipe, use a pretty high coffee to water ratio. 1:4 or 1:5.
We want to make a strong cold brew, so the coffee taste doesn’t disappear when adding a lot of ice and dairy.

If you are not sure about how to make cold brew, check out our cold brew video guide or our blog post guide.(You can of course also buy drink-ready cold brew coffee)

Step 2 – Make the Cold Brew

When you have your cold brew, you just need to mix all the ingredients.

My suggestion is to add all the ingredients to a glass, so you know how much to use. Start by adding a lot of ice. Fill the glass to the top.

Then add cold brew. I used 1 cup for this recipe, but you can use how much you want to, it all comes down to personal preference, how strong your coffee is, and how big of serving you want.

Add Dairy – Milk or Cream

Now add either cream or milk. Using cream will give a smoother and less icy consistency, but milk will make a more refreshing taste.

It’s your choice.


– If you add cream, I suggest you not to use too much. Two tablespoons are enough for me.

– If you are using milk, you can add a bit more. I would use 1/4 to 1/2 a cup.


Frappuccino Sweetener 

Lastly, add a sweetener. This is very optional. If you are using cream, I would suggest using a sweetener — for example, maple or caramel syrup. Or just sugar. About one tablespoon is my suggestion.

You can, of course, add a sweetened even if you are using milk.
My suggestion is to add about 1-2 teaspoons.


Time to blend!

Now, mix it. Either by using a blender or handheld mixer. Make sure the ice gets crushed.

Pour it up, and you are done! Enjoy!
Drink it as it is or top with cream or caramel/chocolate sauce.

Ps. If you want even more coffee taste, you can make cold brew ice cubes. Instead of adding regular ice to your frappuccino, you can add iced cold brew. Less water and more coffee taste.

That’s it! I hope you try this cold brew frappuccino recipe and make sure to let us know what you think by joining our cold brew facebook group.

If you have any friends who you think would enjoy this recipe, make sure to share it with them. It would be very generous of you and it would both your friend and us!


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Thank you, and good luck with your frappuccino (cold brew style)!

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