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Starbucks does a bang-up job on their summer drinks, but daily Frappuccinos are unnecessarily expensive, especially when you can make an equally delicious version at home. Just don’t call it a frappu-you-know-what. Starbucks owns the name, but you can still own the flavour. My version is a refreshing twist with grownup flair – it’s slightly stronger and much less sweet than the one your barista makes.To get this recipe closer to your Starbucks favourite, add more sugar and lighten up the coffee flavour with plain ice cubes. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Ingredients

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 cup frozen coffee cubes (about ¾ cup strong coffee)
  • 1 cup homogenized milk (you can substitute with lighter and alternative milks, but variations will change the flavour and texture)
  • 2 tablespoons instant dissolving or superfine sugar
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • caramel or chocolate sauce (optional)

Tools

  • an ice cube tray
  • a blender
  • a glass
  • a straw (optional)

Directions

  1. Pour 1.5 cups strong coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze
  2. Combine coffee cubes, milk and superfine sugar in a blender and whiz until mixed
  3. Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream and caramel or chocolate syrup, if desired, and enjoy

Not only does this homemade version taste great and cost less, it’s an ideal way to use up leftover coffee from your morning brew. Simply pour the bottom of your carafe into ice cube trays until you’ve gathered enough to whip up an afternoon treat.

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