I’ve been interested for a while in trying those little cold drink Starbucks Frappuccino bottles that you can get during my coffee adventures. I like Frappes and, though these are less thick, they seem like a more portable, on demand option. The problem is, a 4 pack of tiny bottles runs like $7-$8 normal priced. For that much, I may as well just buy a real Frappe.
Fortunately, my wife is coupon hound, and keeps a close eye on sales, so I managed to get a small stack of these for pretty cheap (around a dollar a bottle). Still, as small as the bottles are, a buck a piece still feels like kind of a rip off.
Fortunately, there are several recipes online to “make your own”. Surprisingly, these things are apparently like 50-75% milk. Granted the coffee bit is the extra potent espresso type, but it’s still not a large portion.
I’m not going to get into too much detail, but here’s a recipes if you’re interested. I was pretty general on my amounts for most of the ingredients so it seems to be pretty flexible. If the mix seemed too dark, I added a bit more coffee or milk. I ultimately did end up with too much cocoa, it doesn’t take much of that stuff, so my mix is a little on the chocolaty side.
It tastes pretty much the same otherwise.
I even made a point of saving all of the bottles from my real Frappuccino drinks in order to store the home made mix in them. The mix felt like it should make more but one pot from my small 4 cup maker only ended up filling 4-5 bottles. I also, lack an espresso machine, so I had to do the whole “brew it, then send it back through” thing, which may or may not actually be too effective.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the top photo is a half finished real drink, and the bottom one is a home made drink after being shaken up to redistribute the cocoa.