Copycat Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe

So Starbucks has been offering all sorts of great Frappuccino promotions this summer.  Now I  have never been a Frappuccino gal myself but darn if Starbucks didn’t get me hooked on these yummy drinks.

I get a little nervous looking at these kinds of drinks because some of them can have upwards of 500 calories.  (You need to run about 5 miles to burn off 500 calories…. no thank you) and they also have tons of sugar.

So I decided to play around and see if I can create my own drinks at home.  It does take a little extra effort but if it takes you 15 minutes to get to the Starbucks drive through- well you can have one of these already made and be sitting by the pool in that same amount of time.

These puppies will set you back about $3.75-5.00 a pop at Starbucks too so you can save yourself a small fortune by making them right at home and you will know precisely what goes into your drink.

I prefer the Coffee Frapps myself because they are not overly sweet.  I also like the Caramel Frapps as a very occasional treat so here is how I make them at home.

I don’t care for really sweet coffee drinks so you may want to adjust this according to your taste.

Copycat Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe
Recipe type: Beverage, Copycat
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Serves: 1
Easy Copycat Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe.
  • 2 cups Ice
  • ¾ Cup Very Strong Coffee or one shot of Espresso
  • ¾ Milk of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup or sugar
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Caramel Sauce (optional)
  1. For a basic coffee frappuccino, here is what I do:
  2. Add ¾ cup strong coffee to a blender
  3. Add ¾ cup milk of your choice (I use 1%)
  4. Add between 1½ cups and 2 cups ice
  5. Add 2 tablespoons simple sugar (or plain white sugar)
  6. And blend away! You should get a nice slightly-sweet and frothy drink.
  7. If you are in the mood for caramel, follow the directions above and add 2 tablespoons caramel syrup.
  8. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.
  9. This gives you slightly more then a grande size drink.


Personally I prefer simple syrup to plain white sugar in this drink.  To make the simple syrup: Add one cup of sugar to one cup of water in a saucepan over medium high heat. Stir until all the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and let simmer about 10 minutes. Add to jar and let cool.

I just keep a jar on hand of simple sugar for when I make the Passion Tea Lemonade anyway so that is easy peasy to grab out of the fridge.

The key here is to get a good coffee.  I have a Keurig so I just put espresso into the little filters they make and brew it in a second.  (make sure to leave time for the espresso to cool!) If you don’t have one of these, you can just brew a super strong batch of coffee and then put the coffee into ice cube trays and freeze.  Pull them out and place into a baggie and keep in the freezer for individual use.  If that sounds like too much bother, another option would be to use the little Starbucks Via packets.

If you feel fancy, here are some extras to add:

Xantham gum: this can be food at natural food stores and is an additive in the regular Starbucks Frappucino base.  This will help your Frapp from separating.  Personally I don’t find it worth the bother.

Sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt on top of the caramel frapp for a salted caramel Frappuccino.  (My favorite is Himalayan Pink Sea Salt which is a few bucks at Target.)

Let me know how your homemade Frappucinos turn out!


  1. Charlene says

    Whitney I mentioned in there that an instant coffee pack might work. I personally like the flavor of brewed coffee but that would be a faster option.

  2. nurseteri says

    If you received the free sample of Carnation Breakfast Essentials (no sugar added ) there is a recipe on the package for a Soy milk/ chocolate iced coffee drink.

  3. Thabal says

    I found Colombian Instant coffee (decaf as well) at Trader Joes, and they are so good. Will try this one today. I love your recipes, simple and saves money, win-win for me :)

  4. dks64 says

    3/4 cup espresso is way too much for a single serving. 6 ounces is 4 servings or 4 shots.

  5. laurie says

    My hubby just got a free iced coffee at Wendy’s.No purchase needed (free daily btwn 2-5.)

  6. Charlene says


    I would encourage you to adapt the recipe to any quantities or flavors that suit your preferences.

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