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How To Make A Cappuccino Freddo - Recipe

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How To Make A Cappuccino Freddo - Recipe

What is a cappuccino freddo?

This delicious and refreshing take on the classic cappuccino has only recently achieved world-wide recognition, but it has been enjoyed in some parts of Europe for decades. So, what’s the story behind this viral success? And how do you froth cold milk?

The origin of a cappuccino freddo

Despite both words: ‘cappuccino’ (a classic coffee recipe) and ‘freddo’ (meaning cold) being Italian in origin, the cappuccino freddo actually comes from Greece.  Here the weather is typically warm all year round so drinking iced coffee throughout the year is usual.  In Greece cappuccino freddos have been popular since the 1990s.

Cappuccino freddo recipe

There are two distinct parts to this drink, and both have a particular, yet simple method of preparation. 

  • Double espresso shot.
  • 3-4oz cold skimmed milk, frothed.

How to make a cappuccino:

  • Grind enough coffee for a double espresso.
  • Extract a double espresso shot into a cup with 2 or 3 ice cubes. Adding sugar is optional at this stage, but we think good quality coffee doesn’t need it.
  • Use either a drinks mixer or a cocktail shaker to shake the espresso and ice mix.  This is to introduce air and simultaneously cool down the espresso.
  • Use a cocktail shaker or a hand milk-foamer (like this) to whip the skimmed milk until it is smooth and foamy
  • Pour or spoon the milk on top of the espresso and ice. If it is well-foamed you will see distinct layers at first which slowly mix together as you enjoy the drink.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder.

Points to note:

  • Never use a blender for a cappuccino freddo, especially for the espresso, as this will chop the ice and dilute the coffee too much.
  • Skimmed or zero-fat milk is best for this drink as it will foam much better.
  • The colder the milk is, the better it will foam.


What’s the difference between a cappuccino freddo and an iced latte?

The cappuccino freddo is a smaller drink, and the milk is foamed, rather than just being poured straight in.  This cold, textured milk is very unique, making a cappuccino freddo very different to most iced coffee drinks.  Because of this, the milk and espresso sit separately in the glass, only combining as the drink is consumed.

What’s the best type of coffee to use for a cappuccino freddo?

Using a lively, yet powerful coffee with velvety mouthfeel is a wonderful way to enjoy a cappuccino freddo.  This Brazilian coffee has enough character to maintain a delicious flavor even when served cold.


Looking for other recipes? Read our article about coffee drinks explained.

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