Iced coffee is not exactly the quickest of recipes, but the results are well worth it. My fiancé prefers his chilly drink black, while I prefer mine with a splash of milk and some simple syrup. I like my new buzzy beverage so much in fact, that my usually once-a-day coffee break has turned into more like three or four. If this addiction keeps up I'm going to have to invest in a more professional cold brew system!
This weekend I took my iced coffee obsession one step further by bringing a blender into the mix. The cappuccino frappe that resulted made for a perfectly sublime afternoon treat. More of a milkshake than an iced coffee drink, it
could should technically pass for a dessert. (Let's just keep pushing it as a "frozen caffeinated beverage" to prevent unwarranted judgement, shall we.)
In all my amped-up excitement, I pondered the many different flavors combinations I can make in the future. Any favorite ice cream flavor would be delicious—perhaps next I'll try coffee, or caramel, or cookies & cream. Heck, maybe I'll even throw in a splash of Kahlua on a particularly brutal Georgia day.
Cappuccino-Chip FrappeServes 1 to 2
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup iced coffee concentrate*, or more to taste (see linked recipe below)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chocolate chips
Whipped cream, for serving
Add ice cream, iced coffee, vanilla, and chocolate chips in a blender and process until mixture is smooth and chocolate chips are finely ground. (Freeze frappe mixture for a few minutes to thicken up, if desired.) Pour into chilled glasses and served with whipped cream.
Find the Recipe: Cold-Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate from Bon Appetit
*This recipe will also work with a very strong batch of chilled espresso or brewed coffee.
(Images: Nealey Dozier)