Friday, July 23, 2010

Cleo Coyle's Copycat Starbucks Frappuccino

Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries.
To learn more, click here.

As this group blog's resident java maven, I thought a cold coffee drink would be the perfect menu offering for the week.

You may know this drink by any number of names: 

Frappuccino is the most common. (Starbucks trademarked the term after buying the Coffee Connection chain in New England, which had previously trademarked it.) Or maybe you know the drink as a...

Coolatta (Dunkin' Donuts version) or...

Mochalatta (Cinnabon's version). Then there's the very latest entry into the coffee bar business: McDonald's. Their...

McCafe frozen coffee drink is simply listed on their menu as an Iced Vanilla Latte or Iced Mocha.

Behold the
Chilly Cleoccino!

Well, now it's time for me to whip up the drink that I introduced last summer on this blog, the Chilly Cleoccino! 

Yes, it's my own easy (and smart) home version of this popular summer drink. 

Why so smart?...

The typical first step in a drink like this is to make "double-strength" coffee. The reason is to keep the coffee flavor from being diluted by the additoin of ice. My solution? Don't use ice. Make ice out of your coffee. Even better, use your leftover Joe for this recipe.

The sticky, sweltering oven that has become our endless summer begs for something icy and delicious. Here's my cold medicine for these long, hot days...

Cleo's Copycat

(Chilly Cleoccino!)

To print this recipe or save
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  This recipe will make one 8-ounce serving.
For a larger drink, or to serve more people, you can easily double,
triple, or quadruple it.

1/3 cup coffee (makes about 4 coffee ice cubes)
1/3 cup milk (low fat is fine)
2 teaspoons sugar (more if you like sweeter drinks)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
whipped cream (optional)

Fill an ice cube tray with leftover coffee. Freeze the tray. Remove four coffee ice cubes (per 8-ounce serving) and place in blender. Add milk, sugar, vanilla, and (optional) cocoa for a chocolate frappé. Pulse the blender to chop the coffee ice cubes into fine particles.

You can create an icy drink with very small ice chips (like a frozen margarita) or you can run the blender full speed until the mixture is completely liquefied yet still cold and frothy. The drink is delicious either way and a great use of your leftover Joe. To finish, pour this frozen refresher into a glass mug, top with whipped cream, and…

One last piece of advice:

Watch your CAT when he starts
to eyeball 
your Copycat Frapp!

Or this may happen to you...

My cat Nemo and (what was)
my Cleoccino!

Drink (and read)
with joy! 

See more
of my
 recipes at...

Yes, this is me - Cleo Coyle
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~ Cleo Coyle, 

New York Times
bestselling author of

The Coffeehouse Mysteries

To view the
Coffeehouse Mystery
book trailer, click here.

Free Title Checklist
click here to read brief
summaries of these stories...

The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
culinary mysteries set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse,
and each of the 13 titles includes the added
bonus of recipes. To download mini summaries
of each of these 13 mysteries, click here.


Now a
in Hardcover!

Is this billionaire
a victim? a lover?
or a master of murder?
A Coffeehouse Mystery
by Cleo Coyle 

*Starred Review ~ Kirkus

"Top Pick" ~ RT Book Reviews

"...a highly satisfying mystery."

~ Publishers Weekly

Includes recipes for
Billionaire Bars
Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge
Skillet Lasagna and many more tasty
foods and drinks mentioned in the story...

Click here for the book's
free Recipe Guide!

To order from Barnes & Noble click here.
To order from Amazon, click here.


by Mocha

Will this aphrodisiac coffee
heat up your love life?
For coffeehouse manager
turned amateur sleuth
Clare Cosi, the answer is murder...

Now a
bestseller in

Chocolate Recipes

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free Recipe Guide 

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The Ghost and
Mrs. McClure

Book #1 of 
The Haunted Bookshop
, which Cleo writes
under the name Alice Kimberly
To learn more, click here.

* * * 

Haunted Bookshop
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  1. I absolutely love this--both the books and recipes! You've really got my attention with this recipe too--I'm going to have to try it. The photo of the cat licking the cream is absolutely delightful. My cat would do the same thing if she had the chance!

  2. I am SO GLAD my daughter (who is addicted to iced coffee drinks and her recipe for homemade frappucino *the one with double strength coffee* still resides on my refrigerator door) didn't think of this. She would have used my ice trays for coffee cubes and I would have had to kill her.

  3. :D this is so smart~ i cant wait to try this out with my new i dont have to go to starbucks all the time for a frap~ thank youu~~

  4. Love the first shot of your cat eyeing the cup...

    But I am confused... What is this mystery ingredient???

    "Fill an ice cube tray with leftover coffee."

    Not sure if I ever in my life didn't drain the pot and wish for more. That's it... Now I can justify a second pot this morning!!!

    On an unrelated topic... I so appreciate your PDF option, and would like to add this to my blog. Do you have an easy tutorial on how you got that to work so well?

  5. thanks for sharing your recipe :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. This looks super easy and yummy. We'll have to give it a shot at our house.

    Get it? Shot? Espresso? *giggle*

  7. Oh this will be a treat for when the hubby comes home this weekend. I will do this later tonight he will love it as I will. Now with 5 cats I am going to have to watch my back :).
    The World of Book Reviews

  8. Oh be still my heart. Cleo you have the perfect drink to beat this 100 degree weather we're having here in Georgia. I had to laugh when I saw your photos. Little One (in the photo) has to have whipped cream every night.

    Congratulations on the upcoming release of ROAST MORTEM. I'm so looking forward to reading it.

    Thoughts in Progress

  9. I can't wait to try this recipe!! I love Starbucks Frappuccinos. They can get kind of spendy though. My dogs would be doing what your cat is doing!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love this, Cleo!! What a fun recipe! And the photo of your cat (gorgeous, btw!) is great. Love this post!


  11. Cleo, love the recipe, adore the cat licking the foam. That's what I go for first!


  12. Great recipe! Nemo was just waiting for his moment! What a pretty kitty...

    Can't wait to read "Roast Mortem" when it comes out Aug. 3!

  13. Looks great and I can't wait to try... just need some leftover coffee. It's all gone this morning. : ) Of course, I love the cup as well....

    Happy Friday! And give Nemo a few hugs!

  14. What a wonderful recipe. I gave up fancy coffees almost a year ago, but I'm going to have to try this one. And I'll have to hide it from my miniature Schnauzer, Pepper. She's a real coffee hound.

    I think I'm going to have host a back to school book party and serve all the wonderful dishes from this week.

  15. I love all of the frozen coffee drinks. They're just perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing your tip for making the ice cubes!

  16. O please enter me :)


    BTW, my poodle mix loves coffee too! He is constantly trying to hijack my cup.

  17. This will be perfect for a quiet Saturday moment before the kids get up. I can't wait to try it.

  18. Yum-o, Cleo, thanks for the recipe. I could use one of these for later today when it's gonna get hot. And I think the cats would enjoy it at our house too.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  19. Nemo is so cute! Mochie has been known to do the same thing with whipped cream. Cats know what's good! Your drink looks wonderful.

    ~ Krista

  20. Your Chilly Cleoccino looks great but I will modify your tiny ice cube idea with tea or lemonade because I do not like coffee flavor.

    The cat looks so happy!

    Helen Kiker

  21. I'm not a coffee drinker, but this sounds delicious!!

  22. I have to agree with A year on the Grill, what is leftover coffee.

    This is definitely a make another pot and fill up the freezer with coffee cubes!

  23. Hmmm, so what happens to a caffeinated cat?

  24. Hmmm, sounds so good! I love my frappuccinos. Can't wait to read the book too. Everything sounds soo good!

  25. Looks yummy! My cat drinks creamy coffee too :)

  26. I love my coffee and I love that picture of the cat!!!

    I hope I win today's giveaway.

  27. Whoa, kitty! We have a dairy licker in our brood, too. Bad kitty. :)

    The coffee drink sounds fabulous - perfect for a hot, hot day.

  28. That kitty would be in big trouble in our house! Nobody comes between me and my coffee!

  29. Cleo, love the picture of Nemo. Maybe we should have put Nemo on the page for the contest giveaway. Cats seem to attract even more attention than books!

  30. Looks like a great recipe. Clever idea to freeze the coffee. Sadly, I have no cat to share it with.

  31. I made this recipe. OMG! Wonderful! It was so good I could swim in it. ;-)

  32. Hi, Cleo. My cats and I all approve of today's recipe and would all share the cup!

    Fun post, pictures, and recipe.



  33. Thanks Cleo, you always have the best recipes, and I now know to keep my cat away.. she drinks coffee and tries to jump off the loft.

  34. That coffee looks good! Your cat is super adorable as well.

  35. I love the recipe but....I love Nemo's foot even more!!! What a super cat!!

  36. Looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe! Nemo is precious ... kitty has good taste. ;)

  37. hmm cleocino. can't wait to try it. i love the idea of using left over coffee to make ice coffee cubes. I LOVE NO WASTE

  38. I love the cleocinno! That kitty is adorable!

  39. GREAT pictures! I love the first one - you can just see what Nemo is thinking. Miss Sarah would do the same thing, with no remorse at all.

    Can't wait to make this. What's your favorite coffee to use for it (no fair saying "leftover")?

  40. Thanks for the great recipe! I've been trying every combination under the sun to copy Starbucks' frappe. Thanks for sharing this to feed my addiction! :)

  41. Another great recipe and a cute kitty, too! I think polydactyl kitties are adorable :-)

  42. Thanks for the recipe.... I had not thought of making ice cubes out of my coffee, I just did the double strength coffee thing. I also will substitute flavored cream for milk and sugar.

  43. Replies to –

    @Janet Spaeth –Hello to your kitty! Hope you both like the recipe. :)
    @ Shel – LOL! In our house: 2 ice trays for water, 1 for coffee.
    @ suiling_kwong – I am a Frapp fan, too. Hope you like this one!
    @ A Year on the Grill (Dave!) – LOL on leftover coffee. Will send you an e-mail answer on the PDF question.
    @ Karen K – YW!
    @ Aimee – Love that pun! In fact, Espresso Shot was the title of one of my Coffeehouse Mysteries, lol. Maybe you should help me with new titles!
    @ Babs – The World of Books – Five kitties = extreme danger when whipped cream is involved. :)
    @ Mason Canyon – Thoughts in Progress – 100 degree weather is coming our way in NYC again. This is one long, hot summer, isn’t it?! Ugh! Thank you for your nice words on Roast Mortem’s release. I hope you enjoy the new CM ride!
    @ Sheila – Agreed on the cost front. Spendy is a great word, BTW, and I think my cat would get along great with your dog on the whipped cream stealing front!
    @ Julie – Thank you! This was a fun post to do and this anniversary week party for our blog has been a blast!

    More replies to come...

    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  44. I am definitely going to make that drink :) Yum!

  45. That kitty has good taste ;)

    Love the coffee ice cube idea Cleo - brilliant! Only a java maven would understand how much of a downer diluted coffee can be :P

    I have to try this. Hubby will love me for it :D

  46. Replies to –

    @ Avery – Agreed, foam and whipped cream (aka sweet milk) is such a treat!
    @ Elizabeth/Riley – Aw, thanks for the nice words about Nemo. He was a stray NYC kitten and we love him dearly! And I hope you enjoy Roast Mortem – thank you for the sweet mention.
    @ Alicia Farage – It is a great cup, isn’t it?! I have hugged Nemo at your request. He sends his kitty best. :)
    @ Bookwoman – Oh, your miniature Schnauzer, Pepper, sounds adorable. And I love your idea of hosting a back to school book party and serving the dishes we prepared for our blogoversary week! If you do, come back and tell us about it! You can even send a photo to and I’ll be happy to post it on one of my blog Fridays.
    @ Janel – You are most welcome. And thank you for being one of our most faithful blog followers. We have all appreciated your support over this past years. Cheers to you!!
    @ Juju at Tales of – You are entered, girl! Your java lovin’ poodle should me my Frapp-stealing feline. A coffeehouse match for sure. :)
    @ Kathi – Great idea. I’ll probably do the very same. Weather will probably hit 100 degrees in NYC Sat and ICY ANYTHING is on my menu for the day!
    @ DarcyO – Thank you for stopping by! I have to agree. A cooler is always welcome on a hot day. And nice to have another cat lover commenting, lol.
    @ Krista – Aw, thank you for your nice words. (And I LOVE the name of your cat Mochie!)
    @ Helen Kiker – Never tried with tea or lemonade. Would be very interesting! Might try it with orange juice, too, now that you mention it! Thanks and I hope you enjoy the results.

    More replies to come...
    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  47. I WILL be trying this tomorrow. Could it possibly be any easier? Can't will be the perfect birthday treat for me!!!!

  48. I thought Starbucks had come up with something delightful until I read the ingredients in their fraps. Lots of stuff I'd rather not ingest.
    Many thanks for giving a great solution to java in the hot weather.
    Libby (

  49. Replies to...

    @ runner10 – TY for the nice words, especially given your lack of love for the bean. :)
    @ Nancy – True, true. This is a recipe that would benefit from a fresh pot and full trays of same. Given the state of the economy, however, I think “waste not” is on everyone’s agenda!
    @ Marilyn – Luckily, I stopped Nemo before he got to the actual caffeine! Catnip is more his speed anyway when it comes to…well, speed. :)
    @ Lady_Graeye – Big thanks to you for the nice words about anticipating Roast Mortem. And thank you also for the kind note you left on Lesa’s blog. I hope you enjoy my latest Coffeehouse Mystery. Cheers to you!
    @ h.lee – Whipped cream is Nemo’s weakness. Sounds like you have a cat with the same creamy cravings!
    @ Thomas Andrew – TY for the nice words. By now, I can tell you that you did not win the cup, but I’ll be giving another away next Friday, so come on back now, y’hear?!
    @ Wendy Lyn Watson – I’m sure Nemo would love plotting cream-stealing capers with your kitty. But that’s okay. As is probably obvious, I have a soft spot for bad kitties.
    @ Wendy Wagner – Sounds like you and I would get along fine. To borrow a quotation from the French gastronome, Brillat-Savarin: A day without coffee is a day without sunshine. (I know, he said it about wine. But the bean’s the thing in our house, too.)
    @ Lesa – Who does not love cats? Rhetorical question. Probably dog people. But I think most humans enjoy the fun frolicking of a furry feline. (Look out - alliteration overload! Duck!)
    @ LSUReader – Thank you for your kind thoughts on the recipe. I do indeed find that swapping regular ice cubes for coffee ice cubes makes the drink frosty, potent, and very easy to prepare. (So sorry you are catless. I would share Nemo, but he tends to overcharge for outsourced companionship services. :)

    More replies to come…

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  50. Replies to…

    @ Pattie – So glad to hear that you tried it and liked it. Thank you for letting me know. :)
    @ islandeat (Dan) – TY for the kind words. Giving your cats a *virtual* caffeinated hug.
    @ Javadog70 – Incredibly kind words. So nice to know that you’re enjoying my recipes. Cheers to you – and your loft-jumpin’ kitty.
    @ Cindy Waffles – TY for the cat flattery. Nemo now has a swelled head and believes he is an Internet star. I guess he is. But his litter box still stinks, lol. :)
    @ booklover (nanc) – YES! You noticed! Nemo is indeed a polydactyl cat, one of a litter of NYC stray kittens that we adopted. The extra toes and very high intelligence make me think of him as a “furry monkey” at times.
    @ Susan Parham – TY for the kitty compliments! Glad you like the recipe, too.
    @ Grace – You and I are absolutely on the same page. No waste is a very good thing indeed and especially smart during these uncertain economic times.
    @ Mickie – Aw, thank you.

    More replies to come…

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  51. Replies to…

    @ Laineshots – Given the beautiful photography I’ve seen from you, your compliment on my little pics makes my day. Thank you. BTW - “Miss Sarah” is a great name for a cat. She should meet our “Mr. Fellows” – methinks they’d make a dynamic feline duo. You had a very good question about the recipe…

    What’s my favorite coffee to use for this? Answer: a bold, dark roast – something that will really stand up to the addition of milk and flavorings. Espresso ice cubes work wonderfully for this recipe, as well. At home, I use a Bialetti Moka Express Pot to make my espressos. (BTW -Growing up in an Italian-American home, I never thought of espresso as trendy or upscale. An espresso was simply an old-world way of making a cuppa joe. We made it right there on our stovetop with a little Moka Express pot. As I said, I still make it that way. And when I want a crema-topped espresso, I go to my professional barista up the block. :)

    Thanks for the great question, Laine!

    More replies to come…

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  52. Thanks! I'll make sure that the cup will be filled with lots of coffee!

  53. Replies to...

    @ Ashley – You are most welcome, and I hope you enjoy the recipe!
    @ NiGeLa – Your kind words are much appreciated. And I’m thrilled that you noticed Nemo is a polydactyl cat! He’s another of my New York City stray rescues, and he’s really amazing – so smart, and with nearly-opposable thumbs, he’s more like a furry monkey! :)
    @ Teri Ostenson – I hope you like the change. I really do like the ice cube method instead of the double-strength method. And using low fat milk is healthier and (to me, anyway) works just as well as full fat in this recipe because the real stars of the “flavor and texture” show here are the frozen coffee and the flavorings. Of course, a professional barista would use vanilla and chocolate coffee bar syrups (gourmet syrups are sold to coffeehouses by companies such as Torani, Monin, and DaVinci), but the vanilla extract and unsweetened cocoa work just fine instead, given the average kitchen pantry.
    @ throughthehaze – Wonderful! Glad you’re going to try it and I hope you like it, too.
    @ denise @ quickies on the dinner table – DENISE!! One of my favorite foodie bloggers. So great to see you stopping by. Things have been crazy for me but I’ve been applauding you from afar. Cheers to you and I hope your hubby likes, too.
    @ Kat – well, if this Cleoccino is a “birthday treat,” then I’m deducing it’s your birthday on Saturday. (Doh, right? Brilliant sleuthing on my part.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRL!!!!
    @ Libby – Right you are about the ingredient list on far too many fast food items. Better to *know* and be in control of what you’re eating, if you possibly can. Excellent point. YW for the recipe. May you drink it with joy!

    Cheers, everyone!

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  54. I love drinking coffee, but have always steered away from the frozen stuff, but I think it's about time that I try it. As yours looks wonderful!

  55. nice post. looks delicious!!!