Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino Copycat

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Make an Espresso Frappuccino just like the one at Starbucks, using a Frappuccino base syrup. This copycat recipe recreates the frozen drink so you can make it just as smooth and delicious at home!

Starbucks Espresso Frappuccinos in glass cups.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino is a frozen drink made in a blender. A shot of espresso, coffee, whole milk, and ice are blended with a Frappuccino base syrup until smooth.
  • Frappuccino base syrup is the secret ingredient that turns a frozen, slushy drink into a Frappuccino. Every Starbucks Frappuccino is made with the base syrup. It gives the drink a milkshake quality, but just not as thick. This recipe is made with a homemade Frappuccino base to give it that same texture.
  • This copycat Frappuccino recreates the Starbucks recipe so it’s as close to their version as possible. This recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Espresso Frappuccino.
  • To make this drink, you’ll need espresso from an espresso machine or a Nespresso.

Make more Starbucks drinks at home: Caramel Frappuccino, Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, Iced Caramel Macchiato, Iced Mocha, Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino copycat ingredients.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup
    The Frappuccino base syrup is the magic behind their Frappuccinos. If you don’t want to use the base, you can just use simple syrup but it won’t have the same Frappuccino texture.
  • Espresso
    Starbucks uses their signature espresso for this drink but you can use any espresso you like. Use an espresso machine or Nespresso to make the espresso shot.
  • Instant coffee
    Starbucks uses their Frappuccino Roast soluble coffee which is an instant coffee mixed in water. Brewed coffee isn’t used at all in their Frappuccinos. Use VIA Instant Italian Roast to get the closest flavor. You can also use whatever instant coffee you have.
  • Milk
    Whole milk is used at Starbucks to make this drink but you can use any milk of your choice.
  • Ice
    If possible, use ice made from filtered water. It just tastes better.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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  1. Blend espresso, instant coffee, milk, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup until smooth.
    Start the blender on low, then turn it up to high. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.
  2. Pour Frappuccino into a cup.
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Expert Tips

  • Don’t add ice first into a blender since it’ll be harder to get an efficient blend. Add ingredients as instructed in the recipe.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is sugar, water, and xanthan gum (the secret to creating that Frappuccino texture). If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can use simple syrup instead to match the sweetness but you won’t get the same smooth texture.
  • Use a blender tamper tool to help move the ice around the blender for a quicker and even blend.
  • The Espresso Frappuccino is a Coffee Frappuccino with espresso added. Take out the shot of espresso and you’ve got yourself a Coffee Frappuccino.

Questions You May Have

What’s in a Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino?

Just like this copycat recipe, Starbucks uses 5 ingredients to make their Espresso Frappuccinos. Ice, whole milk, coffee Frappuccino syrup, coffee, and brewed espresso. I’m using a homemade Frappuccino Syrup that doesn’t have coffee in it though.

Can I just buy the Frappuccino base syrup?

You can’t buy Frappuccino base syrup directly from Starbucks but you can find it sold by other sellers on Amazon and Ebay.

What kind of blender does Starbucks use to make Frappuccinos?

Starbucks uses commercial grade Vitamix blenders to make their frozen drinks.

Pouring Espresso Frappuccino into a cup.

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Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

Author: Jee Choe
A delicious, smooth recreation of the Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Blend espresso, instant coffee, milk, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup until smooth.
    Start the blender on low, then turn it up to high. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.
  • Pour Frappuccino into a cup.

EQUIPMENT

NOTES

  • Frappuccino base syrup is the secret ingredient that turns a frozen, slushy drink into a Frappuccino. This recipe is made with a homemade Frappuccino base syrup to give it that same texture.
  • If you don’t want to use the base, you can just use simple syrup but it won’t have the same Frappuccino texture.
  • You can’t buy Frappuccino base syrup directly from Starbucks but you can find it sold by other sellers on Amazon and Ebay.
  • For instant coffee, use Starbucks VIA Instant Italian Roast. You can also use whatever instant coffee you have.
  • Don’t add ice first into a blender since it’ll be harder to get an efficient blend. Add ingredients as instructed in the recipe.
  • Use a blender tamper tool to help move the ice around the blender for a quicker and even blend.
  • The Espresso Frappuccino is a Coffee Frappuccino with espresso added. Take out the shot of espresso and you’ve got yourself a Coffee Frappuccino.

NUTRITION

Calories: 244 | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 286mg | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2mg
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