Hey guys, welcome to a very special and timely Fourth of July post! Over the past week or so, I’ve been posting to Instagram a few different tries at a Fourth of July Frappe. Not going to lie, it didn’t come out as intended. I had loads of fun trying to figure out how to get my layers right, and balancing the coffee flavor in with a recipe I found. The initial recipe didn’t include coffee, but I was determined. I took it a step further and made espresso with my handy dandy espresso machine.
I want to let you guys in on my initial idea. I found the recipe here, and as you can see it doesn’t require coffee. My plan was similar to this recipe, but to add coffee and food coloring. I wanted, initially Raspberry flavored red whipped cream and blue and white coffee. I ended up scrapping the red flavored topping in favor of sprinkles and using red and blue in the mixture.
This first attempt didn’t have coffee and so was perfectly white aside from the funfetti. I sort of liked it, but couldn’t commit because, in my head, can I really call it coffee if it doesn’t have coffee in it? I had tried to get the red and blue in the whipped cream, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. It was a mess. A delicious mess. My fourth of July preparations could definitely have started a little better.
This second attempt went a little better, I added about 6 ounces of coffee to it which was enough to throw off the color. Dang. So I decided to get the blue and red from the beverage itself and rely on the cream for white. I split the mixture and dyed it separately, I poured the blue on the bottom. I really wanted the red to touch the whipped cream, but of course, it couldn’t cooperate. The red went beneath the blue and made this neat tie-die effect.
This third one, was when I recruited outside help and brought my Fiance` in to see if we could work some magic. Spoiler: We couldn’t. I think the issue here started when I blended the ice too finely and messed up the texture. We may have spent a while trying to get the blue and red to different densities with cream and sugar. We poured the blue on the bottom, as it was meant to be the heaviest (and sweetest!). We started pouring in the red at an angle, and it made a cool side-by-side effect. It was supposed to be on top but, I believed it was salvageable. I feel like the downfall here was that we waited entirely too long, and spent too long trying to add sugar and cream, while the ice was already so fine.
This fourth one was the attempt of my Fiance` on his own. He did much differently than I did, and went with just a latte sort of drink. I didn’t monitor him as he made this, because I wasn’t fully aware of what he was doing. He did tell me that he stuck the blue in the freezer alone for a while, just to make sure it stayed where it belonged. Here’s the photo of his valiant attempt, along with an all-american dinner (or part of it!) and a 4th of July Instagram Staple.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to get this frappe to do what I wanted it to for over 2 weeks, and had these previous pictures as my results. Kind of disappointed in my own inability to get ice to bend to my will, but not too upset. It was a learning experience and I look forward to learning and creating my own drinks.
As mentioned, here’s the recipe for the first two attempts!
Fourth of July Frappe Recipe
6 to 8 oz of milk
1 tbsp of vanilla non-dairy creamer
1 or 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup
3 tbsp of funfetti cake mix (dry)
1.5 cups of ice
6 to 8 oz of coffee (espresso if you’re feeling brave)
Throw all of the ingredients above in the blender, I haven’t found that the order matters. After a few seconds of blending (barista’s choice!) pour it into your cup. If you want to dye your drink more than one color, separate the mixture into different cups and dye it, then combine it at the end.
Add whipped cream to the top, if desired and any other aesthetic touches. Then you’re good to go!
The Domestic Rebel’s recipe calls for a handful of ice, I recommend 1.5 cups if you want more of a Venti size drink. I’ll be trying to revisit this drink next year with fresh eyes and experience.
Keep an eye out for future m̶i̶s̶h̶a̶p̶s̶ experiments. I hope to explore making home coffees a bit more and gain valuable experience for my future reviews.