What is Freddo Espresso? (Recipe of Perfect summer drink!)

If you’re a coffee lover seeking a refreshing and energizing twist on your usual caffeine fix, look no further than Freddo Espresso.

With its bold espresso flavor, creamy froth, and cool ice, Freddo Espresso is the perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day.

Freddo Espresso is a popular iced coffee beverage that originated in Greece. To make this heavenly drink, double shots of espresso are shaken with ice to lower the temperature, then poured over ice cubes and served with a straw in a tall glass.

Freddo Espresso became popular in Greece in the 1990s after Espresso came onto the scene. In fact, it is now so popular in Greece that people view it more as a beverage than a coffee.

If you like to know more about Freddo Espresso, hook up with me, I have so many things to tell you about this drink, Let’s begin the journey toward the world of Freddo Espresso.

What is Freddo Espresso

What actually is Freddo, and how is it different from regular iced coffee?

Alright, my coffee-loving friend, let me tell you about Freddo Espresso!

So, how does everyone go crazy over iced coffee during the summer months? Freddo Espresso is the cooler, more sophisticated cousin of iced coffee.

Instead of just pouring hot coffee over ice and calling it a day, Freddo Espresso is made by shaking a double shot of espresso, ice, and sugar to create a delicious, frothy drink.

And let me tell you, it tastes more delicious than regular iced coffee and is a perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day.

But the real question is, what makes Freddo Espresso different from regular iced coffee?

Besides the fact that it’s way more fun to say “Freddo” than “iced”, The flavor of Freddo Espresso is not diluted by the addition of ice, unlike regular iced coffee made with drip coffee. Moreover, the shaking process creates a layer of foam on top of the drink, giving it a unique texture and taste.

Trust me, once you try it, you’ll never return to plain old iced coffee again.

So, if you’re feeling adventurous and in need of a caffeine boost, give Freddo a try. And you will thank me later.

How to make Freddo Espresso | The Recipe

Freddo Espresso is a heavenly iced coffee beverage that will tantalize your taste buds and awaken your senses.
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1


  • Espresso machine
  • Coffee Grinder (Optional)
  • Cocktail Shaker or Drink Mixer


  • A Double shot Espresso
  • Ice Cubes
  • Flavored syrup or sweetener (As per taste)


  • Prepare Espresso: First, Grind the coffee beans and brew yourself a double shot of espresso using the Espresso machine.
    If you prefer a sweet drink add the sweetener now as it will mix easily in the hot espresso drink. However, I wouldn't recommend it as it will mess up the true flavors of Espresso.
    espresso yield
  • Mix Ice and Espresso: Once you've got your hot espresso, add it to a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes and sugar (if you're into that). Shake it vigorously for about 10 seconds to cool down the espresso and create that delicious frothy layer on top.
    Drink mixers are necessary equipment since they lower the temperature of Espresso quickly and easily and do not crush ice like blenders.
    Mix ice and Espresso
  • Serve and Enjoy: Next, strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice cubes. And voila, you've got yourself a Freddo Espresso!
    Preferably serve the drink within 30 seconds otherwise the foamy layer will collapse and the ice will melt which will further dilute your drink
    Serve and enjoy

So go ahead, give it a try, and impress your friends with your new barista skills. Who needs Starbucks when you can make your own Freddo Espresso at home?

But wait, there’s more! If you want to get fancy, you can add a splash of milk or even some flavored syrup to take your Freddo game to the next level.

Also Read: 30 different varieties of Espresso drinks

Add milk to make Freddo Cappuccino

It’s time to take our Freddo Espresso game to the next level. Are you ready?

Alright, Let’s talk about Freddo Cappuccino. In essence, it’s a Freddo Espresso, but with a little extra milk to make it creamier and delicious.

To make a Freddo Cappuccino, follow the same steps as a regular Espresso. Shake together a double espresso, ice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker until you get that lovely frothy layer on top.

Freddo cappuccino

Then, pour a splash of cold milk (or your milk alternative of choice) into the shaker and shake it well until smooth and silky foam is created. Using skimmed milk is preferred as it creates a long-lasting foam.

Add this frothed milk to Freddo Espresso to make a milk layer. And that’s it! You’ve just made yourself a Freddo Cappuccino.

It is recommended not to stir the drink, as the milky layer should remain at the top and when you drink the drink, the foamy layer will become incorporated into the drink, creating a sweet and creamy taste.

So, try the Freddo Cappuccino next time you’re in the mood for something extra. Your taste buds will thank you (and probably beg for more).

Read a guide on Cappuccino Coffee

Final Thoughts on Freddo Espresso

A tasty and revitalizing summertime beverage called Freddo Espresso has swept the coffee industry. Shaking a double shot of espresso and ice produces this Greek-inspired beverage, which is frothy and creamy and ideal for a hot day.

But the adaptability of Freddo Espresso is what sets it apart. A splash of milk can be added to produce a Freddo Cappuccino, or you can experiment with different flavors and syrups to create your own version.

Give Freddo Espresso a try the next time you’re in the mood for a chilly, caffeine pick-me-up. You never know; it might end up being your new summer addiction.

Also, Read the recipe for other Espresso Based Drinks


How’s Freddo Espresso Different From Frappe?

Freddo and Frappe may look similar but they are quite different drinks. According to Greek city times: Frappe is a Greek iced coffee made by blending instant coffee, water, sugar, and milk until it becomes frothy and creamy. It is typically served with ice and sometimes topped with whipped cream.
While Freddo Espresso is made with a double shot of espresso and that are shaken together to create a frothy layer on top, it is typically served without milk. It has a stronger coffee flavor than Frappe. 

Do Italians drink Freddo Espresso?

Freddo is a popular summer drink in Greece, it is not a traditional Italian beverage. Italian coffee culture is deeply rooted in tradition and history, with drinks like espresso, cappuccino, and macchiato being the most common choices.
That being said, Italy is a diverse country with a wide range of coffee preferences and habits, and it’s not uncommon to find specialty cafes that serve drinks inspired by other countries’ coffee cultures, including Greece’s Freddo.

Is Freddo Espresso sweet?

Traditionally, Sugar is added to Freddo Espresso to prepare a sweet and cool drink. However, if you are not into sugar you can order plain Freddo Espresso without any sugar or sweeteners.

Johny Morrisson is a passionate coffee enthusiast and an avid blogger dedicated to exploring the world of coffee.

Whether it's repairing or troubleshooting coffee equipment, reviewing cutting-edge brewing machines, or delving into the latest coffee trends, Johny's writing captivates readers and invites them on a flavorful journey.

When he's not writing, Johny enjoys traveling, seeking inspiration from different cultures and coffee traditions worldwide.

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