a spirited frap

vodka-frappuccino.jpg.jpegJust two weeks ago we enjoyed a pan of Great-aunt Helen’s Toffee Squares. A promise was made to return with a suitable beverage pairing and though having kids out on summer break has derailed me, a promise is a promise so here we are.

Kerry — of Love Those “Hands at Home” — commented on the Toffee Square post with a suggestion that confirmed what I’d been thinking.

I think your cocktail better have either milk or coffee involved!

Yup, you said it, Kerry. Even better, milk and coffee! Chilled coffee drinks are plenty popular and adding a bit of booze couldn’t hurt.There are loads of amazing DIY frappuccino recipes online, but I opted to start from scratch: coffee, (high-fat) milk, chocolate syrup, and for a flavorless spirit – vodka.

vodka-frappuccino_03.jpg.jpegvodka-frappuccino_01.jpg.jpegI’m going with “yum” here as it was refreshing in a not-too-sweet way. If you’re not serving it with these crazy-sweet-and-rich bars,vodka-frappuccino_05.jpg.jpegyou can afford to add sugar to taste or another glug or two of chocolatey syrup. A spritz of your favorite aerosol whipped cream would be lovely, too.

But if you are serving this spirited chilled bevvie with Great-aunt Helen’s Toffee Squares, then by all means at least start with the recipe as written.

Spirited Coffee Frappé

  • 1 cup strongly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) vodka
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder

In blender container, combine all ingredients except cocoa powder; cover. Puree on High until blended and frothy. Pour into chilled glasses. Serve sprinkled with cocoa powder. Makes 5 cups.

vodka-frappuccino.jpg.jpegNo added sugar means this coffee drink borders on bitter, which works if you’re serving it with sweets. The subtle chocolate flavor is brought out when it’s enjoyed alongside a chocolatey treat. It’s a basic beverage — nothing showy about it. Which works when it’s partnered with glam baked goods such as our tasty toffee squares.toffee-bars.jpg.jpegCheers to you, Kerry, for the idea and Cheers to all for reading and Liking and Commenting and Following. I’m thrilled to have you all here and humbled that you take the time to show up. We’ll meet again next week to find another recipe in Helen’s Box. Until then, food for fun wishes you fun in all things food 🙂

25 thoughts on “a spirited frap

    • Thank you, Suzanne. Now you have me thinking mlkshake 🙂 I’ve seen “adult milkshakes” on menus and I love the idea. Wink and a nod sort of thing. Yes, here’s to summer!

  1. Yowza! You took this idea and really aced it! I like the idea that the drink is lush but not too sweet because I know those toffee squares are over the top. This combo is adult milk and cookies–I bet Helen would approve!

    • Thank you, Kerry. Am embarrassed by the comments I’ve left unanswered. I’m so bad at summer blogging 😦 Your comments are always appreciated and I need to get myself over to KerryCan asap. Always think of you when I see Anna’s HAG tea towel hanging from the end of her bed. 😀

    • Thank you, Gretchen. Trust you are back in the cocktail swing again. Would love to hear more about your European vacation. Thinking I might catch some of it if I can get over to your space again. Completely disappeared here for a few months. Hate when that happens. Ah well. Real life and all that.

    • Thank you, Karen! Ashamed to have let your comment go for so long. Summer always kicks my butt. Hope you are well and I look forward to catching up at your space soon.

    • Amen, sistah 🙂 Thanks much for coming by. I’ve been MIA for so long and what fun to see your friendly face when I returned! Hope things go well on your end.


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