This Freddo espresso recipe is so easy to make! If you are an avid coffee lover then you probably already know about espresso freddo. All you need is some ice cubes and a few shots of espresso. Well, that’s the simple version. Let’s get into how to make a Freddo espresso.
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What is a Freddo Espresso?
The Freddo espresso is a popular Greek iced coffee drink that is made with espresso shots and topped with a layer of foam. It is also often referred to as an iced shaken espresso. There are actually two easy methods to making a Freddo espresso at home. One is shaken and one is frothed. Follow this step-by-step guide for each one to decide which you prefer.
What Do I Need to Make a Freddo Espresso?
Depending on which method you are using, you will need:
- cocktail shaker
- milk frother
- tall glass
Double Shot of Hot Espresso
First, we are going to start with hot espresso. We are using this easy Aeropress espresso recipe to make a double espresso. This recipe calls for 2 scoops or 28g of coffee. We use dark roast coffee beans for most of our espresso drinks. The quality of the espresso, as well as the strength of the espresso, has a lot to do with the beans that you choose.
Scoop your coffee grinds in the Aeropress chamber and fill the chamber with filtered water up to #3.
Allow the coffee and water to steep for at least 60 seconds before pressing the hot coffee into the cup.
You can get the details of this espresso recipe here: Easy Aeropress Espresso Recipe. If you have an espresso machine or another method of making your double shot of espresso by all means that works too.
Freddo Espresso Recipe – Shaken Method
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
Pour the hot espresso into the shaker and secure the top.
Shake the espresso and ice vigorously for about a minute or so.
After shaking your espresso will have an airy foamy layer on top. This is known as the Freddo signature foam.
Using the strainer pour your delicious cold coffee drink into an ice-filled glass.
This cold espresso-based beverage is perfect on a hot summer day.
Freddo Espresso Recipe – Frothing Method
For this next delicious Freddo espresso method, instead of a cocktail shaker and strainer, you will need a handheld frother.
Again, start with great quality, low acidity coffee and pour the espresso coffee into a milk frothing pitcher. We like this one: milk frothing pitcher.
Using a handheld milk frother, froth the espresso until you have an airy foam. Do this the same way that you would get a cold foam with milk. We like this simple handheld milk frother.
Pour the frothed espresso into an ice-filled glass.
This frothy cold brew espresso is a whole new coffee experience.
No matter which method you choose, the end result is relatively the same. Both methods’ main focus is to incorporate air into the espresso to create a nice layer of foam on top of the drink. This Freddo espresso recipe is a frothy cold espresso straight from the Greek coffee scene without the need for specialty coffee shops.
Check out more delicious coffee recipes made with Aeropress here: Aeropress
Freddo Espresso Alternatives and FAQs
How is the Freddo espresso different from a Freddo cappuccino? The key difference between a Freddo espresso and a Freddo cappuccino is that as you have learned Freddo espresso involves combining a hot double shot of espresso with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shaking then creates a signature foam. The Freddo cappuccino is the same up until the end. The cappuccino is topped with a layer of cold milk foam.
Can I sweeten my Freddo espresso recipe? Sure, go ahead and add whatever amount of sugar that you would like, or a homemade syrup or even a flavorful syrup. You can edit the recipe to your own liking.
Do I have to drink my espresso Freddo black? The standard Greek recipes for espresso Freddo are usually black but you can add a splash of milk if you’d like. You can opt for whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, or any non-dairy milk that you would like.
- pour a hot double shot of espresso into an ice filled cocktail shaker.
- Shake vigorously
- Pour over an ice filled glass.
- pour a hot double shot of espresso into a frothing pitcher
- froth the hot espresso with a handheld frother
- pour the frothed easpresso into an ice filled glass.
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