This isn’t an ordinary drive-thru frappuccino. Oh no, this boozy frappuccino is just for adults and is the perfect summer happy hour drink.
A good Frappuccino can turn your day around, especially in the summer. There’s just enough caffeine, cream, and sweetness in these specialty coffee drinks to refresh you and fulfill your sweet tooth.
My personal favorite is a classic coffee-flavored one, but a grown-up Kahlua Frappuccino version. Have fun with it and play with the flavors of your drink. Here are my tips for making the best boozy frappuccino in town.
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What Kind Of Coffee For Frappuccinos?
Use a pre-made iced coffee that you can find in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. The flavor isn’t as diluted as it is if you make coffee and add ice to cool it down. Plus, this shortcut gets your drink in your hand faster.
Another option is to use cold brew coffee if you choose to make the coffee base yourself. Or, plan ahead and brew strong coffee and chill it the day before or freeze into coffee ice cubes.
If you want a mocha flavored frappuccino, try adding 1/4 cup chocolate syrup while you’re blending the ingredients together. It gives you just enough chocolate flavor while not making it overly sweet. You could also blend in a bit of caramel sauce.
If you love peppermint, add a splash of peppermint extract, but go light! A little goes a long way with any kind of extract flavor.
Make It Boozy
For my Boozy Frappuccino recipe, I use a coffee liqueur. The most popular is Kahlua, but there are other versions available. We’re also using some vodka.
To make it extra boozy, you can also replace the vanilla ice cream with 2 ounces of Irish cream, like Bailey’s.
Want less alcohol? You can leave the coffee liqueur out if you don’t have it on hand or are just looking for a light adult beverage.
Serving Boozy Frappuccinos
Drizzle chocolate on the inside of your cup before pouring in your drink like they do at Starbucks. It’s super easy but makes your drink look fancy.
Top it all with some whipped cream and more chocolate drizzle or chocolate shavings.
Finally, make sure you use a high powered blender to ensure you don’t get big chunks of ice. Getting those stuck in the straw is no fun. Check out our other tips for making perfectly blended iced drinks.
Now whip up some boozy grown-up frappuccinos and enjoy your afternoon!
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup iced coffee
- 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
- 2 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. coffee liqueur
- Whipped cream and chocolate drizzle, to top drink
- Place ice, iced coffee, vanilla ice cream, vodka, and coffee liqueur in a blender.
- Pulse first and then blend on high until ice is fine, about 2-3 minutes.
- Divide between two glasses. Top with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle, if desired.
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This post originally appeared in July 2018 and was revised and republished in August 2023.