How to Make a Starbucks Frappuccino at Home (Easy Recipe)

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If you love sweet and delicious cold coffees as much as we do, this article is for you. The good news is that making your favorite Starbucks Frappuccino at home is relatively simple, and the drink only requires a few ingredients.

Read on to discover our easy homemade Starbucks Frappuccino recipe!

How to Make a Starbucks Frappuccino at Home

One of the main challenges with making frappuccinos at home is the drink’s texture. Starbucks uses a roasted frappuccino coffee syrup base to make their blended drinks.

If no base is used, the blended drink almost immediately separates into liquid and ice. Fortunately, there are several companies that produce and sell the frappuccino base.

They offer different flavors, but you can also buy the classic syrup version so you won’t be limited in your creations.

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Homemade Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe

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First of all, you will need the frappuccino base, and then follow the instructions on the back of the packaging. A measuring spoon often comes with the package, and one spoon makes a 16-ounce drink.

You will also need classic syrup or flavored because most Starbucks Frappuccinos contain a couple of pumps of syrup. If you prefer a flavored syrup, then we recommend adding some chocolate syrup or caramel syrup. There are slight differences between Starbucks syrups, Monin syrups, and other brands, so you might need to experiment with the amount of syrup to add.

For coffee-based frappuccinos, add 1-3 teaspoons of instant espresso or instant coffee.

To make a 16 oz. Frappuccino:

In a blender, mix one tablespoon of Frappuccino base, two teaspoons of instant espresso, and 8 ounces of whole milk until well blended. For an extra creamy and dairy-free frappuccino, we recommend using Oatly oatmilk, a popular brand used in all oatmilk drinks at Starbucks.

Next, add 2 cups of ice cubes and the syrup you prefer, whether classic or flavored. Continue to mix until you reach the desired texture.

You might want to customize your Frappuccino by adding more ice, milk, whipped cream, or syrup to create your favorite Starbucks Frappuccino copycat recipe.

If you want to make a caramel Frappuccino, mix coffee with milk, caramel sauce, and ice. Then add whipped cream and caramel sauce at the top!

How to Make a Starbucks Frappuccino at Home

Serving size: 16 oz.

Total Time: 4 Minutes


  • 1 scoop Classic Frappe base
  • 8 ounces of whole milk, oat milk or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee
  • Simple syrup (or chocolate syrup)
  • 2 cups of ice cubes crushed
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. Mix the frappe base, whole milk, and instant espresso in a blender until well combined.
  2. Add syrup of your choice and ice and blend again until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Customize and serve your Frappuccino by adding more syrup, milk, or ice. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Enjoy your Frappuccino!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a Starbucks Frappuccino have coffee in it?

Starbucks Frappuccino is a brand of iced, blended coffee drinks typically topped with whipped cream and flavored syrup. It’s essentially a coffee milkshake, but not all of them contain coffee. Frappuccino flavor options are limitless, just like milkshakes.

What is the difference between a Frappe and a Frappuccino?

A Frappe is a coffee-based blended iced drink that is frequently served with whipped cream and other toppings, such as the popular Mocha Frappe at McDonald’s.

A Frappuccino, on the other hand, is a line of blended iced coffee drinks trademarked and sold by Starbucks. It is usually made with coffee, a frappuccino base, flavored syrup, and topped with whipped cream.

Do Frappuccinos taste like coffee?

Despite being a blended coffee drink, this one has little coffee flavor. It tastes basically like chocolate milk with additional chocolate syrup mixed in. This makes it incredibly sweet, but those who enjoy it know what they can expect.


So how to make a Starbucks Frappuccino at home? As you can see, making a copycat Starbucks Frappuccino at home is simple. Only a few ingredients are required for a basic Frappuccino. You can always add extra ingredients and flavored syrup to spice up the recipe and create your own Starbucks copycat recipe!

In either case, your homemade Frappuccino will be absolutely delicious and will save you money over purchasing an overpriced version at Starbucks. We hope you had fun learning how to make a Frappuccino!

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