What is the difference between a frappuccino and a milkshake?


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The primary difference between a frappé and a milkshake is the recipe used for each; a basic frappé is made with water, sugar, instant coffee and ice cubes, while a basic milkshake consists of blended milk and ice cream. The two drinks are often confused because of their similar textures.

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According to the Greek Reporter, the frappé actually originated in Greece in 1957, and it has since spread from there. Traditionally, a frappé is made from instant coffee, water and sugar by blending in a cocktail shaker and serving over ice. Using a blender to mix is also common. The resulting drink is very frothy and thick. Milk is commonly added and some less traditional recipes employ ice cream or whipped cream, making a drink that is easy to confuse for a milkshake.

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