Whether sweet or savory, made from any flavorful liquid from fruit juice to coffee to champagne, what all frappes have in common is their icy, slushy consistency. From the French word "fraper," meaning "to whip," frappes contain ice, liquid and frequently fruit blended together to form refreshing drinks. Types of frappes include those for cocktails, appetizers and desserts, as well as beverages to drink anytime of day.
Drinks for Morning, Noon and Night
Frappes made with fresh fruit and fruit juice work well with lunch, with dinner or as refreshing snacks throughout the day. They frequently contain a blend of different fruits and fresh herbs, such as orange and strawberry, strawberry and banana or lemon and mint. Coffee and espresso frappes frequently contain milk as well as coffee and ice. When made with alcohol, such as Champagne, white wine or even absinthe, the frappes work as cocktails on hot summer evenings.
Appetizers and Palate Cleansers
Frappe appetizers and palate cleansers between courses are typically served in small portions, perhaps in shot glasses. They might contain a dash of sugar to balance the flavors, but for the most part, they are savory and not sweet. Ingredients for these appetizer frappes include vegetables, such as tomatoes, carrots or cucumbers. Fruit juices make either appetizers or bright and light palate cleansers between courses, and your possibilities for juices to use include pomegranate, lemon, lime and watermelon.
Dessert frappes are more satisfying when you make them slightly thicker than you would for drinks, so that eating them requires a spoon. To gain more texture, you can add thicker ingredients, such as crushed fruit that complements or intensifies the liquid. Or add milk, heavy cream or coconut milk to turn the frappe into something more similar to a milkshake.
Whether you serve frappes as afternoon drinks or as a dessert, you can vary the flavors in any way you can dream up. For a gazpacho frappe appetizer, for example, add gazpacho ingredients such as tomato, cucumbers, bell peppers and cilantro along with ice in your blender. For a chocolate raspberry frappe, use chocolate sauce and raspberry syrup with a bit of milk with the ice, and for a chai frappe, use brewed chai tea along with milk and ice.
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