Strawberry Frappe

Refreshingly cool in hot weather

Pink Strawberry Frappe

Would you believe, I first made this in December, 1998? Some recipes never date. And today I sit here, in 44C heat, without power or air-conditioning except for one power point. The electrician can’t come tonight. I need to have something to cool me down, and give me some sustenance. I can’t cook without electricity. I can’t eat – too hot. This cooling drink comes to mind.

The truth is, I love cooking things that I was making almost a decade ago. For a person who loves to experiment, loves to learn new things, it brings a sense of solidity, continuity, the expected, the sameness, the timelessness of life. Food fashions may have changed, we may have new ingredients, new cuisines, new tools and implements to explore. But the timelessness of some food is priceless.

On this sweltering evening, I plug my blender into the one powerpoint that is working. I shovel Maggie Beers Vanilla Bean and Elderberry Flower icecream into it, throw in strawberries and the rest, and recline peacefully, sipping a heaven-sent cooling drinky desserty thing.

Shakes, smoothies and frappes are delicious at any time of the year. A healthy breakfast drink, a yummy afternoon snack, delicious on a hot evening while watching TV. Or not watching TV.

Similar recipes include Strawberry and Black Pepper Icecream, Creme Fraiche Icecream, and Roasted Plum Icecream.

You make like to also browse our yoghurt based drinks – our Lassi collection of recipes are cooling and healthy. All of our drinks are here. You should try the teas here – make iced tea out of them.

Pink Strawberry Frappe

A traditional frappe is any drink poured over a lot of shaved ice. It can be coffee, liqueur, freshly squeezed juice or milky drinks. Sometimes ice cubes are blended with the drink, but not to the point of annihilation. Alternatively the drink is shaken with broken or crushed ice. More recently, frappes have been Americanised, and have become more like milkshakes.

A frappe can also be a semi frozen, fruit-flavored mixture that is similar to sherbet and served as a dessert, appetizer, or cleanser between courses.

This frappe is more than a drink – thick with the fruit, icecream and cream – it is almost a dessert. If you leave out the whipped cream and chocolate it could be a substantial breakfast. You can even add blueberries for an extra healthy drink.

Strawberry Frappe

Fresh Pink Strawberry Frappé

2.75 cups cold milk
250 g fresh strawberries
2 scoops good vanilla icecream
2 Tblspns honey
few drops lemon juice

whipped cream
dark chocolate

Hull the strawberries and put into the blender with the rest of the ingredients except the lemon juice.

Whisk until smooth and then add the lemon juice. Pour into glasses half filled with crushed ice. Garnish with whipped cream and a grating of dark chocolate.


5 thoughts on “Strawberry Frappe”

  1. How come you are without full power and air-conditioning? I thought that night was just a one-off freak thing? I hate being in heat and not being able to cool down.

    I ended up without aircon for 4 weeks (2 of that I was away on holidays, luckily). A part in the aircon blew up, and the heat melted the electricals, so it was a major repair job. And right in the middle of the heat wave! Amazingly I coped fairly well. Afterall, I grew up in the country without any aircon. It just takes different strategies to minimise the heat.

  2. Without power. Thats sucks. But have many nights like these in India, particularly during summer. The whole colony would come out in the moonlight. Men talk politics, women gossip and kids play till bedtime 🙂

    Oh I love those long Indian nights, everyone out in the streets.

  3. what unusual and brilliant pics of a drink, looks like a piece of art….i can imagine your plight, sometimes temperatures in bombay climb over 35 and we are literally jumping out of our skins in discomfort…
    Stay cool girl 🙂

    Thanks, Nandita. I was really surprised last week that Mumbai has had a ‘cold’ snap, with its lowest temperatures in over 50 years!

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