Café Frappé …And a Giveaway!

cafe frappe recipe

Because one of the best things I’ve found in this world is giving presents to the people I love I’ve prepared a cute little something for you.

You definitely deserve it!

It is a Chess Set …but this one is played in a rather funky way – on a glass board with cute shot glasses filled with your drink of choice.

I see so many advantages of this kind of set over the usual one – first, it definitely lets you have a lot of fun. If you go ‘soft drink’, it keeps you hydrated. If you’re an adventure seeker, just fill the glasses with alcohol and set out the rules so that the player who takes most pieces drinks most grog. I think even a pro playing against a beginner can have a pretty enjoyable match – any kind of ability gap will be swiftly bridged. Think red wine versus white wine, for example. Or silver tequila against gold tequila… gee, I got carried away.

So yes, one of you can win this game.

Contest Closed. Thank you!

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the ‘Comments section’ of this post:

What kind of beverage would you choose to play this game with?


  • One entry per person, please.

Extra entries:

  • Twitter (follow ZoomYummy; leave a separate note about it in the comment section of this post),
  • Facebook (become a fan of ZoomYummy; leave a separate note about it in the comment section of this post).

(So together you can have three entries.)

Winner will be selected at random and announced on Thursday (August 26).

Good luck, everybody!
Contest Closed. Thank you!

cafe frappe recipe

And now I’d like to show you a little magic trick.

Café Frappé – it’s truly magical.


I’ll show you…

cafe frappe recipe

Café Frappé is a beloved drink of the Greeks.

All you need to prepare it is some instant coffee, sugar, water, milk and a few ice cubes.

It’s as simple as can be.

You also need to steal a frappé shaker from your Mom. If your Mom dares not to own a frappé shaker or if you are a decent person and don’t steal, then just use a glass with a lid.


cafe frappe recipe

1. In the shaker/container/glass mix 2 teaspoons of instant coffee…

cafe frappe recipe

2. …with 2 teaspoons of sugar.

cafe frappe recipe

3. Add 4 tablespoons of water…

cafe frappe recipe

4. …close it and…


cafe frappe recipe

Shake it just until you get from this…

cafe frappe recipe

… to this frothy heaven.

Did you know that your instant coffee has this kind of ability?

It can transform into this thick and foamy wonder in no time.

I just love it!

cafe frappe recipe

5. Then fill a glass half way with ice cubes.

If you are a maniac like me, you can try to make these flavored ice cubes sometimes.

cafe frappe recipe

6. Pour the foam into the glass.

cafe frappe recipe

7. And add as much milk as you like.

cafe frappe recipe


cafe frappe recipe

I’ve learned that the Greeks like to drink this foam-covered iced coffee with a straw.

Also, they like to stir the coffee and enjoy the relaxing sound of the ice cubes hitting with each other and with the glass.


cafe frappe recipe

Just give it a try – it’s simple and delicious!

Oh, and don’t forget about the giveaway…



137 thoughts on “Café Frappé …And a Giveaway!

  1. 1
    Larie says:

    Oooh…I think the bf and I would have to play with alcohol. Maybe slightly toned down alcohol (that’s a lot of chess pieces!) – but alcohol, nonetheless 🙂 the red wine, white wine deal sounds like a good idea!

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    sy says:

    this looks like fun 😀 i would fill it with water, my bf can do water or tea.
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    jen says:

    Tea if it’s daytime- some type of alcohol if its night. What a fun looking game!

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    Jessica C. says:

    I think I would want to use a sweet drink like strawberry daiquiri or hard lemonade.


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    Jessica C. says:

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    Kirsty B says:

    Wow that coffee looks insanely good! I’m super jealous.
    I stumbled upon a picture of that chessboard a while back and since have been trying to figure out where to buy one!
    I would play it with my boyfriend drinking 90% Absinthe (yes, really.) and me with Vodka (26000 brand, preferably. goes down smooth without too much of the vodka shudder).
    It would definitely be an interesting time…

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    Caitlin says:

    I’d definitely use shots of espresso. so much caffeine…

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    Janis says:

    Definitely alcohol…day or night! 🙂 I’m thinking Guiness. 🙂

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    thewhittyblonde says:

    I saw one of these sets a while ago on the internet and sent it to all of my friends immediately. The shot I had in mind when I first looked at it was one I learned in England: fill half the shot glass with butterscotch schnapps and then layer Bailey’s Irish Cream on top. This shot goes by many different, equally, delightfully vulgar names, but it tastes just like a Werther’s Original candy. So maybe my half of the board would be these versus an equally delicious shot of the opposing player’s choice, perhaps Candy Apples or Stoplights.

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    Kim says:

    What a fun idea for a chess game!

    Guess it would be cheating to play it with water for me and alcohol for my opponent, hmmm? 😛

    Good thing too, since I much rather have an excuse to drink a bit of alcohol again 😉 I’d probably fill it with Malibu or Pina Colada, ’cause that would be such an awesome picture: Late night in the garden, with the day’s warmth still in the air, drinking summer cocktails.

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    Kate says:

    Love the red wine/white wine idea! But if were were playing with liquor, margarita shots could be fun. 🙂

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    Patsy says:

    I would play with jello shots!! Very college, it’s true, but it would look so pretty and be so much fun 🙂

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    Thomas Banakas says:

    I am thinking about “Souma” (typical greek alcohol) but I have a felling that Checkmate will not be so easy as the souma will take away our concertation! 😀

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    Isar Logi says:

    Of course shots of Ópal (Icelandic liquid licorice!!). Only Proud vikings can appreciate them! 🙂

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    Betty says:

    Have you ever tried Metaxa (Greek: Μεταξά). It is a blend of brandy and wine and I really like to have a small glass after a great meal.

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    meeyeehere says:

    I would give this to my best friend and I know her and her buddies would drink vodka and other weird shots in this game!

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    robyn @ says:

    water for both or for me creaming soda soft drink or diet lemonade.

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    Jesse says:

    I’d fill those little glasses with mojitos. Refreshing!

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    Nhiro says:

    Jagerbombs all the way. And I’d probably play checkers instead, because it’s less effort on the brainz.

    Also, how cool is that frappe shaker? I’ll have to try this sometime.

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    harpreet says:

    oooo VODKA!! and i suck at chess hmmm… 😉

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    Daniel Koucky says:

    I would have to fill it with shots according to the point value of the chess pieces; pawns would get beer, knights and bishops with wine, rooks with schnapps, the queen with vodka, and the king with 151!

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    Sarah M says:

    I would put some Southern Comfort in there

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    Sarah M says:

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    debp says:

    I would use a mixture of rum and coke.

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    Francis Welch says:

    I would put the cheapest whiskey in the pawns and upgrade the booze to the worth of the pieces. Rooks would be next followed by knights and bishops, with the queen and then the king with the most expensive brands.

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    Ash says:

    Let’s play with absinthe, just to go against the grain…

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    Kimberly says:

    I would fill these with X Rated vodka because it is good but still kind of strong. I can’t to hard shots. 🙂

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    Kimberly says:

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    Eric Estill says:

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    Eric Estill says:

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    Eric Estill says:

    Bourbon chess!!!

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    Jupiterdoll says:

    If I was using alcohol, half of the pieces would be green! There is a cocktail I love called fat frog, its made of equal parts orange bacardi breezer, smirnoff ice and blue wkd. I’d make up a jug and use it for half. The other half would be some other colour, hell I might even just stick some food colouring in the fat frog and make it crazy coloured fat frog!

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    Erin E says:

    I would play this chess game with Captain Morgans Rum. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

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    Erin E says:

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    Shannon Baas says:


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    jen says:

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    yvette garcia says:

    I have played this game before and its fun with alcohol or alcohol free drinks 🙂 but i like it with margarita.

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    chris freepartner says:

    I think I would have to use blended buttery nipples on one side and blended tequila sunrise on the other!

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    sarah t says:

    web would play with beer

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    brandy nelson says:

    Blue motorcycle shots all the way! I don’t drink often, but when I do, I make it count!

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    Beverly says:

    We would have to say Miller Beer!

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    Jill Myrick says:

    If we played on a weekend when my children were at Grandmas then we would be playing with Tequila.


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    Jill Myrick says:

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    Jill Myrick says:

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    Laura B says:

    This would be fun with something like hard lemonade or maybe even sangria! Yummy fun!!!

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    Jessica says:

    This looks like a fun drinking game. I would make my pieces pink with x bombs and my husband could have black pieces from jager bombs!

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    elizabeth p says:

    I would put rum in my glasses and honey loves a good coffee brandy.

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    Michael says:

    Beer in the pawns and stronger spirits corresponding to piece value/strength for the rest. Oh, and a nice finishing touch would be to add a timer for the matches! 🙂

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    Ordell Knot says:

    I would use margaritas for this game. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Ordell Knot says:

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    Ordell Knot says:

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    Keri says:

    Considering I’m a terrible lightweight with alcohol and my boyfriend can drink til the cows come home (and we don’t have any cows) I’d probably play with something light, I really love his grenadine cherry coke with a bit of rum. He could probably play with pure rum. Luckily, I usually have him beat, it’d be a fun way to get him a bit tipsy!

    I’m sure the endgame using alcohol would be hilarious once you’re both too tipsy for much strategy. Sounds like an awesome way to play and a good way to entice the boyfriend to keep at it!

    My email is keribug(at)live(dot)com and I’d love to win this!

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    Keri says:

    I followed you on twitter (my handle is keribugg) and I retweeted it just for bonuses!

    Oh and I forgot to say, the coffee looks delicious too! I make a sort of variation where I brew up really strong coffee and mix it with more sugar (think frappucino-levels of sugar) and then top off the glass with milk and ice. Absolutely delicious! I’ll have to get a shaker and try your variation with the froth, too, sounds much fancier than mine!

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    anna t. says:

    Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

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    Ashley S. says:

    OO what a fun game! I would play with Grey Goose Vodka or Yager bombs. Fun stuff!

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    Marion Hilton says:


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    Brett says:

    Have to play with some type of Schnapps. Something with flavor enough to enjoy but enough bite to put the loser on the floor. Take that Bobby Fischer!

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    Peach Brandy Would be My alcohol of choice

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    Marcy says:

    Cherry Coke Zero & Cherry Vodka! Yesssssssssss!!!!!!!!

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    Jessica says:

    I would play this game with vanilla and orange vodka, what a cute set!

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    Jessica says:

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    Melissa B. says:

    I would play it with grape kool aid.

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    amy d says:

    busch lite

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    Kris T. says:

    We’d probably play with some fruity schnapps. Thanks for the chance to win the fun game!

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    Kris T. says:

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    Storm says:

    My husband votes Jack Daniels, but I’d go for the Diet Dr. Pepper.

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    Storm says:

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    scottrick pacini says:

    i would try a few different kinds in other word play a few games , champane and sparking burgendy, flavored vodka, white and brown rum many different way of enjoying your game of chess.

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    Donna Timmerman says:

    I would play with tequila.

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    Nick Christie says:

    I would use Jagermeister to play this chess game.

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    Nick Christie says:

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    Nick Christie says:

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    Rosey says:

    Beer would be the beverage of choice for this one!

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    Rosey says:

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    Richard T. says:

    I would use light beer.

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    Crystal says:

    I would start out with beer and maybe try some amaretto:)

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    Linda says:

    Hi Petra,

    I love your website. To play this game of chess I’d use cherry vodka… and I’d probably lose even if I played with a monkey. 🙂

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    Jessica says:

    I think shots of tequila would make this a wild game.

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    Jessica says:

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    Trisha says:

    i would use a range of liquor and funny flavored items to make it fun!

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    Gloria M. says:

    I’d use Michelob Ultra Beer!

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    Gloria M. says:

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    Megan Hernandez says:

    I would make lots of different fun shots. I have a recipe for one that tastes just like apple pie….very yummy.

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    swtlilchick says:

    I would fill these cute little shot glasses with some
    Miller Lite.

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    swtlilchick says:

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    swtlilchick says:

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    susan smoaks says:

    i would use vodka

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    susan smoaks says:

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    susan smoaks says:

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    Gaby7 says:

    I would use some champagne.

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    susan says:

    Oh I would love to make a hard lemonade with this! mmmm suelee1998

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    Roxann says:

    Mike’s hard Lemonade would be good. If I was playing with the kids it would probably be Hawaiian Punch.

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    Roxann says:

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    Angela Winesburg says:

    Vodka and Sprite, thanks!

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    Laura Smith says:

    “What kind of beverage would you choose to play this game with?”

    I think the Irish Coffee would be an excellent beverage to use for this …. And since there is a difference in the colors if playing with the kids, they could have koolaide in theirs while Mommy had relax time …..
    What a cute idea

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    Kelly Barker says:


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    nikkie says:

    Long island ice tea..little shots of it yummy

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    Gregor Schug says:

    Diet pop, daughter has Type 1 diabetes. Better to play with no carbs for us.

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    Diane Baum says:

    will fill it with diet coke and top it with cherries.

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    Ron Bird Jr says:

    I would love to of had this back when I was at WVU!!!

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    Brandy says:

    SoCo or Blue Motorcycle shots would be awesome!

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    John S says:

    I’m thinking of Negro Modelo right now. Thanks for the chance.

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    John S says:

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    Sandra says:

    Hi Petra! Please don’t enter me in this giveaway, (’cause I don’t drink) but I wanted to drop a note to say thanks for posting this great recipe, I love it!

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    Lauren says:

    My friends and I would probably use beer with this game, preferably Bud Light. 🙂 Thanks so much!!

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    John S says:

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    Tequilla would make it fun!

    Thank you for the entry,


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    Julia says:

    I’d play with water. That could get to being a lot of shots!

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    Lesley says:

    I’d play against my husband, beer for him and coca cola for him. Or maybe something stronger for him and I’d actually have a chance of winning!!! Looks like a fun game!!!

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    Lesley says:

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    Carla Spence says:

    Cheap screw. My husband and I came up with this cheap version of a screwdriver. It’s bargain brand diet orange soda (instead of orange juice) with vodka.

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    Sean Fidance says:

    I’d fill them with Natty Ice

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    serge says:

    i would fill it up with sparks 9% alcohol =]

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    Veronica Garrett says:

    I would play it with tequila.

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    Jane Hoh says:

    I would use a brandy…either apricot or blackberry. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    anna t. says:

    I would use Mikes Hard Lemonade.

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    Monique Rizzo says:

    Raspberry Vodka shots.
    Thanks for the chance.

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    Roxann says:

    Mike’s Hard lemonade with the adults. Hawaiian Punch with the kids.

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    Roxann says:

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    mandkblog says:

    original greek frappe coffee is filled with cold water (essential) when done shaking it, milk and sugar is added as extra only!
    some alterations include adding ice-cream (but no ice cubes) or even the addition of a measure of baileys liquer!

    some recent balcan alterations (serbia etc) use only milk to fill the glass and no water and almost always ice-cream..

    the past few years most people use electric shakers so that the foam is even thicker..

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    Michaela says:

    Ahoj Petra, je tu strasne vela prispevkov a priznavam, ze som leniva citat vsetky. Chcem sa ta spytat, ci nic nepokazim ak miesto mlieka pouzijem sladku smotanu. Ja a mlieko sa moc nelubime 🙂

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      ZoomYummy says:

      Ahoj Michaelka. To by malo byt uplne v poriadku. Pravdepodobne este omnoho chutnejsie! Skus experimentovat, podla mna je to velmi dobry napad! Ako prvy pokus by som ale skusila mensie mnozstvo tej smotany, potom trebars doplnit vodou, ze co to spravi. 🙂 Petra

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    Michaela says:

    Tak idem natriasat pohar 🙂 Dam vediet ako to dopadlo.

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    Michaela says:

    Mozem o tvojej stranke napisat par slov na moj blog? A dat tam link?

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    MirekČ says:

    Ahoj Petro!
    Doufám, že tě oslovuji správně. Ještě se neznáme a už ti tykám, to je drzost co? Ale je to tak na “blozích” nějakým zvykem. Ještě se nikdy nikdy neohradil. Já jsem Mirek.
    Mám dotaz, co je to za přístroj s tím modrým víkem. Je to jen obyčejný šejkr, nebo něco speciálního, co v česku nemáme?
    p.s.: Jsem šťastný, že se na anglických stránkách můžu bavit česky! Papa a hezké Vánoce a šťastný Nový rok (ale i ten celý s malým “n” – 2011)

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      ZoomYummy says:

      Ahoj Mirku!

      Dakujem, ze si sa zastavil na mojom blogu.

      Ten shaker je uplne obycajny, raz sa to v tychto koncinach predavalo spolu s kavou a maminka to kupila. No a ja som jej to dodatocne slohla. Je to obycajny shaker, ale ako nahrada zan sa da pouzit akykolvek pohar s vieckom. Zavaraninovy, napriklad.

      Rovnako prajem prenadherne Vianoce a Novy rok (a aj ten cely novy). 🙂


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    Heidy Crowl says:

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    Alice says:

    This turned out great! I didn’t have a glass with a lid, so I shook it in a water bottle and poured out the foam instead. I tried it with soy milk, and it tasted delicious as well. You could also add liquid creamer with flavors such as vanilla or hazelnut. Refreshing version of coffee!

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    maria says:

    heh, im greek and Im so glad about frape hehehe. I read all of your crafts and feel so inspired! I did crochet slippers and were so easy, thank you so much!
    keep going, love your crafts.
    love, maria from salonica (thessaloniki, greece)

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    Nena Rajcevic says:

    I totally forgot about this! I’ve spent lots of time with my friends back in Europe drinking this in the summer. I need to make one soon 🙂

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