Everybody loves a good cup of coffee in the morning. But what if you don’t have time to go out and get one?

Luckily, there’s an easier way to get your caffeine fix — Freddo espresso is your best bet. It’s made with only two ingredients and requires no expensive equipment.

This article will cover everything you need to know to get started with the Freddo espresso.

You’ll learn how to sweeten it to taste and which coffee beans work well. Let’s get started!

What is a Freddo espresso?

A Freddo espresso is an iced espresso coffee drink. It is made by shaking two shots of espresso with ice, then pouring it into a glass. The drink is usually served with a straw and a sweetener of choice.

The main benefit of shaking espresso with ice is that it cools the drink down quickly, making it more refreshing on a hot day. It also dilutes the espresso slightly, which makes it less strong and slightly sweeter.

Some people also like to add milk or cream to their Freddo espresso for extra richness and sweetness.

If you like to add a bit more flavor to your Freddo espresso, you might want to consider making a Freddo cappuccino instead. More on the differences below:

Freddo espresso vs. Freddo cappuccino

If you’re looking for a delicious cold coffee drink, you may be wondering what the difference is between a Freddo espresso and a Freddo cappuccino.

Both drinks are made with espresso and ice, but the key difference is in how they’re prepared:

Comparison:Freddo espresso:Freddo cappuccino:
Espresso?Yes, two espresso shotsYes, two espresso shots
Milk used?No milk addedYes, 1/2 cup of 2% fat milk
Add-ins?Sweetener of choiceSweetener of choice
How is it served?Served on ice with a sweetener of choiceServed on ice with cold foam and a dusting of cocoa powder or ground cinnamon

While both have their merits, I tend to lean towards the Freddo espresso, mainly because I’m a big fan of espresso in general!

If you prefer a sweeter drink, you’ll love the added cold foam and extra toppings that come with the Freddo cappuccino.

You can check out the complete recipe for the Freddo cappuccino here if you’re interested!

If you love a more robust flavor in your refreshing iced coffee, read along to learn how to make it yourself:

What ingredients are needed to make a Freddo espresso?

There are just two main ingredients needed to make a Freddo espresso at home:

  • Espresso coffee
  • Ice cubes
All the ingredients that are needed to make a Freddo espresso at home.

This recipe calls for a double espresso (also called doppio espresso) for a robust flavor that is just perfect for keeping you cool.

If you want to go the extra mile, you can consider making a few coffee ice cubes. Coffee ice cubes are made by freezing brewed coffee in an ice cube tray.

After freezing it, you can use them to cool your Freddo espresso. They will add more coffee flavor while they melt instead of diluting your iced coffee with water which happens when you use regular ice cubes.

"Frozen coffee ice cubes, ready to be served."

Tip: You can check out this article where I go over a step-by-step guide to making them at home!

There are many ways that you can add more flavor to your drink. Have a look below for some of my favorite ways:

How can you sweeten a Freddo espresso?

There are a few methods you can use to sweeten a Freddo espresso:

  • The simplest way is to add sugar directly to the coffee. However, it’s best to add it to the espresso coffee right after brewing so that it can dissolve easily.
  • A better way to add sweetness is to add chocolate sauce or caramel sauce to your coffee.
  • Finally, another option is to add a flavored syrup to the coffee. This will give it a more intense flavor and will also add sweetness.

Those are just a few options you have to sweeten your Freddo espresso. I prefer using homemade syrup.

A flavorful syrup dissolves easily and will add a ton of flavor to the iced coffee. You can use different flavors every day, depending on the syrups you have at home.

Cinnamon brown sugar syrup.
Cinnamon brown sugar syrup

If you want to make some quick and flavorful syrups at home, you can check out my recipes for homemade syrups here.

What are the best coffee beans to use?

There are many different opinions on this topic. However, most people seem to agree that using darker roast coffee beans is best for a Freddo espresso.

This is because the longer the beans are roasted, the more bitter and dark they become, such as these extra dark roasted coffee beans:

Extra dark roasted coffee beans.

And since a Freddo is already a very sweet (depending on the add-ins you use) and intense coffee drink, dark roast beans give it a richer flavor that isn’t overpowered by sweetness.

So you would want to use a dark roast coffee bean with a high level of acidity. This will help achieve the chocolatey and nutty flavors characteristic of a Freddo espresso.

Dark roasted coffee beans.

Tip: You can check out my favorite coffee beans for espresso in this article if you’re still on the hunt for some great coffee beans.

Now, let’s get into the recipe so that you can give this delicious and refreshing coffee a try:

Freddo Espresso

Freddo espresso, ready to drink.

This refreshing Freddo espresso is the perfect start to the day and can be made in just a few minutes!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Two espresso shots (2 oz or 60 ml)
  • Ice cubes
  • Optionally: a sweetener or other add-ins of choice


  1. Start by brewing your espresso shots. Use your favorite coffee brewer for his.
  2. After pulling the espresso shots, let them cool down slightly. You can add ice cubes to the hot coffee if you want to speed things up.
  3. Add a handful of ice cubes to a resealable jar such as a mason jar or cocktail shaker.
  4. Pour the espresso coffee into the ice-filled jar and vigorously shake it for 30 seconds.
  5. Fill a tall glass of choice with ice cubes to about halfway.
  6. Pour the foamy espresso coffee into the glass, add a sweetener if you prefer, and serve as soon as possible!


If you'd like to add some sugar, it's best to add it to the hot espresso so it dissolves quickly.

Do you prefer making this Freddo espresso in the early morning? Prepare the espresso coffee before heading to bed, and let the espresso cool in the fridge overnight.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1

Is a Freddo espresso vegan?

Yes, a Freddo espresso is vegan. A Freddo espresso is an espresso served cold, typically with ice. And since espresso is made from coffee beans and doesn’t include any milk or cream, it’s safe to say that a Freddo espresso is vegan.

You can ask for your Freddo espresso to be made with non-dairy milk, such as soy or almond milk if you prefer.


I hope you’ve found this article helpful and that you’ll give this Freddo espresso recipe a try soon.

I love that you can customize this drink with various add-ins such as coffee syrups, cold foam, or even just a splash of milk!

Do you like drinking espresso on ice? Check out some more iced espresso recipes below:

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