Italian beverages have captured our hearts this summer. Yesterday, Faith wrote about her discovery of BibiCaffè, a fizzy espresso soda. Here in my kitchen, I have been shaking up another refreshing espresso drink, the caffè shakerato. Apparently, shakerati have been all the rage in Italy during the past decade. A step above regular iced coffee, this beverage is born in a cocktail shaker and customarily served in a martini glass or champagne flute. It's delightfully elegant yet easy to make – simply combine ice cubes, freshly-made espresso, and sweetener in a martini shaker, shake vigorously for about 30 seconds, and strain into a glass. The result is a deliciously smooth and refreshing deep brown drink with topped with a layer of foam.
Different recipes call for either white sugar or simple syrup; I prefer the latter. Variations may also include vanilla, chocolate, liqueur, gelato, or cream. And if you don't have a martini shaker, one site even suggests you can shake it up using a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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