Drink Recipe: Caffè Shakerato con Gelato

published May 25, 2012
Caffè Shakerato con Gelato
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For a summertime treat that’s a snap – or a shake – to create, consider the shakerato. This gelato-infused version makes a quick yet elegant after-dinner coffee and dessert rolled into one.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

We’ve written about our love for the caffè shakerato before – this Italian warm-weather drink typically consists of espresso, sugar, and ice agitated in a cocktail shaker until smooth and frothy. Some baristas use gelato in place of the sugar and ice, and the result is like a drinkable affogato or a cold latté – creamy, bittersweet, and refreshing. We like to add a crowning twist of lemon peel, which gives the drink a fragrant, citrus-y dimension.

If you don’t have gelato available, you could try this with ice cream. You’re not limited to vanilla, either. Chocolate would be lovely, or you could make it a double with a scoop of espresso gelato.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Caffè Shakerato con Gelato

Makes 1 drink

Nutritional Info


  • 1

    modest scopp vanilla gelato

  • 1 shot

    room temperature espresso

  • 1

    lemon twist or spiral


  1. Place gelato and espresso in a cocktail shaker (or a Mason jar) and shake vigorously until gelato is melted. Pour into a cocktail glass.

  2. Gently twist or bend the lemon to squeeze out some of the citrus oils and rub it around the rim of the glass. Drop the lemon into the glass and serve.

(Images: Emily Ho)