We love iced coffee around here at Freckle & Fair. Give us an iced coffee and a bagel and we'll give you our first child. And call us basic, but we believe there are four seasons: iced coffee season (summer), pumpkin spice latte season (fall), peppermint mocha season (winter) and getting drunk on patios season (spring).
However, Italy doesn't do Starbucks and so my iced coffee consumption has been way down outside the house. But Starbucks is basically a rip off of Italian coffee shops, and we know the original is always better. So yes, I think I may have found something better than the iced coffee: the caffè shakerato.
The caffè shakerato is as fun as it sounds. Take a shot of espresso, some ice, and some sugar if you so desire, place it in a cocktail shaker, and jiggle it all together! The result is a frothy, cold beverage that's stronger (i.e. better) than a regular cold coffee drink and is almost as quick to sip down as a shot of espresso. Perfection! In Italy, they even serve the caffè shakerato in a fancy glass, like a martini glass, with some cocoa on top.
So, drop your clear plastic cups with the green straw and get on the caffè shakerato train. They're insanely easy to make and you'll impress all your friends with your worldliness. Just don't tell too many people or it'll become too mainstream and you'll have to go back to flat whites.
- 1 long shot of espresso or one cup of strong, fresh coffee
- 1 T sugar (optional)
- 3 ice cubes
- Cocoa, for garnish
- Brew your coffee or espresso. While still hot, pour the liquid into a shaker cup with your sugar and ice cubes. If you don't have a cocktail shaker, You can use two bar glasses faced into each other. I used a thermos.
- Shake coffee vigorously for 1-2 minutes. You'll want a nice foam to form and the ice cubes to melt.
- Pour coffee into fancy glass, leaving out any remaining chunks of ice. Top with cocoa and enjoy!
Photos and text © Katie Currid, 2015. All rights reserved.