Caffe' Shakerato

July 6, 2015

Caffe' Shakerato
First things first, let’s do the pronunciation thing.
Caffe’ shakerato is pronounced as you might expect, sort of “shake-er-AH-toe”.
I know it sounds funny but that’s the way it is.

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In its most simple form, a caffe shakerato is a shot of espresso poured over ice cubes and simple syrup, shaken vigorously in a cocktail shaker (for about 30 seconds) until a froth forms when poured.
I know it may sounds like nothing special, but when those three elements are rattled around in a cocktail shaker for a fraction of a minute, magic happens.

Caffe' Shakerato
The dense espresso shot becomes a deliciously smooth and refreshing deep brown drink topped with a layer of foam.
It has nothing to do with your regular iced coffee — not that I have something against it — it’s just 100x better. Believe me.
It’s a drink that deserves to be sipped slowly and savored, especially in the hot weather.

Caffe' Shakerato




I’m obsessed with caffe’ shakerato. It’s literally the only way I want to drink coffee lately.
It’s so good, I believe it deserves to be the official sip of the summer.
Caffe’ shakerato is not easy to find in the US — though it’s a cult drink in New York — but it’s so easy to make at home.
All you need is an (1) Espresso machine, or one of those fancy Nespresso Espresso makers, or those awesome Moka Stove Top Espresso makers; (2) a cocktail mixer; (3) ice; and (4) some simple syrup.
In a couple of minutes you can enjoy a superior cold-coffee beverage experience. Believe.

Caffe' Shakerato

Caffe’ Shakerato                                                                                                                Print this recipe!

A couple of notes. First off, don't try to make more than two or three caffe’ shakerato at a time. One at a time is the way to go. If you don't have a Martini shaker you can shake it up using a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Lastly, adjust sweetness to taste. It's a matter of how sweet you want your drink to be.

Ingredients
Serves 1

Simple syrup

1 cup water
1 cup sugar (I used raw coconut palm sugar because of the paleo thing, but feel free to use any sugar you want)

Caffe’ Shakerato

1 shot of espresso
4 teaspoons simple syrup (adjust to taste)
6 to 8 ice cubes

Directions

To make the syrup combine sugar and water in a jar, cover, and shake until sugar is dissolved.
Cover and keep chilled.
To make the caffe’ shakerato combine coffee, syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously (put some muscle into it!) until outside of shaker is frosty and drink is light and frothy, about 30 seconds.
Strain into a small glass. Serve immediately.

36 comments:

  1. As an espresso addict I'm all over this! YUM!

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    1. I'm addicted to espresso as well. Soooo good!

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  2. I must try this. I freeze espressos in ice cube trays and then make ice coffees in the blender with the cubes + almond milk + dates or maple syrup.

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  3. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I can definitely attest to shaking making things so much better! I love iced tea shaken because the foaminess at the top is heavenly :)

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  4. So simple, yet so delicious! One of my mom's good friends is from Spain, and whenever he comes to visit we head to local coffee shop. He orders a couple shots of espresso, asks for a cup with a little bit of ice, and combines the two, adding a couple packets of that sugar in the raw sugar packets. Same-ish?

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    1. I think that's it. Your mom's friend knows business!

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  5. Not only do I love espresso, but I love the name of this drink... had to stop by just for that! #WolfpackBarista

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  6. I've never heard this name, but I do love the way this coffee looks and sounds. And look at this gorgeous foam - perfection!

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  7. We intend to try this very very soon.... I normally have just one cappuccino early in the morning, but on weekends I have a second coffee at lunch time. Will try your version for sure!

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    1. Let me know how you like it Sally!

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    2. Just enjoyed my first shakerato!

      very very nice, I used 3 teaspoons of simple syrup, next time I might use only 2, as I like my coffee without any sugar, but I bet the sugar is what gives it this incredibly smooth texture

      I found that it gets almost a taste of caramel, or vanilla - I wonder if a drop of vanilla added to it would work?

      thanks, MIke! Great way to enjoy my weekend coffee during summer!

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    3. I've read Italians add all kind of stuff in their shakerato. Chocolate, liquor, vanilla, etc...
      I guess we just have to experiment... ;)

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  8. I must admit that I've never heard of a caffe shakerato before, but I'm down to enjoy anything that comes out of a martini shaker! Can I serve this in a martini glass? Because that would be epic. And can I add a shot of vodka? I kinda want to channel my inner James Bond. Haha. Just kidding...this looks awesome, Alpha! #WolfpackMartiniClub

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    1. Shot of vodka you say? I'm down!
      #WolfpackJamesBond

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  9. I once saw a caffe shakerato served in a Martini glass - after reading David's comment, I had to Google it and I came up with this - not exactly what I saw - but quite similar http://honestcooking.com/holy-grail-coffee-caffe-shakerato/ - Gotta try your suggestion to use coconut palm sugar in simple syrup

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    1. Truth is, I don't have Martini glasses at home... :/

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  10. This sounds so refreshing and perfect for summer, mmm! I knew my mini shaker would come in handy at some point :)

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  11. Im a huge espresso drinker and I love that this takes one of my favorites and elevates it to a whole new level! This sounds perfect and I especially love that bit of natural foam on top! Can't wait to try this!

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  12. Hi Mike!! I can't wait to try this-- thank you for the recipe, sounds and looks incredible!!

    I love these little glasses and I think they're so perfect for the Shakerato. Can you tell me where I might find them!?!

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    1. They're called "Duralex Picardie 8-3/4-Ounce Clear Tumbler" I bought them at Sur La Table, but you can order them on Amazon!

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    2. Perfect!! I just added them to my Amazon cart. Thanks for the info!!!

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  13. Oh yum!! What wouldn't I give for one of those caffe glasses! They look delicious and so perfect for such a hot day! x

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  14. I wonder if you could sub Vietnamese style coffee for espresso since I don't have a machine

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    1. I guess you could, as long as it's a strong coffee and not too watery!

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  15. I have one word for this: YUMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Caffe scecherato is a joy for the palate. In summer time in Italy most people would have this and not the usual espresso, just too hot. They may just have it simple with only coffee and sugar. Sometimes with a splash of Baileys .
    Good one

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    1. A splash of Baileys sounds perfect. I'm gonna try it asap!

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  17. This is most definitely magic, and I can't wait to try it! Being such a coffee addict, this could easily be my drink of the summer, maybe sipped in the morning with something fresh out of the oven!

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