Sunday, July 31, 2011

Shake It

On a hot summer afternoon such as this, why not take your leftover morning coffee and shake yourself up and icy treat?

Of course you may use whatever coffee you choose--freshly brewed or freshly pulled--but I like the concentration of leftover coffee because it stands up well to the ice cubes.

Put the coffee in a cocktail shaker along with a pinch of sugar, a splash of milk and a few ice cubes. Then shake until your hand turns cold.  Pour into a nice long glass and enjoy.

I understand this drink is a hot weather staple all over Italy. Interestingly enough, it is known as the Caffe Shakerato, a word that sounds a lot like John's fractured Italian.  Regardless, this is what I've been taking in place of my afternoon cup of hot black coffee. Perfect.

You may also enjoy reading these posts by Sara at Ms. Adventures in Italy and Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome.


  1. Funny - I've been doing the same with almond milk, agave, and a touch of cardamom in the morning even! Then I sit on the patio, water the garden, and sip this goodness through a straw. Way cheaper (and healthier) than Starbuck's, that's for sure! Cheers, Michele!

  2. Love this Michele. It looks so refreshing. Great for the summer time.

  3. Oooh, I need a nice metal shaker like that one...perfect for these sultry days.

  4. Michele, I found your blog via Good Food Matters and want to say how much I like your posts. This chilled coffee drink is just up my alley...with our upper 90 degree days this is the perfect mid-morning, leftover coffee drink. Thanks. Teresa Blackburn
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  5. VALERIE--Sounds like your drink is the perfect accompaniment to garden
    watering. Cheers.

    FAITH-- : )

    NANCY--Perfect and pretty.

    TERESA--Thank you so much for stopping by and for the kind words.

  6. I like the look of this shaken version versus unshaken iced coffee. Nice afternoon replacement.