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.