Monday, December 03, 2007

The "correct" way to enjoy your espresso.


The caffè corretto is one of my favorite coffee drinks to enjoy while hiking through the Italian Alps. It's a truly authentic Italian coffee drink that consists of a shot of espresso "corrected" with a shot of liquor, usually grappa, brandy or sambuca. This drink is usually taken after lunch or dinner and tastes great on a cold day. Ask for a caffè corretto grappa, corretto cognac, or corretto sambuca, depending on your choice of alcohol.

You can make this drink at home or find a restaurant/coffee shop that serves warm, alcoholic beverages. If you choose to go out, then ask your favorite bartender for this truly authentic, and tasty, coffee treat. Warning! You won't find this at Starbuck's.

Ingredients:
1. Your favorite barista, or a method for making espresso at home. (Use only freshly ground beans for the best flavor).
2. One shot of espresso.
3. Your favorite grappa, brandy or sambuca. (I prefer grappa but don't be afraid to experiment).
Optional: Sugar
Optional: Orange or lemon rinds.

Directions: Some Italians like to prepare an espresso with a third less water. Once poured in the cup, they replenish the missing volume of water by pouring in alcohol. This makes a strong tasting drink. I like to simply prepare the espresso and then add the liquor to taste. That's it.

Tasty twists: Add a bit of sugar to taste. A tiny slice of lemon or orange, though not traditional in a standard caffè, also adds a personal and delicious touch.

Salute!

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