Ah, the taste of a good cup of espresso! You get up in the morning anticipating that first sip. Maybe you make yours at home or maybe you go to your local coffee shop. Maybe you like your straight up as an espresso shot, or perhaps you like a Cappuccino or like me you like a Latte. There are hundreds of different ways to drink espresso.
If you are just becoming an espresso coffee connoisseur perhaps you don’t yet speak “espresso”. Here are some words that can describe the different types of drinks:
Macchiato: this type of drink usually contains milk and often has a little bit of foam added on top. The word macchiato actually means stain or marked in Italian. So this is referring to “staining” or “marking” the espresso.
Ristretto shot: uses the same amount of coffee grounds that is normally used for an espresso however, water is only poured to produce the first half of an espresso shot. A ristretto shot still contains most of the caffeine and tends to be sweeter than a full shot.
Split Shot: for those who don’t want as much caffeine especially later in the day, this drink has half decaf, half caffeinated coffee.
Shot-in-the-dark, Red Eye, or Pile Driver: this drink which uses some drip coffee with a shot of espresso goes by a lot of different names, these are but a few.
Solo Espresso: is a single shot of espresso coffee.
Doppio Espresso: has two shots of espresso coffee.
Espresso Con Panna: has an espresso shot that has been topped with whipped cream.
Americano: an espresso shot with a small amount of added hot water.
Latte: an espresso shot with added steamed milk and topped with a layer of milk foam.
Mocha: is an espresso coffee with added chocolate, steamed milk and usually topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Latte Macchiato: has steamed milk topped with a layer of milk foam and a ristretto shot of espresso.
Cappuccino: uses espresso with half steamed milk, half milk foam. Some people will ask for a “Dry” which refers to adding more foam than is standard, and “wet” refers to adding more milk than the standard. As well there is “bone dry” which means an espresso shot, then filled to the brim with milk foam.
Mix a single espresso shot that has been cooled with 2-3 teaspoons cocoa, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 1-cup cold milk. Pour over ice in a tall glass and top with whipped cream. Buon appetito!
Baileys Espresso Martini:
Want a little more kick in your espresso. Try this one: Mix two ounces of Baileys Irish Cream, a 1/4 ounce of Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, one shot of cold espresso. Blend together and serve in your favorite martini glass. Add a maraschino cherry for a little color.
Frozen Caramel Latte (Decadence in a Cup!):
This an espresso drink perfect for something a little sweeter. Add 3 ounces of espresso, 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce and 2 tablespoons of white sugar into a blender and blend on high until everything is thoroughly blended. Next pour in ¾ cup of milk, 1 ½ cup of ice cubes and blend until smooth and frothy. Pour into tall glasses and top with whipped cream.