Among the 80 recipes, one in particular grabbed my attention as an easy and fast afternoon treat, the caffé shakerato. I had read about the drink briefly in the August 2007 issue of Bon Appétit in an article (or maybe comic would be more appropriate) in which the writer, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, details her road trip through the length of Italy.
The drink itself is very simple. All you need are:
2 (or so) ounces of EspressoSee? Easy! Plus, if you shake it well enough you can enjoy the show as the foam cascades up the glass, like a pint of properly poured Guinness.
1 (or so) tablespoon Simple syrup
Ice (about 6 cubes are suggested by the book)
Place the ice, espresso, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker, and shake about 45 seconds.
Pour into a clear glass or, ideally, a champaign glass.
Mmm, just sweet enough, yet still has a good espresso kick. The foam is especially delicious. ^_^