Drink Ideas for Your Espresso

When you wish to take your espresso drinking to new levels, there are plenty of drink ideas that allow you to explore the dark, rich taste of the popular beverage. Espresso drinks may include added flavors, spicy accents or toppings, such as whipped cream. Whether you’re looking to understand the endless orders at your local coffee shop or want to experiment at home, consider the following drink ideas for espresso:

Espresso Macchiato – Single shot of espresso. 1 to 2 tablespoons of foamed milk as a topping. Served in an espresso cup.

Espresso Dopio (Double Espresso) – Typically served in a cappuccino cup, a double shot of espresso is used – approximately 3 ounces.

Caffe Americanno – Hot water is used to dilute espresso to reach drip coffee strength.

Spicy Viennese Espresso – A blend of a double-shot of espresso, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, 4 ground cloves and ½ teaspoon of allspice. Top with whipped cream.

Black Eye – A double-shot of espresso added to one cup of American style drip coffee.

Espresso con Panna – A single or double espresso shot topped with whipped cream.

Espresso Romano – Fresh lemon peel is the topping of a single shot of espresso.

Cappuccino – A traditional cappuccino is made with 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam. Served in a small cup, the entire drink is between 4 and 6 ounces. The cappuccino can then be topped with a light sprinkle of ground chocolate, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla powder.

Flavored Cappuccino – Coffee syrup is a common method of flavoring your cappuccino. A high-quality choice is Monin syrups.

Mocha Cappuccino – After dissolving cocoa or chocolate syrup with the milk to taste, mix 1/3 part espresso to 2/3 part steamed milk.

Caffe Latte – Mix a double-shot of espresso with approximately 5 ounces of steamed milk. The overall drink usually measures about 9 to 12 ounces. Little or no foam is typically added to the top. Flavor your latte with coffee syrup.

Espresso Martini – Blend 1 ounce vanilla-flavored vodka, 2 ounces coffee-flavored liqueur, 1 ounce cream or milk, and 1 cup crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Vigorously shake ingredients to chill, and then pour into martini glasses.

Kahlua Espresso Martini – In a cocktail shaker, add 1 ounce Kahlua, 1 ounce vodka, and ½ ounce fresh brewed espresso. Add ice and vigorously shake. Strain contents into a chilled martini glass.