Ever felt a little down when you make a few espresso’s that aren’t quite right and you throw them down the sink? Or you find yourself using a double spouted group head but you only need one shot of espresso? “Sink Shots” no more! Pop these espresso into a re-sealable glass bottle in your fridge and keep them for the weekend when you need a bit of a pick-me-up! We have listed a few of our favourite summer cocktails (some boozy, some not) that you can make with your old espresso’s and really get the most out of those sunny afternoons.

It makes sense that the Italians would invent a most exquisite coffee drink for the summer. It’s a shaken-over-ice, slightly sweetened espresso called the shakerato, served in a stemmed glass, prepared in bars all over the county.

Take 1 shot of fruity espresso and pour immediately into a cocktail shaker with 5 to 6 ice cubes. Add 4 teaspoons simple syrup and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a glass. Serve immediately.

The shaking process yields a thick crema that floats on the espresso.

There isn’t much to the shakerato: a shot of espresso poured over ice cubes and simple syrup, then shaken. But when those three elements are rattled around in a cocktail shaker for what seems like an eternity (it actually clocks in at 15 seconds), they undergo an alchemical transformation: the dense espresso, now frothy, sweet and flecked with ice, is as refreshing as it is flavorful.

It’s a delicate drink that deserves to be savored, especially in hot weather!

“Cento Di Questi Giorni”