While a “shakerato” can mean lots of drinks shaken, usually alcoholic ones, the caffe shakerato is the latest craze associated with trying to beat the summer heat. Nothing like ice and caffeine to knock out the summer doldrums. In its most simple form, a caffe shakerato is made by combining freshly made espresso, a bit of sugar, and lots of ice, shaking the whole deal vigorously until a froth forms when poured.
Granita al Limone
Popular in Sicily and with a rougher texture than sorbetto, the Italian ice called granita is an easy-to-fix palate cleanser or finish for any summer meal.
An affogato (Italian, “drowned”) is a coffee-based beverage. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso.