A Caffè Corretto, which translates to “corrected coffee” in Italian. It is a type of coffee made from espresso coffee with a small amount of alcohol such as grappa, liqueur, cognac or brandy. It’s practically a special kind of coffee.
Here’s how to make a great Caffè Corretto:
1 shot of espresso (or strong brewed coffee)
1 shot of grappa, Sambuca, or another preferred liquor (adjust to taste)
A small amount of sugar (optional)
Lemon or orange zest (optional)
Espresso machine or a strong coffee brewer
Espresso cup or small coffee cup
Sugar bowl (if using sugar)
Zester (if using lemon or orange zest)
Start by making a shot of espresso or a small cup of strong brewed coffee. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use a Moka pot or a French press.
While the coffee is brewing, prepare your shot of alcohol (grappa or Sambuca). Pour the shot into a separate small glass.
Optionally, you can add a small amount of sugar to your espresso if you prefer it sweet. Stir it until the sugar dissolves.
Pour the hot espresso into an espresso cup or a small coffee cup.
Immediately add the shot of alcohol (grappa or Sambuca) to the espresso. Or another preferred liquor (adjust to taste) The alcohol will “correct” the coffee, giving it a unique flavor.
If you like, you can also add a twist of lemon or orange zest to your Caffè Corretto for extra aroma and flavor.
Serve your Caffè Corretto immediately while it’s still hot. The combination of the strong coffee and the alcohol creates a robust and aromatic drink.
Enjoy your Caffè Corretto slowly, sipping it like a digestif. It’s a delightful way to conclude a meal or enjoy a warming, spirited coffee beverage.
Remember to drink Caffè Corretto in moderation, as it contains alcohol. The choice of liquor and the quantity added can vary to suit your personal taste. It’s a versatile drink that can be adapted to your preferred level of strength and sweetness.