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Caffe Shakerato – Shaken, not Stirred

Taking cues from Ian Fleming’s fictional British Secret Service agent 007, there’s many different ways to concoct a delicious coffee drink. A Caffe Shakerato is one extravagant drink that takes a little extra preparation with great results.

A Caffe Shakerato is created from fresh espresso, syrup and ice. These are combined in a cocktail shaker, and are shaken vigorously until a smooth froth is created.

It’s then strained as it’s poured into a glass – typically this type of drink is served in something reminiscent of a large cocktail glass, a martini glass or other type of stemmed glass.

Authentic coffee bars over in Italy will also sometimes get a bit more fancy – by introducing decoration and extra ingredients to spice up your Shakerato and give it a unique twist.

Chocolate syrup, chocolate sprinkles, colouring, whipped cream and even coffee beans themselves are used to give the drink an instagram-worthy appearance and get you that little bit more excited for the first sip.

Different variations can also be created by introducing extra flavoured syrups, a touch of liqueur or alcohol to make things a bit more interesting. The simplicity of the base ingredients of a Shakerato leave it wide open for creative variations.

If you’ve never tried one, it’s a delicious coffee drink to try that can be tailored to your liking, if you’re a fan of iced coffee drinks, that is.

How to make a Caffe Shakerato

What you’ll need

  • Freshly made Espresso
  • Ice Cubes
  • Sugar or Simple Syrup (Equal parts Sugar and Water, heated and dissolved into a smooth syrup, then cooled)
  • Strainer
  • Any additional syrups, flavours or garnish (Optional)


  1. Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, and then add the hot espresso directly onto the ice
  2. Add the sugar or sugar syrup, and any additional flavours/alcohol/liqueurs
  3. Add the other half of the shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  4. Strain the shaken concoction into the serving glass
  5. (Optional) Garnish or decorate your Shakerato with syrup, sprinkles, cocoa powder or whipped cream
  6. Serve (and enjoy!)