In a land where iced coffee (as Americans know it) is as close to a reality as a unicorn, alternatives must be found.
And also in a land where, in the height of summer, temperatures can reach well into the 100 degrees Fahrenheit, cold coffee in a nessescity.
My go-to (Italian style) cold coffee is a caffè shakerato.
They’re great because A) they can be ordered practically anywhere B) they contain coffee and C) are ice cold.
It’s a simple recipe:
A shot of espresso, ice cubes and simple syrup all combined in a cocktail shaker. Usually served in a Martini glass.
I like them because I can feel fancy, even if for just a second, while I sip this classic Italian summer staple and drip with sweat at the same time.
Antico Caffè Greco on Via dei Condotti in Rome is a common stop for me and should be for you, too, should you find yourself there.
PRO TIP: order it at the bar and you will pay much less but still get to enjoy the ~fabulous~ atmosphere. At the table is much more expensive but the service is superb.