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caffè shakerato (Italian iced coffee) garnished with coffee beans
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Caffè shakerato (Italian Iced espresso)

For a punchy and invigorating non-alcoholic drink, a caffè shakerato is hard to beat. This Italian iced coffee can be ready in 5 minutes and the bitter-sweet flavours are definitely worth lingering over.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1
Calories: 40kcal


For the Demerara Syrup

  • 75 g/ 5 tbsp Demerara sugar
  • 75 ml/ ⅓ cup Water

For the Shakerato

  • 15 g / ½oz Ground coffee
  • 15 ml/ 1 tbsp Demerara syrup
  • Plenty of ice


Make the Demerara Syrup

  • Put the sugar and water into a small pan
  • Set the pan over a low-moderate heat and cook until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally
  • Let cool, then decant into a bottle or jar and store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks

Make the Shakerato

  • Use a coffee machine to brew the espresso using the coffee grounds. Aim for approx 60ml/ ¼ cup of espresso
  • Put several handfuls of ice into a cocktail shaker then pour the espresso into it
  • Add the demerars syrup, secure the lid and shake for at least 45 seconds to ensure a good chill
  • Strain into a glass, garnish with coffee beans (optional) and serve immediately



  • Chill the serving glass in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before making this drink to ensure the drink is served as cold as it can be
  • Don’t forget that you can vary the strength of your coffee – up or down – to suit your own personal preferences
  • Similarly, you can up the level of syrup if you find the recipe as specified below too bitter for your tastes
  • And you can swap the syrup to vary the flavour - go for simple sugar cane syrup or a flavoured syrup such as hazelnut or gingerbread 
  • Don't skimp on the ice or the shaking, else you'll wind up with cold coffee rather than ice-cold coffee. I recommend 45 seconds of vigorous shaking
  • If you intend to add alcohol to this drink, do so at the end. Shake without alcohol to ensure the best foam is achieved, then add the alcohol
  • Although it is technically possible to make this drink using instant coffee granules, the results are not the same at all. Stick with freshly ground coffee for a truly superior drink


Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 9mg | Sugar: 11g | Iron: 1mg