7 Espresso Drinks You Need To Try

By Emily Ennis — / Coffee Talk

These 7 Espresso Drinks Will Leave You Speechless 

Caffeinate yourself by trying some new or classic espresso drinks. Whether you want something sweet or strong, there is an espresso drink out there for you—most can be made right in your own kitchen. Whether you’re a beginner or a coffee expert, you can make and love a variety of tasty espresso drinks that will be sure to satisfy your tastebuds—and your need to get-up-and-go. Grab your Death Wish Espresso and get to brewing! 

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What Is Espresso? 

Let’s go back to the basics for those beginners or anyone who needs a bit of a refresh. Espresso can be traced back to Italy in the late 1800s. The word “espresso” means “to express” or “to press out,” referring to the historical way to make espresso coffee. Traditionally, espresso is characterized by the way a cup is made, forcing hot water through finely ground and closely packed coffee grounds. This process brings out the strong flavor that many of us know as espresso. More recently, espresso has made a slight shift. Espresso is now commonly characterized as a very dark roast of coffee with a strong, rich flavor and a high caffeine content made any way (not just with a fancy machine). 

Espresso drinks are extremely popular, but how do you know which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at some of the best espresso drinks out there. Each drink will offer a flavorful option to keep you smiling and amped-up all day long. 

1. Affogato 

Glass with ice cream and coffee[Photo credit: Leva Kisunaite via Unsplash] 

A shot of espresso over vanilla ice cream. The best treat there is—plus you can have it for breakfast because—well, it’s coffee, right? 

 2. Café Corretto 

Small shot glass with espresso[Photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via Unsplash] 

A shot of espresso with a small amount of liquor: traditionally grappa, sambuca or brandy. You can also add sugar for a kick of sweetness.  

 3. Espresso con Panna 

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A single—or if you really need to wake up—a double shot of espresso topped with whipped cream.  

 4. Café Americano 

glass of black coffee[Photo credit: Daniel Lopez via Unsplash] 

Equal parts espresso and hot water. Don’t pass this one up because of how simple it is—it’s a favorite for a reason! You can also try it iced, then you can tell me what love is.  

 5. Shakerato 

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A shakerato includes ice, one or two shots of espresso and some sugar or simple syrup, all shaken up in a cocktail shaker. Don’t have a cocktail shaker? Don’t worry! You can use a protein shaker, travel coffee thermos or a blender bottle.  

 6. Cappuccino 

Coffee in a white mug [Photo credit: Harris Vo via Unsplash] 

A cappuccino has an even distribution of espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk. A cappuccino is distinctly layered! Layer first with espresso, then a layer of steamed milk, topped with a layer of foamed milk.  

7. Café Mocha 

Clear mug filled with coffee[Photo credit: Zoe via Unsplash] 

A delicious mixture of espresso, milk and chocolate. You can use cocoa powder or chocolate syrup for the quickest and easiest option, or to get a richer flavor, use flaked chocolate or chocolate chips. Pro Tip: You can use dark, milk or white chocolate! 

Which one are you going to try first? They're all pretty damn good. 

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