Making Italian Coffee

Traditional Italian coffee recipes use strong, Italian roast coffee and either Liquore Strega or Amaretto. While there are many Italian coffee recipes that have become popular throughout the world (espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, etc.), you can assume your guest wants one of these two coffee drinks if he or she orders an Italian coffee.

You will want to invest in a set of Irish coffee cups, which look like a cross between a beer mug and a coffee mug, in order to showcase the beautiful rich coffee and the fluffy whipped cream that will sit atop this marvelous after dinner drink.

Strega Italian Coffee Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
5 oz. of freshly brewed, hot Italian roast coffee
½ ounce Liquore Strega
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ cup whipped cream
Ground nutmeg

Combine hot coffee and Strega in a coffee mug. Add sugar and mix. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Strega is a liqueur that originates from Italy.  It is a yellow liqueur made from 70 herbal ingredients. It gets its yellow color from saffron and its primary flavors from fennel and mint. Labeled as a digestif, it is intended for drinking after dinner to aid in the digestive process. Because of this, Strega Italian coffee is a perfect after dinner drink.

For those who are not fond of the flavors inherent in Strega, the Italians have created another classic after dinner coffee drink: the Amaretto Italian coffee.

Amaretto Italian Coffee Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
5 oz. of freshly brewed, hot Italian roast coffee
1 ounce amaretto
½ ounce brandy
¼ cup whipped cream
Ground cinnamon

Combine the hot coffee with the amaretto and brandy in an Irish coffee glass and mix well. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Serve immediately.

For the best Italian coffee drinks, you'll want to whip up your own whipped cream. Just beat whipping cream (without sugar) in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until the cream becomes fluffy. Use as soon as possible and refrigerate any unused portions.

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