Italian Summer Coffee Shake – The Shakerato

When temperatures soar, a cold coffee drink is a refreshing alternative to the usual hot black coffee. “Caffe’ Shakerato” is the most popular Italian coffee shake, a go-to cold coffee which is classically prepared by shaking together a few ice cubes, 3 teaspoons of sugar and one or more cups of espresso (to taste), preferably at room temperature.

Since I stop making myself a moka (British habits are taking over!) and I only own an instant coffee powder, I customized the recipe by adding a bit of milk and used a blender instead of a shaker. Lovely result: this coffee shake is as scrumptious as the one I used to have in the best Italian bars! Refreshing and energizing, with a creamy texture without containing any cream, it is absolutely my favorite non alcoholic summer drink. Make this coffee for your guests. I’m sure they’ll be amazed by it.

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Italian Summer Coffee Shake – The Shakerato

Serving Size: 2


  • 1 tablespoon soluble coffee
  • 6 teaspoons unrefined cane sugar
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used soy milk, any milk is fine)


  1. Put the coffee, sugar, milk and ice cubes in a blender/food processor and blend until you do not hear the sound of ice anymore.
  2. Serve immediately. You can decorate this coffee with whipped cream on top (it will float on the coffee blend).

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  • Reply Kiran @ April 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Ohmygosh! Mesmerizing photos!! Drooling all over it!

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    My kind of shake –I love coffee! Great photos too.

  • Reply Rosa April 30, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Divine! I love drinking iced coffees when it’s hot…



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