From the title of my blog, you may think that I'm addicted to espresso. Well I do have some sort of coffee beverage at least once a day, so you wouldn't be far from the truth.
As the days warm up, though, I'm just not craving something hot and savory in the morning when I make my way, rubbing my eyes, to the kitchen. I need something refreshing to wake me up.
Some days I'll have a freshly-squeezed spremuta d'arancia--that's the fancy Italian name for orange juice. Luckily between my in-laws and neighbors, I always have a great supply of oranges.
But does the late spring weather mean I don't need caffeine? Hah!
And yet I don't want something warmer than the Calabrian sun either.
So sometimes I have iced coffee.
Yes, I know that this is nothing new to most of you, but the first time I tried to explain this to the barista here, she looked at me as if I were speaking English. And I wasn't, I swear.
Instead of dealing with that and to save me not only the trouble bringing my own ice to the bar (they usually don't have any) but also a few euros a week, I make my own iced coffee at home, and you can too! Bella and I corresponded about this the other day, and I thought maybe more of you would like in on the secret.
Every night after dinner, I make a pot of espresso (you can use whatever coffee you like, of course). When it's done, I add sugar to the whole pot, stir well, and leave the top open to cool off a bit. Then before I go to sleep, I pour the sweetened espresso into a small plastic water bottle and put the bottle in the refrigerator.
In the morning, I break out a tall glass, plop in some ice cubes (trays brought from the United States), pour in about two espresso cups full of coffee, and fill the rest with milk--I like a lot of milk--and there I have my very own fatto in casa iced coffee.
I can even have another if I like. And I often do.