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Caution: This post may scare you
There are many variations of espresso and espresso-based drinks to suit the ‘average coffee drinker’ to the home barista. The simple difference made by adding a bit of sugar to the shot to make a ‘Cuban’ espresso or a dash of cream on top of the drink to enjoy the beverage “con Panna” (with cream) can seem to take the drink a long way from its initial manifestation.
However, there are some that take this to the extreme, to the dark side of espresso drinking.
Here are a few trips to be fearful of:
The name of this drink comes from the Spanish for ‘courage’. Spanish Troops would mix espresso with Rum or Brandy for an extra dash of daring during colonial times. Carajillo must have had some effect on their soldiering for the drink to become established. Scary stuff!
The tangy trouble that this drink causes is in the mouth of the beholder. A single, double (or more if you’re crazy) shot poured over slices of lime and calmed with ice and milk to reduce the fruit kick.
The name is enough to make you question the drink you’ve just been served. Triple Suicide? If you were walking through a detective’s office and they mentioned one of these it’d be a very shocking occasion. The truth is thankfully not as horrific – it’s a triple shot of espresso in filter coffee.
Noted as being an alternative to the popular nightclub drink Vodka & Red Bull, the Tequila Espresso delivers the devils work with as much, if not more, punch. Ice and Tequila sit in the glass awaiting the arrival of Espresso to get the party started. Not for the faint-hearted. Not for those who enjoy sleeping.
These drinks are best served in an espresso cup or an espresso shot glass.