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While most of us love our usual latte or cold brews at different times of the day, sometimes it's nice to kick back and try something new. This is a drink you may have heard of in your favorite cafe, and this is your sign to try and make it yourself!
First, a Little Background
Cortado is a Spanish drink that translates to "cut", which refers to the milk "cutting through" the espresso. Made with a double shot of espresso and 2 ounces of milk, it's a perfect balance that tastes a bit like a lightly textured latte. "Cortado" also refers to the dilution of coffee and espresso drinks. Once this lovely little drink gained popularity in Spain, it was quickly adopted in Portugal and Cuba as well.
Smaller in size than a usual serving, the balance between an espresso and the milk is always in the ratio of 1:1; this primarily lowers the acidity and intensity of espresso. And while the drink has a layer of foam on top, it's considerably less than other coffee beverages.
Also known as a Gibraltar (a small cup the coffee is served in), a cortado is one of the mainstream Spanish espresso drinks. While a latte might have 1-2 shots of espresso and 8 ounces of milk, a cortado has two shots of espresso, to be specific. However, both have a light layer of foam on top.
So let's get into how you can make this drink yourself. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Grind the beans to a fine grind.
- Use the espresso machine to extract two shots into a small cup. Here you can use the Gibraltar glass that holds 4 ounces.
- Steam the milk for a frothy texture
- Pour 2 ounces of steamed milk into the espresso.
About the author
I like coffee and I like writing, reading, and traveling, all with a cup of coffee in my hand. My recommendation? Brew some coffee (nutty flavors preferred), make it strong, add a little cinnamon and brown sugar, and a touch of soy milk, you've got happiness in a cup! Best served chilled :)