To me the best part of an Italian cappuccino is the froth, that layer of thickened milk that pours out like a sauce both sweet and rich to float on top of a deep dark sea of espresso. The quality of the coffee is important but a well crafted froth adds something extra to the cup.
In my mind that’s how Christmas should be, like the froth on top of a perfect cup of espresso, the icing on top of the most delicious cake. A time of the year when we get to give and receive something special that truly makes a difference.
I finally did it! Here’s a link to my dream drive in Italy. Making it happen for me and my Dad – italytasteandtravel
Posted by Eric Marasco 11-22-2010
You may be familiar with a popular pub drink known as the Black and Tan made with Bass Pale Ale and Guinness Stout. A beer mug is filled half full with ale then a pour of stout is spooned slowly over the top until the glass is full. If done correctly the Guinness will stay on top and the Bass on the bottom resulting in a layered drink colored dark and light, Black & Tan.
My version has nothing to do with beer but with my favorite Italian espresso drink, a latte macchiato. Made in a tall glass, a pour of espresso is added to foamed milk, that if done right creates a layered drink, you guessed it – Italy’s Black and Tan.