Espresso may have originated in Italy, but it has certainly taken the US by storm ever since its arrival at Reggio’s in New York City in 1927. Did you know that espresso actually has less caffeine than a cup of regular coffee? On November 23, celebrate with these myriad ways to get your espresso fix.
National Espresso Day
You can enjoy your espresso in traditional espresso shots, in creative lattes with steamed milk capped with foam, or with a smidge of foamed milk in a macchiato. The Australian flat white, the current rage, doubles the espresso and adds steamed silky textured milk and a thin layer of micro-foam. You can also drink your espresso together with an espresso-rich dessert for a double shot. If the taste of espresso is too strong by itself, try a cocktail where the flavor of the espresso blends seamlessly with other ingredients for an inventive libation.
Special Espresso Blends and Drinks
Knowing where to get a fresh, strong espresso is important, especially on National Espresso Day. The coffeemakers at Partners Coffee, a Brooklyn-based specialty coffee company, have created a flagship Bedford Espresso Blend for the Partners eponymous café in Williamsburg. Ask the barista to customize it with a variety of milk and syrups, or order it straight up as the Italians do. If you can’t make it to Williamsburg, you can order a bag of beans online with a 20% discount in celebration of both the holiday and Cyber Week (ends December 1).
With multiple locations throughout Southern California, Breakfast Republic is a favorite for its innovative selection of dishes and specialty lattes. For National Espresso Day and continuing through the end of November, Breakfast Republic is offering a dessert masquerading as a latte. The holiday-appropriate Apple Pie Chai Latte combines espresso, chai, apple cider and milk, and is topped with whipped cream and a crisped apple slice dusted in cinnamon sugar.
Inspired by how delicious coffee and donuts are together, The Mission in Scottsdale, Arizona gives the combination a local twist by pairing coffee with churros in their Espresso Churro dessert. The modern Latin restaurant uses house-brewed espresso in the dough and plates the churros with an Ibarra Mexican chocolate milkshake recalling a chilled Mexican hot chocolate and made with local Sweet Republic vanilla gelato. Dip your churro in the milkshake as you might do with a cup of coffee.
The espresso-soaked ladyfingers with marscapone mousse and cocoa are nothing short of amazing in Marea’s tiramisu. The Italian seafood restaurant from Michael White has made this luscious dessert available for takeout and delivery, too, so you can enjoy the New York City favorite at home. If that’s not enough, the restaurant’s affogato combines the delicious taste of espresso in a dessert drink. Served in a tall ice cream soda-like glass, the affogato is a rich mix of fior di latte or vanilla gelato "drowned" with a shot of hot espresso.
November is still pumpkin season in New England. At Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Beverage Director Christina Chiu has invented an alcoholic and a mocktail version of a seasonally appropriate Pumpkin Espresso Martini. Using Vanilla Absolut and Kahlua as the base, Chiu adds espresso and a drizzle of pumpkin syrup, finished with a cinnamon garnish. Kahlua and Absolut are replaced with half and half and vanilla syrup for the non-alcoholic version.
Gaslamp Breakfast Company is one of San Diego’s prime downtown morning eateries and a favorite for espresso beverages. The brunch spot has created a National Espresso month throughout November where you can indulge in their special First Light Latte, a boozy concoction infused with coffee whiskey, hazelnut and espresso, all topped with candied walnuts, whipped cream and a ladyfinger.
At the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin, Ohio, VASO rooftop restaurant and bar adds to their beverage menu this month with a seasonal espresso cocktail. Stimulating yet relaxing with a complex mix of flavors, the Back of the Coffee Line drink blends Oyo vanilla honey bean vodka, espresso, bitter Fernet-Branca and fresh mint. A fun twist: the cocktail has its own dedicated song to listen to while sipping, “Coffee Bean” by Travis Scott.