Originally written on the La Marzocco Home Australia Blog. View the original post here.

Ever felt a little down when you make a few espresso’s that aren’t quite right and you throw them down the sink? Or you find yourself using a double spouted group head but you only need one shot of espresso? “Sink Shots” no more! Pop these espresso into a re-sealable glass bottle in your fridge and keep them for the weekend when you need a bit of a pick-me-up! We have listed a few of our favourite summer cocktails (some boozy, some not) that you can make with your old espresso’s and really get the most out of those sunny afternoons.

This recipe has booze in it. Not too much, but just enough to make it qualify as a solid brunch-time drink. Montenegro is an Italian Amaro, distilled in Bologna – a type of herbal liqueur that’s a little bitter, a little sweet, and very complex. When combined with the right coffee, we think it tastes like a cola with orange and coffee – a quaffable combination, to say the least.

The Romagnian Breakfast will require:

• 40 ml espresso
• 40 g ice
• 15 g simple syrup
• 40 ml Montenegro
• 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
• Orange or grapefruit twist
• 60 ml soda

Start by pulling a shot and immediately adding the ice. Stir until the ice is fully melted and the shot is quite chilled.

Add the mixture to your glass with another big ice cube, the syrup, bitters, and Montenegro. Stir until thoroughly combined. Top up with soda, then express a citrus peel over the glass and garnish (we particularly like grapefruit, but orange works as well). This drink is meant to be a little on the bitter side, but feel free to sweeten more to taste, or omit the orange bitters. Cin cin!

“Cento Di Questi Giorni”