Caffè corretto

Caffè corretto

Espresso corretto
Type Beverage
Place of origin Italy
Main ingredients Espresso, liquor
Cookbook: Caffè corretto  Media: Caffè corretto

Caffè corretto [kafˈfɛ kkorˈrɛtto], an Italian beverage, consists of a shot of espresso with a small amount of liquor,[1] usually grappa, and sometimes sambuca[2] or brandy.[3] It is also known (outside Italy) as an "espresso corretto". It is ordered as "un caffè corretto alla grappa," "[…] corretto alla sambuca," or "[…] corretto al cognac," depending on the desired liquor.

Most Italian bartenders prepare a caffè corretto simply adding a few drops of the desired liquor into an espresso shot; however in some cases the liquor is served in a shot alongside the coffee allowing the customer to pour the quantity they desire. A few bartenders also let their regular customers make their drink themselves providing the espresso shot and the liquor's bottle.

The Italian word 'corretto' corresponds to the English word 'correct' in the sense of 'corrected'. The term is now an Italian phraseme.[4]

In Spain, a similar drink is known as carajillo, and in Sweden, Norway and Denmarki as kaffekask, karsk and kaffepunch, (although "karsk" or kaffe is in fact coffee added to moonshine to make the moonshine palatable, rather than liquor added to coffee for flavor) respectively.[5]

See also


  1. Simonis, Damien; Garwood, Duncan (2004). Italy. Lonely Planet. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-74104-080-7.
  2. Steves, Rick (2006). Rick Steves' Italy 2007. Avalon Travel. p. 40 ISBN 978-1-56691-816-9.
  3. Riely, Elizabeth (2003). The chef's companion: a culinary dictionary. John Wiley and Sons. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-471-39842-4.
  4. "definition of corretto| English-Italian Definition Dictionary | Reverso". Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  5. Johansson Robinowitz, Christina; Lisa Werner Carr (2001). Modern-day Vikings: a practical guide to interacting with the Swedes. Intercultural Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-1-877864-88-9.
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