Celebrate National Cappuccino Day with Lavazza Coffee

Sunday November 8, 2015 is National Cappuccino Day. Lavazza, Italy’s most authentic coffee wants to help you celebrate this special day the right way! They have enlisted their brand ambassadors and stars of Food Networks, “Extra Virgin” Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar to explain how drinking cappuccino in Italy differs from drinking cappuccino in the USA.

“Cappuccino 101”:

-A cappuccino is made by brewing espresso and adding in milk

-Go for a smaller cup: Italians drink their cappuccinos in 4 oz., while the American cappuccino is served in a 10 oz. glass

-This delicious drink is never consumed after 11am in Italy – Italians just don’t approve of dairy in the afternoon and evening

Cappuccino gets its name from the color of the habits of Cappucin Monks. Of course you can have your cappuccino anytime you like, just make sure to have one made with Lavazza coffee for National Cappuccino Day. And if you must have your cappuccino in the evening, here is a recipe for a night time cappuccino.

Lavazza Mocha Martini

Created by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, stars of Cooking Channel’s show Extra Virgin

 

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients:

4 ounces quality dark chocolate, finely chopped

½ cup freshly-brewed Lavazza Gran Aroma

2 ounces Brandy (or Grappa or Rum)

2 ounces heavy whipping cream

Ice

Directions:Make the coffee ganache by putting the chocolate in a small, heat-proof bowl.  Add the coffee and allow the coffee to steep for two minutes before whisking until smooth.  Allow the ganache to cool for 20-30 minutes.  (The ganache can be made in advance and gently warmed when ready to use.

Pour half the ganache (approximately a half cup) into the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add the brandy, swirl to combine.  Add the heavy cream, swirl to combine.

Add one cup of ice and shake vigorously, until the beverage is ice cold.  Strain into a martini or cocktail cup.Mocha_Martini_(2) image002-1

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