But first, coffee.
If you’re anything like us, nothing happens before your morning dose of caffeine.
And not just any instant ground variety.
A good day needs to start with a good brew.
One of our favorites is the Cortado, or the “Gibraltar”.
This drink has a unique, quirky personality that we just can’t get enough of.
What’s so special about this little drink?
What's the Cortado Anyway?
A cortado is a simple espresso drink that originated in Spain.
Its smaller sized (about 4 to 6 ounces) and drunk hot.
It is made with half espresso, half steamed milk and served in a small metal or
glass cup. (We prefer glass). Like most Spanish drinks, the Cortado doesn’t have
any foam, froth or fluff. This allows the light, steamed milk to smoothly blend with
the bold, strong espresso. The beauty of this drink is not in it’s presentation but in
its straightforward simplicity and flavor.
What's the Funky Name?
The word “cortado” comes from the Spanish word “cortar.” In English, this word
means “to cut”. The Cortado got its name because of its composition. The milk is
intended to cut through the acidity of the coffee.
Teach Me How to Cortado
- Grind about 16.5 ounces of espresso coffee.
- Extract 2 shots of espresso into a Cortado glass.
- Steam 2 - 3 ounces of milk. Do not foam.
- Slowly pour the steamed milk over the espresso. (Make sure the ratio is 1:1)
Voila! A perfect Cortado.
How to Serve
Cortados are intended to be served in a small 4-6 ounce glass or metal cup. The
caffeine content is very strong (hello two shots of espresso) so although you may
have the urge to down it in a gulp, sip slowly. These little drinks are not served
with any foam or designs, it’s all about the bold, harmonious flavor.
Our Cortado Glass
We love this drink so much that we designed a glass just for it.
The perfect fusion of sleek and functional, our Kook Cortado Glasses
will whisk you off to Spanish cafe heaven. Made with durable glass, an elegant
paneled design and weighted base for comfortable drinking. We've designed our
Cortado glasses to accentuate the aromatic experience, flavor and presentation
of each sip.
Grab a set and get brewing!
Products mentioned in this post
Kook Cortado Glass Set, 4 oz, Set of 6,