Cuban Cortadito - The How To
Welcome back! And welcome to the next installment in the "How To" series of Cuban coffee drinks. Once again, as you can probably guess with spending so much time in Little Havana and around Cuban's in Miami and even down in Nicaragua, the team is consisted of 95% Cubans and their traditions come with them...coffee included.
So what is a "cortadito"? A cortadito is "essentially" a mini café con leche which is spanish for "coffee with milk"). This is designed to be sipped and enjoyed rather then the Café Cubano which is meant to be taken in shots.
In our last article, we learned how to make Café Cubano, and those skills will come in handy for the Cortadito. If you are not familiar with how to make a Café Cubano, please take a few minutes and review the article as it is a large part of crafting this delicious concoction.
Now that you have refreshed your memory, lets begin!
First we start by pouring that delicious Café Cubano into our glass. We typically fill to 1/4 to 1/3 of the glass depending on how strong you like your drink.
Now that the glasses are full here is what you will need for the next step. Your milk (we use whole) and your pitcher. We like to keep our pitcher cold so we put it in the refrigerator for an hour or so before using...why? Who knows, we kind of do things different here.
Pour your desired amount of milk into the pitcher (this is based on how many Cortaditos you plan on making and their size).
Now lets get some milk steaming going on!
Now that your are done steaming its time to grab those glasses with the Café Cubano in them and add your steamed milk.
After adding your steamed milk, pick it up and enjoy!
Now go give this a shot at home, its super easy and is extremely enjoyable anytime of the day.