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Barbajada: the Milanese drink with coffee and chocolate – Italian Cuisine

We rediscover a very popular recipe in Milan between the 19th and mid-20th centuries to indulge in this delicacy at home when we feel like it

There Barbajada it's a typical Milanese drink, born in the early 1800s and remained in vogue until the middle of the last century. It is prepared with coffee and chocolate and is perfect to accompany the desserts or for a tasty break.

The very particular name derives from that of its inventor, Domenico Barbaja who, as a young boy in a famous Milanese café, later became very famous in the shadow of Madonnina and founded one of the most famous literary cafes of Lombard capital: the Caffé dei Virtuosi, right next to the Teatro alla Scala.

There Barbajada is very simple can also be done at home and is prepared with just a few ingredients. The taste combines that of coffee and chocolate and this has made it their fortune.

How to make the barbajada at home: the recipe


To prepare a portion of barbajada you will need: 50 ml of ready-to-drink coffee, 50 g unsweetened cocoa powder, 30 ml of water, 30 ml of milk, 30 ml of cream, 40 g of sugar, whipped cream.


The preparation of the barbajada, as mentioned, is really very simple. The first thing to do is prepare the coffee with a mocha and leave it warm. The second step is to sift the unsweetened cocoa into a saucepan, gradually adding the milk and water.

The mixture is vigorously mixed with a whisk and blended until it boils. The chocolate must then cool and thicken. At this point, the coffee and cream are added and the barbajada is put back on the heat, blending vigorously until a nice foam is obtained on the surface.

Barbajada, hot or cold

The barbajada can be drunk hot, in the winter version, with a splash of whipped cream on top or in the cold version, ideal when it's hot, by simply adding two ice cubes to the mixture before serving.

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Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake, the whiskey to drink with the cake – Italian Cuisine

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake, the whiskey to drink with the cake

Aged in Tokaji barrels, this special limited edition whiskey is perfect as an accompaniment to cakes and desserts

A whiskey as a snack it might seem a bit risky idea. Yet this is the provocative and – honestly – fun prospect that the latest proposal from the house Glenmorangie is able to suggest: the new limited edition single malt, christened Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake, is in fact a spirit specially designed to accompany cakes, pastries and the like. Perfect for after dinner, therefore, as well as potentially for all the sweetest moments of the day.

The whiskey of the party

The cake, on the other hand, has always been synonymous with celebration, joy, sharing with loved ones. Dr. Bill Lumsden, director of creation of Glenmorangie, who thus tried to encapsulate that magical, happy and greedy atmosphere in a bottle of single malt. To do this, he thought of having the whiskey complete the maturation in barrels of Tokaji: superimposing the sweet notes and the honey scents of the famous Hungarian wine with the fruity and delicate character of Glenmorangie, A Tale of Cake was born. A whiskey with a very particular complexity, where honey meets white chocolate, ripe fruit, a hint of mint.

What to expect

The explosion of colors of the Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake package anticipates the intense copper color of the whiskey once poured into the glass. The nose is complex, rich and multilayered, with hints of passion fruit, peach, pear, mango. In the mouth, however, more flavorful notes can be identified such as bread, oak wood and a curious one minerality, to then continue with the most characteristic features of Glenmorangie such as honeycomb, vanilla and almond, with a pinch of milk chocolate. An advice? Try it also with a splash of water (or an ice cube, on the rocks), to notice the spicy notes of apricot, elderflower, honey and peach syrup.

Because it is suitable for cakes

On the palate, therefore, there is a succulent and sour sensation at the same time, which leads to an explosion of sweet flavors, similar to candy, ranging from honey, white chocolate, apricot, almond, vanilla and pear. To balance it all, a pinch of orange and menthol, both classic Glenmorangie flavors. Finally, the aftertaste gives notes of chocolate almonds and pecans. A bouquet that can therefore fully recall the ingredients of one real cake, and that for this reason it is able to guarantee an excellent combination with the world of sweets. It is no coincidence that Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake was launched on the Italian market in collaboration with the renowned Cova pastry shop in Milan.

New Humans: the Drink Kong cocktail list – Italian Cuisine

New Humans: the Drink Kong cocktail list

The drink list of Drink Kong, cocktail bar of the 50 Best Bars in Rome, speaks not only of flavors, but of society, of minimalism and of how direct a cocktail can be and together define the soul of a person

Investigate the human who has been, who is and who will be.

No, it is not the beginning of the back cover of a critical-philosophical text: it is the main theme of the latest drink list of Drink Kong, among the best cocktail bars in Rome (and not only: it entered its first year of life in the 50 best bars in the world according to 50 Best Bars, also winning the Campari One To Watch 2019 award): New Humans.

A philosophy at the counter

It is legitimate to ask whether it is possible to investigate the human being through colors, sips, flavors. It seems strange, even simplistic. Yet it can and works damn well too.

That through taste it is possible to understand some guidelines of the psyche is something that is known: the experimental psychologist Charles Spence speaks fluently in his Gastrophysics: the new science of eating, if you want to deepen the subject.

What interests us here, to better understand a drink list that bounces between a basic interpretation and deeper readings, is to get straight to the core, the message that the guys at Drink Kong want to convey.

The bar is a place to let defenses fall, which forces us to choose with instinct. And since social conventions, trends, chatting between friends have made the animal instinct for the favorite sip disappear – even unconsciously -, Drink Kong has developed a cocktail menu that tempts the customer to use the own instinct to order. Less "a Negroni please", more "Let's try to understand who we are."

In this sense, the work done by the bartender patron of Drink Kong was interesting Patrick Pistolesi together with the bar manager Livio Morena, to Davide Diaferia and to all the guys who worked on the success of New Humans.

With their own piece of idea, with their own personal and professional baggage, they have built a booklet of 21 cocktails divided by flavor. Here is the first level: nothing is more immediate than the brain that catalogs and gives us a flavor when read only. We are not talking about tastes because New Humans is not divided into the trite and banal wheel of main tastes ranging from sweet to bitter. He touches it, touches it and moves on towards a decidedly more modern and interesting taste classification.

The cocktail list

Newmami it is the category that includes cocktails with a strong flavor, umami; Holus (from the Latin: "all that is green") investigates the vegetable world; Kudamono (in Japanese: "everything related to fruit") reinterprets the omnipresent role of fruit in mixology; Herbs & Herbs are the officinal herbs, those at the base of the Italian aperitif, for a rewriting of the same; Sukoshi (from the Japanese "a little") for an alcohol-free or low-alcohol alternative: a way of drinking that increasingly strives to make itself felt in the cocktail universe.

And if these five are the categories to be read with the first instinct, each of the cocktails enclosed lets mind and soul reconnect to choose based on sensations that are no longer just primitive, but a mirror of the psyche. Each page has the name of a drink. The name is accompanied by one or two evocative words, often not too immediate and the basic spirit used. Stop. The customer, between the bewildered and the amused, finds himself choosing according to his own tastes and instincts. To give an example, the Leaf of Faith drink from the Holus category reports only this as a description: Freshly Light. Then you discover that there is a lettuce cordial inside (if you want to find out, the game is also here in the desire to investigate or let yourself go. This is also a way of investigating the human).

In addition to the first two levels of reading, there is a third, deeper, but always linked to the concept of instinct and very contemporary: images.

A new language

The boys of Lordz studio, first-rate graphic designers based in Rome, have in fact created as many images as there are drinks, each contributing to the non-verbal and implied description of the cocktail itself. Evocative images and symbols, some precise and others smoky, mysterious, to rethink the last and most important bulwark of new humans. The language.

"This menu celebrates new languages," reads the first page of the small black menu. «It is an evocative journey made of shapes and colors. Mankind has always used symbols as its expressive code. The vision of the future draws on the past to find its completed form in the present .

The symbol as the nucleus of the new languages ​​of the new humans. In a way that only Drink Kong, with its architectural features between Japanese and Blade Runner, he could sum up. Minimalism in the glass, there is no need for more than what is not already expressed in the liquid and in the images. Clear, distinguishable, decodable flavors, which upon careful analysis, the last, reveal palatal nuances and, therefore, of such significance as to close the experiential circle.

In a world where every day a media pulp is fed more and more, the result of an acceleration of signs and messages on the web, the one that the philosopher Franco Bifo Berardi in his Futurability he tells us of a «cancellation of the very possibility of discrimination between true and false, between good and evil. Dark Enlightenment ", Drink Kong tries to restore the contemporary and correct dimension of the human. New, but ancient, primitive.

I am a new human. You are new humans.

Each of us has now, in the past and in the future, a little fuse that reminds us of this.

New Humans does nothing but turn it on.

Text by Andrea Strafile

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