Friendship Cup

I first heard of this drink while scouring some of my authentic Italian cookbooks, and finally had it during one of my solo trips to Italy. It’s quirky, intense, fun, and eminently drinkable. It’s Italian name is La Coppa dell’Amicizia and it’s a mix of espresso, grappa, wine, sugar, and lemon zest. It’s traditionally served in a wooden cup with different drinking spouts and passed around to share, but those are hard to come by, so I serve mine in espresso cups.


Time to Make: 10 minutes
Makes 4 drinks


1/2 cup of brewed espresso
2 1/2 tablespoons of red wine
2 tablespoons of grappa
2 1/2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar
1 strip of lemon or orange zest


Boil the ingredients for 5 minutes. Discard the zest strip and allow the drink to cool for 5 minutes. Pour into 4 espresso cups.

“I would have never thought to combine coffee, wine, and grappa, which is an alcohol made with the byproducts of the wine making process.”


Small Pot
Measuring Cup
Stirring Spoon
Espresso Cups