The espresso martini is a brilliant after-dinner drink, but for those not wanting caffeine late in the day it's also perfect in the late afternoon when you need a cocktail with a little pick-me-up.
My recipe only includes three ingredients and it's simple to make. It begins with vodka and a coffee liqueur (e.g. Kahlua), and we give it a little extra kick with a shot of chilled organic Coast Roast Espresso.
Follow my simple steps to create your go to martini.
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- 1-1/2 shot vodka (top shelf or your personal favorite)
- 1-1/2 shot coffee liqueur (Kahlua or equivalent)
- 1-1/2 shot organic Coast Roast Espresso (cold)
- Coffee beans for garnish (optional)
- Pour vodka, coffee liqueur, and espresso into cocktail shaker
- Add ice to shaker and shake well (count to 10)
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with floating coffee beans (optional)
There are two variations to this basic recipe. The first variation adds a hint of sweetened chocolate to the glass, making this martini even more irresistible and delicious. The second variation adds a squeeze of fresh lemon to the shaker before mixing (not too much). The lemon adds a unique element and twist to this already delicious beverage.
Make sure to also put your glass in the freezer up to 20 minutes before you make your Espresso Martini. This will show your true bartending skills and impress your friends or family.
Additional Espresso Martini Variations
Want to try something different? Here are just a few additional variations so you can have a different taste each time you make it.
Instead of vodka, make your Espresso Martini with a little spiced tequila or spiced rum. It’s perfect for those that want even more kick from this classic cocktail.
Follow the same recipe above but add a small splash of Salted Carmel syrup before you shake it. It will turn this into a Salted Carmel Espresso Martini, and you are going to love it!
You can also add other syrup flavors to change it up from time to time. Peppermint is one of my favorites. Others I love to use include cinnamon, French vanilla, and hazelnut.
If you want to go crazy, you could add some fruity flavors such as raspberry or cherry.
Make sure you only add a small splash to ensure the syrup flavor is not too overwhelming. You can always add just a touch more to enhance it.
Serve it Over Ice
You can also use this same recipe for a nice cocktail over ice. Instead of using a martini glass, simply use a tumbler, add some ice, and pour in the final cocktail. This drink was originally served in this way before martini glasses were around.
Any way you serve it, the Espresso Martini is easy to make and a fun, tasty treat. It is great for parties, as a sweet treat when you arrive home from work, or on the weekends.