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Espresso Martini – Your New Favorite Recipe

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The espresso martini is a classy cocktail that combines espresso’s boldness with vodka’s smoothness, creating a delicious and indulgent drink perfect for any occasion. Below you’ll find a quick rundown of the recipe, tasting notes, and tips & tricks you can sue to make this the best drink ever. 

Tasting Notes

The espresso martini offers a rich and bold coffee flavor from the espresso, complemented by the smoothness of vodka and a touch of sweetness from Kahlua and simple syrup, resulting in a balanced and indulgent cocktail experience.

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Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

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An enticing fusion of rich espresso and velvety vodka, the espresso martini tantalizes the senses with its bold flavor and smooth, indulgent texture.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz coffee liqueur of choice
  • 1 shot fresh espresso
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • coffee beans for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a shaker combine ice, vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and syrup.
  2. Shake very well for 10 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled Martini glass
  4. Drop 3-4 coffee beans into the glass for garnish and serve

Notes

Depending on your definition of a Martini, you might use gin instead of vodka. Same ratio.

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Tips & Tricks

If you have the time and you’d like the drink less diluted, pull the espresso shot and chill it a few minutes before mixing the drink. In this case, shake the drink less. 

Looking to make a big batch, or serve these the entire night ? Make your life easier by using cold brew instead of espresso. Be sure to make the cold brew extra-strong since it tends to be much tamer than espresso, and keep it in the fridge. You’ll need to shake the drink less, just enough to cool the alcohol. 

If you want to make this a little extra, split the Kahlua with Bailey’s for an Irish Espresso Martini. Or, halve the Kahlua and add a chocolate liqueur for a Mocha Espresso Martini. 

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