Today, I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite cocktail recipes: the Espresso Martini. If you’re a coffee lover like me, this drink is an absolute delight. Combining the rich flavors of coffee with the smoothness of vodka, the Espresso Martini is the perfect pick-me-up cocktail.
Before we dive into the recipe, let me tell you a little bit about the origin of this delightful concoction. The Espresso Martini was created in the 1980s by the legendary bartender Dick Bradsell. It was said to be inspired by a customer who asked for a drink that would “wake me up and then f**k me up”. And that’s exactly what the Espresso Martini delivers!
Now, let’s get down to business and make this amazing cocktail. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua)
- 1 ounce freshly brewed espresso
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- Coffee beans, for garnish (optional)
To start, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup. It’s important to use freshly brewed espresso for this recipe, as it gives the drink a real depth of flavor.
Now, it’s time to shake things up! Securely place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will help to chill the drink and create that beautiful frothy layer on top.
Once you’re done shaking, strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. The rich, dark color of the Espresso Martini is truly captivating. If you want to add a little extra flair, garnish with a few coffee beans on top.
Now, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your homemade Espresso Martini. The first sip is like a burst of energy, with the intense coffee flavors blending seamlessly with the smoothness of the vodka. It’s a sophisticated cocktail that will impress your guests and keep you going all night long.
In conclusion, the Espresso Martini is a cocktail that combines two of my favorite things: coffee and alcohol. It’s a drink that never fails to satisfy. Whether you’re enjoying it at a fancy cocktail bar or making it at home, the Espresso Martini is always a winner. So why not give it a try?